Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Connect test page & add-in check

Adobe Flash Player

Apple QuickTime Player

ISU licensed software

ISU Licensed software (includes information about Microsoft Office products)

ISU Downloadable software for PC and Mac

Respondus (manage and transfer question databases; can be used with Blackboard Learn)

StudyMate (create study aids from question pools)

Free online tools and services

The following online tools and services have been recommended by your colleagues and/or online publications. This list is intended as a general reference only. Inclusion on the list does not imply that the ODEET office supports or recommends a particular tool, and exclusion from the list does not imply that we discourage use of a particular product.

If you decide to try a product or service, make sure to read the terms of agreement and any how-to documentation provided.

File conversion

cometdocs — online, free

  • Site offers file conversion from one format to another — over 50 format conversion options.
  • It is recommended that you register with the site. The site advertises that they will do file conversion without signup, but the process is very very slow… maybe not working at all.
  • Registered users receive a file storage space (“file manager”) where their original uploaded files and converted files are stored. Can quickly download the converted files from the file manager. — online, free

A suite of tools. Create a user account.

  • - convert files to PDF format and share them. More »
  • Adobe Buzzword - collaborative writing tool. More »
  • Adobe ConnectNow - personal online meeting space (webinar). More »

File sharing/media library

flickr — free account

  • With a free account, you can upload 100MB of data per month and 2 videos per month.
  • The most recent 200 photos will display.
  • Video clips can be no longer than 90 seconds.
  • You can invite people to view your material and identify them as friend or family.
  • You can restrict access to “friends” and/or family.”
  • There are additional benefits for paid subscribers.

Google Docs — free account

  • Store files online for easy access and editing from anywhere.
  • Pick who can access the files.

Google Picasa

  • Upload and organize images.
  • Create web albums and control who has access to each one.
  • Image editing and captioning tools are provided.
  • Can combine photos, videos and music into a movie.
  • Screen capture tool provided.
  • Provides one gigabyte of free storage.
  • Share URL of individual image or album.

Show Document — free

  • Use to share documents during a meeting and for collaborative writing.
  • Can share a file by loading a URL or by loading and viewing a web page.
  • Registered users get an online storage space, can hold longer net meetings, and have a dedicated net meeting room address for sharing.
  • Each meeting can have the presenter and up to 50 invited participants. Each session can last up to one hour - a five minute warning is provided so that you have time to save your work files and close the meeting down.
  • Each participant can save the edited document as a PDF file (regardless of file’s original format).

Meeting scheduling

doodle — free

  • Use for scheduling meetings, staffing, facility use, or to conduct one question polls.
  • Each form has a URL that you can distribute to potential respondents and a second URL for administering the form.
  • No upper limit on number of response, though service slows down after 1000.
  • Unless you delete them, polls are kept online for at least 30 days after their end date or last access (see policy).
  • If you create a user account, you get a nice interface for managing all your forms and collected data.
  • There does not seem to be a way to download data.


CHS survey services

doodle — free

See description above.

Google Docs

  • After you create a free Google account, you can go to the Google Docs tool.
  • Can create very simple one page non-branching online forms containing multiple choice, checkbox, list, scale and open ended questions.
  • Can email invitation to participants.
  • Collected results can be exported as Excel files.
  • Collected data includes a time stamp.
  • Very few editing options compared to other survey services, for example, cannot embed images and can only label the end points in a rating scale question.

Poll Everywhere — free

  • Free for up to 32 anonymous participants per poll and one teacher (Higher Education plan).
  • Monthly pricing plans for greater access rates and increased data collection features.
  • Respondents answer via their cell phone (text message), internet enabled device (Twitter), or web browser.
  • Results are updated live in your web browser or PowerPoint for real-time polling of your audience.

surveygizmo — free

  • The free account allows unlimited number of surveys with unlimited number of questions but limits collected of responses to 250 completed responses per month.
  • Easy to use with all the usual question formats.
  • Paying users have more survey design options - contact the college ODEET staff if you want to take advantage of our college “pro” license.

Webinar/video conferences,

A suite of tools. Create a user account. (See description above.)


Use to share your desktop, show slides, talk/listen/chat/broadcast voice, etc.


  • Video conference with up to six people.
  • Can embed in a website to provide video chat.
  • Can record and save up to 1000 minutes on the ooVoo server.
  • For Windows PCs.


What is a wiki? see “Wikis in plain english” (YouTube video, 3:52 min.)

Compare wiki tools

Wiki tool examples:

PBWorks –  Free “basic” user account
Wetpaint — create websites and control who can access and who can edit

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