Friday, November 19, 2010

Web 2.0 tools

Web 2.0 tool resources collected by Joy Millam (posted with her permission) (also found at

Here’s is the compilation of current Web 2.0 Favorites: (I will post the document on my wiki later By far the most popular of those mentioned were Glogster, Animoto, wikis, Voicethread, and xtranormal.
Wordle- word cloud generator or
The following sites show how word clouds are used in teaching/learning.

Bookmarking- tracking it all: (keep and organize bookmarks online for access from any connected computer)
Delicious (social bookmarking)
evernote (save webpages)

Digital flashcards

Discussion board sites: ProBoards or other discussion board sites

File Storage and Sharing:
Dropbox – use anywhere in the world to access your files.
4Shared: for hosting videos that I’ve captured using Firefox Downloader

Flickr, Flickr Creative Commons and Flickr Toys like Pim Pam Pum:
Picture Trail: image tool that brings interest and engagement (also love

Powerpoint Alternatives:, Google Docs

Examples of schools/teachers using Web 2.0 tools to learn 21st Century learners glog
This article shows kindergartner’s using web 2.0 tools

Lesson Plan storage and sharing: LiveBinder

Suggestions for using various tools:
Use Voki to record students describing something they’ve learned, using just 60 seconds of recording time. These can be presented to class fulfilling technology standards and presentations.
Use a blog or wiki to post a student avatar or picture creation and have students post comments about the avatar or picture. (Voki)
Some of the teachers at my school used voicethread with K classes. Really cute although the teacher could be heard prompting them. I think younger kids could use it for info on famous people. In small groups they could find the important info and then record it one at a time on voicethread: one tells where and where born, another tells about education, another tells about family and another tells about what they did and why we remember them.
Go to to remove all visual distractions/ads from websites
Teachers at my school really like We’ve used their comic creator and acrostic poem maker (students create cartoons to tell a story, teach a skill, discuss a topic, and more!)
Big Huge Labs- great for a variety of uses. Motivational posters, trading cards, magazine covers, etc.
This has a great list of applications-
Recommended for staff-- Jog the Web, Jing, and Youblisher

Making Video or audio projects/digital storytelling: multi-dimensional learning! So fun and and easy tool to use. (interactive posters)
Animoto- Good for all ages.
Voicethread, GarageBand, or Audacity – use for story re-tellings, podcasts, book reports – so cool! Example using to show learning
Zooburst is my new fave for digital storytelling:

Using Wikis or Blogs:
Wikispaces- The students use wikis mainly to publish their work and peer review. blogging (good for monitored peer review) good blog site. – good for building community within a classroom. – safe (filtered), online learning tools.
Examples of blogs and wikis in practice- - this one is a great example of a class wiki/blog. - another great example of a wiki in use.
Deb Stanley’s blogsite address is-
And the main site for her middle schoolers is:
Example of using a wiki to communicate and engage students

Social networks for teachers using 2.0 tools

Web 2.0 and Related Bloom’s Taxonomy sites:'s

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