Instructional Technology

Reaching CCNY IT during the COVID-19 crisis

This is an evolving resource page to integrate Instructional Technology in the classroom.

Some topics:


  • Mentimeter
    This is a great tool for reflection or to assess knowledge on a topic. In particular the word cloud is a favorite.
    • Go to
    • Select a slide you would like to use
    • Create it
    •  Understand what code pertains to your slide
    •  Share screen and have participants go to the listed code on​​
  • Collaborative Google Slides Activity
    Professor Elizabeth Dunn-Ruiz prepared a Monday Mood in Color activity with Google Slides.
    Step by step to create the collaborative slides:
    • Go to
    • Create a Google Slide Presentation with the text and images that suit your activity
    • Click on "Share" and select "anyone with the link" and "edit" to get a link that you can use to invite students to collaborate on the slide presentation
    • Once all students have created slides, you can work together to rearrange the slides by dragging and dropping them into the preferred order


  • General introduction and tutorials to Blackboard functionality for faculty and students (accessing Blackboard, getting started, course management, course material, etc.)
    Functions of Blackboard: post announcements, course materials; asynchronous discussion board, group work, collecting and grading assignments, quizzes, blogs, Collaborate Ultra (synchronous web conferencing tool for “in class” experience with video, share documents, use a whiteboard, record the online session)
  • Blackboard Collaborate (video conferencing) tutorials on how to get started, best practices, etc.
  • Recommendations from Ken Ihrer: Use Firefox or Chrome browsers or the Blackboard app on tablets or phones (iOS and Android).
  • Do not forget to make your course available to students! Course Management > Customization > Properties > Make Available “Yes” > Submit
  • You might have to create a link to Collaborate Ultra! Top left corner > Tool Link > Select “Blackboard Collaborate Ultra” > Submit





  • Current CUNY software availability
  • Go to and sign in with your CCNY email credentials (
  • Click on Company or School Account and enter your CCNY email credentials again.
  • Click on Creative Cloud and on view All your apps
  • For the applications you would like to install click Install and follow the prompts.



SmartBoards are the updated version of overhead transparencies with the difference that the work done on a SmartBoard can be saved and shared easily. SmartBoards allow for the transformation of instruction into an interactive, engaging, student-centered learning and teaching experience.


Pinterest is a technology that allows for the organization of articles, pictures, notes and more on electronic boards instead of shelves and drawers and easily share them with students.


Apple’s iPads in the classroom can help with Teaching & Learning, whether you have one (for instructor use), a handful (so that teams each have one), or enough iPads for each member of a class. A wide selection of Apps can help with various Teaching & Learning tasks.

The Padagogy Wheel provides links to around 200 App which are useful in K-12 educational settings. The wheel starts with an introductory video on attributes and capabilities needed to graduate high school. It then divides the 200+ apps, last updated in 2016, into six categories: 34 Apps that help students Remember, 32 that help students Understand, 32 Apps that help students Apply, 29 Apps that help students Analyze, 30 Apps that help students Evaluate, and 31 Apps that help students Create.

APPs for daily classroom use by teachers:

  • Reflector – With a classroom projector and this app, you can show the iPad screen to the class via wifi.
  • ClassDojo – This app enables teachers to give feedback on class performance for both students and parents.
  • TeacherKit – Teachers use this gradebook app, which provides a virtual seating chart, record attendance, and place to record grades. 
  • Timer+  – This free app makes multiple timers available to teachers that can run in background to monitor numerous timed tasks.
  • ShowMe – Classrooms with projectors can use an iPad with this app as an interactive whiteboard thatsubstitutes for SmartBoard.

APPs for daily use by students – general knowledge, skills & tools:

  • Khan Academy – The app provides world-renowned video tutorials using engaging direct instruction of the world's knowledge.
  • BrainPop – This app + subscription provides animated tutoring movies for elementary students on a wide range of academic topics.
  • Noteability – This app provides students or teachers with a tool for dynamic note taking.
  • DropBox – Store large files in the Cloud for free or at low cost with this app touting an elegantly simple interface that enables easy file sharing with others.
  • Dictionary – This free dictionary app will work on both iPhone and iPads. 
  • Inspiration – This app provides a easy way to construct and save colorful concept maps. Inspiration no longer runs or is supported for use on Macintosh desktop or laptop. Inspiration still works on iPads.
  • Cmap - This free app is an alternative to Inspiration to create concepts maps.


  • Teaching Channel ( This website provides a collection of videos related to teaching and learning. The videos are organized by subject area, grade, or topics.  The topics include assessment, classroom management, differentiation, engagement, planning, and addressing the needs of ELLs and students with disabilities.  Videos can be used to support the effectiveness of different instructional strategies, as a vehicle for observational activities, and to see how different strategies play out in actual classrooms. Unfortunately this resource is no longer free. A subscription is required.
  • PBS Learning Media ( This website provides resources for faculty and K-12 teachers to support instruction.  The resources are organized by subject area and grade, and can be searched also by type of instructional resource.  These include short videos from PBS programs, audio segments, interactive animations, images, primary and secondary source documents, and lesson plans.  There are also resources available in Spanish. 
  • The iPad or Android Tablet can be used in the classroom by the teacher


For instructors seeking to enhance or document their teaching.


Handouts are available in the Multimedia Center:

  • iMovie Tutorial: Editing Footage in the Multimedia Center (4 pages) 
  • Editing Videos in Adobe Premiere (9 pages)


Information and resources for teacher certification.


iMEDIA provides instructional technology for the classroom, e.g. LCD projectors, computers, VCRs and DVDs players, TVs, VGA cables for projection rooms, etc.


Should you want to email or transfer several files as one file, you could zip them. See the following instructions:


If you would like to cover one of the following topics or you have a topic you would like to introduce, please contact a member of the Committee on Technology and Instructional Resources:

  • TaskStream
  • Multimedia 
  • Mobile devices
  • Social Media
  • Technology Standard
  • Maker labs
  • How to use the cloud to backup your data
  • Faculty shares their use of technology in the classroom 
  • Modeling the use of technology
  • Adobe Reader (read, grade student's papers, scan books)
  • Blogs
  • Blackboard (blogs, wikis, discussion board)