Cool Instructional Web 2.0 Tools

Three Tech Ninjas -

Great place to find several sites for a particular function. Example: Select "Cool Tools" and "Blogging" and find three suggested
(and usually free) websites for students to use for blogs. Everything from sites to create QR Codes to sites for organizing all of
those apps. -

For using youtube video, this site blanks out the surrounding advertising and links.

Go to this site, type in the youtube video link and you won't have questionable ads

appearing around the youtube video as you share it with your students.

Padlet (Wallwisher) -

Great way for students in your class to share their thinking with others.

Loretta Wilson at Owen Middle shared a cool idea for using Padlet and other

similar sites while conducting a Paideia seminar using inside/outside circle.

Students on the "outside" circle can share their thinking without waiting for the

Inside circle students to finish.

Linoit -

Similar to Wallwisher, students can post their thoughts and other students can see

on computers or on the board. Easy for students to move around to categorize if


Wiffiti -

Also similar to Wallwisher - students can post their thoughts. Can also text from

phone. There is a G-rated filter that might be helpful

Tricider -

Neat website for helping students look objectively at an issue. Pose a question that

has different viewpoints - pros and cons - - following research or reading an

article, etc. Students brainstorm an idea's pros and cons followed by students

voting to show support of a position.

EdGames -

Learning Game templates for PowerPoint, Excel, Word Games, and Timers

From Discovery Education

Edmodo -
Looks like a Facebook page, but for kids. Good site to share classroom

Assignments, homework, links. Students can "blog" with other students in your

class (and can get the "zipper mouth" if they say anything inappropriate). In order

to use in BCS, parental permission will be needed. E-mail Jane Houde or Dawn

Perez for a copy the permission slip.

Glogster -

Makes posters / collages - Great for presenting a new concept or for use as a

concept chart

Wordle -

Shows words/vocabulary in a graphic display - words that appear more often in a

passage will appear larger and more prominent in the Wordle.

Top Ten Ways to Use Wordle at School -

Tagxedo -

Similar to Wordle. Can put word clouds into given shapes

Quizlet -

Generates flashcards for learning vocabulary, word roots/affixes, foreign language

translations, etc.

SurveyMonkey -

Great way to develop a quick survey which will compile results for analysis

Zoomerang -

Similar to SurveyMonkey, under "Top 10 Survey Types," select "School" for a variety

of templates.

Poll Everywhere -

Great way to get immediate feedback from students for formative assessments of

prior knowledge or as an exit ticket. Creates a graph so students can view results


Flisti -

Similar to Poll Everywhere. Can post results on Facebook - Ideas Worth Spreading -

Technology, Entertainment, Design - Search for short "talks" on a given topic or

theme. Use for Pre-instruction to build background and engage discussion or use

as post-instruction to culminate a unit or study of a given theme.

VoiceThread -

Very user-friendly way for students to develop their own video

Thanks to Kendra Cameron-Jarvis for sharing the following sites

Awesome Highlighter -

Highlight text on web page or document - Use to show students what is important

on a particular website or in an article.

Scribble Maps - Google -

Teacher and students can draw on maps to determine various locations and routes.

Great for geography, history, current events, literature . . .

Screenr -

Students can create online screencasts and add audio

Wevideo -

Create videos and save to Google cloud

Aviary Audio Editor -

Use Myna to remix music tracks and audio clips. Apply sound effects and record

your own voice or instruments.

Dvolver moviemaker -

Makes digital movies online

Bubble Ply -

Create a customized video

ProProfs Flashcards -

Create online flashcards and access anywhere

Podomatic -

Search podcasts by theme or subject to download for free

Google Advanced Search -

Refine your searches

Docs Demo -

Kendra Jarvis showed me this site and it really has to be seen to appreciate! You

start typing a story in a google doc and a famous dead author, like Edar Allen Poe or

Shakespeare will collaborate with you. Really is cool! We were thinking it might be

cool to use in your classroom to illustrate mood and tone.