Use the tabs (above) for details on each class tool.  Overall, the best setup for this class includes:


You need your own blog to post and share your work.  If you don’t have a blog already, you may establish one for free at or on Medium.

WordPress offers more features and is a bit more complex. Medium offers fewer features and is more user-friendly.   If you are just getting started, I would opt for simplicity and use Medium.


Slack is a free community platform – largely a chat/discussion forum, but more than that.  Slack is organized by channels to keep the chatter organized and it allows for Direct Messaging (DM) between individuals.   For this class, we will use Slack for:

  • Class Announcements / Reminders / Updates
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sharing & Discussion of media and topics
  • Assignment Submissions (homework)
  • File Sharing
  • Feedback / Grade Updates (DM with Instructor)

I strongly recommend:

  • Get the Slack App on your computer, leave it on/open
  • Enable Slack notifications so you know when someone mentions you or when new course content has been shared
  • Get theSlack App for your mobile devices as well
(Click on the Slack link in the top menu to join the class Slack Team) is a web annotation tool, a.k.a. inline discussion for PDFs and web pages.   You need an account and you should use the Chrome extension.  You will be assigned to a group as a part of the Scavenger Hunt Challenge.  Quick Start Guide for Students


Zoom is a desktop video conferencing tool, similar to Skype,  Google Hangouts, or Facetime.  Beyond video chat, Zoom can be used to record meetings, presentations, and the like.  I’ve setup a class zoom-room for your convenience.  Use it as you like, first come, first serve.   You also have access to your own Zoom account via the university, just login/download at