• Web 2.0 Classroom Favorites

    Web 2.0 is a term coined by Dale Doughert that today many believe to be a word to describe the second generation of the World Wide Web that introduces Internet technologies such as AJAX, Podcasts, RSS feeds, Weblogs, Wikis and other tools that help all users create their own content and help develop a more community driven website.   Source:  http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/w/web20.htm

    Answer Garden
    AnswerGarden is a a really cool tool for online brainstorming.  Teachers can post a topic discussion, ask a question or just poll students.

    Animoto is a free tool that takes a series of uploaded pictures and creates a movie preview.  This tool is great for story or novel introductions.  This is a must see site and students will love creating "movie previews" for books they read and projects they do.

    BeFunky is a really cool tool for teachers and students when looking for creative ways to spice up images. BeFunky is easy to use and with a few clicks of the mouse you can add artististic flair turning your photos into digital artwork. BeFunky lets you add text, frames, speech bubbles and much, much more!

    Blabberize is a fun tool for teachers and students to create videos using digital images.  Images can be an object,  drawing or picture from a digital camera.  


    If you are interested in creating classroom podcast, checkout Buzzsprout.  Its easy without the intimidation!

    Flickr is a way to publish photos and videos for online sharing.  Images can be uploaded from the desktop, email, or cameraphone.  Flickr has easy to use tools for red eye removal, photo copying and creative fonts and effects!  Use groups and privacy controls to share your photos and videos. 

    Glogster EDU
    Glogster EDU allows teachers and students to create online projects in poster format.    Glogster is completely free and is a safe platform for educators to integrate subjects suc as math, science, history, art, photography, music and other course content.  Teachers and students can create “Glogs”, made with text, images, videos, photos, graphics, music, and more, to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the subject assigned.

    iPadio is a quick and easy tool which allows you to broadcast from any phone to the Internet live. 

    iSpring Free
    iSpring Free is a PowerPoint add-in for converting PowerPoint presentations into Flash format.  iSpring Free keeps the original appearance of PowerPoint presentations regardless of complexity.  After conversion to flash format, presentations are converted  into compact, easy to distribute and share via the web.    

    Make Beliefs Comix
    Easy and fun comic creator.  Choose a character, add talk or thought bubble, add additional characters if needed, add objects and panel prompts.  When complete, simply print or email comic as needed.  Ton of teacher printables to use in class. 

    Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great.   Picasa automatically finds all the photos on your PC, wherever they are, and will organize them in seconds.  Use Picasa to design and print beautiful photo collages, create fun video slideshows, add photo text or view your favorite photos on your desktop or screensaver.  Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button! 

    Already have a presentation? Use SlideShare to upload PowerPoint presentations, PDF Portfolios or SMART Board presentations and share them online.

    Smilebox offers a creative, safe and free way for teachers to share classroom activities and information with students and parents through photos, videos, words and music in multimedia designs. 

    Soundzabound Royalty Free Music
    Soundzabound Royalty Free Music supersedes Fair Use in that they fully license the music with unlimited rights for education and sign off that you are protected.

    Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text.  The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the text entered by teachers or students.  Tweaking includes changing fonts, layouts, and color schemes.  Once created, the Wordle image can be printed or saved for future insertion into PowerPoint, Word, etc. 

    Wordlings is the newest breed of word clouds.  Wordlings allows users to upload custom images to create word cloud shapes.  In addition, users are able to use customization options.


    Additional Web 2.0 Resources

    Best in the Breed Top Web 2.0 Tools

    The Top 100 Tools for Learning including Blogs, Wikis, File Sharing, Collaboration Tools, Video and Audio Creation, Productivity Tools, Search and Research and much, much more!!

    Cool Tools for Schools
    Cool Tools for Schools is a great site which groups Web 2.0 tools by categories such as presentation, video, drawing, slide show, audio, writing, graphics, etc., etc.

    Discovery Education Web 2.o Tools by Categories
    Web 2.0 is about revolutionary new ways of creating, collaborating, editing and sharing user-generated content online. It's also about ease of use. There's no need to download, and teachers and students can master many of these tools in minutes. Technology has never been easier or more accessible to all.

    Top 100 Tools for Learning
    Top 100 Tools for schools and education for e-learning, blogging, photo sharing, presentation creation, document sharing, social bookmarking and many other categories such as video creation as well as audio and screen capture tools.

    Teach Web 2.0
    Interested in knowing more about how to teach using Web 2.0 in your classroom?  Teacher Web 2.0 is a web site packed full of free tools where curious teachers explore and brainstorm ways to integrate Web 2.0 technologies into teaching. 

    Web 2.0 Tools
    Web 2.0 Tools is a one stop shop for teacher Web 2.0 and Web 2.0 Application needs.  Web 2.0 is the second generation of the World Wide Web in which content is user-generated and dynamic, and software is offered that mimics desktop programs.  Web 2.0 encourages collaboration and communication between users.

    Web 2 projects by Terry-Freedman