Teaching Tools & Guides

EdTech compiled an extensive repository of tutorials and guidelines about teaching & learning platforms and programs such as Blackboard, CUNYfirst, Hostos Social Network, video conferencing, rich media including video editing platforms and software, and interactive tools.

Bb Tips

Rich Media

Video – Lecture Capture

Panopto – Discontinued

Panopto will be soon discontinued at Hostos Community College. Faculty members are advised to back up their videos as soon as possible.


Camtasia, a screen recorder and video editor, makes it simple to record and create professional-looking videos on Windows and Mac.

PowerPoint Screen Recording

You can record your computer screen and related audio, and then embed it in your PowerPoint slide—or you can save it as a separate video file.


Snagit lets you quickly capture your screen and camera, add additional context, and share images, GIFs, or videos across your preferred platforms.

Downloading Recordings from Panopto

In your Blackboard course, click on “Collaboration”, then click on Panopto Content to access your videos.

Auto-Generating Closed Captions with CUNY Dropbox

CUNY-licensed Dropbox is a recommended tool for autogenerating closed captions. However, privacy becomes a paramount concern when videos include recorded student participation.

Interactive Tools


Socrative is a Cloud-Based Student Response System that allows instructors to create quizzes that students can take quickly on their mobile devices, like tablet computers, iPads, or smartphones, as well as laptops and desktops.


Nearpod enables teachers to use their Tablets to manage content on students’ mobile devices.  It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.  Many think of it as a replacement for a Smart Room.

Video Conferencing

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Bb Collaborate Ultra for Students

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is an online collaboration tool for students that allows for real-time virtual class sessions, group work, and discussions. With this tool, students can participate in interactive discussions with their classmates and instructors, share files, and use multimedia tools to enhance their learning experience.

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MS Teams

The City University of New York is providing Microsoft Office 365 for Education to all active faculty and staff via the Microsoft Office in Education program. The license remains active until you leave the University, at which point it will be in read-only mode and you will be prompted to pay a license fee to Microsoft or stop using Microsoft [...]

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Claiming Hostos Zoom Account

Go to zoom.us
Click on Sign In.
From the Sign In pop-up, click on SSO.
From the Sign In with SSO page, in the company domain textbox, enter hostos-cuny-edu and click the Continue button.

Digication (ePortfolios)

CUNY Microsoft Office 365 for Education


CUNYFirst Doc Upload
EMPLID at the back of Hosts ID Card

Hostos Social Network

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