Web 2.0 Tools, Useful Programs and Tutorials

Free Technology For Teachers

Social Bookmarking

access your bookmarks from anywhere
Del.icio.us -

Diigo - Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community. It allows users to highlight any part of a **webpage** and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. These **annotations** can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo or a special link forwarded to someone else. The name "Diigo" is an abbreviation for "Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff". Diigo beta was listed as one of the top 10 research tools by **CNET** in 2006..

Survey Tools

SurveyMonkeyEnable anyone to create professional online surveys quickly and easily

Screen Capture/Video Tutorial Tools

Miscellaneous Web 2.0 Tools

Snipurl – Take the ugly long URLs and snip them into a snipurl that is short, snippy, secure, memorable and easy to share

New! Create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash!
Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!

Random Name – a simple way of motivating pupils to answer questions

Games Templates – site with predesigned templates of many popular games that can be customized to suit your needs


Podcasts - a collection of digital media files which is distributed over the Internet, often using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media
Audacity Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • And more!

MAC GarageBand Tutorial
Podbean -provides unmetered bandwidth Free and paid podcast, audio and video blog hosting service.

SlideShare-is the best way to share your presentations with the world. Let your ideas reach a broad audience. Share publicly or privately.
Some of the things you can do on SlideShare
- Embed slideshows into your own blog or website.
- Share slideshows publicly or privately. There are several ways to share privately.
- Synch audio to your slides.
- Market your your event on slideshare.
- Join groups to connect with SlideShare members who share your interests
- Download the original PowerPoint / Pdf file

RSS Feeds external image rss_logo2.jpg

What is RSS? RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts in a standardized format.[2] An RSS document (which is called a "feed," "web feed,"[3] or "channel") contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays. For a details explanation see: RSS in Plain English

Microsoft Power Toys for XP - PowerToys are free downloads of additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released.

OpenOffice.org is a free **multiplatform** and **multilingual** **office suite** and an **open-source** project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.

Learning Essentials for Students and Teachers - more than 117 templates and 38 tutorials developed in collaboration with leading education publishers. Learning Essentials helps you get the most out of your Office applications.

Promethean/Activstudio3 Tool and Site References

Graphic Organizers

Webspiration -
  • My Webspiration - Whether working individually or collaboratively, Webspiration™ is the new online visual thinking tool that helps you:
    • capture ideas
    • organize information
    • diagram processes
    • create clear, concise written documents
With integrated diagram and outline views you can think visually, structure your work effectively and express your ideas in the ways that communicate best.

  • Graphic Web 20 Tutorials - 65 tutorials, references and related resources, which are supposed to help you to create graphics in Web 2.0-look

Multimedia Presentational Programs

PhotoStory 3 – Use images, slides, text, narration, and music
Windows Movie Maker – Use video, images, slides, text, narration, and music
It will import a number of formats:

  • Video files: .asf, .avi, .wmv
  • Movie files: MPEG1, .mpeg, .mpg, .m1v, .mp2
  • Audio files: .wav, .snd, .au, .aif, .aifc, .aiff
  • Windows Media files: .asf, .wm, .wma, .wmv
  • Still images: .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jfif, .gif
  • MP3 format audio: .mp3
MovieMaker only outputs WMV and AVI files which some see as a limitation but file conversion is a fact of life these days.

Microsoft Producer - Use Microsoft Producer 2003 for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 to capture and synchronize audio, video, slides, and images, then preview and publish a rich media presentation virtually anywhere for viewing in a Web browser
Creative Commons free visual and audio sites (Part of Learning Essentials for Teachers listed above) NEW 6/21/08

Digital Images and Copyright
Image Resizer NEW! 7/30/08
Image Resizer Download

What is glogster? A blog written in the first person mixing graphics, photos, videos, music and text
Glogster for Education Accounts
Glogster Tools
Technology Glog
Webtools4u2use Super! Glogster homepage

Collaborative Tools

Google Pack- Choose what you want download
Google Docs – Access and create documents from anywhere. Almost real time editing.
Google refined search option - In Google you can also use the following threads to get more specific and relevant information
Example: search Civil War view:map or Civil War view:timeline (No Space after view:-----)
More Google features

Microsoft Office Live - Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta is your online place to save, access, and share documents and files. Use it to group related information for work, school, or personal projects. No downloads are required – just sign up and go.
Office Live Workspace vs. Google Docs: Feature by Feature Comparison
(See My Webspiration above.)
Scrbl - A free online graffiti tool with sharing capabilities
skrbl now
Zoho – Similar to Google Docs - offers a suite of online web applications geared towards increasing your productivity and offering easy collaboration

Voice Thread - A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. They can even be exported to an Archival Movie for offline use on a DVD or video-enabled MP3 player. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world.
What is Ed Voice Thread - It's a web-based collaborative network that is simple, powerful and safe. Specifically designed for K-12 educators and students, Ed.VoiceThread enables rich collaboration around multimedia in a secure environment. More like a pencil than a software platform, Ed.VoiceThread is a space for creating digital stories and documentaries, practicing language skills, exploring geography and culture, solving math problems, collaborating with other students, or simply finding and honing student voices.

Online File Conversion

Web Site Design **Google Sites** - makes creating and sharing a group website easy.

  • Single-click page creation
  • No HTML required
  • Customizable look and feel
  • Settings for accessing and sharing information
  • Free
  • Google Sites Video
Weebly - This free clever WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) website building tool for non-techies offers a one-step process for adding content that's already somewhere else on the Web, such as Flickr photos, YouTube videos and Google maps.
Weebly Site Article Review-Time Magazine

New sites and tools to explore

**Easehistory** a rich online environment that supports the learning and teaching of US History. Hundreds of historical videos and photographs are currently available in EASE History
WorldWide Telescope The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.
Nobel Prize Educational Games