Notable Web 2.0 Sites - Warren County Career Center
Top Tech Tools By Winnie Milner Fall 2011 First things first. . . I s technology really that important? Tell me and I forget, Show me and I remember, Involve me and I understand.
As technology changes, so must the way we teach and think. What is the most important 21st century skill? Collaboration Communication Global Empathy Problem Solving
Multi-Tasking Technical know-how Technology helps us address all of these skills. There are lots of great resources, but it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. My Favorites First. . . Best in the category of media sharing &
presentation 1. EDU Glogster Students create educational interactive posters. (FREE basic version) Incorporates: audio, video, text, links, and pictures Can be public or private
Edu.Glogster http://winniemilner.edu .glogster.com/ Educational version offers perksAccess to student accounts Student sharing Class projects/ assignments Class page One-click class messaging Project reminders Project templates for specific assignments Ability to draw & insert artwork To be rolled out- Fall 2011
2. Prezi Present information with flair or have students go beyond the typical PowerPoint presentation. (FREE basic and education version) What is it? Create non-linear online presentations
ITSCO tutorial on iTunesU Prezi.com One of my Prezis-- prezi.com/dywjm1lw4jq 6/library-media-speciali st/ 3. Wordle This site allows
students and you to make word clouds.(FREE) Ability to change font, color, layout Print, save or share Option to make public No account necessary See Thing #11 in INFOhio Wordle.net Learning Commons
Wordle.com More Wordle. . . Sample Secondary Assignment: English Students are divided in groups of 3-5, all reading the same book. Their assignment is to complete
a Wordle for the book. In addition to creating the Wordle, students must submit a list of the words and/or phrases used and explain how their choices are related to the book. Any pictures that are added must be included on a works cited page.
4. tagXedo Similar to Wordle (FREE) Word clouds can be made into shapes Must install Silverlight to use (FREE easy to install app) Tagxedo.com
5. Animoto This allows you to make professional looking videos with music. (30 second vidoes are FREE) Dont have to worry about using copyright-free music. You can use video footage or still
pictures. Larry the Gnome v ideo Animoto.com 5. Blabberize You are able to put 30 seconds of audio to any picture, making in the subject talk. (FREE) See me for a list of potential lesson plan ideas. Blabberize
Gary Blabberize.com Blabberize Prom Girls 6. Dipity Interactive digital timeline website (FREE basic version) Able to use video, audio, images, text, links, and social media.
People can click on timeline events to get more information and other internet resources. Users are able to follow peoples work. Essentially this means you are able to be updated whenever a person updates his or her timeline. dipity.com What Dipity looks like. . . 7. Jing This is another site you can use to make screenshots and easily share it via email, the web, IM, twitter or blogs.
(FREE basic version) http://www.techsmith.com/jing/ But kind of like JING is. . . Microsoft Offices Snipping tool that comes with our software package To find it-- Click on Windows icon on the far bottom left of your screen. Type snip into the search box. Snipping Tool will pop up. Open it up. To make it easily accessible, right click and attach it to your tool bar. Easy Peasy
8. Voice Thread This is an incredibly interactive way to communicate and interact about a given subject. (FREE limited version) Classes can interact and comment about presented information. Five ways to participate: phone, text, microphone, webcam, or digital upload ITSCO tutorial in iTunesU http://ed.voicethread.com/?#q
Ways teachers have used VoiceThread. . . 9. MakesBeliefsComix
Choose from premade characters, props, settings and other drawings to create original comic strips (FREE) Excellent for ESL students and students learning a foreign language because they can write in other languages other than English. Does not save your comic strip you may email or print the final product. MakeBeliefsComix.com 21 Ways to use this in the classroom makebeliefscomix.com/How-to-Play/Educators/ 10. PodOmatic Podomatic-
This is touted as the world's biggest FREE site that helps to create podcasts. It allows its users to become fans of other podcasters so that they can be notified when new podcast episodes are released. http://biologyoracle.podomatic.com/ 11. Photo Peach Easy to use tool that creates slideshow in seconds. (FREE) It has background music
available. Within minutes people can insert captions and comments so you can elaborate on your story. Easy to share on social networks Not presently an audio recording feature. SUPER EASY! I made one this summer for my husbands 40th birthday and posted on my Facebook account.
Mikes Photo Peach Album photopeach.com 12. Voki Create your own avatar for free using their easy tools and sound access Check out mine at Voki.com 14. Storybird
Online writing tool Writers choose pictures from various artists Writers then accompany the pictures with original writing. Great elementary tool, but could be used in the higher grades for things like vocabulary or a creative writing class. Storybird.com 15. Movie Maker-Xtranormal Their
web site boast if you can type, you can make a movie. Software is downloaded. They has an educational/ safe version. xtranormal.com One minute Techie Example More of my favorites. . . Best in the category of organization and managing of information
16. Live binder Touted as your 3-ring binder for the Web Collect your resources Organize them neatly and easily Never lose web resources or sift through LiveBinders.com bookmarks again. Livebinder uses. . . Notable Livebinders
Algebra http:// livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=893 7 English http:// livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=195 79 Science http:// livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=121 964 World history
http:// 17. Exploratree Library exploratree.org.uk of thinking guides (FREE) Use the guides to explore, analyze, problem solve, evaluate differing perspectives, etc. More tools. . . Best in the category of
information inquiry, instruction & content resources 18. Triptico Awesome interactive resource for teachers. Great for Smartboards (FREE) Resources are:
word magnets, class timer,
random student selector, two team scorer, student order creator, find 10, order resource organizer, flip timer, student group selector, text spinner, image spinner, number workout, random task generator, whats in the box?, question quiz
http://www.triptico.co.uk/ Users Guide http:// www.triptico.co.uk/Triptico_Guid e.pdf Few examples of Triptico. . . Find Ten Order Resource
19. Bubbl.us Online idea organizer tool (FREE) See me for a cheat sheet of bubbl.us commands 20. Similar Sites This is a great resource that allows you to search for sites that are exactly that, similar to your own favorites.
Its a great spot to revisit regularly so that you may be current. similarsites.com 21. Diigo Social bookmarking, file sharing,
organizer, personal learning network (FREE) Cool features: digital highlights and sticky notes Highlight, tag, and capture webpages in a cloud so these changes are available everywhere with internet access Excellent resource for eReading Educator option available Diigo.com 22. Dropbox Have
your information anywhere that you need it. Service stores your content in the cloud. Two gigabytes of storage are FREE. Other packages are available with a fee. Great Video Explanation dropbox.com 23. DebateGraph Site that enables people to collaborate and debate with others around the world.
People are able to discuss, model, analyze and visualize complex debates. Visually demonstrate differing perspectives. The extension from each branch is limitless. People click on a branch to investigate & further debate more specific issues. debategraph.org/home
24. FlashMeeting It is a tool that allows you to have a meeting with people all over the world. (FREE) Like Skype but there can be multiple locations of collaborators. You book a meeting time and are assigned a password. You share the time and password with whom you want to collaborate. flashmeeting.open.ac.uk/home.html
25. Masher Online video editing tool (FREE) Mashes video clips, pictures and music tracks together Videos can be emailed, posted on blogs, websites or social networks Can store up to 100 Mb of videos, images and music The site has a bank of video clips you can use. Easy to add visual effects and text
Hands Off Example http://www.masher.com/player.jsp?key=37751a39-2e706520-da05-00000bdbcb89&adscheme=0 26. Wiffiti It is a novel way to allow your students to communicate and collaborate in the classroom. (FREE) Students text responses to a teacher generated prompt.
Web-based/ No installation The service has a built-in language rating system to prevent inappropriate comments. NOTE: Teachers would need to get administrative permission to allow students to use phones. wiffiti.com Classroom Discussion Exampl e
27. Museum Box Create a virtual diorama to organize and share images, video, text and sound (FREE) Build an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box Can create student accounts and have students submit boxes for your review museumbox.e2bn.org
28. Khan Academy khanacademy.org A library of 2,000+ videos (FREE) Practice exercises for some of the videos Topics include: algebra, calculus, chemistry, biology, economics, finance, geometry, history, statistics, probability, physics, SAT & GMAT NBC Nightly News Clip about Khan Academy
29. TED Small, nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. (FREE) This has videos of the speakers at conferences and other venues Worth checking
out: anything by Sir Ken Robinson but especially this video. www.ted.com 30. FoldingStory Game that asks you to collaborate with others in order to complete a story. FoldingStory.com
31. Font de Music Lets people add sound and movement to words. Might be great for conveying a mood with vocabulary, acting as a memory device for new vocabulary or an excellent tool for a beginning reader. www.rightwork.jp/fontdemusic/ 32. Wattpad Site
boasts that it is the worlds largest FREE eBook community Writing can easily be uploaded and updated as many times as needed-- like adding new chapters People can leave feedback for the writer. People can follow the writing and get update when new things have been published. eBooks are divided by genre. Users can vote on their favorites. The community has reader & writer clubs/ forums. Wattpad has writing contests. www.wattpad.com/
Top Educational Resource Sites. . . Thinkfinity: 1000s of lesson plans & interactive tools Teachers.net: Lesson plans organized by grade and subject Shmoop: Fun site with links, guides, and lesson plans teAchnology: 1000s of lesson plans and holiday resources Super Teacher Worksheets: Huge list of printable worksheet and activities that could also be used digitally Educational World: Lesson Plans
Cybraryman: Links & resources for teachers and students FREE (Free Resources for Educational Excellence): Has lessons, videos, documents, etc. Honorable mention for particular subjects: MathNational Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NSF & Utah St.) http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html Language ArtsRead, Write, Think (NCTE & IRA) http:// www.readwritethink.org/ Early childhoodInternational children digital library http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ ScienceNational Science Digital Library http://nsdl.org/
Jason Project http://www.jason.org/public/whatis/start.aspx Other things worth mentioning. . . Google for teachers: Books, Docs, Maps & More http:// www.docstoc.com/docs/document-previ ew.aspx?doc_id=32003426 Did You Know 4.0?
http:// www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedde d&v=6ILQrUrEWe8&safety_mode=true&persist_safe ty_mode=1 Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2011 Every year educators rank which tech tools rank highest. This initiative is led by the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT). Check out the web site to see which ones are valued most. Keep this site in mind when you want to
stay up with ed tech trends. http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/20 11.html
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