Software Tips & Handouts

Tutorials, Handouts and Software

The links below point to tutorials, handouts and useful software available to faculty. Some handouts require the free Adobe Acrobat reader.

Blackboard Learn 9.1

Blackboard Learn 9.1 is Atlantic Cape's web-based learning management system, used in all of our online courses. Not only does it have communication tools such as email, messages, discussions and chat, but it also allows you to create online tests, monitor your students' progress through activities, and it also supports many multimedia formats such as audio and video. Blackboard has created an "On Demand Learning Center" to assist faculty in learning Blackboard Learn 9.1. Click below for audio narrated Instructor and Student Blackboard Learn 9.1 tutorials.


Easily create interactive video lessons for your students.


Flipgrid is a free, simple way to foster short video-based discussions on classroom topics.


HandBrake is a free, multi-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.


Educators often have use for high quality pictures and graphics. These free image sources are “CC0” license. CC0 enables creators and owners of copyright-protected content to waive interests in their works and place them in the public domain. Others can then freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright law.


Kahoot! is a free, mobile game-based learning platform that makes learning fun, inclusive and engaging.

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Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a free student response system to use in your classroom. Poll Everywhere uses students' personal mobile devices to increase classroom interaction. Students can participate in classroom surveys using SMS messaging, mobile and desktop web browsers.


Prezi is zooming presentation software. It allows you to bring all of your ideas into one space and show how they relate.


Engage your students in and out of the classroom with interactive study material, learning activities and games.

SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard and SMART Notebook Software

View the links below for information on free Online training and resources for the SMART Board interactive whiteboard and the SMART Notebook software.


Snagit (formerly Jing) is software to create instant screenshots and screencasts.


Streamable is an easy way to edit and publish video. It is simple, fast and free. You can upload your video or paste a video URL (ie. from YouTube). After you are finished editing your video, you can embed the link or download the .mp4 file. There is a 10 minute limit on video duration and a maximum file size of 1 GB for direct file uploads.


Turnitin is software used at Atlantic Cape to deter plagiarism. It is easy to use and quickly identifies unoriginal material. View the links below for useful tutorials.


Twiddla is a real-time Online collaboration tool that is free for educational uses. You can use Twiddla to create and attend password protected meetings with a custom meeting URL. Twiddla allows you to share images and documents and incorporates both chat and voice.

Venus Academic Server

The Atlantic Cape academic server ("Venus") provides native file storage and website technologies for faculty and students.

  • File Storage
  • Web Hosting

Venus also provides common web tools customized for educational use. Please contact Michelle Perkins at for more information.

Whiteboard Animation Videos

Whiteboard animation videos are videos that draw themselves using images, shapes, characters and sounds. Below are three web tools that you can use to create whiteboard animation videos:


Zoom is a video conferencing solution that includes a free "Basic" version that allows meetings for up to 100 participants. There is a 40 minute time limit for meetings with 3 or more participants in the Basic version, with unlimited 1 to 1 meetings. Zoom includes group collaboration features and is accessible across mobile devices, desktops, and telephones.