University of Rochester

Online Learning at the University of Rochester

Instructional Technology Tools


Voki - an avatar creation tool that can include your own voice

Note: limited characters available and audio messages are limited to 60 seconds with a free account



Inspiration - an application for concept mapping, a technique to represent knowledge graphically, a network of linked ideas or concepts.

Can be used for generating ideas, designing complex structures, communicating complex ideas, aiding learning by explicitly integrating new and old knowledge, assessing understanding or diagnosing misunderstanding

Note: free trial period is 30 days.


ToonDoo - a web tool for creating comic strips

Note: Comic strips need to be "public" in order to be shared


PuzzleMaker - a puzzle generation tool for instructors to create customized word searched, criss-crosses, math puzzles and more


 Dipity - a free digital timeline tool where users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate audio, video, images, text, links, social media, locations and timestamps

Note: free account allows you to create two new timelines


Panopto - A tool used to record lecture materials. You can easily record Powerpoint slides or your Desktop applications with voiceover to provide lecture materials in your online course.


Explain Everything - An easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything's flexible and integrated design. 

Recordings from Explain Everything can also be incorporated into Panopto for playback. See the Panopto web site for details.

For iPad ($2.99)

 Flash Card machine

Flash Card Machine - Create Flash Cards for your students to use to study



Prezi - Create online presentations; a web-based alternative to Powerpoint

Note: This service is free when used to create public presentations.


Jing - Screenshot and Screencast software

Note:Free Jing screencast is limited to 5 minutes

Pow-Toon logo

PowToon - Animated presentations

Free account includes limited styles, limited tunes, watermark, and a maximum length of 5 minutes.