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Essential Resources for Integrating Technology in the Classroom

WEB 2.0 TOOLS

 Below you will find links to numerous Web 2.0 tools. Each link opens in a new Tab. Click on any category in the sidebar to go directly to Web 2.0 Tools in that category.

If you use other Web 2.0 tools in your classroom, please click on Contact and send me a message about the tool you use.

 

 


  • Animoto – Creates a quality slideshow from your uploaded photos and videos (Apply for your Free Teacher Account)

  • Audacity – Excellent audio software to record or install sounds to your computer (microphone needed) and edit them afterwards. Also great for editing or mixing songs

  • Audio Expert – A free and simple online audio editor, file converter and sound recorder.

  • Camstudio– A desktop application that allows you to record your computer screen

  • DotSub– Upload a video and create your own subtitles. Good for language learners.

  • Masher– An online video editor that allows users to create by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos from their own uploads or from their large resource library

  • Pixorial – Upload, edit, convert and organise video files (free for a basic account only)

  • Stupeflix– Use templates to make creative online videos by combining your images, videos and audio (free basic account)

  • UJAM – UJAM is a cloud-based platform that empowers everybody to easily create new music and share it with friends

 

  • Diigo – Collect, organise and share with diego. Bookmark, highlight text and images, add sticky notes to webpages

  • Padlet – Possibly the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world

  • Pinterest – An online pin board. Organise and share things you love

  • Piratepad – Work collaborately online via a simple text editor updated and shared in real time. Click on the frog to get started.

  • PrimaryPad – Work collaborately online via a web 2.0 word processing document

  • Sync.in – A web 2.0 based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time

  • Stixy – Create your own online bulletin boards by sticking notes, appointments, files, photos on the screen for yourself or for others to see

  • Scribblar – Designed for creative, real-time collaboration. Users can collaborate on the creation and editing of images, drawings or even mathematical equations

  • Titanpad – Lets people work on one document simultaneously. Good for collaborative teaching and learning tasks

  • Voicethread – A collaborative, multimedia slide show where many people can add comments online. Store images, documents, videos and audio files (limited free educators account)

  • Wikispaces – Educators are given a free 2 GB to develop wikis for their classes. Members can create, edit or contribute to pages making it a great collaborative tool. (free for teachers)




  • Audioboo – An audio-blogging site where you can send updates through the web, phone or its own iPhone app.

  • Blogger – Web 2.0 blog writing tool

  • Edublogs – A hosted blogging platform designed for education (free with advertising)

  • iPadio – Broadcast from any phone to the Internet live. Create phone blogs and let others know what your thinking

  • Podomatic – A podcast community and publication tool (Free – first 500MB)

  • Tumblr – A simplified blogging platform that allows you to share anything online. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, desktop, email, or phone

  • Vocaroo – This simple website allows you to record your voice and email it or post it online for others to listen

  • WordPress – A blogging platform and content management system. You can set up your own blog using a variety of templates and choose from hundreds of features as you need them.

  • code.org – THe goal of this organization is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. THey believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.

  • Common Sense Media Coding Apps and Websites – Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.  We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

  • HopScotch – Hopscotch looks a lot like Scratch and Tynker and uses similar controls to drag blocks into a workspace, but it only runs on the iPad. Hopscotch is a great tool to begin helping students without coding experience learn the basics of programming, logical thinking and problem solving.

  • Code Academy – This interactive website is user-friendly and teaches kids basic code through fun and simple exercises that feel like games.

  • Code Combat – Best for older kids, Code Combat uses an interactive, competitive gameplay mode to stimulate learning. There are online courses that require registration, but kids can be online, playing for free in seconds, too.

  • Code Monster – Particularly good for kids, Code Monster features two adjacent boxes. One displays code, the other shows what the code does. As you play with the code (with some help from a prompt), you learn what each command does.

  • Hackety Hack – After a quick download to your computer, kids can learn Ruby, an open-source programming language that's easy and intuitive.

  • Khan Academy – Known for its extensive and challenging math games, Khan Academy also has basic programming tutorials that teach kids how to build graphics, animations, interactive visualizations and more.

  • LightBot – Predominantly an app-based program, Lightbot offers a FREE demo online as part of its Hour of Code. Like what you see? Its pair of low-cost programming apps cater to kids ages 4-8 and 9 and older.

  • Scratch – Create and share your own interactive stories, games, music and art

  • Stencyl – Inspired by Scratch's snapping blocks system, this software allows users to create simple games for iOS, Android, Flash, Windows, Linux and Mac systems. If your child is serious about it, there are paid pro plans that come with advanced functionality.

  • Tynker – Tynker is a creative computing platform for kids that empowers them
    to become programmers and makers. Like many popular coding programs, Tynker works with interlocking blocks of code, making coding language accessible to beginners. Intro courses here are FREE, but classes jump into the paid category after that, costing $50 per course (discounts apply). Classes are broken down into recommended-age categories, making it easy for mom and dad to determine where kids should begin.



  • ABCya – Online educational games aimed at primary school levels

  • Gnowledge – an education platform where everyone can create, publish, share and take tests, exercises and assignments

  • Hot Potatoes – Six applications that allows you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web

  • JClic – A desktop application that creates interactive exercises and multimedia educational activities using Java

  • Sharendipity – A web based creativity suite where anyone can build and deploy engaging and interactive games and other web applications

  • SplashMath – An online math tool for Grades K-5. It includes unlimited math lessons requiring addition, subtraction, multiplicatio, or division. Used in 30,000+ schools.

  • Quizlet – Create and share flaschcards with your own terms and definitions. Excellent for language learners or to help students revise material

  • Quiz Revolution – Easy way to make a multimedia quiz for your website or blog



  • Commoncraft – Simple three-minute videos to help educators introduce complex subjects (free to view)

  • EmbedPlus – This website allows you to add extra controls to Youtube embedded videos such as slow motion, zooming, chapters and annotations

  • Jing -Take a picture or make a short video of what you see on your computer monitor. Excellent for creating video tutorials. (free or $14.95 per year for a pro account)

  • mailVU – mailVU provides the ability to record a video email at any time, and send it to recipients where they can open it at any time

  • TeacherTubeYouTube but for educational purposes. This site is moderated so content is suitable for students.

  • TED – Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world

  • Tubechop – Allows you to cut YouTube videos and share only the section that interests you

  • Vimeo – A simple yet effective video sharing site

  • YouTube/edu – The world most popular online video sharing website sorted to show only videos from education institutions like universities and colleges.


  • Bubbl.us – Create mind-maps either on your own or collaborating with others

  • Gliffy – Online diagram software. Create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans and technical drawings

  • Mindomo – Mind mapping software tool (basic is free, $3 a month for educational pro account)

  • Mindmeister – Another web application that allows you to create mind-maps (free basic account)

  • Slatebox – A Tool for collaboratively creating mind maps and organizational charts (free for teachers)

  • Spicynodes – Allows you to create mindmaps or organizational charts with bits of information — such as text, links, photos, and other media — placed into "nodes," which are then linked together. You can then embed them into websites, blogs and wikis

  • Spider Scribe – An online mind map creation service where you can add Word documents, images, maps and more

  • Xmind – A mind mapping desktop application


  • 4Shared – An online storage site allowing you to upload and share music, photos, video and documents (free 10GB)

  • Box.net – Online file storage where you can manage and share content with your colleagues or students (free 5GB)

  • Dropbox The easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online. Highly recommended. (free 2GB basic account)

  • Evernote – Collect all of your ideas, experiences, thoughts and memories into an always-accessible place

  • Flickr – Very popular online photo management and sharing application

  • Flipsnack – Flipsnack will quickly convert uploaded PDF documents into a cool virtual magazine with flipping pages.

  • Picasa Web Albums Create online albums to share photos

  • Scribd – A document sharing service that allows you to upload, store and share almost any document format for easy viewing online. You can also download millions of books, manuals and articles based on various topics.

  • Sugarsync – Online storage and sharing of files via computer and mobile phones (free 5GB)


  • Aviary – A suite of powerful online creation tools which allow you to create, edit and manipulate images

  • BeFunky – Get creative with your photos using many fun and simple photo editing and effects

  • Big Huge Labs – Create puzzles, movie posters, magazine covers, calendars, badges and more from your photos.

  • Block Posters – Make full size posters from pictures in your computer

  • Canva Posters – Simple, drag-and-drop, design software

  • Gimp – An excellent open source, image manipulation tool. A good and free alternative to Photoshop.

  • Photovisi – Online tool to create photo collages using templates (free +paid extras)

  • Picture2Life – Online image editor which also allows you to edit photos, create collages and animated gif's

  • Pixer – Edit your photos online using your browser

  • PreLoadr – Online tools to upload and optimize photos

  • Sumo Paint – A professional image editor and painting software in your browser (free to use, paid features available)


  • AuthorSTREAM – Allows you to publish and share your PowerPoint presentations as video

  • Capzles – Create rich multimedia storylines by combining your photos, videos, blogs and audio

  • Fotobabble – Add your voice to photos and customised slide-shows

  • Glogster – Create unique, media rich, interactive posters which can be shared online or embeded into wikis

  • PhotoPeach – Easy to use slideshows creator. Supports background music, captions and comments

  • Prezi – A web2.0 application that allows you to create stunning visual presentations by zooming in, out and around a large, flat canvas or workspace

  • Slideshare – Upload and share your PowerPoint presentations

  • Smilebox – Create e-cards, scrapbooks, slideshows, invitations, collages and photo albums from your photographs. More than 1000 customizable templates to choose from (free premium subscription for teachers)



 

  • Edmodo – A social learning network for teachers, students, schools and districts

  • Facebook – Needs no explanation

  • Mahara – Open source software that allows you to create electronic portfolios, weblogs, resumes and social networking systems. It provides you with the tools to set up and share an online personal learning environment

  • Tinychat – Allows you to video chat online with up to twelve people in a room with HQ video at once. Protected by passwords and moderators, you can even share your desktop or record the conference and embed it onto your website or wiki

  • Twiducate – Based on the idea of Twitter, Twiducate is a micro-blogging service for schools. You can post resources for students, rhare readings, reflect and encourage discussion

  • Twitter – Twitter is a real-time micro-blogging service that connects millions of people. It's a great way for educators to share information, ideas and experiences.

  • Udemy – Lets you to create online courses, upload presentations, videos, host live classroom sessions and write blog posts

  • Voxopop – A bit like a message board but using voice rather than text. You can set up a private talk group and help students develop their speaking skills. Great for language activities


  • Blogpoll – Simple polling tool that can be embedded into any school website or classroom blog

  • Polldaddy – Create online surveys and polls (limited free account)

  • PollEverywhere – Create customized surveys and polls for your website, blog and social network profiles

  • Tricider – Team decision making, brainstorming and collaborative solution web 2.0 tool

  • Survey Monkey – Create online surveys and polls with ease (free basic account)

  • ImageChef – Allow you to create custom images by combining text, symbols and photos using a variety of online templates

  • Tagul– A follow on from Wordle, create customisable word or tag clouds which can be embedded into blogs and wikis

  • Tagxedo – Following Wordle's idea of creating visually stunning, customisable word clouds. Tagxedo, however, allows for greater customisation of the final cloud including its shape and file format output

  • Wordle – The original and still the best tag cloud creators. Allows users to create customizable word clouds from any text with the most prominent words highlighted via size


  • Timeglider – Allows you to create timelines which you can zoom in and out from and span from hours to centuries. Great for history or discussing your family tree (free)

  • Timetoast – Create interactive time lines in minutes and share them on the web (free)



  • Bit.ly – Shorten long web addresses, good for twitter users

  • Build your Wild Self – Crate human / animal hybrids. Good for descriptions.

  • Creative Commons Search – Find media and resources which you are legally free to use and share

  • Museum Box – Tools to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box

  • My Award Maker – Create your own awards to hand out to your students

  • Storybird – Short art inspired, visual stories you can make, share, read and print

  • TagGalaxy – A simple, yet amazing web application that searches Flickr tags and displays the results in a creative way. Good for starting a topic and brainstorming on an electronic whiteboard

  • Youconvertit – Converts most file formats to any other file format including videos, documents, audio and images. (free up to 100MB file, pay for extra features)

  • Yudu – A digital publishing library allowing anyone to share content with a wide audience

  • Zamzar – Online file conversions sent to your email (limited free account)