WHAT IS WEB 2.0?

A Web 2.0 site allows users to interact and collaborate with each other in contrast to websites where people are limited to the passive viewing of content. Examples of Web 2.0 include social networking sites, blogs, wikis, and video sharing sites.


GETTING STARTED

  • Discovery Education has an awesome site with a logical system of linking you up to the Web2.0 Tool that best suits your needs. Be sure to check it out! This includes Presentation Tools, Video Tools, Mobile Tools, Community Tools and Related Links.
  • Another MUST SEE is Edutecher. This website’s mission is to help educators effectively integrate technology and web tools into the classroom. eduTecher provides links to thousands of web tools and provides concise information on how these tools may be useful in the classroom setting.
    • Users can also find self-produced webisodes of eduTecherTV with walk throughs and demonstrations on how to use specific Web Tools for educational purposes.
    • Also connected with this site is Educlipper. It has a format similar to Pinterest and you can "clip" your favorite sites.
  • TeacherTrainingVideos.com - Hundreds of videos and tutorials demonstrating how to use web tools in the classroom.

GENERAL TOOLS

(Much of the information on this page is taken from the Cool Tools for Schools Wiki.)

Presentation Tools
Collaborative Tools
Research Tools
Video Tools
Slideshow Tools -so many great tools here. Be sure to check them out for presentation ideas!
Audio Tools
Image Tools
Drawing Tools
Writing Tools
Music Tools
Organising Tools
Converting Tools
Mapping Tools
Quiz and Poll Tools
Graphing Tools
Creativity Tools
File Storage & Web Pages

TEEN LEARNING- is a great site for teachers who want to teach their students how to utilize Web 2.0 tools in their classes. It focuses on the key tools they need to know how to use and it gives lessons and links on how to incorporate them into their classes.
  • Digital Citizenship (Social Networking)
  • Blogging (Edublogs, Blogger)
  • Avatars (Manga.com, voki, etc)
  • Photos and Images (Flickr, Creative Commons)
  • Good Manners and Cyberbullying (video and activities)
  • Creating Your Own Images (Imagechef, BigHugeLabs, Wordle, etc.)
  • Creating Animations and Videos (Animoto, Jaycut, more--see below)
  • Creating Documents and Presentations (Google Apps, Glogster, more-see below)
  • Fun with Books and Reading (Shelfari, Good Reads, see Book Lovers Page)
  • Evaluating Information Websites
  • Online Sharing (Scribblar, Diigo, Voicethread and also see "Writing Collaboratively" below)







Below you will find some more specific tools to help you incorporate Web 2.0 into your classroom:

AUDIO TOOLS AND MUSIC TOOLS

Audio Recording:

  • Audacity - free audio recorder and editor. Students can use it to record podcasts and student speeches, promote language learning, add sounds to presentations, and create sound tracks for animations.
    • They have a great Audacity Wiki page with all kinds of helpful hints to use the program.
  • Soundtrap - make music online. You can plug in your own instrument, use the software instruments available or just record a song directly with your computer microphone. It's super-easy!

MUSIC DOWNLOADS, LYRICS - SEE JUST MUSIC

PODCASTING- See Podcasts

Text to Speech- See Just Special Education


COLLABORATIVE TOOLS

resources that encourage class participation and facilitate group projects

COLLABORATIVE WRITING - See WRITING TOOLS below


CONVERTING TOOLS - (Also see File Converters on the Teacher Tools page)


IMAGE, VIDEO AND DRAWING TOOLS

(Also see Just Art or Graphics and other media)

Animations (Also see Project Format Ideas)

  • Fodey lets you generate animated pictures such as a newspaper clippings, a talking squirrel, talking cats, ninja text or a talking flower.
  • Gickr is a tool to create animated pictures online.

DRAWING - Also try the Word Clouds page

  • CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to quickly visualize and share your ideas as images.
    • Anything you paint will show up for all other users in the room in real time.
    • One click to save a sketch as an image for embedding on forums, blogs, etc.
    • Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation; Free and without registration.
    • Now with Google Maps support!
    • Use google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trip

PhotoSharing/Creating and Editing

You can download pictures, music and videos and then edit them to create your own video to share with others -also see Slide Show Presentation Tools
  • Flickr has many pictures of its own that you and your students can use in their own presentations.
    • Once you have photos in Flickr--then you can use Bookr - which is the easiest way students of any age can create an online slide show. Students can download pictures from Flickr by dragging and dropping the photo onto a blank page and type any accompanying text with it that they wish to write. When they are finished, they can click Publish This Book and then their teacher's email address (or their own) and the url of the slide-show will be sent to the email account. The link can then be posted to a blog or a website.
    • If you have a Flickr account, you can also try FlickrSlideshow to create a custom Flickr slideshow on your website.
    • You can also try SlideFlickr.

Video (Also see Project Format Ideas)

  • Ant Video Downloader - This is a free add-on app that lets you download videos from most Web sites, including YouTube. Available for both Firefox and Internet Explorer.
  • VLC Media Player - Download onto computer. Play various audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
  • Xtranormal is a site where you and your students can create mini-videos to teach a lesson or to introduce a topic. It is fun and entertaining! FUN!!!! APPLY for a FREE EDUCATOR"S ACCOUNT. Email me for details.

ORGANIZATION TOOLS


PRESENTATION TOOLS

(Also see Slide Show Presentation Tools and Project Format Ideas pages)

QUIZ AND SURVEY TOOLS -

(Also see Quiz and Survey Generators)

WEBPAGE TOOLS -

(Go to Website Creators)

WHITEBOARD TOOLS -

(Go to Mimios and SMART Boards page)

WIDGETS -

WRITING TOOLS -

Desktop Publishing

  • Need a desktop publishing tool? Try Scribus
  • youblisher will turn your magazines, catalogs, business reports, presentations and all other PDFdocuments into publications with flippable pages!

Providing Feedback

  • Kaizena is a quick and easy tool that offers users the ability to embed voice comments, text comments, and links to student work. Instructors or peers simply highlight the text they want to comment on and then click to embed comments or links. A great resource for giving feedback in a variety of formats. Kaizena syncs with Google Drive for easy access to documents in that format but users can sign up without Google Drive as well. Grades 6-12. (AASL 2014 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning)

Writing Collaboratively

  • Inklewriter - This is a fun site that allows students to write creative, interactive stories online for free. It's great for collaborating with others. Once it's finished, the story is published online and can be shared with others. (AASL 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning)
  • Madmagz - Have your class create an online magazine. Select the "modern" template to insert text and photos. You will then be able to publish your magazine on the web for free, or buy the PDF or print format.
  • Protagonize is a group that writes collaborative, interactive fiction. One person starts the story, the others post chapters to your story that will lead it to different directions. At the end, it becomes an evolving story in which everyone can participate.
  • Story Birds are short and simple stories that connect you with others. Two or more people can create a Storybird story by writing their own texts and inserting pictures by taking turns. You can create your story with the person next to you or with someone far away. This tutorial explains how to use Storybird.