Web 2.0


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There are a lot of Web 2.0 applications. I am not going to try to list them all, but I do want to list those that are reliable and proven for transforming 21st Century teaching.In the future I will be adding a small 60 sec overview of each! Until then enjoy what I have found to be valuable in the classroom. Many I have posted in my blog at 21centuryedtech . For those I will provide a link that explains the application more. Enjoy discovering a world of Web 2.0! - Mike

Word Clouds

Wordle - One of the classics of Word Cloud Generators. Want to provide a quick and easy in-service that will have teachers using tomorrow what you facilitate today. Then go for Wordle. One of Wordle's only problems is its inability to save a file. For this reason I teach people to make a screen print and copy and paste it into a document. Check out my posting about Wordle to get some ideas of different ways to use in the classroom. I also include the link in the create mode, a great suggestion since it will keep students out of a gallery that could have a surprise! Check out my 21centuryedtech Post for more information

Tagul - I found this when Wordle had temporarily gone off line. I needed a back up and it is a good one. It actually had some pretty cool options in making the word clouds, some not available in Wordle. Take a look to find the other Word Cloud Generators. I included a list of alternatives in this 21centuryedtech Post for more information

Tagxedo - Is fast becoming my favorite word cloud generator. I discovered this one after getting an email from the creator of the program asking me if I would help spread the word. You can read about my finding in this blog posting. I like all the features in Tagxedo and am waiting for some changes that will make it even better.

Collaboration Sites - Remember when using collaborative sites that one should not put out personal info. Others still may see!

Wallwisher Internet board that allows collaboration. It does not require a user account but will ask for creator's email in order to send out the wall address. People who use the wall will not need to furnish email. When using the notes appear as small stickies that are limited to 160 characters, perfect for those using text off of a cell phone. Take a look at this demo wall created by the people at Wallwisher. The creator of the wall can also moderate by setting up the wall creating an approval process before the post is put on the wall. A great feature for classroom use. There is a vast amount of ideas Wallwisher can be used for such as personal note taking, to-do lists, brainstorming, feedback collection, thoughts for special occassions, compare and contrast, feedback from twitter, in fact anything that might need input from a lot of people, You can set a wall to be private and only you can see or add notes to the wall. Check out my 21centuryedtech Post for more information

CoSketch’s An amazing multi-user online whiteboard tool 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 real time. Invite collaborators to join you in your artistic effort! Need to archive the collaborative effort? Just click once to save a sketch as an image for embedding on forums, blogs, or other digital files. Best of all, there is no registration needed. Like the name implies, users can collaborate using different draw and shape tools. The originator can pick from several backgrounds, upload a picture as a background, or use maps found in Google Maps as the background. In fact, the integration with a live Google Map may just be one of CoSketch’s most inovative features. Imagine the teaching possibilities as backgrounds can be integrated with text and drawinmgs. This clever collaborative tool also includes a chat window so all users can chat as they sketch, type, and use various shapes and stamps! Check out my 21centuryedtech Post for more information.

TitanPad Its collaboration the easy way. All that is needed is a visit the site and a press of a button called Create Public Pad. After this quick process, a new public pad is created for the user. The user then shares the URL for the pad with others. What ever is typed from where ever, is displayed on the page in real time. There is even a chat window! This is a great tool for those that need to bring up a quick collaboration tool on the fly. It is useful in the classroom for students to communicate point of need help in Project Based Learning, collaborate as a group, keep teacher aware of group progress, communicate beyond walls, and interview authors and experts. It allows teachers to collaborate on text documents, keep meeting notes, and draft plans. Check out my 21centuryedtech Post .

Movies and Animations

Memoov Animation Studio - Who doesn't love animation and what an awesome way for kids to tell a story. Check out this newcomer for some great results. You really can create an animation in minutes as shown in these web site directions. Memoov is offers a unique set of Online Animation tools, including character personalization, audio recording online, and a great timeline-based easy to use Animation method. It is also compatible with You Tube.

Animotto - It's free and it only takes a few minutes. Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy. For classroom use Animotto delivers its pay service for free, even allowing anonymous accouts for students linked to the teacher. Reccommended by Discovery education, Scholastic, School Library Journal, and even NASA. Check out the awesome "We The People Video" on the education site. One great feature is you can turn your computer off as it renders and then come baqck to the finished product.

Voki - Voki is a free service that allows you to
create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. An exploring UK teacher tried Voki to motivate students in her Spanish language class. Results? Kids loved Voki! See the story on Teachers TV Channel in UK. Watch the video Think of all the ways Voki can be used in the classroom!


VoiceThread - A great program that not only records audio but allows multiple users to leave voice or text messages. Set up a sight, post a picture, and tell an audio story. There are a lot of great uses for voice thread in education and there is an education version that does have a cost. The ed version claims to be simple, powerful and safe, Ed.VoiceThread is a place for creating and collaborating on digital stories and documentaries, practicing and documenting language skills, exploring geography and culture, solving math problems, or simply finding and honing student voices

Ipadio - Use a cell phone to make a recording to be used in a podcast or movie. Have audio words turned to text. Great uses on a filed trip or interviewing people in the community for a project. Files are stored on site and can be downloaded as an mp3. Awesome service with great capabilities!

Screen Recording Applications

Jing- This program stands out as being one of the easiest to use and most reliable. It can be used for making software tutorials and student creations. It captures the screen in front of you, following the mouse paths and clicks, along with allowing audio to be recorded. Watch this video to see just how it works! There are versions for both the Mac and Windows.

ScreenToaster - Users can Register and use it anywhere, anytime. No download is required. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. You are able to Capture videos of onscreen action in one click, and record screencasts, tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more. It is also possible to Share and stream videos online in Flash, embed them on blogs and webpages, send them by email, or download as a file.

Screen Jelly - Another program that can allow you to make screen capture tutorials! It records your screen activity with your voice so you can spread it via Twitter or email. Use it to quickly share cool apps or software tips, report a bug, or just show stuff you like. To start recording, click on the red button. No need to install or download anything!

Mash Ups - Blogs, Wikis, and Glogs

Glogster - Students love it. It's like a big poster where students can put a wide variety of multi media items for others to view. There is even an educational version, which is where the link sends you.Glogster EDU is your original educational resource for innovative and interactive learning. Glogster EDU was conceived to imaginatively, productively, and collaboratively respond to the dynamic educational landscape and exceed the needs of today’s educators and learners. We value the participation of educators and strive to assimilate their contributions to Glogster EDU, Glogster EDU is yours! Educators from all over the world are integrating Glogster EDU’s resourceful platform to make traditional learning more dynamic, more interactive and more in tune with learners today. Check out this 27 page educational manual for use in education.

Wikispaces - I do not have to say much since this is the host site for this wiki! Great way to build a community and to share resources. Best of all its free with extra purks for educators!

Twitter - There is getting to be more and more uses. I know I use it for my professional development and building my personal learning community. It has classroom uses that I plan on doing a blog on in the future.

Kidblog - Designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog. Kidblog's simple, yet powerful tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs. Set up a class with no student email addresses. Provide ystudents with an authentic, engaging, and interactive learning experience with Kidblog.

Search Engines

Google - I include Google even though everyone is already aware of it because I want to point another area of the Wiki out that has some great information on Google, I call it the Googal in Google . Learn search techniques and things about Google you may have never known!

Twurdy - I include this search engine because of its readability index. It gives a color code for returned web pages that are keyed to reading difficulty. It also gives a reading score for each page. I have included a post from my 21centuryedtech Blog .

SweetSearch - It is more then a search engine. It is a search engine for students! All sources that it returns have been approved by experts in the educational and content fields. It also has a lot of other features which I include in the 21centuryedtech Blog Post .

Educational Emphasis

Intel Thinking Tools - One of my favorite educational tools and one that teachers start using right away. The three tools highlighted here are are just a small set of what Intel offers for free. The tools included in this area are called the Online Thinking Tools. The description matches nicely and there are an immense number of possibilities. Intel offers some great tutorials and getting started ideas. I have included a page on this Wiki dedicated to these tools . These are a most read and one that every school should be a ware of.