What to use and how from ISTE web site.Lists of Web 2.0 tools below. After that, Digital literacy, sites on advertising, website evaluation and many search engines

Animoto - http://animoto.com/

  • Barbara De Santis from Sayreville Public Schools (Sayreville, NJ) uses Animoto to allow teachers to share classroom activities (think of a video newsletter) and to allow students to create projects to demonstrate understanding. Animoto is easy to use, creative, student friendly, and can be adapted for many grade levels and content areas. You can also email the link or embed the video.
  • Matt Gehrett from Fresno Pacific University (Fresno, CA) utilizes Animoto to quickly produce awesome unique videos using photos, video clips and a wide array of popular music. He finds this tool to be user friendly and powerful at the same time. It is an effective tool for student presentations.
  • Cynthia Calongne from Colorado Technical University (Colorado Springs, CO) integrates Animoto as it enflames the imagination as it transforms images and slides saved as .jpg into 30-second free videos set to royalty free music in 10-15 minutes. It is fast, evocative, makes my work look great, and embeds easily on my blog with a click of a button and a paste command.

Awesome Highlighter - http://www.awesomehighlighter.com/

  • Kathleen McClaskey of EdTech Associates (Amherst, NH) integrates Awesome Highlighter. By placing it on your FireFox toolbar, it highlights key notes in web pages, extract notes, create a short url, share or save. Awesome Highlighter can be used as a web note taking or reading comprehension tool. It certainly can save thousands of trees with a digital note taking environment.

BigHugeLabs - http://bighugelabs.com/

  • Samantha Reid of Tulsa Public Schools (Tulsa, OK) enjoys BigHugeLabs.com. With many different applications with this one website, from creating puzzles, motivation posters, magazine covers, movie posters, and many many more. No matter what I am creating, there is a tool on bighugelabs.com! (and students love it too!!)

Blackboard - http://www.blackboard.com/

  • Nancy Witick of Oak Ridge High School (Oak Ridge, TN) utilizes Blackboard as teachers enjoy using the discussion board, digital dropbox, and some teachers even embed .swf files of their narrated lecture slides. If material is available before class meets that prepares students, then class time is more efficiently used for problem solving, individualization and enrichment.

Blogger - http://www.blogger.com/

  • Terry Kaminski of Cold Lake HS (Cold Lake, AB) uses Blogger to write a blog called the "Transformed Educator" It allows me to publish the details of what I am doing to integrate technology into my HS math classroom.
  • Randy Rodgers of Birdville ISD (Haltom City, TX) uses Blogger, Drop.io, and Wallwisher to produce a student-created online newspaper at Haltom Middle School. Students use Wallwisher to brainstorm story ideas, Drop.io and student email to submit stories, and Blogger to publish their final product.

Bubbl.us - http://bubbl.us/

  • Candace Hackett Shively of TeachersFirst.com, part of The Source for Learning, (Reston, VA) enjoys Bubbl.us. Bubbl.us lets us visualize ideas in a concept map, return to it over and over, allowing others to make changes, and embed the results or share by URL. Bubbl.us users can revisit, change, color code, and "see" connections. Visual thinkers of all ages can share their visions very easily within other web pages.

Cell Phones

  • Nancy Witick of Oak Ridge High School (Oak Ridge, TN) promotes Cell Phones in World language classes. Students are using their cell phones in class to practice conversation skills in the target language. Since most students have cell phones, it bridges the availability gap. It is a natural extension of the way students already use technology for learning.

Delicious - http://delicious.com/

  • Ellen Afromsky from SMART Technologies (New York, NY) values delicious. As it allows the user to save bookmarks online so they may be accessed at any time, whether your computer is with you or not. Wherever I am I can access my extensive collection of bookmarks; and when I save them I can tag them with my own keywords so that I may gather them in sub-categories that are useful to me.
  • Maryjane Finne from Rahway High School (Rahway, NJ) uses delicious. Delicious lets me take my bookmarks with me everywhere and also share them with others. It also always has tags where I can personalize the tags to get my own or use it as a search engine of what others have found. I can annotate a site to have an overview, travel between computers and share with friends.

Diigo - http://diigo.com/

  • Shabbi Luthra from American School of Bombay (Mumbai, India) enjoys Diigo a social bookmarking site to annotate and share sites. This tool allows teams of educators to share sites and build a community of learners.

Doris - http://beta.dorisapp.com/

  • Alice Schmitz of SET Connections (Illinois) uses Doris (http://beta.dorisapp.com/) to organize, prioritize and group tasks. Better than Outlook in that it is accessible anywhere I can get to the Internet. Plus, the very visible groupings help me organize my days.

DropBox - https://www.dropbox.com/

  • Michael Taylor from International School of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands) uses DropBox By downloading DropBox onto your machine/s you can access, store and sync files wherever and whenever. You can also share files with collegues/ family/ friends without clogging up your email. (No I am not receiving cash for comment.) Cloud storage, cross format, access to files wherever you have Internet connection. Makes it easier to sync versions of files at different locations. Easier to share and/or transport images.

Drop.io - http://drop.io/

  • Randy Rodgers of Birdville ISD (Haltom City, TX) uses Blogger, Drop.io, and Wallwisher to produce a student-created online newspaper at Haltom Middle School. Students use Wallwisher to brainstorm story ideas, Drop.io and student email to submit stories, and Blogger to publish their final product.

Drupal - http://drupal.org/

  • Doug Holton of Utah State University Logan, UT uses Drupal. Drupal is a open source content management system with thousands of plug-ins available. It is essentially a Web 2.0 construction kit. My students use Drupal to blog and to work collaboratively on creating wiki books. We also use Drupal for our department web presence.

Edu 2.0 - http://www.edu20.org/

  • Clarena Renfrow from Fair Haven Union High School (Fair Haven, Vermont) utilizes Edu 2.0 to create an on-line learning environment for both public school students and college students. This web tool is user friendly and enjoyable for both teachers and students. It allows the teacher to upload lessons, assignments and resources.

Edublogs - http://edublogs.org/

  • Lynn Hughes from The Miquon School (Conshohocken, PA) uses Edublogs. Students post their author study notes, comment on classmates' notes, love being "real" online. We're planning to do more -- this was our maiden effort. Kids feel more committed, more in control as they choose and modify their blog theme, love to write for a wider audience than just their teacher.
  • Mark Nichols from Loudoun County Public Schools (Ashburn, Virginia) utilizes EduBlogs to provide school administrators with an easy avenue for disseminating information surrounding instructional and assistive technology updates and providing professional development on these resources within Loudoun. Administration of the blog is very easy and a wide variety of plug-ins and widgets exist to provide a rich multi-modal avenue for interacting with the content.
  • Teresa Ilgunas of Lennox Middle School & Loyola Marymount University (Lennox & Los Angeles, CA) integrates Edublogs. Tech students use blogs to display projects (Flash, Animoto), share opinions, and results of research. Language Arts students write and embed other Web 2.0 tools. Students are proud of their websites and motivated to edit since classmates read, leave comments on their blog. Teacher uses a blog as class website.

Emerging Technologies

  • Bonnie Bracey-Sutton from Emaginos (Haymarket, Virginia) uses emerging technologies to talk about the next level of technology supercomputing. Facebook is in the cloud and I can reach others to share information for deeper thinking and learning in the participatory culture. I like to use this because I am not just sending out messages but involved in networking and sharing, and receiving.

Etherpad - http://etherpad.com/

  • Chuck Holland from Blythewood High School (Blythewood, SC) uses Etherpad which is a collaborative tool that allows multiple people to simultaneously edit a document. This is a great tool for student collaboration on a document as they can work together on a document and see changes as they occur.
  • Bea Cantor of Goochland County Public Schools (Goochland, VA) loves Etherpad. Etherpad lets many people collaborate on a single document simultaneously. It was recently acquired by Google. Etherpad does not require registration. All anyone needs to have in order to joint-edit your document is the URL. There is an attached chat window so collaborators can communicate about the edits they are making. All versions are stored. When the document is done, users can download the file.
  • Kel Hatahway from Canberra CEO Australia uses Etherpad. Etherpad allows real time collaboration on the same document with changes instantly viewable by all users. Best way to collate responses or to work collaboratively on a whole document or sections of a document. Love the real time interaction.

Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/

  • Bill Selak of Azusa Pacific University (Los Angeles, CA) loves Flickr. The advanced search allows you to search for photos that use creative commons license. Not only are you respecting copyright by using Flickr's creative commons search, but you are able to sort your results by "Most Interesting" to find the best photos available... for free!

Glogster - http://www.glogster.com/

  • Linda Dougherty of Northwest R-I Schools (House Springs, MO) shares Glogster with high school teachers across the curriculum: Psychology, Aerobic Training, American History, Current Events, Pop Culture, World History, German Language, and Art Fundamentals. Glogster has been easy to implement, teachers have control over student accounts, and the students themselves enjoy the graphic medium which replaces powerpoint presentations.

GoAnimate - http://goanimate.com/

  • Lynn Reedy from Stafford Public Schools (Stafford, CT) integrates GoAnimate which is an animated comic strip creator where you can add your own images, voice, and music to make a unique multimedia project. Great for student projects, recreate a scene from a book, tell a story.

Google Apps - http://www.google.com/apps

  • Skip Zalneraitis from Pioneer Valley Regional School (Northfield, MA) uses Google Apps which is a suite of online apps that maintain your data in 'The Cloud'. The learning curve for using them is virtually flat.
  • Deb Reynolds of Stevens High School Rapid City, SD uses Google Apps in her advanced Information, Communications and Technology class. She also uses the Gmail, IM, Calendar, Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Sites and Web pages. The digital natives may be techno-savvy, but only to those items they use. The natives need to experience other areas.
  • Ryan Semans from Tierney Brothers, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) integrates Google Apps which creates and environment for content creation, collaboration,and communication inside and outside of the physical classroom.
  • Valerie Becker from West Tisbury School (West Tisbury, MA) enjoys and integrates Google Apps which allows students and staff to: work anywhere at anytime, comment, correct, collaborate and share. We use Google Apps across all subject areas.
  • Alan Brown from Cedar Fork Elementary (Morrisville, NC) utilizes Google Apps for online word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, calendars, video sharing. Free, easy to use, up-to-date.
  • Jeff Cohen of The Red Oaks School (Morristown, NJ) utilizes Google Apps for Education Email, Wikis, Calendars, collaboration, everything, is right there.

Google Docs - http://docs.google.com/

  • Rosemary Wagoner of Kate Collins Middle School (Waynesboro, VA) uses Google Docs which allow users with Google accounts to share word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation documents. Rosemary works primarily with teachers on how to integrate technology and the tool she enjoys using and getting them to use is Google Docs. We use it for several items to help the teachers interact with each other. It has caught on more this year and I'm very proud of how they're using it.
  • Gerald Ardito of Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School (Croton on Hudson, NY) enjoys Google Docs and loves being able to work on documents of all types from any computer. Creation, Publishing, Sharing, Embedding, Collaborating.
  • Anita Harris of Sussex County Public Schools (Sussex, Virginia) utilizes Google Docs which offers users online docs, spreadsheets and presentations that can be created, uploaded, imported, converted or exported from or into other formats. I am "google-eyed" for Google Docs and use them every day! Great for meeting notes for immediate sharing and collaborating.
  • Marilyn Ault of University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas applies Google Docs to collaborative preservice/inservice projects easy, intuitive, truly collaborative - there is no hierarchy of user once you are in a document.
  • Wendy Liska from School District of Waukesha (Waukesha, WI) uses Google Docs which offers word processing, spreadsheets, form/survey creation and presentation tools. All are available online from any internet connected computer. Google Docs provides the ability to share these documents with others so you may have multiple editors or reviewers of the work. Google Docs allows valuable collaboration with others without a need to be face-to-face. The forms tool allows me to quickly and inexpensively determine needs and wishes of my staff. When using it with students I've found great power in the time to formulate ideas and collaborate to create a better product.
  • Kay Conners from Auburn Middle School (Warrenton, VA) utilizes Google Docs. Google Docs is a free online tool for document sharing. It has a calendar for organizing, and other project tools. It takes learning to a new level. Google Docs is used for student collaboration, study, writing, and group projects. It has been a great motivator with students because they can work anytime and with anyone. It breaks down barriers and gives all students a voice.
  • Michelle Hapich from Ambridge Area High School (Ambridge, PA) daily uses Google Docs and wikis. On our district wiki, we have links to Google Docs for computer lab sign ups. Class wikis and Google Docs to collaborate are also indispensible! They allow both teachers and students to find and share information from a central location.
  • Jerry Lester of Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies (Plainfield, NJ) utilizes Google Docs, Flickr, and VoiceThread. As a technology educator, I use Google Docs as a classroom blog, bulletin board for assignments and classroom file sharing. I use Google Docs because of the large memory storage space and the security.
  • David McCarthy of University of Minnesota Duluth (Duluth, MN) uses Google Docs, wikis, and blogs. I use these tools to have students work on group projects (2-3/group). I also have all students in the course use the tools to create a large written project with about 25 subtopics. Finally, I use to blogs for additional discussion on course topics. Students can work cooperatively at remote locations when they have access time to do so.
  • Karen Finter of West Irondequoit Teaching Learning Center (Rochester, NY) integrates Google Forms (a part of Google Docs). This little survey instrument has been invaluable to collect data regarding the needs of our faculty relative to Professional Development and study group interests. It is so easy to use and to transition into "working" components.

Google Sites - http://sites.google.com/

  • Tia Simmons of Prince George's County Public Schools (Upper Marlboro, MD) uses Google Sites. Google Sites is a free web page builder by Google. You can create pages for/from training sessions to share additional information with participants.
  • Dr. Mary Waker from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) uses Google Sites. This tool creates professional looking websites online with no knowledge of HTML. If you're looking for a way to publish content online without a huge commitment of time, this tool is perfect. Great tool for teachers!
  • Carl Lyman of Utah State Office of Education (Salt Lake City, UT) utilizes many Google tools (Forms, Sites, Docs, photos) to collaborate with Information Technology teachers & students, by making it easy to publish lessons, surveys, signups, contests, projects, etc. (See http://umaf.utite.net) Google tools are wonderful because of the ease of use with any Internet connection and everything can be collaborated and shared.

Google Wave - http://wave.google.com

  • Judy Hoffman of Stephen S. Wise Elementary School (Los Angeles, CA) uses Google Wave. I have just started using Google Wave (in beta) as a planning tool for school projects. The upside is the simultaneous editing ability, the downside is that it is not available to everyone. But when it is...watch out. So far, I like that Google Wave integrates features of several types of programs: e-mail, social networking, word processing. It is collaborative and interactive. There are small applications that can be used to plan trips, organize projects, take notes by a select group of people who are on a "wave" together. It has a lot of potential.

iCyte - http://www.icyte.com/

  • David Huston from Laurel School (Cleveland, OH) utilizes iCyte. iCyte is a very easy to use social bookmarking tool; that works with your browser to save, tag, annotate, collaborate, embed, and share links with others. Easy, simple, elegant. I can store, collaborate, and share links with others very easily and quickly.

iPod Touch Apps

  • Jenna Cestone from SUHSD (Belmont, CA) integrates iPod Touch Apps - Animoto, Stickes, Dragon Translator. I use so many tools in class, I guess because I have Macbooks and an iPod Touch lab, as well as SMART Boards. I use Google Docs, and Google Reader and almost every tool available to me on Google in class. Since I am a virtual class Program Developer, I am always looking for free tools to use. I get this from many sites like Edutopia, NPR, etc. It's easy and free. The key is developing intuitive tools wit a wide range of applications.

Jing - http://www.jingproject.com/

  • Judy Kroboth from Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA) utilizes Jing. Jing allows users to snap a picture of their screen, create a video of on screen action, and share immediately on the web or through email. Jing also allows you to add tools for emphasis. This is a fabulous tool to help struggling students review specific tools in Office Applications, especially if they are absent from the course.
  • Leigh Zeitz of University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa) uses Jing. Jing is a free screen capture/casting program that will capture up to 5 minutes of screen activity. It stores the files on their server for your access. Jing is free, easy and quite useful for those times that you want to show someone how to do something instead of creating written directions.
  • Donna Murdoch from Villanova University (Villanova, PA) enjoys, uses, and integrates Jing and Snagit. Jing is a great presentation tool to make recordings of what is on the screen. Snagit capture pictures or screenshots for use in other applications. Both from the same company, they are terrific. Easy, convenient.

LiveBinders - http://livebinders.com/

  • Joquetta Johnson from Milford Mill Academy Baltimore, MD utilzes LiveBinders. Livebinders is an online 3-ring binder that allows you to gather and share websites, files, and documents. As a library media specialist, it allows me to provide my students, teachers, and other learners 24/7 access to quality resources.

NetVibes - http://www.netvibes.com/

  • Wendy Drexler of University of Florida (St. Petersburg, FL) uses NetVibes and Symbaloo to construct professional learning communities and personal learning environments for her students to explore inquiry learning. NetVibes and Symbaloo use API widgets to create personal pages. They are great tools for organizing content. Both are very easy to use and highly customizable. They support my research on Personal Learning Environments and provide an option for students of all ages to contribute and/or control the learning process.

Ning - http://www.ning.com/

  • Hadley Ferguson of Springside School (Philadelphia, PA) appreciates Ning. Ning allows me to create a multi-page website that includes personal pages for each student, blogs, chats, forums, and groups. It allows my students to collaborate: sharing research, editing, commenting and posting links. They grow and learn together.
  • Andrew Wheelock of Erie 1 BOCES WNYRIC (Buffalo, NY) utilizes Ning. I use Ning to collaborate and share technology and education ideas. Ning networks allow for communication in a variety of ways from files-sharing, multimedia, text,and chat.
  • Greg Farley from Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District (New Jersey) utilizes Ning.com as a component of a Virtual Learning Community. Ning is a part of our After School Teacher Academy and is used to share ideas and lessons. Ning is easy to navigate and provides busy educators with a way to share lessons and projects with the entire district without the hassle of meeting in a classroom. Our teachers have embraced Ning and our virtual community is thriving with ideas and resources.

Notaland - http://notaland.com/

  • Cheryl Capozzoli of Capital Area Intermediate Unit (Enola, PA) utilizes Notaland (Nota). Nota allows users to create notebooks pages full of interactive content. Once the pages are created, they can be easily embedded for viewer comments and more. Nota is one of the easiest tools to use when creating online note pages intended for audience reactions and comments. A simple and powerful learning tool.

PBworks - http://pbworks.com/

  • Roberta of Boulder (Billings, MT) enjoys PBworks. I use PBworks for students to share information and work on research projects. It allows for student accounts to be set up so students can log in without having an e-mail address. It also allows for students to give each other constructive feedback.
  • Erik Brillon of University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT) intergrates PBworks. A PBWworks wiki allows you to place specific content, limit the content to specific people, and allow them editing options.

Picasa - http://picasa.google.com/

  • Lynn Lester from Clarke College (Dubuque, IA) integrates Picasa. Picasa is a tool for uploading photographs and storing them on the Picasa site. The Picasa software lets you organize, edit, and upload your photos in quick, easy steps. Picasa Web Album provides one GB of free storage that makes sharing your photos a snap. One can make photos into a movie as well as upload movies and images into a blog. Picasa is an easy tool for students to share movies and photos through their blogs.

Plurk - http://www.plurk.com/

  • Ouida Myers from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (Raleigh, NC) loves Plurk. Plurk is a microblogging social media tool that utilizes a time line with edible themes or backgrounds. A user may post or respond to comments, questions, links, images, and videos. I consider Plurk as my Professional Learning Community for instructional technology. Many of my "plurk buddies" are people who provide professional development to k-12 educators in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. We all speak the same language: Learning. Plurk is a great network for sharing what works in instructional technology. It also provides a supportive network for day-to-day occurrences like birthdays, illness, encouragement. A fun part of Plurk is karma, points that you get for posting and responding. As your karma rises, new animated icons become available for inclusion into posts.

Poll Everwhere - http://www.polleverywhere.com/

  • Darlene Westinghouse of Ulster BOCES (New Paltz, New York) enjoys Poll Everywhere. This is a great tool to get feedback from your audience or class without using expensive clickers. Just set it up on the website and have students text in their answers. It utilizes many features and has instant feedback, charts, etc. (http://www.polleverywhere.com/) It is a great tool for instant data feedback from your class. It facilitates data-driven decision making and understanding without a cost. It is mobile learning!
  • Corey J. Peloquin of Techno Savvy Teacher Educational Consultants (Tampa, FL) uses Poll Everywhere. PollEverywhere.com allows the teacher an opportunity to gain instant feedback through multiple choice or open ended response from students via cell phone text message for free! Don't spend hundreds of dollars on clicker devices when nearly all middle school students have cell phones and text regularly. Use the technology they have!

Saywire - https://saywire.com/

  • Sally Garza of Lawrence School - Upper (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) teaches with Saywire. Saywire is an online collaboration and communication suite of tools such as eNoting, blogging, wiki, threads, chatting, publishing and shared calendaring. It provides a safe, contained environment for staff and students to communicate with each other that can be monitored, which is also easy to use.

SCAN - http://www.yourtake.org/

  • Sandra Wozniak from Mt. Olive Middle School (Mt. Olive, NJ) utilizes SCAN. Scan is a collaborative tool featured on the website, www.yourtake.org. The website offers scenarios based on current topics and historical issues, to get students reflecting, collaborating and writing on real issues that affect their lives. Yourtake uses an extremely motivating discussion format to help students implement a step-by-step process that will help them appreciate multiple perspectives while they “discuss” issues online in a safe classroom-based community. This tool actually teaches kids the "art" of collaboration using a simple 4 step process. Students LOVE the format and because they are communicating anonymously, everyone contributes. I can easily set up a session (for one class period) in minutes! A great way to get kids talking, thinking, reading and writing on authentic current or historical issues.


  • Susan Brown of Prince George's County Public Schools (Maryland) integrates Screen Capture Software (Jing, but have Camtasia and Snagit which I love). I use Camtasia and Snagit, creating professional development videos for our 200 library media specialists and deliver videos through our district-wide SAFARI Montage server. F2F support requires costly resources. To reach 200 librarians from 200 schools, at 200 ability levels, using Camtasia gives each of the 200 “just-in-time” support!
  • Rebecca Kelly from Quakertown Community School District (Quakertown, PA) integrates Screencasting. Screencasting allows someone to make a video of movement on their computer screen, record their voice over it and send or embed it. This tool allows me how to teach patrons how to do something on the computer by not only tell them, but showing them.

Second Life - http://secondlife.com/

  • Bill Freese from Montana State University (Bozeman, MT) enthuses about Second Life giving students a place to create three dimensional interactive learning objects and stage events that can be shared by a world wide audience. Virtual worlds are immersive and compelling. When your online encounters take place in a 3D virtual space, you feel that you were actually there.

Skype - http://www.skype.com

  • Deborah Goodman from DF Walker Elementary (Edenton, NC) uses Skype as a support tool and to connect and collaborate with other experts and classes to bring the world to us. Skype allows us to communicate with people outside our community that would not be possible otherwise.

Sliderocket - http://www.sliderocket.com/

  • Donna Murdoch from Consultant (Philadelphia, PA) enjoys, uses, utilizes AND integrates Sliderocket. I hate to limit this survey to just one tool, but if I DID have to pick one, it would be Sliderocket. I choose Sliderocket, a web based (more robust) PowerPoint substitute in which you can imbed movies, music, sound, graphics, and any other tool within it. I like this tool for its ease of use, fantastic interface and graphics, and ability to play with any other web tool. For instance, if I want to use a short Animoto video on one of my slides, I can convert the Animoto to Flash and put it on one of the slides. If I want to put a short Jing presentation, I can take the MP4 version and convert it to Flash and put it on there - as well as any other picture, font, etc. There is virtually no learning curve (like there is with PowerPoint) though it looks much better. The transitions, etc make it look truly professional. You can send a link to your Sliderocket presentation within any email to anyone else so they can view it. It is great.

Snagit - http://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.asp

  • Donna Murdoch from Villanova University (Villanova, PA) enjoys, uses, and integrates Jing and Snagit. Jing is a great presentation tool to make recordings of what is on the screen. Snagit capture pictures or screenshots for use in other applications. Both from the same company, they are terrific. Easy, convenient.
  • Susan Brown of Prince George's County Public Schools (Maryland) integrates Screen Capture Software (Jing, but have Camtasia and Snagit which I love). I use Camtasia and Snagit, creating professional development videos for our 200 library media specialists and deliver videos through our district-wide SAFARI Montage server. F2F support requires costly resources. To reach 200 librarians from 200 schools, at 200 ability levels, using Camtasia gives each of the 200 “just-in-time” support!

Storybird - http://storybird.com/

  • Mary Beth Hertz of Bluford Elementary School (Philadelphia, PA) loves Storybird. Storybird is a site that allows the user to create an online book with beautiful color illustrations and 'flippable' pages. This site is so wonderful because, with its eclectic and colorful artwork and simple, intuitive interface, my 2nd grade students have shown immense creativity, and it has motivated even my struggling readers to write stories.

StumbleUpon - http://www.stumbleupon.com/

  • Doug Martin of Fox Chapel Area High School (Pittsburgh, PA) Uses StumbleUpon. I have configured my preferences for technology and education. I have found many useful web pages, tools and resources by stumbling. You never know what you will find next. It's like a slot machine interface for the web.

Symbaloo - http://www.symbaloo.com/

  • Esther Feldman of The Lookstein Center (Israel) enjoys symbaloo.com an online desktop that you can share with others. This enables everyone to have the same bookmarks easily accessible, it is attractive, and it organizes your desktop.
  • Wendy Drexler of University of Florida (St. Petersburg, FL) uses NetVibes and Symbaloo to construct professional learning communities and personal learning environments for her students to explore inquiry learning. NetVibes and Symbaloo use API widgets to create personal pages. They are great tools for organizing content. Both are very easy to use and highly customizable. They support my research on Personal Learning Environments and provide an option for students of all ages to contribute and/or control the learning process.

Tikatok - http://www.tikatok.com/

  • Kelley from Stanley Elementary - Katy ISD (Katy, Texas) enjoys Tikatok. Tikatok is a community website where you can create your own books and even publish/buy them! Signing up is free, but if you publish/buy a one of your masterpieces, it costs. An eBook is $2.99; softcover book is $15; hardcover book is $25. Easy to use and creates wonderful keepsakes for children's writing projects. Teachers, check this out! Our first grade students participate in writing workshop time in our classrooms. The goal is for each child to create at least 5 books by the end of the year. This is a site where we can store and print as many books as we would like. Most are printed as an eBook, but during our final month we determine our best and print each child's as a hardcover book. The parents gladly pay for this wonderful keepsake of our first grade year. What a treasure!

TweetDeck - http://www.tweetdeck.com/

  • Brenda from Ni River Middle School (Spotsylvania, Virginia) utilizes TweetDeck. I use TweetDeck as a tool for my PLN. The pop-ups provide me with links I can follow to a great article or event. My role as a technology coach of many means I need to expose myself to a lot of different topics. I love the serendipity it offers!

Twitter - http://twitter.com/

  • Michael Stanton, Ph.D of nex+gen Academy (Albuquerque, NM) utilizes Twitter to share, document, verbalize, and codify the progress, insights, lessons learned, and knowledge gained as I, as principal, design and begin the implementation of a new small high school. Twitter is easy and helps me to clarify and simplify my thoughts for members that follow me and for myself.
  • Jenith Mishne from Newport Mesa USD (Costa Mesa, CA) utilizes Twitter. Twitter is social networking that enables you to share, learn, connect with a network of people based on your interests, professionally and personally. Often called micro-blogging, each entry is limited to 140 characters. I use Twitter to connect with my professional learning network. I like to learn one new thing a day from Twitter and share something too.
  • Kelly Dumont from Canyons School District (Sandy, UT) uses Twitter to follow what my coworkers and co-learners are learning and doing throughout the day. It is a quick and easy way to get a lot of information.
  • Sharon Ellner of 21st Century Academy (Pulaski, Wisconsin) uses Twitter. Twitter is a microblogging tool that allows a user to blast a message out to all his or her followers. It also allows the user to follow the messages from other users. I like this tool as it is very informal and easy to use. I can easily find and follow some of the most influential educational technology folks in the world. It is accessible by using a computer, iTouch and a cell phone.

UStream - http://www.ustream.tv/

  • Beth Ritter-Guth from The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT) utilizes UStream. UStream is an incredibly powerful classroom tool because it allows speakers from all over the world to communicate with our students. It is free and easy to use and can provide live stream or archived videos. This tool opens up the doors and windows of our classrooms.

VoiceThread - http://voicethread.com/

  • Ann Balthaser from Palmyra Macedon CSD (Palmyra, NY) enjoys VoiceThread. VoiceThread allows you to upload pictures and add voice recordings for each picture. For the person who does not want to be recorded, you can add text. It is a simple tool that will create movies that can easily be embedded into your website. It is easy for students and teachers to use. It creates movies that can be added to your website. It allows your audience to add comments if you have this feature turned on. Students enjoy using this site.
  • Georgette Rush from Fred A. Anderson Elementary (Bayboro, NC) integrates VoiceThread. My students love to integrate social studies with communications skills using VoiceThread. They studied Native Americans, then wrote point of view stories from unique perspectives such as , "I am the camp fire and I see ........ happening around me." They added an image to represent the speaker. This tool is free for teachers and easy to use. Students have the ability to listen to their threads before posting. It allows them to build self-confidence when speaking publicly without actually facing their audience.
  • Melissa King of Queen of Heaven School (West Seneca, NY) teaches with VoiceThread. VoiceThread allows students to push their PowerPoint presentations to the Web 2.0 level with the addition of audio, websharing, and collaborative capabilities. Students have in large part mastered Powerpoint, yet they still have no paper product to show others. Voicethread allows students to share with far flung family and friends and to receive their comments, as well.
  • Louis Loeffler of Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, WI) uses VoiceThread to teach digital storytelling concepts and ideas. Simple to use, allows for comments.
  • Martha Bless of State Education Resource Center (Middletown, CT) uses VoiceThread. VoiceThread is a tool to hold interactive discussions around visual images via text, voice recording or video. I share this resource with teachers during PD, and they love it for engaging students.
  • Doug Errett of St. Albans School (Washington, DC) uses VoiceThread. I use VoiceThread tutorials to help solve sample problems of higher difficulty, to provide practice before exams, tests, and quizzes. Students acn access it at any time and follow my voice as we solve problems step-wise in a manner similar to that done in class. They can go at their own pace.
  • Eric Wonsidler of Parkway School District (St. Louis, MO) integrates VoiceThread. I have students comment on student generated media-- presentations, pics, docs, and videos-- through spoken, videoed, written, or visually-annotated comments. VoiceThread allows peer audiences to reflect on, praise, and critique student projects, collaborations, and/or experiments without using much class time.
  • Teri Polis from Goosehill Primary School (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) uses VoiceThread to share the student's thoughts on this years Charlotte Award Nominees. It helps the students to decide which book they want to vote for and why they like it.
  • Donald Murphy from Wantagh UFSD (Wantagh, NY) uses VoiceThread. VoiceThread is an easy-to-use Web2.0 tool. Users can create a presentation with pictures, documents and video, and easily overlay audio narration to the presentation. The process is seamless. VoiceThread allows students to add an authentic perspective (their voice) to a topic/presentation. As the presentation builds with more "voices", the finished product evolves.

Voki - http://www.voki.com/

  • Susie Thompson of George Ward Elementary (Mill Creek, WV) utilizes Voki. I love to engage students by introducing the project or giving short assignments by using Voki.com. You can create customized videos easily. The students listen to the directions and if they forget they can press play again! The students can share their answers by creating a Voki.

VolunteerSpot - http://www.volunteerspot.com/

  • Cynthia HM from RHS (Asheville, NC) LOVES VolunteerSpot. VolunteerSpot is a tremendous time saver when it comes to organizing parents to help in my daughter's 4th grade class activities, proctors for my math department, and parent-teacher conferences. It's an online sign up tool that lets parents pick their schedule, when it works for them, and I don't have to juggle a spread sheet anymore, or track people down late night on email. I just create a calendar of the help I need and conference spots and invite people to pick their shifts - the calendar get's filled...almost overnight. It's awesome! VolunteerSpot buys me time to do everything else I need to do! I find so many great ways to put this tool to use, I'm quite sure I'm saving more than a day a month of time that used to be schedule administration. In elementary grades, VolunteerSpot gives teachers more control of their classroom by specifying how and when they want parents to participate.

Wallwisher - http://wallwisher.com/

  • Randy Rodgers of Birdville ISD (Haltom City, TX) uses Blogger, Drop.io, and Wallwisher to produce a student-created online newspaper at Haltom Middle School. Students use Wallwisher to brainstorm story ideas, Drop.io and student email to submit stories, and Blogger to publish their final product.

Weebly - http://www.weebly.com/

  • Mary Young from Pine Middle School (Reno, NV) uses Weebly. Create free websites and blogs using Weebly. It is easy to use; there are no advertisements, dozens of professional designs, and free domain hosting. It is easy to use; they have an educator’s account that allows you to set up student pages that can be password protected.

Wetpaint - http://www.wetpaint.com/

  • Pamela Whitehouse from West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV) uses Wetpaint wikis. My wikis are designed to promote collaboration, sharing of resources and authoring skills that support development of higher order skills like TPACK + L (learners). Wikis promote collaborative skills, management skills and independent learning--important skills for pre-service teachers when well designed and scaffolded.


  • Clifton Dancy of Raytown C2 School District (Raytown, MO) uses wikis to collaborate and peer edit writing assignments. Wikis offer a way to have access to writing outside the classroom, but still lets me monitor what's being typed.
  • William Jones of Higher Colleges of Technology (United Arab Emirates) adores using wikis. Wikis are interactive, modifiable, dynamic and easy to use webplatforms. Wikis are fantastic, easy to use and provide dynamic abilities to otherwise static content.

Wikispaces - http://www.wikispaces.com/

  • Gerald Aungst of Cheltenham School District (Elkins Park, PA) uses Wikispaces for student and teacher collaboration. It allows people in different buildings to share, discuss, and contribute content without physically meeting.
  • Valarie Minnick of Calverton School (Huntingtwon, MD) loves Wikispaces. I use this tool in my Grade Eight English class as a forum for students, enabling them to respond to the literature we are reading in the classroom in a more public way than is possible using hard copy. Students write a weekly entry in response to the chapters we have read the week before. They use this space to formulate ideas and questions, to propose theories and answers. Most importantly, they are able to comment on one another's ideas. I am able to log in once a week, read their work, and quickly respond to each student through wikispaces email. As my students write poetry in writing workshop, they are able to post their work on this public forum as well. They are publishing their work for a real audience. I find that sharing work so publicly with their peers imbues a seriousness and immediacy to their writing that I have not been able to accomplish when they have been writing only to me. Knowing that their classmates are their audience has encouraged students to write better, longer, and more deeply.
  • Laurie Cohen of Yeshiva of Greater Washington (Silver Spring, MD) recommends Wikispaces. Wikispaces is a collaborative web-creation site, offered free to K-12 educators. It is simple to use (with Visual or Text editor) and fun to teach. Using wikis demonstrates and encourages collaboration: within teams, the entire classroom, the school, or between schools--even across the world. The teacher can set up security-- who can view and/or edit. The wiki can be as elaborate or simple as the students/teachers want. Discussion, History and Widget features are extremely useful.
  • Liz Whaley from Riverside Public Schools (Riverside, IL) integrates Wikispaces. Wikispaces is a dynamic way for teachers and students to share information and resources and discuss ideas. The wiki pages can hold text, images, links, audio, video and widgets. Wikispaces is serving as a place for teachers and students to share ideas and information and to distribute resources through text, links, and documents.

WiZiQ - http://www.wiziq.com/

  • David Brear of DKB Consulting (North Vancouver, BC) enjoys WiZiQ. WiZiQ is a place where you can teach and learn using an easy-to-use Virtual Classroom. You are welcome to give private and public live online sessions, teach for free or earn money teaching. As a learner you can attend public sessions on various topics from academics to anything under the sun. It connects me to the world for delivering workshops online that has voice, video, whiteboard and presentations areas. It is an amazing tool.

Wonder Wheel - Google Search Option

  • Irene from Cresskill Public Schools (Cresskill, NJ) integrates Wonder Wheel. Google's Wonder Wheel takes any search topic and creates a visual web of subtopics. By clicking on any of these links, Google creates another web to help narrow a topic. On the right Google locates sites that directly relate to the topic. I use Google's Wonder Wheel feature to teach fourth and fifth grade students how to narrow or enlarge a topic for independent research. It also encourages them to think about good key search words and helps them locate appropriate sites directly related to their topic.

Wordle - http://www.wordle.net/

  • Jana Hickey from Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, KY) Integrates Wordle. This tool allows you to paste any written content into the tool. It then generates a graphic using the words in the document. The size of the word is directly related to the number of times it is used in the written piece. Students can use this tool to identify what is really the "focus" of their writing. They are also able to quickly see overused words and phrases (for example and) thus pushing their writing to a higher level.
  • Oksana Hlodan of AIBS (Washington, DC) uses Wordle. Wordle creates word clouds without fuss. It offers choices for design, color, and some advanced features. Best of all, it's a free online tool. It's useful for teaching when students use it to create concept maps. The main concept can be weighted (sized) to be the largest word in the cloud and related words can be weighted according to importance or relevance to the main concept.
  • Kristen Kozloski, PhD from UMass Boston (Adjunct Prof, Pottstown, PA) integrates Wordle. Wordle is a tool that creates word clouds. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source document. I had students paste their final into Wordle to see if words that appeared the largest were congruent with the main emphasis of their paper.
  • Tammy Morris of Inspired Impact, LLC (Alaska) integrates Wordle to determine and display the impact of a piece of writing in a visually appealing graphic This tool increases the efficiency of the writer while allowing creativity. Because it's quick and innovative, students are inspired to write with more impact.

WordPress - http://wordpress.org/

  • Jon Bertsch of Fessenden-Bowdon Public Schoo (Fessenden, ND) uses WordPress to blog weekly in my 5th and 6th grade language arts class. Wonderful, simple to use, published to the worldwide web, parents can see students work.

Xtranormal - http://www.xtranormal.com/

  • Susan A. Montgomery of The Gereau Center (Rocky Mount, VA) integrates xtranormal.com. She uses this piece of software to build movies with her students. They then place the movies on the class website. Students view the movies and make comments via the blog. It is a great way for students to review and understand the value of blogging for review. Interactive, allows for creativity and works for students who have many different learning styles. http://sigilt.iste.wikispaces.net/Favorite+Web+2.0+Tools
  • If you can type, you can create a movie: http://www.xtranormal.com/profile/2344943/

Web 2.0 from http://buhlerkeys.wikispaces.com/What is Web 2.0? Web 2.0 has been recognized as the second generation of the World Wide Web. One of the most obvious differences in 2.0 and the www is the movement away from static webpages to dynamic and shareable content and social networking. AKA the Read/Write Web
  • Animoto - Create your own music video, simply by uploading your own images and selecting music. Students LOVE seeing themselves on the video. Limit of 30 seconds - so just short & sweet!
  • BibMe - Online collaborative citation creator - great for use with a group of students working on one project. For other online citation creators, plagiarism resources, and information literacy go to http://researchrecipe.wikispaces.com/Citations
  • Big Huge Labs- Make motivational posters, movie posters, jigsaw puzzles, magazine covers, and lots more.
  • Blogs - A weblog, daily journal, travel highlights, daily reflections. eSchool Blogs (through ePals on Kan-ed) is safe for students.
  • Digital Vaults - Browse through the hundreds of photographs, documents, and film clips and discover connections. Records are cross-linked by media type, time and theme. You can get lost here for hours — dusty, old documents have never looked so good.
  • drop.io - Use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.
  • Evernote - This cutting-edge tool helps you keep track of your complicated life—not just with words, but with images, sound, and video. Even turns handwritten notes into text.
  • Flickr - Photo Storage Site, share your photos with your family, your students, friends, or the whole wide world. As a member (free), you’ll be able to download others’ photos too. These are great to use in Google Earth or in presentations!
  • Glogster - Make posters or collages with links to really spiffy up your wikis or webpages.
  • Imagination Cubed - Want to draw with a friend? This site allows you and a buddy in another location to share drawing space.
  • Lulu - Lulu.com lets you publish and sell print-on-demand books and e-books, online music and images, custom calendars and books. Free self-publishing.
  • Mindmeister- online mind mapping tool where students can all collaborate on one mind map. For many choice of graphic organizers (online and printable), check out http://researchrecipe.wikispaces.com/Graphic+Organizers
  • Picnik- Photo editing, make a collage. For a list of avatar sites and photo editing sites choose the Avatar category on http://guest.portaportal.com/mfrazier313
  • Poll Everywhere - Ask your students a question and they can text the answer or tweet it (through twitter). The answers show up through your power point or in your web browser.
  • Portaportals - Social Bookmarking but in a very organized form and not blocked. Ex. http://guest.portaportal.com/mfrazier313
    Other social bookmarking: diigo, del.icio.us, furl
  • Read Write Think - NCTE and IRA are working together to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.
  • Simply Box- Visual bookmarking! Set up a box with sites you want your students to visit, add your comments or instructions. Students can also comment back. Great for research - save the info from the web, rewrite it, link it to the site - virtual notecards!
  • Spell with Flickr
  • StumbleUpon - StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like and brings you more. Instead of searching for sites, the sites will come to YOU!
  • Tux Paint - Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children. Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.
  • Twitter & Plurk - Microblogging! You’re limited to 140 characters so you answer the question, “What you are doing?” very precisely. Educators constantly share websites, tips and tricks, advice, and ask questions.
  • Visual Ranking - Students identify and refine criteria as they assign order or ranking to a list. They must explain their reasoning and can compare their work with each other in a visual diagram. This tool supports activities where students need to organize ideas, debate differences, and reach consensus.
  • VisuWords - Online graphical dictionary. Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
  • Vocaroo - A simpler than simple online voice recording! Record yourself then send it to someone in an email! How about a short message of encouragement to someone? A song. A poem. Instructions. These can also be posted to the web!
  • Voki- Create a representation of yourself (avatar). Choose hair color, eyes, clothes etc. Then you can add your own voice to your avatar and embed it on your blog, wiki, or webpage.
  • Wikis - Collaborative web pages with discussion forums.These are perfect for collaborative teams to keep track of notes, lesson plans, ideas, activities, video clips, etc. (wikispaces, pbwiki, etc.)
  • Wordle - Generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.
    Fun for kids: Guess the Wordle
  • YouTube - Create your own videos then upload them to YouTube to share with others. Search YouTube for many curriculum connections and tutorials.
    Also check out SchoolTube and TeacherTube.
  • Zamzar - Convert video files without downloading anything. Just upload the video, select the format you want to convert to, then wait for it to finish
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