Free Web 2.0 Tools for Technology Integration
DrawSave - DrawSave is an online drawing canvas with limited options. This site might be a better option for those students who are distracted by too many options.
Sketchpad -Sketchpad offers a drawing canvas like Paint that allow options for paint or light.
Sketchpad.io - Similar to Sketchpad, but allows uploading pictures for editing and supports layers
Picfull - allows users to easily add filters to images.
Blabberize - a fun site that allows you to upload an image, cut out a mouth, and add a voice message
Big Huge Labs - TONS of fun things to do with photos...magazine covers, trading cards, motivational posters, and much, much more
ImageChef - Similar to Big Huge Labs. You must have an account to save images, but generated images can be captured with browser extensions like Pixler Grabber or Awesome Screen Shot.
Voki for Education - Voki is a FREE service that lets you create customized avatars, add voice to your Voki avatars, and post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile.
Get Creative with Text:
We all know that writing across the curriculum is good for our kids, but so many students are reluctant to write, especially outside the language arts classroom. Try some of these tools to jazz up your writing assignments.
Class Tools - Create fake Facebook pages and Tweets with Fakebook and Twister.
Add Letters - Add text to signs, newspapers, and images.
Your Good News - Generate the front page of a newspaper
iFaketext - Add messages to generate a picture of a fake iphone texting conversation
iFakesiri - Similar to iFake text, only for Siri
Wigflip - Generate speech bubbles, post-its, and more
Wordle - Create and customize word clouds
Tagxedo - Similar to Wordle, but with more customization and download options
I've included a couple of different types of audio tools for students to use. The first two links are audio recorders that students can use to record their own podcasts. Podcasts are a great tool for allowing students to explain concepts and tell stories. Only they get to speak their final product! They will still practice all their writing skills as they brainstorm the ideas for their podcast and write a script. In fact, I'd bet they make more revisions and drafts of the audio file than they will for a written assignment.
I've also included sources of audio files that can be downloaded and used in student projects.Audacity – Excellent audio software to record or install sounds to your computer (microphone needed) and edit them afterwards. Also great for editing or mixing songs (free)
Vocaroo - record sound online
Record MP3 - similar to Vocaroo
Sound Cloud - download music licensed under Creative Commons
CC Mixter - download music licensed under Creative Commons
Web 2.0 Calculator - online calculator with many advanced functions
FooPlot - graph points, function, polar equations and parametric equations
Pictographs - make your own pictograph
Solvr - collaborative problem solving tool
Weird Converter - conversions based on non-standard units of measure. WARNING!! - Some of the weird units are not appropriate for the classroom! Great tool for you to generate silly conversions to work on estimation and conversion.
Illuminations Activities - 108 online activities you can search by grade band; skills are listed to find appropriate activities from NCTM
Charts and Diagrams:
Realtime Board - Chrome App that connects with your Google Drive, if desired. This is an endless, online whiteboard where videos, documents, images, drawings, text and sticky notes can be added. Invite friends to collaborate, and comment to start a discussion. Sign up for a teacher or student edu account for free at https://realtimeboard.com/education
Mapmaker - Choose data from a detailed list and watch Mapmaker generate a map displaying the data
MapMaker Interactive - Similar to Mapmaker, from National Geographic (Flash based)
Pie Color - Create pie charts
Creately - Collaborate with others or work individually to create diagrams. Use the share link or a screenshot to preserve work without a log-in.
Diagrammr - Generate diagrams from sentences
Timelinr - Add events to create a timeline
Chartle - Create many types of charts and graphs online
ToonDoo - ToonDoo its the fine balance between creative versatility and user friendliness. There is an extensive library of characters and objects to use, and there are also tools to create your own touches.
Make Beliefs Comix - Make your own black and white comic strip with a click of the mouse. (Ok, more than one click, but you catch my drift....)
Write Comics - Choose characters, props, and backgrounds, and then add dialog boxes to create a one panel comic.
Comic Maker - Students can use this free tool to create their own, short graphic novels. They will need to create an account to save.
Create Web Pages:
Tackk - Create web pages that are good for one week without a sign up.
Dinky Page - Create disposable web pages with a tools similar to wikispaces. Dinky pages do not expire.
Weebly - Create free web pages
Google Drive -Lets people work on one document, presentation, survey (form), spreadsheet or drawing simultaneously. All information is stored in the cloud, can be accessed from anywhere (even a mobile device) and is able to be shared.
Google Plus - A social network that allows educators to grow their PLNs, access important information, hangout with colleagues or host a student hangout to share information or communicate with classrooms outside of their own school.
Hangouts - This feature is part of Google+, and it allows users to hold a collaborative video conference with the ability to share drawings, docs, video & voice while working toward the same goal.
Edmodo - Connects learners with the people and resources needed to enhance learning, collaborate with others or connect to improve a professional learning network. Post notes, quizzes, assignments, links, and surveys! JOIN OUR INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY 101 EDMODO....use code uc5vis to join. Use this link!
Padlet - Post messages on a wall to make a noticeboard, teach, bookmark favorite sites, brainstorm, plan events, make lists, watch and share videos and learn.
Blubbr - Create video trivia challenges for students
Wikispaces - Allows teachers to create a workspace students can communicate and work on writing projects alone or in teams. Wikispaces allows for embedding and integration of multimedia. Wikispaces Classroom works great on modern browsers, tablets, and phones.Diigo – Collect, organize and share with Diigo. Bookmark, highlight text and images, add sticky notes to webpages, and share with interest groups.
Twitter - Connect with people, express yourself, join Twitter chats for learning, hold a twitter discussion with your class
Screencast-o-matic - Record your computer screen and download as an MP4, AVI, or FLV file
WeVideo - This is also a Chrome Web App. WeVideo makes video creation accessible to everyone, using cloud-based technologies to make it easier, faster and more convenient. Because it's cloud-based, we make social video editing possible, where people come together online to collaborate on a video project.
Robust, Media Rich Presentations:
Google Presentations - Create multi-media presentations right from your Google Drive. Google Presentations allow for collaboration.
Prezi - Create presentations with a zoomable, interactive canvas.
Flipsnack - FlipSnack allows you to turn PDF files into amazing interactive books. It’s an ideal tool for teachers and students to collaborate and share their work with parents and colleagues. Must sign in (can sign in with Google).
UDL Bookbuilder - Create, save, edit, share, publish, and read digital books. Must create account.
Mixbook - Make completely customizable photo books, yearbooks, cards, and calendars with students and colleagues from any computer with Internet access—for free. With Mixbook, there are no contracts, no commitments, and no fees to create and share a project among students, faculty, and parents online. Must create account.
Creative Commons Search - Find media and resources which you are legally free to use and share (free)
Great Web 2.0 Tools