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Increase Student Engagement and Student Learning by Using Technology at Imagine Camelback Charter School

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Web 2.0 Tools (Listed Alphabetically)
  • BibMe
    BibMe might be the easiest way to create a works cited page. You can search for a book, article, website or film and it automatically generates the information for you. You can also enter in the information yourself if you have it on hand.
  • bitly
    If you tend to provide your students with a lot of links to online readings, activities, etc., you should look into using bitly’s link shortening service so you aren’t sending your kids super long URLs. You can even track how many times each link has been clicked to get an idea of how many students actually followed your instructions.
  • Blabberize
    Blabberize is a fun web 2.0 tool that allows you to upload a picture (of a person or animal), select its mouth, and make it talk by adding an audio file. Like Gizmoz, your students are sure to get a kick out of it!
  • Bubbl.us
    Use Bubbl.us to create colorful online mind maps. It’s great for class discussions and brainstorming sessions.
  • Create-a-Graph
    Use Create-a-Graph to make attractive graphs for free. Choose from bar, line, area, pie and simple XY coordinate graphs.
  • Diigo
    Use Diigo to highlight text and images on webpages that you’ve found and then access them at a later date from your Diigo account. You can also create sticky notes if you need to write additional comments. When you return to the website, all of the annotations you made are still there.
  • Dipity  
    With Dipity, you can find, create and embed interactive timelines. The best part is that you can add photos to customize the look of each timeline. This website is especially useful for providing your students with a visual representation of a sequence of events. It’s great for history and English teachers.
  • Forvo
    Forvo is the world’s largest pronunciation dictionary. It’s very valuable for foreign language teachers because you can look up any word and hear it pronounced by an authentic native speaker.
  • GoAnimate
    GoAnimate let's you create animated video that tell your story out loud! You can add characters, change backgrounds, or create scenes with the click of a mouse. Add your own voice or choose a voice to use! View an Example.
  • Go2Web20.net
    Go2Web20 is a web applications index that allows you to search for Web 2.0 tools.
  • Google Drive
    Google Drive provides a single place to store, access, create, edit, and share documents, files, and folders of all types. When you create new documents from Google Drive, you typically create online Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. No matter what happens to your devices, your files are safely stored in Google Drive. Video Guide to Google Drive
  • Jing
    Jing allows you to do screencasting. Capture an image of what you see on your computer screen with Jing. Simply select any window or region that you want to capture, mark up your screenshot with a text box, arrow, highlight or picture caption, and decide how you want to share it.
  • Kidblog
    Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Use Kidblog to create classroom discussions, learn digital citizenship, practicing writing skills, create an e-portfolio, reflect on learning, formatively assess writing.
  • Padlet
    Padlet is a free, collaborative Web 20.0 tool that allows users to express their thoughts on a common topic. Multiple users can simultaneously add any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the pad, using a computer or any mobile device.  Padlet Tutorial
  • Pixlr
    Pixlr is a free online photo editing tool. It’s like PhotoShop, but much more affordable!
  • Podomatic   
    Create and upload your own podcast or find a variety of free podcasts on Podomatic.
  • Poll Everywhere  
    Poll Everywhere is an inexpensive and quick alternative for clicker response systems. Create your first poll in 30 seconds without having to sign up. Your students simply text their answer to a predetermined number and, voila! Poll Everywhere is free if your class size is less than 40 students.
  • Screencast-O-Matic 
    Screencast-O-Matic is an online screen recorder with a one-click recording feature. You can use it from your browser on either a Windows or Mac computer.
  • Screenr
    Screenr is one of the best instant screencast tools available. It’s free and you can record on your PC or Mac, play it anywhere—even on your iPhone—and there’s nothing to download (as long as you have Java installed on your computer).
  • SlideShare   
    SlideShare is one of the most popular ways to upload and share PowerPoint presentations and other documents. This is also a great tool for transferring documents between your home and school computer without having to carry around a flash drive.
  • Tagxedo
    Tagxedo is an awesome word cloud creation tool. You can turn customized text, websites, blogs, twitter accounts and more into stunning designs based on the frequency of words found in the medium. There are numerous designs and color schemes to choose from that can be saved to your computer or shared. 101 Ways to Use Tagxedo in the classroom.
  • TubeChop
    If you want to show a YouTube video in class that isn’t entirely appropriate or relevant, use Tubechop to cut out all of the excess and only keep what you want to show.
  • Voci
    Voki is a FREE service that lets you create customized speaking characters. It's also creative, easy-to-use tool that helps motivate students and increases student participation.
  • VoiceThread
    VoiceThread’s group conversations are stored and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world. It allows you to create multimedia slideshows with images, videos and documents. Others can view the slides and then leave text, audio or video comments.
  • Vimeo
    Vimeo is kind of like YouTube in that it is a place for you to easily upload any kind of video you create—even high definition. A free account gives you access to 500MB worth of storage each week that you can use for a variety of things like customizing your website or blog.
  • WeVideo
    WeVideo is an online video editing program that you can use collaboratively with others. It is easy to add effects, music and narration to a personal or group project. WeVideo also takes the hassle out of sharing by providing options for popular social media sites.
  • Wordle
    Create beautiful word clouds from text that you provide. Like Tagxedo, it gives prominence towords that appear most frequently. You can save, print and share your creation.