Technology Resources

Online Course Technologies (for live course meetings and course management)

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is the CMS (course management system) that is used at Kent State University for both face-to-face and online courses. Blackboard Learn allows instructors to share a variety of course materials in a secure online space for each of their classes. Students can access these materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Blackboard Learn provides instructors and students with features such as online quizzes/tests, assignment submission tools, interactive chat, and can hold materials such as syllabus and schedules, readings, links to videos, etc. Students can also work in small groups in a Learn course and can participate in online discussions, creation of wikis and even online journals.

Further information, support, and tutorials for Blackboard Learn can be accessed by selecting 'EHHS Blackboard Learn Support' from the left-hand menu.

Instructional Resource Center (IRC)

The IRC:

  • provides and maintains digital connectivity for all College of Education, Health, and Human Services faculty, staff, and students;
  • provides resources and leadership to support faculty development of new applications of technology; provides support for distance learning, including video conferencing and web-based instruction;
  • provides support services to other programs in the College preparing educators for non-school settings; provides liaisons with the library and other technology units and participate with these units in planning and using new technological capabilities;
  • provides exemplary programs of the media services as a model for schools and other institutions.

Further information about the IRC can be found on their website.


Annenberg Media
Annenberg Media's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods.

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students in higher education. With a continually growing collection of online learning materials, assignments and reviews, MERLOT helps faculty enhance instruction.

Videos in Educational Settings

OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons
Ohio campuses are treasure troves of knowledge, but valuable resources are often hidden. The award-winning Ohio Digital Resource Commons (DRC) provides a robust, statewide platform for saving, discovering and sharing—free of charge—the instructional, research, historic and creative materials produced by the University System of Ohio and Ohio's private colleges.

Discovery Education
A digital video-on-demand service created by Discovery Education, this is the largest and most current K-12 digital video/video clip library available today.

Screen casting (Camtasia)
Camtasia is software used for screen casting, or creating a digital recording (movie) that captures actions taking place on a computer desktop.

Teaching Resources

OhioLearns is a searchable catalog of college level distance learning courses, programs, and degrees from Ohio’s colleges and universities.

Gateway to Educational Materials
The Gateway to Educational Materials is a Consortium effort to provide educators with access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.

Gallery of Teaching and Learning
The Gallery of Teaching and Learning provides premier, digital representations of knowledge related to teaching and learning. It features the works of numerous participants of Carnegie Foundation programs and partners and includes examples for individuals, projects, departments, institutions, and communities of practice.

Edutopia provides practical, hands-on advice, real-world examples and other resources, tools and tips on teaching teachers. Some video clips of successful teaching incidents as well as technology integration, articles and audio clips:

Concept to Classroom
The site features a series of FREE, self-paced workshops covering a wide variety of hot topics in education. Some of the workshops are based in theory, some are based in methodology - but all of the workshops include plenty of tips and strategies for making classrooms work.

Teachers’ Domain
Teachers’ Domain is a multimedia digital library for the classroom that provides learning experiences in ways no textbook can.

PBS Teachers
PBS Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels where lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations are provided across a variety of multimedia and interactive platforms:

AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites.

Teaching Resources by Subject



Reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, and assessment