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Web 2.0

The Best Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers – 2012 Edition from Rafael Scapin

What’s a Wiki
Check out Jacob Granahan’s easy instructions for quickly seeting up a wiki.

Cool Tools for Schools Wiki-

This amazing Wiki presents scores of web 2.0 web tools that can enhance you work with kids.  The cool thing is that they are organized by the jobs they do.  For example, the left menu organizes links in categories like presentation tools, video tools or slideshow tools.  It is really easy to get straight to a resource that can transform a lesson!

100 Web 2.0 Tools Every Teacher Should Know About

This web site organizes 100 Web 2.0 tools in rank order.  I really like the way it opens up by sharing the 5 top sites, 5 most surprising and 5 little known.   For example, have you heard of Mahala, Knol or Lino?  Me neither.  Let’s get our geek on and find out what they do!

Here are 101 sites to troll!  

This list lists sites in order again but is really a hit parade.  I know MANY of the listed sites but am always surprised when I encounter one new gem.  I think this is worth perusing as you seek the Web 2.0 site of your dreams.

The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

Here is a free on-line book chock full of web resources to explore by educational category.  If it’s free, it’s for me.  I hope this one is for you too.

EdTEch Tool Box Ultimate Web 2.0 list

This alphabetic list is almost ridiculous in length.  Talk about one stop shopping!  Have at it.

Top New – or New to You – Tools to Use
Submitted by April Machan – Thanks April!
There were so many cool things to see and learn about at the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA) conference this year!  I had a hard time narrowing down my list of things to share, but here is the short list for you all at last.  If anyone wants my full set of notes, I would be happy to send it along after I decode the rest of it 
Please feel free to stop in with questions, comments, bookings of labs to try the new tools, etc.

iTunes U = 500,000 free videos, lectures, and other course materials
Don’t need a computer to access, there’s an app for iPads, iPods, iPhones, can go through iTunes on the computer to access.  Go to iTunes store, and find the iTunesU along the top of the window. After iTunesU loads, you can search for content.  Items up from universities and beyond, k-12 as well, power search can be narrowed down to just iTunesU lessons.

Storybird = Art inspired storytelling
www.storybird.com – Online story creator, can write, spell check, set assignments, drop them in the dropbox, can manage accounts for kids without email addresses.  You create usernames and then they change the passwords when they login for the first time.

http://www.vocabsushi.com/ – Like Free Rice?  Try VocabSushi for something different J Only vocabulary, but goes for middle school up to post-graduate.  No need to log in or create an account.

www.vocabahead.com – Look up vocabulary words and see videos explaining them.  Make your own videos with the class and upload them – if they like them, they will be posted for all to see.  This could be an RTI extension with top kids or fun project with intensive kids.

www.photopeach.com – digital storytelling through use of photos, can do backgrounds, music captions and comments

History Pin
www.historypin.com – Combine old photos with Google Maps and you get History Pin.  People can upload photos with information attached, and then other people can add more information to them.  See the historic photos in Google Maps Street view to see what’s there next to the building in the photo now. Can be searched by time and place, and can make collage of old plus new.

http://quizlet.com/ – Find 11 million free quizzes and flashcard sets on Quizlet.  Use the ones on Quizlet or sign in and make your own on any subject.  Quizlet also has mobile apps for the studier-on-the-go J

www.wallwisher.com – Here is a fun way to do “sticky notes” on your Smartboard or projector screen.  Make a wallwisher with any kind of question or direction you like, and then kids can post to it = accessing prior knowledge before a unit, exit ticket, bell ringer activity, etc. Click on my Wallwisher http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/mrsmachan to add a tech tool that you use and love.  I have set it up so that I must approve any posts, so be nice J  Please change “Anonymous” to your name so people can ask you about the tools if they have questions.

Ways to use Existing Tools in new ways
www.wordle.net – try having students copy a chapter from an online book and paste into wordle – use as a pre-reading activity to see which words are most used.  Or, have kids copy and paste their writing into wordle to see which words they use the most. Or, put in a chapter from a novel to make a wordle, have the kids guess which book it’s from, summary of research project,

www.tagxedo.com – character sketch pasted into tagxedo to see which words are more important, word cloud with shape.  BONUS = students can save their tagxedos as jpegs to use later all about me tagxedo – describe themselves,

Twitter:  most valuable post of the day, use as a classroom account for “microblogging”, give kids a paper sheet with 140 lines on it, tell them to sum up what they learned that day in 140 characters – includes spaces, kids write them, the teacher picks the best one to post on Twitter.

Videos from Common Craft on www.YouTube.com  – techno tools in Plain English.  There’s a great one explaining what wikis are: Wikis in Plain English – friends are using it to coordinate a camping trip. Search on YouTube for Common Craft video and have fun!

http://blabberize.com/ – upload image and give it a mouth, mouth will talk, can deliver the info in a more engaging way, create a script for a famous person and make them talk, need accounts – one for class will work, can check for reading fluency – practice reading and then record voice.

Awesome thoughts in general from presenters
      Make the learning deeper and less prone to copyright problems by using NO Google-able questions, e.g. instead of “research a pyramid”, try “what kind of pyramid would you build and which 2.0 tool would you use?” That way, kids get the factual data and remix it to create their final project.
Remember that Google is not a person – don’t ask it questions J I tell kids that Google is like a dog: we tell it to “Fetch” the information and it brings back whatever it thinks we want.  There might be a lot of junk that comes back, so it’s our job as researchers to find the stick in with the dirt clods, garbage, and dead squirrels that Google-dog brings back.
I saw Debby Caven from Digital Touch Education present a PowerPoint on Multiple Intelligences and Technology:  I saved a copy of it – she gave us all permission to use it J – in the LMC folder on the Staff Shared drive.  It’s called WEMTA Wiki-Web 2.0 Tools and Multiple Intelligences, and it’s pretty cool!

Wendy Wolfe’s Web 2.0 Links






Favorite Ed Tech Bloggers and Websites

Kathy’s favorite Web 2.0 tools


Dipity-Multimedia and Interactive Timeline Creation Tool


Symbaloo – Organize and share the best of the web with your students.


Video Introduction:


Thinking Blocks 

Thinking blocks is a website that allows users to model their math problems. After selecting the type of problem (addition, multiplication, fraction, and ratio) user are then given a word problem that they build a part – part – whole model off of.   A great visual to help all math learners.


50 Web 2.0 Sites for Schools

  1. 19 Pencils – 19Pencils is the easiest way for teachers to discover, share and manage web-based educational content with students. A teacher can create quizzes, websites, track students, and more.
  2. ACMI Generator – This is a great site for older students for digital storytelling and creating a storyboard scene with a script.
  3. Animoto – Create wonderful looking slideshows that includes, video, images, music, and more.
  4. Aviary Education – A safe private environment to use Aviary’s suite of online tools for: audio, video, and image editing.
  5. Boom Writer – BoomWriter is a supremely engaging creative writing website that has students reading, writing and assessing content in ways they’ve never done before!
  6. Classtell – A nice site for teachers to create an educational website.
  7. Diigo – Social bookmarking for teachers where they can create free student accounts.
  8. Dropbox – A great way to share and collaborate on documents on a number of different electronic devices.
  9. Edmodo – A wonderful safe/secure learning environment for teachers and students. A nice all-in-one solution for education.
  10. Educaplay – A excellent way to create interactive multimedia educational activities.
  11. Every1Speaks – A learning platform where students learn through collaborative enquiry-based learning.
  12. Gaggle – A excellent suite of online learning tools for filtered: emailing, messaging, forums, and more.
  13. Glogster – Creating collaborative and interactive posters in this safe environment. A wonderful and very popular web 2.0 tool.
  14. GoAnimate – A terrific way to create custom animations with an educational portal.
  15. Google Apps for Education – Does it really get much better than this?
  16. Gnowledge – A wonderful site to create collaborative online quizzes, share resources, view others quizzes, and more. Excellent tech support and tutorial videos as well.
  17. Grockit Answers – A great teaching tool to create a Q/A session for any YouTube video.
  18. Kidblog – A fantastic way to create a safe environment for students to blog in. Everything is controlled by the teacher as a moderator.
  19. Kerpoof – Lots of educational activities can be found here such as: make a movie, draw a picture, and more.
  20. Kubbu – A free site for teachers to create games, quizzes, or crosswords and then share them with students and view/analyze their results.
  21. Little Bird Tales – A wonderful free site for digital storytelling that allows kids to record and narrate their story.
  22. Live Binders – Is an excellent site for creating an online binder to collect and share resources with others.
  23. MentorMob – One of my favorite new sites for curating the web into learning “playlists.” This is an innovative way to teach a lesson, unit, or any given topic.
  24. Mixbook – A great site for digital storytelling in a safe environment. Educators get a discount on printed books.
  25. Musicshake – Legal, copyright, free music for every student in your school – created by students, right from a browser.
  26. Myths & Legends – One of the best free sites around for digital storytelling in a safe environment with lots of characters, themes, and objects to choose from.
  27. PhotoPeach – An excellent site for creating slideshows and creating and managing student accounts.
  28. PikiFriends – A fun safe environment for online pen pals for middle school and high school students.
  29. Pixton – A great way to motivate students by creating digital stories using this comic creator.
  30. PresentationTube – A nice windows app for creating presentations out of PowerPoint slides.
  31. Prezi – A excellent site for creating zooming slideshows and presentations.
  32. Primary Access – A free suite of online tools for students and teachers to create digital movies, storyboards, and other activities.
  33. Primary Wall – A real-time collaboration tool that allows students and teachers to create a page of online sticky notes. Great for mind mapping and brainstorming!
  34. Skype in the Classroom – A great collaboration tool for classrooms to video or audio chat with other educators and students.
  35. SideVibe – Turn bookmarked web content into blended classroom lessons.
  36. SlideRocket – All you need is a Google Apps account to use this free tool to creating stunning presentations.
  37. SpellingCity – One of the best sites around for teaching and learning Spelling and Vocabulary. A very user-friendly and engaging site to use.
  38. Storybird – A fantastic site to inspire students to read & write through the use of digital storytelling.
  39. StoryJumper – A great site for digital storytelling where students can incorporate their own art, publish online, share with others, or order a print copy.
  40. SymbalooEDU – A wonderful way to organize educational sites into one location for students.
  41. Triptico – A great free tool for teachers to help create, share, and edit interactive lessons.
  42. ToonDoo Spaces – Create a private and safe environment for digital storytelling through the use of an online comic.
  43. VoiceThread – One of the most popular web 2.0 sites around for creating dynamic and interactive slideshows and presentations. Also, another great tool for digital storytelling.
  44. Webspiration – From the creators of Inspiration comes this excellent web portal for creating mind maps, brainstorms, outlines, and more.
  45. Weebly – Create a free class/student blog or website.
  46. Wolfram Alpha – There is now an educational portal for Wolfram’s computational search engine. This portal contains dynamic textbooks, lesson plans, widgets, interactives, and more.
  47. Yacapaca – A nice free all-in-one solution for schools for creating quizzes, surveys, assessments, and more.
  48. YouTube for Schools – Access 1000s of YouTube videos in a controlled environment without having to worry about comments.
  49. Zimmer Twins – A great site for digital storytelling with an educational portal.
  50. Zoho Wiki – A nice site for educators to create online interactive content.


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