Teacher Training

Why teacher training?

A few of the goals in the LSRC Mission are to functioning as an incubator for innovative technology-enhanced instructional projects, facilitating faculty development and research in the area of technology integration, and supporting the meaningful integration of technology into world language learning and teaching. These intentions, along with the others listed here, are met in a variety of ways. One of these is the regular publication of Tech Tips and Tutorials from the LSRC. Access all of the recent tips below. If you have questions or suggestions for an upcoming Tech Tip, contact Jacob Larsen, LSRC Director.

Tech Tips


Would you like to incorporate more kinesthetic learning into your teaching activities? Would you like students to interact more with their local environment as part of their learning? If so, you may want to use the Augmented Reality for Interactive Storytelling (ARIS) app. ARIS is a free online platform that allows you to create educational experiences such as mobile games, tours and interactive stories that can be accessed on iOS mobile devices.


Want to engage students create engaging and creative class projects and discussions using online video? Then check out the free FlipGrid tool! FlipGrid is a digital application for both web and mobile that allow students to create and submit short (up to 90 seconds) recordings to a course ‘FlipGrid’ or message board for sharing with instructors and fellow students. Instructors may also upload recordings with questions and comments to set assignments and participate in the conversation.


Want to support critical thinking skills and allow students to apply their knowledge in a visual way? Then check out this review of Glogster; a cloud-based platform for creating interactive presentations.

HP Reveal

Would you like to involve students more with various kinds of media while making more engaging posters? Would you like to have students integrate not just written content and static graphics in their posters but also movie clips, sound and feedback forms? If so, check out HP Reveal. With HP Reveal, students build ‘triggers’ into their posters which, when viewed through the HP Reveal app on a mobile device, will enable to viewer to engage with the poster. For example, song lyrics can link to a YouTube version of the song and an image, such as of an exclamation mark, can trigger a link to a surveys that viewers can take and provide feedback on the poster topic.


Could you or your students use an effective way of taking electronic notes? Would you like to be able to integrate and combine written and recorded notes with pictures? Would it be helpful if it worked on all platforms, including mobile devices? If so, check out this review of OneNote, the free Microsoft note-taking application. One feature I particularly like is the ability to take a photo of a PPT screen and then have OneNote extract the text from it. This has saved me lots of time at conference presentations and many times made the difference between getting all the info or getting only half, before the presenter moves on.


Want to help students communicate their learning in a more visual way? Then check out StoryboardThat; a graphic organizer and storyboard/comic creator that lets users drag and drop text, backgrounds, and figures into a grid to build their story. It can be used to illustrate vocabulary assignments, visualize verb conjugations, and many other things inside and outside of class.


Want to help students express themselves creatively with images, text and interactive online materials? Then check out this review of ThingLink; a cloud-based platform for creating interactive presentations.

Word Cloud Applications

Want to work on student reading and writing skills in a more graphical and visual way? Then check out one of the several word cloud applications that are available for free. Word cloud applications are data visualization tools for word frequencies in a given passage. Generating a word cloud can help students visualize the words they are using or reading in a way that reflects importance, emphasis, or their personal word choice habits.


What is Canva? By Jalen Giles

Want to add some instructional graphics to your online course? Then take a look at Canva. Canva lets you make great-looking graphics to improve the navigation in your course, make banners, or illustrations of topics. Through the use of simple templates and lots of stock images and backgrounds you can make professional-looking graphics in a matter of minutes which easily download for use in your online courses. Watch this workshop for a walk-through of how to use Canvas and how to transfer graphics to your Canvas course.

Pearson 3158 / 3113 touch screen tutorials


Fall and Spring Semester:

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm

Friday: 8am – 5pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

Summer Semester:

Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday


In general, the LSRC is closed during Winter Break, Spring Break and all University Holidays. The hours above list any exceptions.


3142 Pearson Hall
505 Morrill Rd
Ames, IA 50011



Jacob E. Larsen
3142A Pearson Hall
505 Morrill Rd
Ames, IA 50011