Web 2.0 Tools

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Which Tool Will Best Do the Job?

Assessments/Interactives/SAT, ACT Test Prep
  • Brain Pop -Games, movies, assessments
  • Google Forms - Use your Google account to create both formative and summative assessments, surveys, EXIT Cards for your students
  • Grockit - Create assessments, analyze results, develop tutorials for students
  • Kubbu -Create quizzes, games, crosswords
  • QuizStar - Create quizzes and score online; manage multiple classes; attach multimedia files to questions; multiple languages
  • Skyward: Create an Online Assignments/Assessments - video tutorial that walks you through creating an online assignment/assessment using Educator Access+ in Skyward
  • Skyward: Creating Online Assessments - another resource for using Educator Access+ as an online assessment tool
  • Yacapaca! - Create quizzes and surveys. Discover, modify and share assessments. Set work for the whole class; Assess automatically; Analyze with tools that improve instruction
  • Zunal - Webquests
Audio Recording/Editing (podcasts/tutorials)
  • Audacity - Add audio to your screenshots or videos
  • AudioBoo - Also comes in an easy-to-use iPad/iPod app
  • Jing - Add audio to screenshots for tutorials and podcasts
  • iTunes: Making a Podcast - Learn how to record and share your own lessons via podcasts
  • KissTunes - Create notes on computer keyboard, choose instruments; play and record without registration; save music library
  • iMovie - An iOS app that allows sleek and professional-looking movies
  • Podomatic - 500MB free storage; 15GB per month; ability to share podcasts
  • SnagIt - Another great production resource from TechSmith
  • Vocaroo - Easy voice recording; no limit on audio length
Blogs, Wikis and Websites
  • Blogger - Google's blogging gem
  • ClassTell - Create a beautiful, easy-to-use website for your classes and students in minutes
  • Edmodo - FaceBook-like site for posting assignments, blogs, dialogue with your students
  • KidBlog - Safe and secure platform for your students to express themselves
  • Posterous - One of the originals; used by millions; now owned by Twitter
  • Primary Wall - Teachers and students can create online sticky notes collaboratively
  • Tumblr - Photoblogging
  • Twitter - Microblogging; say everything you need in 140 characters or less
  • Weebly - Easily create a classroom website and blog; manage your students' accounts; accept homework assignments online; keep your parents up-to-date
  • Wikispaces - Collaboration without the learning curve; great place to collect collaboratively
  • WordPress - Blog, curate and share
Citation Tools
  • BibMe - MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian formats; designed for education
  • EasyBib - MLA format is free; APA, Chicago, Turabian formats required paid account
  • Mendeley - Easily organize your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere.
  • NoodleBib Express - One-time citation creator for MLA, APA, or Chicago formats; does not save citations created in free version
  • Plagium - Plagiarism detector
  • TurnItIn - Leading plagiarism checker and online grader
  • Zotero - Great research tool for organization, citation, bibliographies
Collaborative Tools
  • FaceBook - Create a class page and communicate happenings with parents, community
  • Google Groups - Collaboration, communication, research tool
  • Twiducate - Connect with students in a secure manner
Copyright-Free Media/Creative Commons
  • 3D Toad - Free 3D images that you can rotate; comes with instructional tutorials for suggestions for integrating into lessons/presentations
  • Behold  A visual image search engine for high quality Creative Commons images
  • Blip TV - Published original video content licensed under Creative Commons
  • CompFight - image search engine tailored to find images for blogs, websites, and research; good connection for Creative Commons images
  • Creative Commons - This site is devoted to helping creators license and choose sharing rights of their original works
  • Findicons -  Search through 300000 free icons in more than 2000 icon packs
  • Jamendo - Copyright-free music for videos
  • Music Shake -Copyright-free music for every student
Curation and Sharing Tools
  • Bag The Web - Somewhat like Pinterest, you can creat "bags" instead " board." One the nice features in this tool (BTW) is the ability to embed multimedia in your bags.
  • Brainy Box - get creative curating information, images, websites on all sides of a colored cube; sharing capability through URL link or embed code, QR Code, or download web shortcut
  • Bundlr - Organize curated content into tidy, highly visual pages; curates text only so it would be an efficient tool for those curating much text-rich research and documentation
  • Delicious - The biggest collection of bookmarks; Share and tag bookmarks from the Internet
  • Diigo - Highlight and comment on a page; create private groups or share tagged bookmarks; curates Twitter favorites seamlessly
  • Dropbox - 2GB of free storage of files of all formats; can sync files with others
  • Flickr - Annotate, share and search for millions of photos online; Yahoo account needed to create Flickr account
  • FlipBoard - A dual platform (iOS and Android) app that allows you to curate news stories, blogs, articles and current events
  • Learni.st - Share what you know and learn new things; create Learn Boards on topics you understand and add learnings by pointing to videos, blogs, other websites and other resources
  • MightyBell - Create a study group, book club, organize a class or plan a project
  • Paper.li - Publish Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any web content into your own online newspaper
  • Pearltrees - Cultivate your interests; lets you collect, organize and share everything you like.
  • Picasa Web Album - 1GB free photo storage in Google account
  • Pinterest A content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their pinboard. Also includes standard social networking features 
  • Pocket - formerly Read it Later - a beautiful tool for curating your favorite websites; available in both iOS and Android platforms for mobile devices
  • Posterous - Easily manage and customize curation in multiple spaces; available in both Android and iOS mobile platforms as well as online; ability to share with whomever you want, or keep private
  • Scoop.it - Easily curate engaging magazines. Effectively feed your web presence.
  • SlideShare Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios.
  • StumbleUpon - Highly visual and engaging way to discover new content while also bookmarking and curating your own favorite
  • Storify - Create and share stories
  • Tumblr - Curate photos and images in this rich and free blog hosting platform offering professional and fully customizable templates, bookmarklets, photos, mobile apps, and social networking sites
  • Twitter - Yes, Twitter as a curation tool. Simply "Favorite" tweets with useful resources and add them to your "favorites" page
Cyberbullying/Internet Safety
Digital Literacy
Interactive Whiteboards
Mind Mapping
  • Bubbl - Simple mind-mapping - a student favorite!
  • Cacoo - Concept mapping tool; create flowcharts, diagrams and layouts (Chrome app also)
  • Exploratree - Create customized thinking guides and share with others
  • Mind Meister - Apps also available for iPad, iPhone and Android
  • Popplet - Record thoughts, create galleries, explore ideas collaborate, collect inspiration
  • Webspiration - Collaborate with your peers, communicate with teachers or work independently, anytime and anywhere you have Internet access
OER (Open Educational Resources) and MOOCS (Massive Online Open Courses)
PLNs -Professional Learning Networking
  • 19 Pencils - Connect with other teachers to share resources
  • Classroom 2.0 Professional Ning  
  • Educators' PLN Network (Ning)
  • FaceBook - "Like" professional pages and learn about educational technology in the most populated social network on the planet
  • Linked In - Career-based social networking; great resource to increase your web presence and get your expertise out there
  • Sophia - Personalized learning at its best! This site offers over 25,000 tutorials on a wide variety of topics; serves teachers interested in "flipping" their classrooms by allowing them to create their own content, choose tutorials or choose the newly-developed Pathways, which are sequenced tutorials featuring full standards-based curricula.
  • Today's Meet - Talk, listen, embrace a backchannel and connect with your PLN in real time
  • Twitter - Got a question? Need advice? Tweet out your request to your followers and get answers in minutes. Grow your PLN by following strong innovators in education
  • Ahead - Design and publish impressive zooming presentations, websites and widgets
  • Animoto - Turn your photos, video clips and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone; fast, free and shockingly easy
  • Author Stream - Share your PowerPoint presentations on the web
  • Aviary Education - Create private student accounts; all content and images are 100% school safe
  • Brain Shark - Voice-enriched video presentations that can be accessed anytime, on-demand
  • Empressr - Rich, high-quality online slideshows and presentations
  • FlipSnack - Create digital flip books with PDF files
  • Glogster - Create posters for your students, or them create their own and share
  • GoAnimate - Create an animated lesson for your class; make a demo video for your students or a training video for your staff
  • Google Presentations - Use your Google account to create easy presentations accessible on-demand in your Google Drive anywhere
  • HelloSlide - Give voice to your presentations in 20 different language; great for ELL classrooms!
  • Jux - Create slideshows, articles, videos, etc.
  • Knovio - Bring life to "flat" presentation with your webcam and microphone
  • PhotoStory 3 - Free Windows download to create videos from photos
  • Present.me - You show. You tell. You share.
  • Prezi - Make your presentations zoom
  • Slide Rocket - Create, collaborate and share stunning, media-rich presentations 
  • Slide Share - Like Power Point but for sharing on the cloud
  • SlideStaxx - gather various social media into a beautiful slideshow for your blog, website or post directly on slidestaxx..com
  • Toontastic - Create cartoons with puppets and voice recordings
  • VuVox - Interactive slideshow from photos, videos, music from Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, YouTube, FaceBook, etc.
  • Xtranormal - Turns your words into a 3D animated movie
  • Zentation - Combine video and slides to create online presentations that best simulate the live experience; easily create high-end webinars, webcasts, elearning, training and visual events
Professional Productivity
  • Class Dojo - Student behavior management system that offers real-time feedback to teachers, students and parents
  • Doodle - Easy scheduling tool
  • Edmodo - Safe and secure platform to set up a social learning network for your classes
  • EduPlay  Create teaching activities with an attractive professional result
  • Evernote - A great notetaking tool; users can take notes, create templates, save photos, websites. Other recommended tools from the Evernote Trunk: Evernote Webclipper, Skitch, Evernote Peek (for use with iPad SmartCovers), Evernote Clearly
  • FaceBook
  • Famundo - Connect, communicate, organize, share with this social orgnizational tool
  • Google Forms - Use your Google account to create surveys or questionnaires for students, parents or staff for increased professional productivity
  • I Love PDF - Merge or split PDF files
  • PDF Creator - alternative to Adobe; protect files against modifications unless you decide to edit
  • PDF Escape - Upload and annotate existing PDFs; create, save and share PDFs
  • PollDaddy - Multiple response options; up to 100 survey responses per month; limited to 10 questions
  • Poll Everywhere - Create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices; see results instantly with your audience
  • Print Friendly - Make any web page print friendly.
  • Remember the Milk - Create To Do lists that sync with Google Calendar and offers email and IM reminders; available in both iOS and Droid apps
  • Side Vibe - A simple way to place useful, formative classroom lessons over any web page
  • Survey Monkey - Gather feedback from students, parents, staff easily and for free
  • TinyURL - Make lengthy, ugly URLs shorter (an especially helpful tool when using Twitter or other microblogging tools)
Project-Based Learning
QR Code Generators
Searching Tools
  • Addictomatic - one stop shop for creating a custom search page about a single topic
  • Power Searching with Google - improve your Google search skills with Power Searching and Advance Power Searching online courses (note: some sessions are self-paced; some have set dates)
  • 3D Brain
  • Journey North - Also an app, this site provides tools dedicated to learning about wildlife migration and seasonal change
  • NASA App - Come explore with NASA in the palm of your hand with this iPad app
  • Nature Works Everywhere - A free website designed by The nature Conservancy to teach the importance of environmental conservation; aimed at middle level teachers, students and families
  • Project Noah - iPad app that lets learners share wildlife encounters and help them document our planet's diversity
Social Bookmarking
  • Delicious - One of the original social bookmarking sites out there
  • Diigo - Curate bookmarks from the web and organize for future use; great tool for students to gather and organize online research
  • Dropbox - Store photos, files and videos; access from anywhere, any device
  • FlipBoard - App for iPad and Android for social magazine curation
  • Google Reader - Follow blogs and RRS feeds on your Google account
  • Instapaper - A simple tool to save web pages for reading later
  • Symbaloo - Organize teaching resources in one place; encourage student-to-student communications
Social Studies
  • History by Era - Offers original essay by renowned historians, podcasts, interactives features, exhibitions, timelines, teaching tools and primary source documents
  • Stack the States - Geography app for the iPad
  • Stack the Countries - Geography app for the iPad
  • UMapper -Create an unlimited number of public or provate maps, view map stattistics and use maps from various sources
  • Wayfaring - create personalized maps
  • ZeeMaps - Create interactive maps, publish map to blog or website, customize, add legends; create PDF or JPEG of maps; allows for private or collaborative map creation

Video and Image Recording/Editing (for podcasts/vodcasts/tutorials)
  • Camtasia Studio - Create professional screen videos without formal training
  • iTunes Podcasts/Vodcasts - Suscribe or create and share your podcasts/vodcasts
  • iMovie  An iOS app that allows sleek and professional-looking movies
  • Jing - Create screenshots for podcasts and tutorials; may come with a subscription fee
  • Pixlr - photoshop-type web tool
  • Screenr - Create and  share screencasts around the wbe
  • Snagit - Another great production resource from TechSmith
  • SonicPics - lets you add images from your iPhone's photo library or camera, arrange your photos, and then narrate the project to create an enhanced m4v video
  • TubeChop - Chop a funny, inspirational or educational clip from any YouTube video and share instantly
  • Zamzar - Convert video (and other) file formats
  • AnyMeeting - Host any web conference, webinar, video conference or online meeting for free
  • Google+ - For personally connecting to others; not available for K-12 or higher ed...yet!
  • GoTo Meeting - Free, 30-day trial; unlimited number of participants
  • Skype for Educators - Meet new people, talk to experts, share ideas and create amazing learning experiences with teachers from around the world
  • Today's Meet - Create a backchannel to connect with your audiences/classrooms in real-time; encourage participants to make comments, post questions, allowing you to meet their needs
  • Tokbox - Similar to Skype but nothing to install; free for videoconferencing