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Web 2.0

This page lists Web 2.0 items. Use your browser's search facility to locate item(s) of interest.

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  • Web 1.0 - the Read Web, searching is algorithmic
  • Web 2.0 - the Read/Write Web or Participatory Web, collaborative, applications and data are in the "cloud", searching and organization becomes social since (text, geo)-tagging is user-generated and users search via common interests or friendships, everything gets tagged and annotated: text, maps, images, video, threads, with ratings, tags, and comments.
  • Web 3.0 - the Semantic Web, knowledge creation, the next level of Internet technology focused on extending personalization to a level of predictive ability.

• Cloud (Web 2.0) vs. Open Source vs. Freeware

Web 2.0 is cloud-based. The applications, the data, the stored files, the infrastructure are out "there." The cloud is external to your computer and local (personal) hardware. Typically this is accessed via the Web and Internet. Try these: Prezi on Web 2.0 and Open Source or this Mindomo mindmap of "E-Learning and Web 2.0 Tools for Schools" by teacher20.orgFreeware or shareware is free software that is typically maintained by one company and installed on your computer. Examples are Open Office instead of Microsoft Office, {GIMP or Paint.net or Sumo Paint} instead of PhotoShop, Camstudio instead of Camtasia Studio. Try these: thefreesite.com, softpedia.comOpen Source is free software that is stored and run on your computer, but the source code is maintained by a community (usually not just one company or individual). The Open Source software typically emulates commercial (paid for) software. Examples are PortableApps, Open Office instead of Microsoft Office, GIMP or Sumo Paint instead of PhotoShop, Sage Math open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab, GeoGebra (in many languages!) - GeoGebra website, GeoGebra User Forum, GeoGebraWiki instead of Geometer's Sketchpad.FOSS - Free and Open Source Software.Hitchhikers Guide to Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers -Web2.0 Tools Handout - www.scribd.com/doc/30284415/Web-2-0-Tools-Handout

What is Web 2.0? many definitions:

  1. www.teacher-tech-training.com
  2. What is Web 2.0? How use? - great intro videos and classes - www.teacher-tech-training.com/a-brief-intro-free/intro-to-web-2-0-tools
  3. video(5:19)
  4. pencast on Web 2.0(8:06)
  5. Listen to this(60 minutes) - Chris Dede: How Web 2.0 Tools are Transforming Learning and Knowledge
  6. Start here- an O'Reilly article. A nice comparison table on Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0
  7. A wikipedia article- a nice article about the meaning of the term
  8. 2008 Web 2.0 Awards- listed by category. Nice!
  9. Web 2.0 sites galore- Choose a tag word to filter the list. Amazing list!
  10. Mindomo mindmap of "E-Learning and Web 2.0 Tools for Schools" by teacher20.org
  11. "101 Web Tools for Teachers" - www.goedonline.com/101-web-tools-for-teachers

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Web 2.0
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Collaborative
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Licensed or Purchased
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Proprietary Code
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• Web 2.0 Enabling Technologies

These are great Web-based (Internet based) utilities and applications to help engage students and help students organize and collaborate. I will be adding more research-based evidence about the educational use of these technologies. This is not comprehensive!
  • TECS@Bucks June 22-23, 2009 - (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science at Bucks County Community College) - Multiple sessions.
  • "Concurrent Editing", "Operational Transformation", "HTML 5"
  • Videos in Plain English:
  • Web 2.0 technologies directory pages: go2web20
  • Wakoopa- track your apps, discover new software and games, share what you use (see widget below), get updated by friends
  • Wikis (collaboration)
    • Wiki-Wiki-Wiki- blog entry about different types of wikis
    • Wikispaces (I use) - One of the most popular wiki creators that is free for education. Can also be made private (password protected).
    • pbwiki -
    • wetpaint -
    • ning -
    • PBworks - Very similar to Wikispaces and free for a basic account. However, there are paid accounts as well that offer features for educators, such as more space and privacy controls.
    • Wetpaint - Wikis in Education by Wetpaint is a great way to create a educational wiki and join a community of over 3000 members.
    • Zoho Wiki - Very affordable site for creating not only wikis, but also a complete educational portal package.
    • FreedomShare - Very easy-to-use site that can create a simple wiki that can be shared with others or made private. As with most wikis, comments can be turned on or off.
    • Wikia - Fun site for creating a visual wiki.
    • Wikispot - Wikispot teaches you how to create a free wiki and compares the features of a good wiki is versus a bad one.
    • Wiki-Site - Free site for creating a wiki built on the same engine of Wikipedia.
    • Weebly - Popular website creator for education that allows for blogging and a creation of a site that can be used as a wiki.
    • Google Sites
  • Wikipedia - collaborative online encyclopedia. Anyone can create, edit, and argue over entries.-
    • EyePlorer - visually explore wikipedia. EyePlorer is a reference search engine that takes your original search term then displays related terms in a circle around your original search term. Clicking on each related term reveals more information from Wikipedia about that term. If the information is something that you want to save for later use, you can drag the information into your EyePlorer notebook. EyePlorer is a great way for students to see the importance of refining search terms. A broad topic will crowd the EyePlorer circle with related topics. A more specific search term will yield fewer related topic links. If a student is struggling to narrow a research topic, EyePlorer provides suggestions in the form of related topics. The EyePlorer notebook makes it easy for students to keep a record of the information they've found.
    • blog post on EyePlorer -
  • RSS - Really Simple Syndication (user-generated distribution). RSS allows a website to send news updates (feeds) out to subscribers.
  • RSS-like without RSS
    • Watch That Page- This is sort of like RSS, but allows me to watch sites that do not provide RSS feeds, plus I can do more with those Websites.
    • femtoo - Femtoo has been providing a far more advanced version of Google Reader for some time now. Features include:
      - Track any Internet content.
      - Receive change updates by email and Instant Message (IM).
      - Add a "Track this page" button to your own website.
      - Notify friends and customers when things change.
      - Monitor particular parts of a page.
      - Parse data and check for particular conditions/triggers/thresholds (share price hit a certain amount etc)
      - Premium accounts can create 'low latency' trackers for critical monitoring applications
      - Receive notifications via email, Instant Messenger and SMS
      - Add a 'widget' to any page to allow people to 'subscribe' to a 'tracker'
      - It uses the amazing cQuery (http://cquery.com) Server-side CSS Content Selection Engine
      - You can publish 'trackers' to the 'Tracker Library' and anybody can subscribe.
  • Course management
  • Open Courseware (OCW)
  • Plagiarism - Writing Analysis
    • PaperRater.com analyzes documents immediately, 24/7, in real-time with plagiarism detection, grammar checking, and writing suggestions. PaperRater provides in-depth analysis to help the student improve grammar and writing. PaperRater.com takes into account all rules related to spelling and grammar. Paper Rater also helps the student to improve the document’s readability, word choice, and style. Additional analysis and comments are provided that help the student to improve his/her writing, not only on this assignment, but in all future writing assignments. --- PaperRateris a place for students to submit work and find out about their paper. With no download necessary. It checks grammar, spelling, plagiarism, and offers writing suggestions. It will also help with readability, word choice, and style. All you have to do is type in the title and then copy and paste your paper into the text box. PaperRater also provides a place to copy and paste your references. PaperRater took a short time for it to process the long document. The screen then allows you to sort through your paper based on Originality/Plagiarism, Spelling, Grammar, Word Choice, Style, and Vocabulary Words. PaperRater even explains why it is saying you have done something wrong. Spelling Corrections are in red, Grammar in Green, Word Choice in Blue. It does a great job of breaking down your use of different conjunctions, pronouns, verbs, etc. Vocabulary Words gives you a percentage of vocabulary word usage. PaperRater also has a vocabulary builder to help improve your vocabulary. It recognized what Word Grammar and Spell Checker missed.
    • The Plagiarism Checker, created as a project for the University of Maryland, is an easy-to-use tool for detecting plagiarism. Simply enter a chunk of text into the search box and the Plagiarism Checker will tell you if and from where something was plagiarized.
    • Doc Copoffers a free service for checking small documents and a free service for checking documents against each other. Doc Cop also offers a fee based service that will check large documents and do a more comprehensive check than that offered for free.
    • The Purdue OWL website is the number one place I refer students and parents to for questions not only about Plagiarism, but for questions about all parts of the writing process.
    • Plagiarism Checker.comworks just like many similar services. To use it, simply type or paste text into the search box and Plagiarism Checker will tell you if and from where something was copied.
    • Plagiarism.org, produced by the same people that produce the commercial plagiarism detection software Turn It In, has a free learning center for students and teachers. Plagiarism.org's learning center includes tips about avoiding plagiarism, definitions of plagiarism, and explanations of when you do or do not have to cite a reference. Plagiarism.org also hosts two recorded webinars addressing the topic of plagiarism in schools and how teachers can educate their students about plagiarism.
  • Blog
  • Blog searchers
  • Microblog
    • Twitter(I use) - chat limited to 140 characters per interchange via the web, cell phones, and Instant Messages - great for back chat at seminars or lectures
    • Jaiku -
    • Tumblr -
    • Posterous- The place to post everything. Just email us. Perfect for the social studies or Literature teachers. Very easy way to publish ideas, etc without hassle.
    • Pownce -
  • Twitter Search
  • Audioblogging & podcasting
  • Database
  • People Search - Social Relationship Management
    • sociotoco.com/search - Sociotoco Search helps you find online profiles in most commonly used social networks like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook - all on one place.
  • Social Bookmarking- access, organize, and share your bookmarked websites from anywhere
    • Google Notebook - Google Notebook demo video
    • delicious (I use)
    • diigo - (I use) bookmarks, tags, annotation on websites (highlighting in colors and sticky notes that can be public or private), lists - knowledge, community (there is a diigo for Educators group). "Lists" provides another great way to organize bookmarks, a way that is complementary to tagging. Lists are somewhat like folders, but more versatile -- you can easily arrange and re-arrange the sequence of the items in the list by simple drag-and-drop, and by separating the items into sections. With one click, you can also easily turn a list into an interactive slideshow using our WebSlides. So when do you use tags and when do you use lists? Basically, use lists for organization whenever the sequence of the items is important. Otherwise, tagging usually suffices. Great overview video on diigo version 5.
    • Evernote - Evernote Web Clipper, a Firefox add-on that lets you easily add Web pages, links, or selections to your Evernote account. - tagging, filtering, saved searches - notebook/organizer/task manager/web clipper/file cabinet/photo library/ archiver - video - Use EverNoteto take notes, capture snippets from the Web, etc. Access your content from your laptop, the Web, iPhone, and/or Blackberry; all synchronized.
    • FavThumbs, Swurl, Facebook (I use), Digg, Technorati, Furl, Fark, Reddit, Stumble Upon
  • Social networks- create a personal page of easily updated information, photos, and links. Add friends to your profile, or join groups to create a personalized network.
  • Social browser (aggregators)
    • Flock (a "Web 2.0" browser, a "social Web browser", a "browser for the modern web")
  • Instant Messenging (IM)
    • YIM Yahoo Instant Messaging
    • AIM America Online IM
  • GIS and Geographic Inquiry**
    "Geospatial" technologies--which include geographic information system (GIS), global positioning system (GPS), and remote sensing (RS) tools--are becoming increasingly important in our everyday lives. These technologies use "smart" maps that can display, query, and analyze geographic databases; receivers that provide location and navigation; and global-to-local imagery and tools that provide context and analysis.
  • Search sites
    • Taggl (http://taggl.net) (I use) is a tag-based search engine that aggregates results from several sites, including Scribd! (I use)
    • Blog searchers - Technorati, Google Blogsearch
    • search-cube - you can search a topic, and a giant cube pops up with a bunch of different subtopics that represent your topic.
  • Encyclopedias
  • Polls (Response Systems)
    • Socrative - This is a great web platform for teachers and students . It is basically a smart student response system that empowers teachers to enagage their classrooms through a series of educational exercisesSocrativeand games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
    • PollEverywhere- VERY nice polling software. Watch the data come up in real time, if you wish, from cell phone (SMS), Twitter, or the web. Present results in web browser or PowerPoint.
    • PollDaddy- create a poll and embed it into your wiki or web page
    • PollAuthority- another excellent option. Allows more responses
    • Pollmo is a free service offering an easy way to create and post simple polls online. Getting started with Pollmo is easy. Just head to their site, type your question, type your response choices, and select a color theme for your poll. Then just copy the embed code provided to place your poll on your blog or website. Don't have a blog or website? Then just direct people to the url assigned to your Pollmo poll.
  • Cell Phones
  • Widgets and Gadgets
  • Portals, personal homepages
  • To Do List (task management)
    • Remember The Milk - Online to do list and task management on Blackberry, Google calendar, gmail gadget, twitter, Microsoft Outlook, Android.
  • Still capture (screen capture)
  • Video play
    • VLC- Video player. Plays FLV files saved from YouTube and others. EXCELLENT Utility
    • miro - open source, HD viewer, HD aggregator, support legal Torrents, downloading in the background
  • Video capture (from screen)
    • see "screencasts" section/list
  • Video editing
    • JayCut - Upload videos, photos and music to create and share. JayCut is a free, online, video editing service. To use JayCut online you will need to join the JayCut community. Once you've joined you can immediately start creating a video. The JayCuteditor allows you to use two video editing tracks, an audio track, and a transitions track to create your video. JayCut provides some stock video and stock transitions that you can use, but the best option is to upload your own images, video clips, and sound tracks. Earlier this fall JayCut also introduced new options for slow motion effects, direct recording from your webcam, a green screen, and color editing. The videos you create can be published online on the JayCut site, published directly to YouTube, or downloaded to your computer.
    • Animoto makes it possible to quickly create a video using still images, music, video clips, and text. If you can make a slideshow presentation, you can make a video using Animoto. Animoto'sfree service limits you to 30 second videos. You can create longer videos if you apply for an education account.
    • Flixtime is a video creation service that is quite similar to Animoto and Stupeflix. Flixtime gives users the ability to create 60 second videos by mixing together images, video clips, and music tracks. You can use your own images, video clips, and music tracks or you can choose media from the Flixtime galleries. Flixtime also gives you the option to record voiceovers for your videos through their site. Flixtimevideos can be downloaded for use on your local computer, shared via email or social networks, or posted to YouTube.
    • Stupeflix is a service that allows user to quickly and easily create video montages using their favorite images and audio clips. In many ways Stupeflix is similar to Animoto and Flix Time, but there are a couple of differences that are worth noting. Adding text to the images is slightly easier in Stupeflix than it is on Animoto. Stupeflix offers only one default soundtrack so you have to upload your own audio clips. That said the advantage of Stupeflix is that you can use more than one audio clip within the same video. Stupeflix is now offering Stupeflix for Educationand is currently looking for beta testers to use Stupeflix for Education for free in their classrooms.
    • Xtra Normal is a unique service that enables students to create animated, narrated movies just by typing the dialogue then dragging and dropping characters and set elements into the movies. There are free and paid plans for using Xtra Normal. The primary difference between the plans being that the paid plan offers more options for the setting of your story.
    • DoInk is a free website where students can create animations from scratch (drawing their own characters or backgrounds) or re-use community shared art props through their browser. (No software downloads.) DoInk clips can be published to YouTube, tweeted or embedded in blogs or websites. DoInk is popular is schools and is used to create presentations, for storytelling, for book reports, to visualize complex problems in Math, Science, etc. DoInk also has an iPad App, the DoInkVector Animator.
    • Masher is a great, free, tool for creating video mash-ups. Masher offers a large collection of video clips from the BBC's Motion Gallery and Rip Curl video. There is a large music library, an effects library, and a good selection of video player skins. If you don't find content that you like in Masher's library, you can add your own images, video clips, and music clips through the Masher uploader. Masher also gives you the option to insert text throughout your videos. Creating with Masheris a simple matter of dragging elements from the media gallery into the timeline editor. From there you can arrange the sequence of elements using the drag and drop interface. When you're happy with the sequence, publish and share your production.
    • TubeChop - YouTube cropping, edit YouTube video clip with start and stop points, file saved on TubeChop server. TubeChopgives you the ability to clip a section from any YouTube video and share it.
    • SnipSnip.it is a service that allows you to easily clip a section from a YouTube video and share that section with others. To use SnipSnip.itjust grab the link to a YouTube video, paste it into SnipSnip.it, and then enter the start and end times for the section of video you want to share. After you've completed those steps SnipSnip.it will generate a link and an embed code that will play just the section of video you selected.
    • Splicd is a service that lets users select and share a segment of a YouTube video. Splicd is a simple and easy service to use. To use Splicd all you have to do is select a video from YouTube, copy the video's url into Splicd, then enter the start and end times of the video segment you wish to watch. This service will be particularly useful for those times that you want to share only a part of a long video. Click hereto see Splicd in action.
    • Drag On Tape makes it easy to string together a series of YouTube videos and or sections of YouTube videos. Create your mix tape of videos just launch the Drag On Tape editor, enter a search term for videos, then drag videos on to the Drag On Tape timeline. You enter searches and drag videos as many times as you like. To trim video timings and string videos together just match them up on the timeline editor. Drag On Tapeallows you to collaborate with others on a mix.
    • Video Toolbox- MAIN FEATURES: It's FREE! Processing videos with filesize up to 300 MB. Analyse video files and provide in-depth information such as video codec, bitrate, resolution, frame rate...Video converter supporting all well known file formats (3GP, AMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, M4V, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, VOB, WMV).- Simple mode: select output video format only- Advanced mode: wider range of settings availablevideo settings: video codec, resolution, bitrate , framerateaudio settings: audio codec, bitrate, sampling rate, channelsAdd watermark text to a video fileCut video by setting new start and end timeCrop video with just few clicksMerge several video files into a single oneDemux video files (extract audio, video or subtitles from a file)Record video from a webcam or any other available input deviceTake video snapshots (make video thumbnails)Add (hard-coded) subitles to a video fileDownload flash videos from more than 20 video sharing sitesAdvanced File Manager enabling users to upload local video files as well as to download videos from third-party URIs. Additionally it allows users to preview videos via state-of-the-art thumbnails rotator, activated by simple mouse over. CODECS AND FILE FORMATS FILE FORMATS By using VideoToolbox you will be able to export videos to the following file formats: 3GP, AMV, FLV, AVI, ASF, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, VOB, WMV, MP3, JPG SUPPORTED CODECS ENCODING VIDEO CODECS DivX Flash Video H263 H264 MPEG-I MPEG-II MPEG-4 Windows Media Video 8 Xvid AUDIO CODECS Adaptive Multy-Rate Advanced Audio Codec (AAC) Audio Coding 3 (AC3) MP2 MP3 WAV (16-bit big-endian PCM) Windows Media Audio DECODING VIDEO CODECS Asus v1 Asus v2 AVS CamStudio Cinepak Creative YUV DNxHD Duck TrueMotion v1 Duck TrueMotion v2 Flash Screen Video FFV1 H.261 H.263 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Huffyuv id Software RoQ Intel Indeo LOCO Mimic MJPEG MPEG-1 MPEG-2/H.262 MPEG-4 Part 2 On2 VP3 On2 VP6 On2 VP6 Apple Computer QuickDraw QuickTime Graphics SMC RealVideo VC-1 Smacker video
    • BubblePLY- Add bubbles to any video, post it anywhere you wish!
    • blog entry - "Making VIdeos on the Web - A Guide for Teachers" -
  • Equation Editors (TeX, LaTeX, ...)
  • Casts
  • Screencasts (asynchronous) -record what is happening on your computer screen (or a portion of the screen) with audio
  • Pencasts
  • Mathcasts
  • Sketchcasts
  • Music - royalty free
  • Moodstream
    • Moodstream (photos, videos, soundscapes) - background video, music, sound scapes
  • Streaming video (synchronous) - lecturecasting
  • Streaming video (asynchronous)
  • Embedding YouTube
  • YouTube alternatives
  • Surveys
  • Alerts
  • Free Clipart, Free Photos
    • www.pics4learning.com
    • www.freefoto.com/index.jsp
    • www.freedigitalphotos.net
    • http://historyimages.com
    • http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListAll.php
    • Free Nature pictures-
    • FreeDigitalPhotos.net: www.freedigitalphotos.nettypically up to 640 pixels are free (requiring attribution), higher res have small charge
    • FreePhoto.com: www.freefoto.comlink back and attribution required
    • FreeImages.co.uk: www.freeimages.co.uklink back or site credit required
    • FreePhotosBank.com: www.freephotosbank.comfree for non-commercial use
    • Pics4Learning.com: www.pics4learning.compermission granted for use by teachers, students
    • photol.com: www.photl.com/enregistration required. No attribution required. Commercial use allowed.
    • CGTextures.com: http://cgtextures.com>40 000 free textures
    • www.phillipmartin.info/clipart/homepage.htm
    • CIA World Fact Book –Flags of the World: www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/docs/flagsoftheworld.html
    • Pictorial Americana Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress: www.loc.gov/rr/print/list/picamer/toc.html
    • Morgue File (www.morguefile.com) provides free photos with license to remix. The Morgue File photo collection contains thousands of images that anyone can use for free in academic or commercial presentations. The image collection can be searched by subject category, image size, color, or rating. Morgue File is more than just a source for free images. The Morgue File also features a "classroom" where visitors can learn photography techniques and get tips about image editing.
    • Wylio is an image search engine designed to help bloggers and others quickly find, cite, and use Creative Commons licensed images. Wylioresults only return images that are listed with a Creative Commons license. Wyliomakes it easy to give proper attribution to the creator of the image by providing you with html code that includes attribution. All you have to do is copy the code and paste it into your blog post or webpage.
    • William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resourceprovides free photographs and drawings for teachers and students to use in their classrooms. Mr. Vann is an amateur photograph (a good one at that) and a teacher. Mr. Vann gives permission to teachers and students to use the images in any manner needed for instructional and learning purposes.
    • The World Images Kiosk hosted by San Jose State Universityoffers more than 75,000 images that teachers and students can use in their academic projects. All of the images can be used under a Creative Commons license that requires you to give proper attribution when necessary. You can find images by using the search box or you can browse through more than 800 portfolios and groups organized by subject.
    • ImageBase is a personal project of professional photographer David Niblack. ImageBase contains more than one hundred pages of images that Mr. Niblack has released for free reuse and redistribution. In fact, the top of theImageBasesite says "treat like public domain." In addition to the hundreds of images that are available, ImageBase also offers nearly one hundred free PowerPoint templates.
    • Photos 8is a great place to find thousands of images that are in the public domain. These images can be used in any way that you and your students see fit. There are twenty-two categories of images of which the largest collections are of animals, birds, and sunsets.
    • Animal Photos is a great source of Creative Commons licensed photos of animals. All of the photos are categorized by animal. Each image indicates the type of Creative Commons license associated with the picture. Animal Photosalso offers advice on giving attribution for each photo.
    • Google Images- To find images that can be reused and remixed use Google's Advanced Image search options. To use the usage rights filter option, select "advanced image search" on the main Google Images page. Once in the "advanced image search" page, you will find the usage rights options at the bottom of the page. In the usage rights menu you can select one of four options; "labeled for reuse," "labeled for commercial reuse," "labeled for reuse with modification," or "labeled for commercial reuse with modification."
    • Yahoo Imageshas an option similar to Google's for finding Creative Commons licensed images. When you search for images using Yahoo's image search tool, you can select filters to refine results to show only images that are licensed under Creative Commons. The filters allow you to select filters for images that can be used for commercial purposes or images that are licensed for remixing and building upon.
    • public-domain-photos-
    • www.freephotobank.org/main.php
    • www.bigfoto.com
    • www.pics4learning.com
    • www.barrysclipart.com
  • Certificates
    • Certificate Street - "Printing out award certificates has never been easier! Just download, fill out and print. 100% Free. No registration required!"
  • Paper resources
    • Block Posters is a web-based tool to which you can upload a high quality graphic then divide it into letter-sized chunks for printing. Print out each section and put them together on a poster board to make your own poster.
      print large posters on multiple pages.
    • PosteRazor - application that cuts a raster image into pieces (PDF files) which can be printed out and assembled to a poster.
  • Mashup
    • Voicethread - mashup for multiple audio/video annotations to photos. VoiceThread is an interactive tool that allows for the sharing of group conversations and discussions on a browser-based web application, without the use of software. --- My experience with using Voicethread is very limited. In fact I have not had the pleasure of using the software at all, although I have heard a lot of wonderful things about it. Voicethread 4 Education. is a great wiki on Voicethread in the context of education and how Voivcethread works.
      Organization: First thing of interest is the Classroom Partner option. A chart with other educators using Voicethread so that you can learn from each other. A Voicethread PLN.
      Want to include your own Voicethread, the creator Colette Cassinelli (Who is available to follow on Twitter) has done a great job of explaining the process for adding Voicethreads. Another way to help keep the Wiki organized. Another great organized feature is the sidebar. You can find samples and resources organized by grade level. Within the pages are both links to Voicethreads as well as embeded Voicethreads. There are also sections related to Administration, college, library, Special Education, ESL/ELL/EFL.
      A very important page to visit will be Best Practices. A great way to learn about how to use Voicethread. This is the page that I visited first. Lesson ideas and a presentation with ways to use Voicethread in the classroom. Voicethread is free and educator accounts are encouraged if going to use the software. You can get more information about Ed.Voicethread on the Resources Page..
      Basically, VoiceThread is a multimedia slide show that can hold images, documents and videos. People can leave comments and collaborate by leaving messages with voice, text, or audio and video file. Users can even "doodle" with basic drawing tools at the same time they comment. All VoiceThread files can be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players. You can add discussions to classroom websites, blogs or other educational media.
      VoiceThread is great for students to collaborate on group projects. It supports dozens of standard file formats as well as PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. One account can have many identities, so a whole classroom can come together on a project. Each participant can give their separate perspective on a subject. VoiceThread is also a great way for students to collaborate with different solutions for the same problem.
      Users first upload images, documents or videos, which are added to the VoiceThread. This is saved and the URL is available for sharing purposes or to be exported. VoiceThread can then be used to start discussions about coursework or assignments.
    • Masher - is a great, free, tool for creating video mash-ups. Masher offers a large collection of video clips from the BBC's Motion Gallery and Rip Curl video. There is a large music library, an effects library, and a good selection of video player skins. If you don't find content that you like in Masher's library, you can add your own images, video clips, and music clips through the Masher uploader. Masher also gives you the option to insert text throughout your videos.
      Creating with Masher is a simple matter of dragging elements from the media gallery into the timeline editor. From there you can arrange the sequence of elements using the drag and drop interface.
  • PDF utilities
    • FillAnyPDF.com is a website where you upload your PDF form and link to it so other people can fill it out and sign it online. No software is needed. Any PDF form can be used, even if it's not "interactive", so you can get started right away. You can even invite a group to fill out your forms and track the results. Anyone that collects signatures or filled out forms will find FillAnyPDF.com to be a valuable time-saving resource.
    • Nuance PDF Reader - NuancePDF.com is a cloud-based conversion service that lets you turn PDF files into fully formatted Word, Excel, RTF or Word Perfect files — right from the free Nuance PDF Reader! With Nuance PDF Reader, you get the most accurate online PDF conversion available through NuancePDF.com — without having to install extra software. No more copying and pasting or retyping PDF documents. Just use the hosted web service to convert PDF to Word, Excel, RTF or WordPerfect using Nuance's industry-leading OCR technology. It's never been easier to upload, convert, and start using information previously trapped in a PDF. Not good at converting equations from the PDF to a DOC ... well just as bad as the native Acrobat convertor.
  • Online document posting - document sharing
    • Scribd(I use) - YouTube for documents
    • Docstoc- YouTube for documents - find and share professional documents
    • DocStoc and Scribdare similar services that can best be described as YouTube for documents. You cannot create documents within either service rather you have to upload documents created with your preferred word processing program. Both services accept all of the common Microsoft formats, Open Office and Neo Office formats, and PDFs. Once you've uploaded your document it will be assigned a url and given an embed code. You can use the embed code to feature your documents on your blog or website. DocStoc and Scribd don't offer page-turning effects like Yudu and Issuu offer.
    • Bee PDF is a free service for hosting and sharing PDF documents. Upload your PDFs to Bee PDF to share them on their site and your own. When you upload your PDF, Bee PDF provides an embed code you can use to display your documents on your blog or website. You can browse Bee PDF to view documents that others have made public on the site. Bee PDF doesn't have the same visual appeal as these document sharing services, but it is quite easy to use.
  • Online publishing - publish PDFs as online magazines - eBook - digital book
    • Lulu- publish and sell your contnet, create ebooks, ....
    • CK12 FlexBook- create, share, find, print, custom textbooks online.
    • issuu (I use) - eBook sharing site, great for journals, can download, can follow links - Issuu, like Yudu, offers the option to display your documents with page-turning effects. You can embed your documents with those effects into your blog or website. Issuu also offers a "bookshelf" widget that you can embed into your blog or website to display previews of multiple documents. You can see the Issuu bookshelf widget in the right hand column of Free Technology for Teachers.
    • Yudu is a free service that allows you to upload PDF, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files to create online magazines. The page turning effect and the zoom options are all built into the technology of Yudu and automatically activated. When your Yuduonline magazine is created you can embed it into a blog, wiki, or website. The only drawback to Yudu is that the download option can be hard to find when viewing a document full screen and the download file is a zip file which is a turn-off for some people.
    • Youlbisher - is a PDF publishing service that is very similar to Yudu and Issuu. Youblisher turns your PDFs into online magazines complete with page-turning effects. The documents you upload to your Youblisheraccount can be embedded into your blog or website.
    • My Ebook is a new service for creating rich multimedia ebooks. My Ebook allows users to create ebooks that contain text, images, and videos on each page. My Ebook users can create ebooks from scratch or upload their existing PDF files to display in a book format. When starting an ebook from scratch on My Ebook, users can import images from their Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, and Photobucket accounts or upload new images directly to My Ebook. If you don't have any digital images you can select some from My Ebook's gallery. Videos can also be embedded into the pages of My Ebook. My Ebook provides a good variety of themes and templates to give each ebook a different look and feel. Ebooks created using My Ebookcan be embedded into blogs and websites or shared via email.
    • Simple Booklet offers free online booklet creation and publishing. To create a book using Simple Booklet just sign-up for a free account and click create. Select the layout template that suits your needs. To add content click anywhere on the blank canvas and a menu of options will appear. You can add text, images, audio files, videos, and links to each page of your booklet. Each page of your Simple Booklet can have multiple elements on it. To include videos you can upload your own files or select from a variety of provides including SchoolTube, TeacherTube, YouTube, and others. To add audio to your pages you can upload your own files or again select from the online hosts Last.fm, Sound Cloud, or Mix Cloud. When you're done building pages in your Simple Bookletyou can share it online by embedding it into a webpage or you can share the unique link generated for your booklet.
    • article - "6 Ways for Students to Publish Their Writing Online" -
    • article - "Top 10 tools to create digital books" -
  • eBooks
  • eReader
  • Articles
  • AudioBook
    • Audio Owl is a great free service for locating and listening to free audio books. Audio Owl catalogs public domain recordings of books that are in the public domain. Because the recordings are in the public domain anyone is free to download, listen to, and share the recordings. Audio Owl has arranged hundreds of recordings into an easy-to-browse collection. You can browse the collection by genre or search by title, author, or keyword. If you choose to browse by genre, Audio Owl presents all of the titles in a visually appealing display of book covers.
  • Audio processing - audio editing - remix, mix
    • Audacity - (I use) application that needs to be installed, audio capture and editing - Audacity tip sheet-
    • Soundation Studio- web-based, many sample loops, intuitive - (soundation.com) -
    • Aviary - online creation tools - Myna audio editor-
    • Freecorder- browser toolbar tool that facilitates capturing of audio within a browser
    • UJAM - Here's how UJAM works; you sing or play an instrument while recording to UJAM. When you're done recording, use UJAM to alter the sound quality of your voice, turn your voice into other sounds, adjust the tempo of your song, and or remix a song to include your recording. UJAM is essentially an online, light weight version, of Garage Band.
  • Internet Radio (listening)
    • Pandora(I use) - listen to music my artist, song title, or genre, via a Musci Genome Project so you are continuously playedmusic that fits characteristics of your music that you can tag with a thumbs up or thumbs down. Pandora is also a "social music network" that allows you to look at your friends music by artist or song or genre.
    • Playlist(I use) - allows user to have numerous playlists of music that you searched and organized
    • Songza - music search engine (exact find by artist/title) and Internet juke box (including video) - you can construct many thematic tabs with tags on music you want to search, by artist, by titles, etc, they search similar songs and play it for you
  • Radio Stations
  • Text to Speech, text-to-speech
    • ReadTheWord- reads text from text input, documents, the Web or RSS.
    • CarryoutText - Import text from a document or Copy / Paste text to convert it to a MP3 file that can be downloaded and used in your favorite MP3 Player.
  • Text to Email and Speech
  • Text to Movie
  • Animation - Cartoons - Comics
    • article: "Learning Digitally"
    • Convert to Cartoon is a simple little website that takes your photos and adds cartoon effects to them. It's quite similar to service called Be Funky. To cartoonize your photos just upload them or provide the url of where they are hosted and click "cartoonize now." When the cartoonizing is done you can download your images to reuse anywhere you like.
    • GoAnimate- animated cartoon characters that can be synced to audio (talking), bubbles that can contain animations (like counting sheep jumping over a fence), background music.
    • pixton - comic rendering without having to draw - video. Pixton has a drag and drop interface to change or reposition any part of itwhich allows anyone regardless of artistic ability to create comics.You can design every aspect of your character, and move it into any pose you want. Users can join the Pixton community to share their creations with other. Read comics in over 40 languages, with our automatic translation by Google. Language filters, privacy settings, and flagging mechanisms help preserve a safe online environment. Animation is a unique feature that we’ll be adding to the site soon – the world’s first remixable animation! In addition to the free individual accountsPixton offers Pixton for Schools which allows teachers to create private rooms in which only their students can create and share comics. watch this short video for use in schools.
    • PikiKids provides a variety of layouts to which students can upload images then edit the images or add text bubbles and titles. The comics that students create can be embedded into a blog or website as well as be shared via email. You can read more of my original post about PikiKids here.
    • Comiqs provides users with the choice of using pre-made images from the drag and drop menu or creating original doodles to use in their comic strips. Comiqs presents your finished product in a slideshow format rather than a traditional comic strip format. Read more about Comiqs including a note about the Comiqs terms of service here.
    • BeFunky is a fun, easy-to-use tool for turning digital photos into digital comics along with another 147 photo effects. BeFunky can be used for simple one frame images or be used to create an entire strip of cartoonized images with inserted text. Be Funky is a simple tool for turning digital photographs into digital comics. Be Funky can be used for simple one frame images or be used to create an entire strip of cartoonized images with inserted text. You can learn more about Be Funky and watch a video introduction to BeFunky here.
    • MakeBeliefsComix– site allows users to choose from 25 characters in seven different languages for their own comic strips. Choose your own background color, expressions for your characters, and watch your story come to life! You can easily make a cartoon to adapt to your story, or write a story based on what you create, it’s all up to you!
    • Create Your Own Comic– Marvel, one of the most famous comic book creators in the world, has their very own site for kids. You can decide on what type of panels you want. You are also able to easily move objects around the page, including some of the most famous characters, like the Hulk and Wolverine. With 22 pages to create in your own book, there is more than enough room for creativity.
    • Toondoo– boasts as the “fastest way to create cartoons”. With a simple and kid-friendly site, children can easily create their very own stories. With a library of characters and objects, there are many possibilities for end results. You can even customize some of the objects with paint tools and using your own images. You can also compile a book of all your creations, save them, share them or print them!
    • PikiStrips– An easy way to make your photos into comic strips! You can use your own images to create a comic strip that is truly unique. With cartoon speech bubbles and objects like hairstyles and hats, you can easily turn your regular pictures into you very own cartoons. Make images come to life and create stories behind them!
    • Art Pad and Sketch Pad aren't designed specifically for cartooning, but they certainly can be used to create comics. Art Pad and Sketch Pad are designed for free hand doodling and drawing. Art Pad offers a few more options than Sketch Pad, specifically Art Pad allows you to selectively erase parts of a drawing while Sketch Pad's only erase option erases the entire drawing. You can read more about Art Pad and Sketch Pad here.
    • Witty Comics provides a simple platform that students can use to create two character dialogues. To use Witty Comicsstudents just need to select the pre-drawn background scenes and the pre-drawn characters they want to feature in their comics. Writing the dialogues is the creative element that is left to the students - for elementary and middle school students.
    • elementary and middle school students Bitstrips.
    • Artisan Cam is more than just a comic creator, it is a comprehensive collection of online art activities. On Artisan Cam students can use the Super Action Comic Makerto build a six frame comic. The Super Action Comic Maker has a drag and drop interface which students use to select a background and character for their comics.
    • The Super Hero Squad invites kids to create their own super hero comic strips and comic books. The Super Hero Squad provides users with templatesfor comic strips and comic books. Users select the backgrounds, characters, and special effects from the provided menus. Arranging each scene and re-size the characters is an easy drag and drop process. After creating their scenes, users can add dialogue boxes to their comics. Completed comic strips and comic books can be downloaded and printed.
    • Strip Generatorallows anyone, even people who claim they can't draw, to create a good-looking black and white comic strip. To create a comic strip all you need to do is select the number of frames you want then drag characters and objects into those frames. The menus for characters and objects are fairly extensive. Once you've selected a character or object you can adjust the size to fit your scene. Adding text is a simple matter of selecting a speech bubble and typing text. When you're happy with your comic strip you can save it online, print it, or embed it into your blog.
    • PikiKids provides a variety of layouts to which students can upload images then edit the images or add text bubbles and titles. The comics that students create can be embedded into a blog or website as well as be shared via email. PikiKidsis free to use, but it is a for profit website as it offers options for buying tee-shirts or mugs with user-created comics.
    • Make Beliefs is a free comic strip creation tool that provides students with a variety of templates, characters, and prompts for building their own comic strips. Make Beliefs provides students with a pre-drawn characters and dialogue boxes which they can insert into each box of their comic strip. The editing options allow users the flexibility to alter the size of each character and dialogue bubble, bring elements forward within each box, and alter the sequence of each box in the comic strip. Students that have trouble starting a story can access writing prompts through make beliefs. Most impressively, Make Beliefsallows users to write their comic strip's dialogue in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portugese, or Latin.
    • DoInk provides free & fun online vector drawing & animation tools, simple enough for a quick doodle, yet sophisticated enough to create a Flash-like animation. Even if a user can't draw, they can animate using a huge library of shared art "props" from the DoInk community. DoInk's tools have been selected to a number of "Best Web 2.0 Lists for Schools," as students & teachers use DoInk in subjects such as English to do book reports, in Math & Science to visualize complex subjects or as a fun alternative to PowerPoint. But best of all, is the amazing DoInk community, a true Internet anomaly that is safe, supportive & positive. DoInkis a great place to create & display art & make friends with new artists.
    • Chogger is a free comic strip creation tool offering a good selection of editing tools. Chogger allows you to draw images from scratch or use your existing images. You can even connect your webcam to Chogger to capture pictures for use in your comic strips. Once you've added images to your comic strip, you can add effects such as fading and outlining. Chogger also allows you to customize the look of each frame in your comic strip. Comic strips created in Choggercan have as few as three frames or as many as twelve or more frames.
    • Stykz - stick figure animation, must be downloaded.
  • Vector editing
  • Charts/Graphs
    • chartle-
    • Google Charts - blgo post: "How to Use Google Charts with your Students"- http://teacherstraining.com.au/google-charts/
    • ChartGizmo
    • JFreeChart
    • Dynamic Paper - This applet allows you to create the following:
      * Nets – two-dimensional outlines of three-dimensional shapes, including regular polyhedra, prisms, pyramids, cylinders and cones
      * Graph Paper – coordinate graphs, polar coordinates, logarithmic graph paper
      * Number Lines – including positive and negative coordinates
      * Number Grids – hundreds boards and the like
      * Tessellations – tiling patterns involving triangles, quadrilaterals, and hexagons
      * Shapes – pattern blocks, attribute blocks, and color tiles
      * Spinners – up to 16 sectors, with adjustable sizes
    • article - "22 Useful Online Chart & Graph Generators" -
  • Calendar
  • Timeline
    • SIMILE Widgets timeline- An open source timeline that you can customise for yourself
    • Preceden- A great timeline creator, including layers for comparison/contrastin
    • Xtimeline - an easy-to-use Web-based timeline creator that allows the user to include images and video; in addition, one can enter an RSS feed to automatically create a timeline
  • Photos - Pictures - online
  • Photos (accessories) - photo add-ons, photo effects
    • MagMyPic- creates magazine cover of your photo
    • PictureTrail- decorate photos
    • BubbleSnaps- put bubbles with quotes or thoughts on photos
    • Fotobabble - talking photos. Fotobabblelets you create talking photos in two clicks. Simply upload a photo and then record your voice directly through your computer to create a talking photo. You can easily share it by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or embed it into a blog or website.
    • Tuxpi Picture Editor- 42 Photo Effects and Tools for your Blog, Presentations and Personal Pictures - Make your pictures more lively, apply fancy effects and create real eye-catchers with this collection of easy to use photo effects. The picture editor is browser based, very simple to use and all tools can be used either separately or be combined with each other.
    • Caption.it-
    • Slide.com- slide show, fun pix, and more
    • Generator Blog- amazing collection of photo add-ons.
    • BeFunky- 147 photo effects. no registration.
    • Red I Gone - remove red-eye online.
  • Photo album
  • Online Photo editing
    • Picnik-is photo editing in your browser. Connect right to your Yahoo! Mail and Flickr for basic photo fixes, collages and amazing effects, plus touch up tools, tons of fonts, oodles of shapes and stickers, free, no registration
    • Picasa- from google
    • Phixr:- Ability to upload photos to twitter, Online photo editing tools, option of not signing up: just click and edit and not worry about another username or password, easily download or email your edited photo
    • Pixenate- Easy uploading of photos, very user friendly photo tools, save to your computer or upload to Flickr
    • Fotoflexer- Has some very advanced online tools that are easy to use. Tools layed out in a tab format. Easy to use for such an advanced editing tool. Need latest version of Flash loaded into your browser. Ability to load animations and distortions into your photo. Easy to save edited image to your computer. Share via email or hyperlink.
    • Blabberize- Blabberize your photo: it only takes 30 secs: then share with the world
    • Shape Collage- Make impressive picture collages of any shape or any text with your photos/image files. Very flexible and powerful.
    • Poladroid- Remember the old Polaroid photos from the 1970s: with this free application you can convert your photos into this format.
    • article: "30-useful-photo-editing-softwares" -
  • Color editing
    • Colr.org - finds pictures with the same color scheme. You can pick the multiple colors identified from presented images. Colr.org also finds close matches for paint from Duron, Behr, Glidden.
  • Video editing
    • Eyespot- online video editing
    • JumpCut- upload, edit, and share your video and photos
    • Photobucket
    • Microsoft MovieMaker - software application needs to be installed, sequences still photographs with background audio,. one track audio, one track video
  • File (and video) conversion -between different file formats - download YouTube - download videos
    • Keevid- http://keepvid.com/ - (I use) - very nice - no limits, not paced.
    • Media Converter (I use) - limited to 5 per day
    • www.music-clips.net/- convert URL and converts to MP3 (audio) or MP4 (video) - good quality
    • Zamzar
    • aTube Catcher-
    • Catch YouTube - free tool for converting and downloading YouTube videos. Catch YouTubeoffers eight formats for video conversion. The video conversions are fairly quick depending on the length of the video.
    • Convert My Tube - free service that allows you to convert a video to your choice of eight different formats for use on your local hard drive. To use Convert My Tube- simply enter the url of the video you want converted, select your desired format, and then download the video.
    • YouTube Snips - good tool for downloading YouTube videos for use offline. To use YouTube Snips simply enter the the url of your chosen video and download the video in your preferred format. YouTube Snips gives you the choice of three formats, MP4, 3GP, and FLV. In my test of YouTube Snipsthe download was very quick.
    • Mirois an open source media player available for Mac and Windows. Miro is kind of like iTunes for user generated video websites. After you install Miroyou can download videos from YouTube and other video sharing sites directly from Miro. If there is a particular video producer that you like you can subscribe to the video channel. Each video is saved in your media player until you decide to delete it.
    • Save Video Download - download Youtube as FLV
    • Mpeg Stream Clip -
    • YouConvertIt(I use) - converts files between different file formats: online videos, doc file types, compressed file types
    • Vixy.net- converts videos on the fly
    • media-convert- another like zamzar
    • Online-ConVert.com- handles MANY formats
    • DocsPal- document file types, image file types, compressed formats -- Supported Conversion TypesCSV (Comma Separated Values) to HTML, ODS, PDF, TXT, XLS, XLSXDOC (Microsoft Word Document) to DOCX, HTML, ODT, PDF, RTF, TXTDOCX (Microsoft Word 2007 Document) to DOC, HTML, ODT, PDF, RTF, TXTODP (OpenDocument presentation) to PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTFODS (OpenDocument spreadsheet) to CSV, HTML, PDF, TXT, XLS, XLSXODT (OpenDocument Text Document) to DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, RTF, TXTPPT (Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation) to ODP, PDF, PPTX, RTFPPTX (Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Presentation) to ODP, PDF, PPT, RTFPDF (Portable Document Format) to DOC, DOCX, HTML, ODT, RTF, TXTRTF (Rich Text Format) to DOC, DOCX, HTML, ODT, PDF, TXTTXT (Text document ) to DOC, DOCX, HTML, ODT, PDF, RTFXLS (Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet) to HTML, ODS, PDF, TXT, CSV, XLSXXLSX (Microsoft Excel 2007 Spreadsheet) to HTML, ODS, PDF, TXT, CSV, XLSBMP (Windows bitmap) to GIF, JP2, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF, TGAGIF (Compuserve graphics interchange) to BMP, JP2, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF, TGAJP2 (JPEG 2000 compliant image) to BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF, TGAJPEG (JPEG compliant image) to BMP, GIF, JP2, PNG, PSD, TIFF, TGAPNG (Portable Network Graphic) to BMP, GIF, JP2, JPEG, PSD, TIFF, TGAPSD (Photoshop document) to BMP, GIF, JP2, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, TGATIFF (Tagged image file format) to BMP, GIF, JP2, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TGATGA (Truevision Targa Graphic) to BMP, GIF, JP2, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF
    • article on file format conversion
  • Image editing
    • Sumo Paint- You can run Sumo Paint right in your browser, or download the desktop client. The interface is very user-friendly, and clean. It’s a snap to navigate around the menu without getting lost like you tend to do in Photoshop (before you are an expert, of course). Sumo Paint also has a thriving online art community of over a 6 million unique users and over 130 000 registered members from over 200 countries. The primary purpose of the community is to create, share, remix, explore, comment, rate and fave the artwork of its members. Sumo Paint works on both OS X and Windows machines. However, you must have the latest version of Flash installed.
    • Cloud Canvas - edit and create images online. Cloud Canvas is a free online image editing and image creation tool. Cloud Canvas fits in a niche somewhere between a simple drawing tool and a full-blown image editor like Aviary. If all you need is a tool for drawing simple pictures and diagrams, Cloud Canvas has you covered. If you need to do some basic work with vectors and layers, Cloud Canvas can help you there too. If you have photos or drawings that you want to edit, you can do that with Cloud Canvas. Cloud Canvas uses HTML5 instead of Flash so you should be able to use it on the iPad. Cloud Canvas integrates with your Google Docs account so that when you save an image edited in Cloud Canvasit is saved and accessible in your Google Docs account. You can also export your images as PNG files.
    • GIMP- needs to be installed on computer
    • Paint.net - needs to be installed on computer
  • Flashcards
    • article: 10 Places to Make and Find Flashcards
    • Quizlet - create flashcards, play games, and study vocabulary. Quizlet is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 4 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. It's the best place to play educational games, memorize vocabulary and study online.
  • Organization
  • Sending/Emailing Large Files - online storage
    • Send-U-It- www.senduit.com - allows the sending of large 100 MByte files (free) - user selects when the file ages out (1 hour to 1 week)
    • drop.io - intro video - Firefox Add-in video- can "archive" any form of files up to 100 MB free per drop (reachable by a user selected URL) -no registration, free
  • Online Backup
  • File Sharing and Storage
  • Educators - Teachers
  • Audio (synchronous)
    • Skype(I use) - audio video telephone, teleconferencing, chat conferencing
    • Yahoo Instant Messenger - (I Use) - very good audio fidelity/quality
  • Conferencing, Web Conferencing, video conference, videoconferencing, video chat, chat conferencing, video IM, desktop sharing, - LIVE!!!
    • Skype(I use) - audio video telephone, teleconferencing, chat conferencing
    • Yugma(I use) - desktop sharing, teleconferencing, collaboration, whiteboard, standalone or as extension to Skype
    • Yugma SE (Skype Edition): install needed, account needed, free web conferencing & unlimited online meetings for up to 20 Skype users, the yugma session is desktop sharing
    • ZOHO Meeting- no install, no account necessary, one-on-one is free, desktop sharing, as an attendee I can request control and give up control of the presenter's desktop (control is shared) with the mouse only (keyboard is still controlling the computer it is attached to.
    • CoveritLive (CiL)- can embed an invite into a blog, can insert a webcam for audio/video which I could not get their side to work Feb 8, 2010, no file transfer, supports: chat, polls, images, video
    • Elluminate 3 for free. Up to 3 people free. With Elluminate vRoom™ you can meet online free with up to two others! No cost. No time limit. Two-way VoIP, Interactive whiteboard (IWB), application sharing, file transfer, synchronized web tour, multi-point video. Elluminate has become extremely popular for educators/school districts and its roots are in tutoring.
    • ooVoo- video conferencing, free version allows 2-way video chat and handicapped capabilities. With paying subscription: up to 6 people in a conference (can see 6 faces at once), share documents while on a video conference, desktop sharing and other communication capabilities. Requires download.
    • DimDim- web conferencing. Easy, open, affordable. Collaborate and share voice, video, slides, whiteboard, even your desktop. No downloads required to host or attend.
    • Sketchcast- record a sketch with or without your voice, then embed the sketch in your blog or point people to your sketch channel, need to register/login to construct, but can browse/play the sketch for free
    • present.io - from drop.io- online presentation with presenter and participants, no registration, no installation, no software, real-time, chat, etc. You can upload your presentation files (documents, pictures, video, audio, and more) and be giving your demo or walk-through in seconds. Participant limit is 10.
    • MeBeam - free video chat site. Instant live video chat with up to 16 people.
  • Virtual Whiteboard - Online Whiteboard - Realtime Whiteboard - Online Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) - Collaborative Drawing
    • also look at the "comic" section/listing for tools
    • IWB diigo List- by Virginia Glatzer
    • Scribblar - is a free, simple service designed for creative, real-time collaboration, multi-user whiteboard, live audio, image collaboration, text-chat, userlist, freehand drawing tools, text tools, image upload, privilege and access levels. Using Scribblar, users can collaborate on the creation and editing of images and drawings. If you have an image you can upload it to your whiteboard where you and others can edit it or comment on it. The commenting can take place directly on the whiteboard or in one of two side bar chat options. Users can chat in text or in voice. You can create a Scribblar room without creating an account. However, if you choose to create an account you will get some additional free benefits like locking and unlocking rooms, naming of rooms, and privacy controls. Scribblar could be a great tool for students to use to comment on and peer critique art work and graphic designs. This would be useful when students are creating slides for a presentation or a creating other original designs. Scribblar could be a more effective collaboration tool than some its competitors because it does have two options for dialog, text chat and audio chat. Supports a collection of "Assets" which can be URL snapshots, images from your hard disk files (JPG, GIF, PNG), PDF files (only the first 5 pages), but not DOC (so in Word, Print to PDF then add to Scribblar's Asssets). The moderator and the participants can add to the assets, can highlight in any color and any thickness, can draw with a pencil of any color and thickness. Each user controls un-do and re-do for the entire room. Supports multiple pages within the same room. Supports a background color or a background image. Many drawing shapes, but needs an eraser? And where are the drawing tools that do not do fill; like a circle, rectangle, triangle. Would be nice to have bubbles support for quotes and thoughts or just "attention" notes. - great Scribblar videos.
    • Dabbleboard - is an online collaboration application that’s centered around the whiteboard. With a new type of drawing interface that's actually easy and fun to use, Dabbleboardgets out of your way and just lets you draw. Freehand or automatic shape recognition (faster drawing), easy drag-n-drop interface, grouping/un-grouping, can easily move-scale-replicate shapes, can add shapes to your searchable libraries for easy access on other whiteboards, chat, video/voice, can insert PDF-DOC-PPT, supports multiple pages (multiple whiteboards). Cons: "Insert document" feature only supports one document and it is automatically placed starting on page 1 (bad).
    • Scriblink - online interactive white board with an integrated instant messaging (VoIP) system with symbol (math) notation with LaTeX. Scriblink users can draw, type, or edit images on a whiteboard. Users have the option of sharing their whiteboard with others and allowing other users to collaborate on the whiteboard. Scriblinkdoes not require you to set up an account or register in order to use the whiteboard. Simply enter the email address of the person you want to collaborate with and they can join in on the fun. Every whiteboard created on Scriblink is assigned a URL which you can use to share your whiteboard. Scriblink is an easy way to share notes, outlines, and drawings with students. Invite students to collaborate on an online whiteboard to work through difficult math problems or brainstorm on the completion of a graphic organizer. - Scriblink blog - supports file transfer.
    • FlockDraw is a simple service that allows people to quickly and easily collaborate on the creation of a drawing. To use FlockDrawsimply visit the site, click the "start drawing" button, and start drawing. To invite other people to draw with you, just send them the url assigned to your drawing board. What's really neat is that anyone who visits the URL after the drawing has started will see all of the drawing motions they missed unfold in front of them.
    • Abode JamJar -
    • MisterTeacher.com - "Home of SMARTBoard Mini-Movies - Flash animations that teachers can download and use on their interactive whiteboards!"
  • Graphic Organizers - Printables**
    • http://freeology.com/graphicorgs -
    • Etherpad is a free tool that allows users to collaborate in real real time. There’s no need to refresh your screen with Etherpad, it automatically updates every .5 seconds! There are no sign-ins required. Etherpadwas bought by Google (circa February 2010), but they have open sourced the code resulting in alternatives.
    • TitanPad is essentially a clone of the original EtherPad. With TitanPad anyone can instantly create a collaborative document. You do not have to create an account to use TitanPad, in fact creating an account isn't even an option. To get started just click "create public pad," enter your name, and start typing. To invite people to collaborate, just share the url assigned to your TitanPad. Every collaborator on TitanPadis given a unique color to highlight the text they've added.
    • TypeWithMe- An EtherPad alternative. "Live Text Document Collaboration"
    • PrimaryPad- Alternative to EtherPad "Primary Pad is a web-based word processor designed for schools that allows pupils and teachers to work together in real-time."
    • PiratePad - Welcome to PiratePad! This pad text is synchronized as you type, so that everyone viewing this page sees the same text. This allows you to collaborate seamlessly on documents!
  • Sticky Notes (PostIts, Annotation)**
    • Postica - Collaborative Sticky Notes - Macs have made digital sticky notes popular, now Postica is trying to make sticky notes even better. Postica is a web-based sticky note service. The collaborative aspect of Postica is that users can share their sticky board with other users to share ideas. Users can send sticky notes to each other and edit each other's sticky notes.
      Posticacould be a simple tool for students to brainstorm, together, ideas for stories, research assignments, and study guides. Images can be included with Postica notes making Posticaa tool for starting an online conversation. Documents can also be attached to notes which makes Posticaa simple tool for peer editing. Postica could also be a nice tool for professional collaboration among teaching teams. Postica, like Twitter, limits note length which forces users to be brief and succinct
    • Stickr - web post-its with color and font-site options
    • blog article - http://techlearning.com/blogs/38184
  • Web Browsers:
    • Firefox(I use) - extensive add-on support: especially CureMenus2, Delicious Bookmarks, Fast Dial, FireGestures, GooglePreview, CoolPreview
    • IE, IE (no add-ons) - use the command "iexplore -extoff"
    • Google Chrome(I use) - Chrome is fast
    • Flock
    • Safari
    • Opera,
  • URL shortener (short url):
  • Word Clouds, Tag Clouds: A text cloud or word cloudis a visualization of word frequency in a given text as a weighted list, according to Wikipedia. This concept is often used in education for visualization, brain storming, and mind mapping
    • Wordle(I use) - The word clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Word clouds can be edited with different fonts, colors, and layouts, and even shared with others online. - google doc: "43 Interesting Ways to Use Wordle"
    • Word It Out - creates word clouds out of any text that you paste into the word cloud generator. Once the word cloud is created you can customize the size and color scheme of the cloud. You can also customize the font used in your word cloud. The feature of Word It Out that I like the best is that you can choose to have Word It Out ignore any word or words you choose. Ignoring words keeps them out of the word cloud.
      Word clouds created using Word It Out can be shared publicly by using the embed code provided by Word It Out.
    • Tagxedo- tag clouds with styles, shape. Great way to make word clouds from sites, different social networks, and then change shape to meet your needs (ie, star).
    • TagCrowd -Createyour owntag cloudfromany text(text, document, or webpage) tovisualizeword frequency.
    • TwitterSheep- Fun site that generates its results by keywords found in bios from a user's followers.
    • Quintura- Visual search engine which returns results in a word-cloud format.
    • Tag Crowd- Simple to use site for creating word clouds by pasting in text or a web page URL.
    • Tag Galaxy- Innovative site that visually represents words in a galaxy style format. A must see!
    • VocabGrabber- Wonderful site, similar to Word Sift. Generates color-coded clouds.
    • Word Sift- Excellent site for making word clouds and then editing them. Pictures are also generated to best represent your word cloud.
    • blog article - http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/04/five-ways-to-make-word-clouds-from-text.html
  • Mindmapping(concept mapping): Mind maps or graphic organizers can be invaluable tools for visual thinkers and visual learners. The process of creating a mind map can help students gain an overview perspective on complex, multifaceted concepts. Mind maps can also help students outline an essay or story they're planning to write.
    • Mindomo (I use) - (Example) - Mindomo.com includes many features, including a clipart library and the ability to import images from Google images or Flickr as well as video straight from YouTube. The interface looks similar to Office 2007 with a ribbon and tabs for the various tools. Exploring these tabs reveals a large number of options and formatting tools. Mindomo works well if you need more than just text bubbles and has all the power of an installed application.
    • FreeMind-
    • Mind42 - collaborative concept-mapping tool. Mind42.com is simple and gets the job done. Like many of the others, start with a main topic and quickly add new nodes. You can move and regroup content by dragging and dropping as well as include images and links.
    • Personal Brain-
    • Text2mindmap- simple text input to mindmap
    • Wise Mappingis a free collaborative mind mapping tool. Wise Mapping has fairly easy to use editing and sharing functions. Each cell created in a Wise Mapping mind map can be dragged and moved around in the mind map without losing any text or text formatting. Wise Mapping lets users collaborate on the creation of mind map. Mind maps made on Wise Mappingcan be shared with others via email, url link, or be embedded into your blog or website. Wisemapping.com offers a bare bones user interface but includes everything you need to create a mindmap. Start with a main idea and branch from there. You can add icons and adjust the shape and color of your content. Share or export completed maps in several formats, including PDF.
    • MindMeister doesn't advertise an intuitive interface, but it has by far one of the most intuitive interfaces of any web-based mind mapping tool I've tried.MindMeister's basic account is free and has all of the features that a teacher or student needs. With a free account users can collaborate with others, share via email or embedding, and download or export files. One of the features I really like is the ability to add active links to websites. The linking feature is a good one for students trying to organize their thoughts for a research paper. The intuitive piece of Mind Meister is in the creation aspects. To add a new topic or "idea box" users simply click the green "add" button. To remove an item click the "delete" button. Organizing the items with Mind Meister is a simple matter of dragging them to the position you want them in. Changing the size and type of text is as easy as changing the size and type of text in a word document. Mindmeister.com is a nice blend of features and usability. Double click anywhere to add content. You can also include icons and images–either your own or from the clipart library. In addition, mindmaps can include notes, links and even attachments. Keep in mind the free version scrolls through ads in the upper-right corner and you can only create three maps.
    • Slatebox is a slick tool for collaboratively creating mind maps and organizational charts. Slateboxoffers a variety of good-looking templates and intuitive tools for designing and editing mind maps and charts. Creating a mind map is a simple matter of selecting a template and using the visual editor to place text and images in boxes. Those boxes can be resized and rearranged using the drag and drop editor. If you need more text boxes, simply add more.
    • bubbl.us is a free mind mapping/ graphic organization tool that allows users to collaboratively create and edit mind maps. Bubbl.us takes just seconds to figure out and you can try it before registering for an account. With Bubbl.us users can use their keyboard or use the drag and drop interface to arrange elements in their mind maps. Publishing work created with Bubbl.us can be done by exporting the file to a JPEG, PNG, or as an XML or HTML file. Any mind map created using Bubbl.us can be embedded into a blog or website. Bubbl.us has a wonderful user interface and is easy to use. This is classic concept mapping. Start with a central idea and branch off to other ideas. Easily create or delete connections to other thought bubbles. For text only mindmaps, Bubble.us works great.
    • Board800 is a simple service that enables anyone to create a collaborative whiteboard space in seconds. Board800's primary functionality is drawing shapes and creating designs. You can also add text to your Board800 whiteboard. To get started using Board800all you need to do is visit the homepage, click "start drawing," and then click "create a new session." Once you've started a whiteboarding session you can invite people to join you by sharing the session name/number assigned to your whiteboard.
    • Exploratree is a free graphic organizer creation tool. Exloratree users can use pre-made graphic organizer templates which Exploratree refers to as "thinking guides" or create their own templates. The Exploratree thinking guides can be used online or downloaded and printed for offline use. Thinking guides can be created collaboratively on Exploratree which makes Exploratreea good tool for students working in groups to design projects together.
    • article: http://mashable.com/2007/11/03/mindmapping
    • article: http://lifehacker.com/5188833/hive-five-five-best-mind-mapping-applications
    • article: http://eduwithtechn.wordpress.com/2007/04/14/some-free-concept-mapping-programs
    • organization : www.mind-mapping.org
    • example: Mindomo mindmap of "E-Learning and Web 2.0 Tools for Schools" by teacher20.org -
  • Web research - citation - scholarly research - highlight - currate - collaborate - Web clipping
    • Internet Public Library - www.ipl.org
    • Scientific research - www.scitopia.org- search over 3.5 million documents, plus patents and government data
    • LibX -
    • Evernote - Evernote Web Clipper, a Firefox add-on that lets you easily add Web pages, links, or selections to your Evernote account. - tagging, filtering, saved searches - notebook/organizer/task manager/web clipper/file cabinet/photo library/ archiver - video - Use EverNoteto take notes, capture snippets from the Web, etc. Access your content from your laptop, the Web, iPhone, and/or Blackberry; all synchronized.
    • Google Scholar -
    • PubMed - biomedical articles
    • WetMount - is a website designed to search and sort (organize) findings and Web research from the Internet. The organization process is based on a simple number-line concept. When users find information (text, image, or video) that information is placed in a chart. As more information is found the chart can be reorganized to accommodate more information and place it based on relevance to the original search terms. WetMount could be a great tool for helping students to organize their findings from Internet research. Often students will find a video or image relevant to their search terms, but don't have an immediate use for that content. Using Wet Mount students could put that information aside for later use without forgetting where it fits into their research.
    • Lumifi - is a collaborative research tool. With Lumifi students and teachers can collaboratively share, evaluate, and organize information found online and off-line. What makes Lumifi different from other online collaboration tools is the ability to upload documents then extract only the relevant information to share with others. Often while researching a topic students only need part of a document or web page, Lumifi gives users the option to weed through peripherals and get right to the information they need. Lumifi is a good way to have students collaborate on research projects. Students can share in the research and analysis process together. Have students invite teachers to be a collaborator in their project and teachers can monitor their progress through the research process.
    • Lesson Plans for Teaching Web Search Strategies
    • iCyte - is a note-taking and bookmarking app that works with Firefox and Internet Explorer 7 and 8. It saves part of pages you highlight (called cytes) or entire pages that you bookmark, so that even if the page changes or is deleted, you still have the original version. You can save sections of a website or the whole thing for later reference. You can also invite others to join your projects, share information and access information that others have shared. "iCyte Mentions" is a feature that allows you to search for something that is mentioned in blogs, news, articles, etc. When you need to collaborate on Web research, or just keep all sites that interest you readily at hand, don’t copy and e-mail links...use iCyte. It lets you “cyte” pages or selections--saving the link and a snapshot of the page as you found it and include them in projects to share with people you know, or total strangers. You can add tags and notes, too, and once you create an account, the iCyte sidebar keeps your projects and saved cytes in view as you surf and research. When you save an item in iCyte an archive of the website is saved in your iCyte account. To organize your findings, you can create folders within your iCyte account. The short video demonstrates the basics of using iCyte. Here's another longer video.
    • WizFolio - Joy of Knowledge - WizFolio is an online research collaboration tool for knowledge discovery. With WizFolioyou can easily manage and share all types of information including research papers, patents, documents, books, YouTube videos, web snippets and a lot more.
    • Noodle Toolsprovides students and supports teachers and librarians throughout the entire research process.
      • Search intelligently
      • Assess the quality of results
      • Record, organize and synthesize information using online notecards
      • Format your bibliography in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian style
    • Zotero(I use) - automates and formats a citation such as a footnote, endnote, or bibliography - for completing research assignments.Zotero is an add-on for Firefox that will help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right in your web browser and can be a useful tool for research purposes. You can collect information on books and other sources, archive entire web pages, and store anything from the web. You can organize your notes so that you can easily find what you are looking for within your research. The interface is very similar to iTunes. It even has a drag and drop bibliography and can cite in several styles. Zotero can be accessed anywhere, even from mobile devices. When finished, Zotero allows you to collaborate and share your collections with others.Remember when doing research, teachers would require you to keep index cards for all your sources, well Zotero is meant to replace those index cards. If you are doing research or requiring students to do research this is a great tool. Students really struggle with citing sources and references and Zotero would be a great tool to help improve students abilities.. Zotero has Firefox extension that enables users to collect, manage, cite, and share research from all types of sources from the browser. Tour: www.zotero.org/blog - you collect sources with a Zotero Add-on for Firefox browser. You pull you document together in ZoteroExtensions/Plug-ins to Microsoft Word, OpenOffice. or email.
      • collaborate with group libraries
      • organize with collections and tags
      • access you library from anywhere
      • automatically grad metadata for PDFs
      • use thousands of bibliographic stles
      • instantly search your PDFs and notes
      • interface available in over 30 languages
  • Web Search
  • Web Development - HTML
    • Firebug - Firebug puts a Web development toolbox in a new Firefox window or a split screen below the page you’re working on. You can edit HTML, fine-tune CSS, zero-in on JavaScript errors, and much more in a simple, easy to read interface that lets you get to work quickly.
  • Game development
  • Timers, stopwatch
  • Presentation (slides) - slide show, slideshow
    • A very nice listof some excellent options to PowerPoint.
    • Cogdogroo's wikispacefor Digital Storytelling resources - a must see
    • Another Cogdogroo wiki pageto see. Nicely organized
    • Google presentation- available online, can share with anyone, can export as PowerPoint
    • Office Web Apps - can export as PowerPoint
    • SlideRocket - can import existing PowerPoint, embed youtube videos ..., can export to PowerPoint, can download or share URL
    • Zoho Show
    • wink - Wink is a tutorial and presentation creation software
    • Slideshare - one of the first of this kind. Allows for embedded sound, as well. ( Example)
    • Prezi- Non-linear presentation site. One big canvas, not slides.
    • ShowBeyond - similar to Splashcast. Allows user to record narration over images. Embed the resulting work, too. Like this one.
    • Flickr (I use) - possibly the best photo sharing site on the Web.. Tons of mashups with it, too
    • authorStream- turn your powerpoints into flash and grab the code
    • Animoto - makes it possible to quickly create a video using still images, music, video clips, and text. If you can make a slideshow presentation, you can make a video using Animoto. Animoto's free service limits you to 30 second videos. You can create longer videos if you apply for an education account. (See sample below) (Animoto free for educatorsGallery)
    • Slide Six is a slideshow service that allows users to add narration to their slideshows directly through the Slide Six website. Slide Six also allows users to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos into their presentations. Users can also attach documents to accompany their presentations. Slide Sixsupports all PowerPoint formats, Open Office, PDF, and MOV presentations.
    • PhotoPeach - share, create, embed - great video from photos (sample PhotoPeach slideshows). Photo Peachis a service that allows you to quickly and easily create an audio slideshow, with captions, from images in your Flickr, Picassa, or Facebook account. You can also use images saved on your local hard drive to create your slideshow. To add captions to your Photo Peach slideshow simply type your desired text into the caption box that appears as each image is automatically displayed by Photo Peach. Changing the sequence of images in Photo Peach is a simple drag and drop procedure.
    • Flixtime allows you to upload photos, video, and add text, then choose a tune and you are ready to share your film. It claims 3 quick steps and 3 minutes. You can create 60 second videos for free. It appears that it also takes care of all the transitions for you as well. I did not see an option for education, so if it is going to compete with Animoto for Education, they are going to have to provide an option. Watch the Demo video on the front page. Sign up is easy and no email verification is required. Once you create an account and start creating a new video, you can Add a Cover, Insert a Title, Description, and choose the resolution. You can upload your own photos, or even choose some from their database (a feature other sites do not have). Text is limited on each photo and will only go between photos, not directly on them. You get a Main Title and a Sub Title. It is fairly easy to organize your film.
    • Vimeo - (Example)
    • Slide - another cool flickr mashup with code for your webpage
    • Imageloop- another very good choice
    • VuVox-
    • SlideRocket- VERY cool tool to create excellent powerpoints, advanced features
    • Rockyou.com - ( Example)
    • Myebook- create ebooks online, complete with sound, images, text, video and more. Very nice.
    • article: "12 Ways for Students to Publish Slideshows Online" -
    • "Top 10 Sites for Creating Slide Shows" - blog entry
  • Productivity & Collaboration - Office Suites - word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, calendar, and other tools - Also see Collaborative Drawing
    • OpenOffice(I use) - application suite that must be downloaded and installed
    • Google docs (I use) - word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool - great teachers perspective on using google docs-
    • Zoho- work online
    • Crocodoc - share and review documents online. Crocodoctakes your PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint presentations, and lets you view and mark them up online. Documents can be shared with others, who can collaboratively highlight or strikeout text, add notes and comments, and make revisions. All files are stored securely on crocodoc servers, and can be password protected and encrypted for maximum security.
    • notes.io is a new service that offers a simple platform for taking and sharing notes. To use Notes.io just go to the site and start typing your notes. When you want to share your notes just click "short" to have a shortened url created for sharing on Twitter, Facebook, or wherever else you like. It really couldn't be any simpler to use. And while not available yet, they do have plans for enabling file attachments and enabling a printer friendly option.
  • Collaborative Drawing
    • se Real-time collaborative editing
  • Open Clip Art
  • Open Fonts
  • Open sound clips - free sound clips, sound bites, sound effects, free sound files
  • Free documentary movies
    • Documentary Heavenis a site dedicated to providing documentary movies for free on the web. You can search for movies based on several different categories and topics. These videos are found at other locations and then embedded onto this site. I will warn you that several videos in certain topics might be deemed inappropriate, but that does not take away from the educational value that several hundred of the other videos can provide in your classroom. My suggestion is that you take a look at the videos for yourself and see which ones you might find useful.
    • free movies online -
  • Astronomy. planetarium software
    • Celestia- free installed application, amazing planetarium software."Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy."
    • Stellarium - free open source
  • Language support
    • article: fonts, dictionary translation services
  • Chemistry
    • Canvas Mol is a website that provides 3D, interactive, rotating models of simple and complex molecules. There are 46 models of relatively common molecules like glucose, fructose, and morphine. Each model can be altered to show or not show bonds, to show or not show individual atoms, and to rotate on the X,Y, or Z axis. Canvas Mol works best in Chrome or Opera, but can also be used in Firefox and Safari.
  • Geography
  • Computer Science**
  • Fan Fiction (alternately referred to as fanfiction, fanfic, FF or fic) - www.fanfiction.net, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_fiction - These are sometimes referred to as "passion communities."
    A specific website will focus on one theme and everyone is expected to read other participants writings and also contribute by writing properly and in character. Participants are held to HIGH standards ... such as a Harry Potter fan-fiction site (http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/) will have people commenting on user-written short stories or essays about the characters being "true to themselves" or not believable or inconsistent with previous know facts (that you are expected to know!).

• Research

• Glossary

  • RIA - Rich Internet Application
  • AIR - Adobe Integrated Runtime environment
  • RSS - Really Simple Syndication

• Videos

• Web 2.0 Adoption by Teachers and Schools

Below is copied from "Web 2.0 Adoption In Schools" March 3, 2008 blog entry by Richard Kassissieh in his KassBlogConnectivism (George Siemens, 2004) may help explain the difference between observing Web 2.0 tools from a distance and embracing them.
  • A new theory of learning impacted through technology
  • Knowledge continues to expand exponentially and at an ever-increasing rate
  • Learning happens in a variety of means, some informal and some through personal learning networks -- what some have termed "School 2.0"
  • Focus on the process of knowledge acquisition rather than knowledge itself.
  • Challenges the notion that all learning takes place inside the individual
  • Technology takes over the tasks of information storage and retrieval ("Hold on while I Google that.")
  • Emphasizes skills of acquiring knowledge, making connections, seeing patterns, and making decisions.
  • Leadership: highly-connrected individuals who help facilitate knowledge flow within the organizatio