The Paperless Instructor: Going All Digital in the Classroom at Brightspace Ignite

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  • THE PAPERLESS INSTRUCTORGoing All Digital in the Classroom


  • Learning Management System (LMS)My Pick

    D2L Brightspace

    Course Syllabus & Schedule

    Handouts & Supplemental Resources

    Assignment Submission



    Communicating with Students (email, newsfeed, discussion forum)

  • Cloud StorageMy Picks

    Dropbox (2 GB free)

    Google Drive (15 GB free)

    Box (10 GB free)

    Microsoft OneDrive (7 GB free)

    Store important files in the cloud and access them anywhere/anytime with internet access

    Share large files with others

  • File BrowserMy Pick

    FileBrowserLite (free)

    FileBrowser ($6.99)

    Access files on Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive , Computers, Servers, WebDAV & FTP file directories

    Preview several types of files PDF, MS Office, Images, audio, video, zip folders, etc

    Transfer files to other apps for editing

    Essentially transform your network drives into cloud storage

    Use VPN to access files when not connected to school network

  • Taking AttendanceMy Pick

    Attendance2 ($5.79)

    Upload class list (.csv) using Dropbox

    Upload student photos

    Scan student ID card barcodes or QR Codes

    Create random selections and groups

    Download /email attendance report (.csv)

  • Polling the AudienceMy Pick

    Poll Everywhere (free)

    Quick & simple setup

    Conduct impromptu questions

    PowerPoint Add-in


  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

    My Picks

    Microsoft Word (Free, In-App Purchases)

    Microsoft Excel (Free, In-App Purchases)

    Microsoft PowerPoint (Free, In-App Purchases)

    Microsoft Outlook (Free, In-App Purchases)

    View, Edit & Create Microsoft Office Documents

    Sync with OneDrive, Dropbox & iCloud

    Familiar Microsoft Office editing & formatting tools

    Formatting (e.g. fonts, margins, images, etc) of documents created in Windows desktop versions display the same in apps

  • Custom KeyboardsMy Picks

    SwiftKey (free)

    Excellent predictive typing and autocorrect

    Quickly swipe typing

    UniChar Picker (free, In-App Purchases)

    Type special Unicode characters (e.g. )

    Use keyboard in any app no need to copy & paste between apps

  • Grading AssignmentsMy Pick

    Desire2Learn Assignment Grader (free)

    Download assignments for offline access

    Markup assignments

    Attached audio & video clip comments

    Marks automatically sync with grades in D2L

  • View & Markup PDFsMy Pick

    GoodReader ($5.79)

    Connect to Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive & Box

    Download files and folders for offline access

    Markup tools

  • Notes in the CloudMy Picks

    Microsoft OneNote (free)

    Evernote (free)

    Sync notes between multiple devices - have access to all your import notes and documents anytime/anywhere

  • Handwritten Notes & SketchesMy Picks

    Noteshelf ($6.99)

    Palm rejection

    Support for Bluetooth stylus

    Backup notes to Dropbox

    Skitch (free)

    Markup Photos, Maps, Webpages

    Sync with Evernote

  • Managing PasswordsMy Pick

    1Password (free, In-App Purchases)

    Securely store your passwords

    Automatically generate passwords

    Sync password between devices

    PC & Mac version available (additional cost)

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  • Scanning DocumentsMy Pick

    iScanner ($1.49)

    Photograph documents, convert to PDF and distribute via email, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, or Evernote

  • Interactive Whiteboard My Pick

    Explain Everything ($3.49)

    Create multimedia presentations; embed videos, audio, images, pdf, record drawings

    ShowMe (free)

    Record whiteboard presentations

  • Remote DesktopMy Pick

    Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop Personal

    Access your computer remotely

    Requires installed desktop application

    Free to connect when both devices are on the same network

    Paid subscription for anywhere access, or

    Use VPN to connect to the same network

  • Second MonitorMy Pick

    Splashtop Extended Wireless Display 2

    Turn your tablet into a second monitor for you Windows laptop or MacBook

  • Mind MappingMy Pick

    SimpleMind+ (free)

    SimpleMind ($6.99)


  • PDF Creator/ReaderMy Pick

    Nitro Reader (free)

    Create PDFs

    Annotate PDFs

  • Stylus, Styluses, Styli??

    My Picks

    Adonit Jot

    Bamboo Stylus

    Capacitive stylus vs. Bluetooth LE

  • Presentation RemoteMy Pick

    Kensington PresentAir Pro Bluetooth 4.0 LE Presenter

    Laser pointer

    Capacitive stylus

    Compatible with Windows/Mac/iOS/Android

  • Pen TabletsMy Pick

    Wacom Tablet

    Windows + Mac

    Easily create drawings, markup PDFs, PowerPoints, etc

    Sign documents

    Mark assignments

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