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Month: May 2016

Using Stock Photos

Using Stock Photos

I consistently use stock photos in presentations and blogposts- who doesn’t love a copyright free, high quality image to break up blocks of text and to demonstrate concepts? Below is a list of some of Educational Technology’s favorite stock photo resources, with a description of the type of license required (or not required) when citing the photo.

Unsplash –10 free high-resolution photos posted every 10 days, Creative Commons license (Kaity’s favorite source)

MorgueFile– Over 350000 high-quality, high resolution photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required (Lauren’s favorite source)

“Beach Waves” by Michael Durana, via Unsplash, is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Ocean by NASA, via Unsplash (CC License Type).
“Ocean” by NASA, via Unsplash, is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Pixabay – Large library of stock photos and vectors, creative commons license.

Magdeleine – Hand-picked stock photos, searchable by license type, creative commons or attribution. – Free, wide selection, under the creative commons license.

“Map” by Andras Barta, via Pixabay, is licensed under CC By 2.0
“Computer & Coffee” by Lia Leslie, via Morgue File, is licensed under CC By 2.0

Kaboompics – Free photos for personal and commercial use.

New Old Stock – Free vintage photos, varied and interesting, no copyright restrictions.

DesignersPics – Great styles of photos for blog posts. Creative commons license.


Abbey Street Corner, Hibernian Bank Shelled, 1916, via New Old Stock (Copyright Free)
“Abbey Street Corner, Hibernian Bank Shelled, 1916,” via New Old Stock, is licensed under CC By 2.0
Crewmen of the Amphibious Cargo Ship USS Durham Take Vietnamese Refugees Aboard a Small Craft, 1975, via New Old Stock (Copyright Free).
“Crewmen of the Amphibious Cargo Ship USS Durham Take Vietnamese Refugees Aboard a Small Craft, 1975,” via New Old Stock, is licensed under CC By 2.0

MMT – Blog-format free stock image site by Jeffrey Betts. Creative commons license.

The Pattern Library – Great resource for cool patterns.

SplitShire – Free photos by a photographer/web designer. Creative commons license, accepts donations.

Fruit by Jeffrey Betts, via MMT (CC0 License)
“Fruit” by Jeffrey Betts, via MMT, is licensed under CC By 2.0
“City Life” by Jeffrey Betts, via MMT, is licensed under CC By 2.0


Fox, Dana. “30 Free Stock Photo Resources For Your Blog Posts.” I Can Build a Blog. Web.
Faculty Training Institute Reflection

Faculty Training Institute Reflection


“There’s an App for that,” Apple’s 2009 trademark slogan, was once a shining promise for the many digital resources at our fingertips. Now, the phrase sends a chill down the spine of many faculty; yes, there is a digital resource for that- actually there are many resources for that, on top of the apps and websites for that other thing you were interested in, and don’t forget about those digital resources that those amazing professors are having incredible success with. Unlimited options can mean unlimited complications and questions for faculty as they seek to incorporate more technology into their classrooms’ daily use.

Educational technologists feel the pressure of not only using digital resources but sharing them successfully with faculty. We strive to stay current, focus on best practices, and find the best resources that enhance teaching and student learning. Those tasks can become daunting as we explore how to best deliver that information to faculty. How can we share and explore best practices in educational technology to the people who need it most, but whose time is already so tasked?

We recently had the privilege of attending Lewis and Clark’s Faculty Technology Institute and were inspired by how they reached and supported faculty through a week-long training event. The conference offered varied trainings at a variety of skill levels, and focused both on the theories of using technology in education as well as what actually using it looks like. It was a wonderful blend of best practice theory, exploring, and learning and gave their faculty a sense of commonality in the issues and successes that can be had when using educational technology. The following is a list of my favorite resources shared, all of which would provide faculty with tremendous opportunities to engage students using technology in a way that fits their teaching practice, not vice versa:

  • Nearpod: create interactive lessons where your content is displayed on students’ screens.
  • Zaption: add questions and short answers to fair use videos for students to interact with
  • Tellagami: students create animated presentations to share their voice in a unique way.
  • Basic in Data Visualization: Technology Services is pleased to offer two kiosks dedicated to online training access. Our kiosks are setup with our subscriptions to give you full access to their videos and training materials on a variety of technology, creative, and business skills. These kiosks are located in the Tech Center in Collins Memorial Library.”
  • Peardeck: Create interactive presentations using Google slides.
  • Quizlet: Make studying simple by requiring students to create varied quizzes for others to study from (recommended for language courses).

The following is a great example of an institution who has used technology to connect globally and place students at the center of learning.

Educational technology conferences take the fear and uncertainty out of using digital tools and resources and add excitement to our teaching practice. Inspired by their institute and the requests for professional development at University of Puget Sound, we are currently working on our own faculty technology institute that would offer faculty an opportunity to explore using technology in their teaching practice. Our goal is not to create a syllabus drenched with digital tools, but to seriously look out ways technology can enhance student learning in ways that fit with teaching style and goal outcomes. What opportunities lie in our syllabi for a digital resource to enhance a project or clarify student understanding? How can we better organize our content, say on Moodle, to create a clear and concise digital learning environment? What struggles and successes are other faculty having?

We are so excited about offering our own training and are guiding our plans based on faculty feedback and researched best practices. Please look out for news regarding quarterly trainings and our first faculty training institute  2017!

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Feedback Studio, the New Turnitin

Feedback Studio, the New Turnitin


Turnitin is offering some additional features and functionality in its latest release: Feedback Studio! Turnitin is a perennial favorite among faculty as it combines key assessment features into one easy-to-use tool. Feedback Studio combines all of your favorite assessment features, like plagiarism detection and peer review, but includes added features that allow faculty to provide dynamic and specific feedback. Best of all, the interface is easy to use!

As Feedback Studio reminds us that, “feedback only matters if your students engage with it.” This is especially evident with their emphasis and easy access to creating voice and text comments. Among Edtech’s favorite features are the “Quickmark” comments that allow faculty to provide detailed feedback from a set of custom or pre-written comments, which can be saved for future use. We also love the easy to use PeerMark feature. PeerMark allows students to edit one another’s papers, discuss, and reflect while collecting student feedback anonymously.


Interested in trying it? Faculty can access a Feedback Studio demo to try out the new features. Feedback Studio will be enabled at University of Puget Sound in January 2017, and can be accessed both at and as a Moodle integration. Interested in using it in your classroom? Contact your Educational Technologist for more information about how Feedback Studio could work in your teaching practice.