Web 2.0 Tools


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Annotation and Notetaking

Awesome Highlighter

Awesome Highlighter lets you highlight text (like on real paper) on any web page and then gives you a short link to the page, which you can share or email.


Evernote allows you to write a note or capture something from a Web page and save it so that it is indexed and searchable by keywords, titles, and tags.


Notely is a collection of tools to help you get organized. It includes a scheduler, calendar, notetaker, to-do list, task list, homework planner, and more.


SpringNote allows you to create pages, work on them with others, and share files. You can create either a personal notebook to keep track of things or group notebooks to collaborate on projects.


Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite research sources. (Similar to Google Notebook).

Audio and Podcast Tools


Audacity is free, open source software that you download to record and edit sounds.


Audiopal lets you record your voice or use built-in voices and incorporate the audio into a Web page, blog, or social networking site.


Chirbit allows you to record, upload, listen to, and share sound; create micropodcasts and short audio clips; and incorporate these into Web sites such as Twitter and Facebook.


Gabcast allows you to record your voice using a phone or VoIP to create podcasts, post audio to a blog, create audio greetings, and host conference calls.

Digital Podcast (Educational)

Digital Podcast (Educational) is a collection of topics that range from lessons in languages, relaxation, and history alive, to lessons in filmmaking. It allows you to add your own podcasts, tag them, and share them with the world.

The Education Podcast Network

The Education Podcast Network brings together a wide range of podcast programming designed to support educational goals for teachers and classrooms. Topics include educational curricular content and professional development opportunities, including those that explore issues of teaching and learning today. It allows educators to offer podcasts for inclusion in the network; organizers vet all suggested additions for appropriateness. Once accepted, podcasts are available to anyone interested in the topic.


iSpeech is a text-to-speech converter that transforms your blog into a talking blog so that people can listen to the text on the page.


Kids podcasts (and family podcasts) provide education and entertainment through a wide variety of stories, radio broadcasting, and information. It allows you to add students' podcasts and make them available to anyone.


MyPodcast.com provides software to record, publish, and air podcasts. It offers explicit directions on how to get started, set up equipment, download recording software, and more.


Podomatic allow you to create, find, and share podcasts, customize a podcast page. get audience data, share video and photos, and be part of a podcast community.

[[http://Podbean allows you to create podcasts in three easy steps and upload, publish, manage, and promote your podcasts. It also allows you to store and manage podcast subscriptions.Read the Wordshttp://www.readthewords.com

Read the Words allows you to convert text to speech, including words you type in, upload files and Web pages, and embed the results in e-mail or a Web page.


Talkr converts text to speech and allows you to listen to text-only blogs on your iPod. You can tell Talkr which feeds (machine-readable blogs or news sources) you want by subscribing to them.


Vaestro is audio forum software that you can use on your Web site to talk to others, host interactive podcasts, or use like an audio blog to communicate with groups of people.


Vocaroo allows you to record your voice and send voice messages. You can install a widget on your Web site or blog to allow visitors to record and play back their own voices.


Voki allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, on your profile, and in your e-mail messages.


YackPack provides voice and text messaging for communication among teams. It works like a discussion board to help people focus on a topic and share ideas. You can record, embed, or link voice messages.


Yodio provides an audio player to embed on Web sites so that you can create and listen to sound along with your photos or presentations, as well as share narratives such as an audio postcard or narrated photo album or storybook.



Google's Blogger provides a platform for blogs so that students can share their thoughts in writing, photos, and videos. They can post from the Web or mobile phone and can personalize their blogs with themes, gadgets, and more.

Class Blogmeister

Class Blogmeister is a blogging engine or online publishing tool that was developed specifically for classroom use so that students can publish assignment-based writing. Teachers set up and maintain accounts and are responsible for them.


CoverItLive allows you to turn live blogging into an online event by streaming live onto your Web pages or blog so that others can hear from you in real time. You can add pictures and videos.


Easyjournal provides software for you to keep a blog or journal online and includes a broad range of features and personalization capabilities.


Edublogs allows teachers to create and manage student blogs that include useful features for podcasting and displaying videos, photos, and more. It includes step-by-step instructions and video tutorials.


ePals is a K-12 online community with school-safe e-mail and blog tools for students to connect, collaborate, and learn. It features a global community of connected classrooms and collaborative learning.


Gaggle provides e-mail, blogs, chat rooms, message boards, and digital lockers for students.

Google Wave

Google Wave is a collaborative space enabling people who share a wave to share, edit, publish, and create mashups of text, pictures, maps, documents, videos, and more. A wave is live, making it possible for participants to interact in real time.


LiveJournal provides the tools to express yourself, share, and connect with others online. You can use LiveJournal as a private journal, a blog, a discussion forum, or a social network.


Posterous provides a simple way to put many things online using e-mail. You can share thoughts, photos, audio, and files by e-mailing them to post@posterous.com; they create a blog and provide a URL. You can send documents, photos, and MP3 and video files.


21Classes allows teachers to create, host, and manage a virtual classroom or blog to communicate with their students and encourage student writing and communication. Students can upload text and photos, or insert videos into their blog posts.


TypePad provides a platform for control over what, when, and how you publish content to your blog. You can customize the look and feel of your blog design, publish different types of media, and manage comments.

[[http://Weebly allows you to create a classroom Web site and blog with a drag and drop interface, as well as host a domain, at no cost. Teachers can manage their students' accounts, accept homework assignments online, and keep parents up to date.WordPresshttp://www.wordpress.com

WordPress is a state-of-the-art, open-source publishing platform that requires you to have a hosting account, a database, FTP, and other features, which many schools and districts do have. WordPress adds the missing features to that you can set up blogs with a choice of design, three gigabytes of file storage, integrated statistics, a spam blocker, and versions in more than 50 languages.



Assign-A-Day is a free tool designed to enhance teacher and student communication through an online teacher-managed calendar. Teachers create a calendar for each of their classes and add assignments for the students to view. Students view their teachers' calendars to see assignments for classes they might have missed, or to get an overview of the class.

Google Calendar

Google Calendar lets your share your schedule and view the schedules of others who choose to share theirs, send invitations and track RSVPs, sync with desktop applications, and work offline or on a mobile phone.


iCal is and Apple application with the ability to share calendars with other iCal users.


30 boxes provides an online calendar, social event organizer, and reminder of important events. You can connect with friends and share significant dates.

Cell Phones

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere enables data collection through cell phone texting. There is a limit of thirty responses per poll in the free version.

Text the Mob

TextTheMob allows one hundred people to respond to a poll using the free version. Users set up polls, and respondents text their answers.

Collaborative Writing Tools


Adobe's Buzzword is a new online word processor that you can use to collaborate with others. Students can write, edit, and comment on documents; add images; and share with others. Teachers can control access levels and versions, track edits by contributor, and keep track of changes.


Celtx is a fully integrated solution for media pre-production and collaboration. It replaces old fashioned "paper, pen, and binder" media creation with an approach to writing and organizing that is more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share. A good choice for collaborative primary source projects.


EtherPad is a web-based word processor that allows people to work together in real time, edit the same document simultaneously, and see changes instantly reflected on everyone's screen.

Google Apps Education Addition

Google Apps Education Edition is a free suite of hosted communication and collaboration tools designed for schools and universities. It includes e-mail, messaging, calendars, word processing, spreadsheet, forms, and presentation software.


HyLighter provides a collaboration plug-in for collective thinking and editing as contributors interact. Instead of actually changing the original document, as in a wiki or online editor, or redlining, as in Track Changes, it points to the locations in the document where reviewers have made comments or recommended changes.


MixedInk takes an approach to collaborative writing in which people weave their best ideas together. An organizing group runs each topic and invites others to join. It was designed for short texts that get attention, such as an op-ed, mission statement, or open letter.


Scribd is the place where you can publish, discover, and discuss original writings and documents. People can share their writing or find others' works. It is a platform for readers, authors, publishers, and others seeking to express themselves, share ideas, and exchange information.


TextFlow is a collaborative tool that allows concurrent work of several users, all working on their own versions of the document.


Thinkature places instant messaging inside a visual, shared work space. You can use it as a collaboration environment, a meeting room, a personal web-based whiteboard, or something else. Students can communicate by chatting, drawing, creating cards, and adding content from the Web in real time.


Writeboard is used to share work and to collaborate while saving separate versions each step of the way. (Similar to Google Docs).


Wufoo is used to make online forms, surveys, and invitations for parents, students, and colleagues. Can be used as a marketing device for primary source units.


YourDraft allows you to create and share content instantly as well as edit collaboratively. The WYSIWYG editor allows fast and flexible drafting. You can give others the right to edit your page or only read your page and add replies.

Zoho Writer

Zoho Writer provides sharing and collaboration. Post your documents online and share them with those in the group for collaboration in real time. You can upload documents from the desktop, Google Docs, or anywhere on the Web and download and save them to your computer.

Content Management


Joomla! is open-source software for content management, similar to Moodle.


Moodle is hosted software that creates a virtual classroom environment. Many features can be enabled, including discussions, wikis, file sharing, and uploading of media.


School Town is a subscription content-management system with many features that are easy to navigate.

Conversion Sites


All2Convert is a simple conversion site with output in a variety of formats.

Convert Direct

Convert Direct offers a wide range of file formats from which to select.

Format Factory

Format Factory offers downloadable software.


KeepVid provides a button that can be added to the user's computer toolbar.

Media Converter

Media Converter provides a free interface, but there is a limit of five daily downloads and conversions. Other paid options are available.


Movavi software is offered for a fee, but the site also has a kimited, five-per-day URL conversion feature.


WinFF can convert videos (several at once) quickly and easily. The downloadable software is free.


Zamzar sends the converted file to your email to download.


Copyright Laws

An online manuscript, K-12 Copyright Laws: Primer for Teachers, provides basic do's and don'ts for educators.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that increases sharing and improves collaboration by giving users permission to use selected images, video clips, audio clips, and other media.

Ebook Readers


Reading books digitally is just one of thousands of potential uses for the iPad.


The Kindle is the reader that is tied to Amazon. this device allows you to download books on the fly, without synching to a computer.


The nook is Barnes & Noble's offering in the ebook reader market.

Sony Reader

The Sony Reader has the flexibility to download books from the Sony site or from some public libraries. If the books is checked out from the public library, it is removed electronically from the ebook readers at the end of the lending period.



Gmail is Google's email feature. The conversations are organized differently than traditional emails; conversations that have the same subject line are grouped together.

Outlook Webmail

Many district still use Microsoft Outlook to manage their email. Most districts have their email available on the Web, accessible through the school Web site.

Zoho Mail

Zoho Mail is an online mail solution powered by Zoho and can be accessed from any computer or cell phone connected to the Internet.

Idea or Mind Mapping


Bubbl.us is a web application that lets you brainstorm online. Students can create colorful mind maps, share and work in teams, embed a mind map in a blog or Web site, e-mail and print a mind map, or save it as an image.


Debategraph is a wiki debate visualization tool that lets you present the strongest case on any debate that matters to you, openly engage the opposing arguments, create and resphape debates, make new points, rate and filter the arguments, monitor the evolution of debates via RSS feeds, and share and reuse the debates online and offline.


Gliffy is and online diagram software used to create professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more. The online diagram editor makes it easy to create diagrams, drawings, and mind maps.


Mind42 is a browser-based, online, mindmapping tool that allows you to manage and keep track of ideas alone, in teams of two, or in a large group. Students can brainstorm and collaborate and them immediately get an updated view of all the collected ideas.


MindMeister provides web-based mind mapping with real-time collaboration to allow global brainstorming sessions. Students can create, manage, and share mind maps online. They can access them anytime, from anywhere. They can work on the same mind map simultaneously and see each other's changes as they happen.


Mindomo is a visual tool that lets you organize your ideas and work and gain insights into the relationship between various parts of a problem to formulate a solution. Teachers can plan and track projects, manage tasks and priorities, and define goals and objectives as students learn visually.


Webspiration allows you to combine the power of visual thinking and outlining to enhance thinking, learning, and collaboration. Students can use Webspiration to map out ideas, organize with outlines, and collaborate online with teams of colleagues.

Educator and Student Communities


Badoo is a worldwide socializing site that supports members meeting new people and friends in an around their focal areas. It includes the interactions and activities of most social networks, but it focuses on expanding social circles locally. One of Badoo's strengths is the control users have over the exposure of their profiles; it also has instant messaging and uploads of photos and videos.


Bebo is a popular social networking site that connects you to individuals and information globally. It combines community, self-expression, and entertainment in a way that allows you to share, with selected others in your network, digital content which you create yourself or which you admire.

Classroom 2.0

Classroom 2.0 is a social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education. The site, built on a Ning, hosts discussions; and educators can find and connect with colleagues.


Curriki is a community of educators, learners, and experts who create free, open-source instructional materials for a repository that will benefit teachers and students.

[[http://www.engrade.comEngrade is an online classroom community with a free set of Web-based tools that allow you to manage classes online and provide parents and students with 24/7 real-time class information that's private and secure. It includes an assignment calendar, online messaging, grade book, attendance book, and progress reports.Friendsterhttp://www.friendster.com

Friendster is a global online social network with more than 110 million members worldwide. It is focused on helping people stay in touch with friends and discover new people and things that are important to them. Friendster prides itself in delivering an easy-to-use, friendly, and interactive environment where users can connect easily with anyone around the world.


Hi5 is a global social entertainment network primarily for youth. It is available in more than 50 languages. It is a highly interactive social experience and ranks as one of the fastest growing youth sites, particularly for social media.


LinkedIn is a widely interconnected network of professionals (50 million) from around the world. You can connect your network of trusted colleagues to others' networks, in a safe environment and set up collaborations, consultations, and interactions. LinkedIn represents 170 industries and 200 countries.

MySpace and Facebook
http://myspace.com, http://www.facebook.com

MySpace and Facebook are websites that connect people through personal expression, content, and culture. With a global community of millions of users, they provide forums with personal profiles, photos, videos, messaging, games, and music. Individuals find old friends, establish new friendships, and interact at multiple levels.


Ning provides a social platform that allows people to join and create Ning Networks. Creators control the layout and have a wide choice of features - videos, photos, chat, music, groups, events, and blogs - in addition to a latest-activity feature, member profile pages, friends, messaging, e-mail notifications, RSS support, and third-party applications.

SchoolNet Global

SchoolNet Global is a social network designed to bring educators and their students together for collaborative educational projects in 34 countries.


WisIQ is an online teaacher community for learning and collaboration. Students and teachers can find, share, download, and upload PowerPint presentations on educational subjects and topics. Teachers can teach and learn live in WizIQ's virtual classroom.


Xspression merges Web publishing and social networking to create opportunities for discussion and community building in the school environment. A good choice for discussion and group work based on primary sources. "Not free, but almost."

Communication and Online Discussion Tools


Chatzy provides a chat service that allows uers to create chat rooms, send out invitations to people they know, and communicate privately in these chat rooms. It is often used as a back channel for side conversations during presentations.


FlashMeeting is an online meeting application that allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Someone books a meeting and informs participants, who can then click on the link to enter the meeting at an arranged time.


Mikogo is a cross-platform desktop sharing tool, ideal for Web conferencing, online meetings, or remote support.


OpenHuddle allows you to interact, in whatever way you want, with as many people, or as few, as you would like. You can choose from and use video, audio, text chat, and a drawing board in whatever way you see fit. Teachers can invite students into a "huddle" and start discussions with as little required hardware as a webcam and a headset or microphone.


Scribblar is a online collaboration tool to use for training and tutoring, working with images, brainstorming, and demonstrating. It includes a real-time multi-user whiteboard, image upload and download, text chat, and live audio.

[[http://Skype is a free, downloadable tool that allows you to make free phone calls (with or without video) from your computer to another Skype user. You use your Internet connection to turn your computer into and Internet phone.SnapYaphttp://www.snapyap.com

SnapYap is a video communication tool that allows you to participate in live video calls, record video messages, and send and receive video e-mails with just a webcam and an Internet connection. Users can launch video calls in their Web browsers.


Tinychat provides audio and video Web communication services in disposable conference rooms for up to 400 people and 12 live audio-video streams. It provides disposable, private, encrypted, person-to-person audio-video calls.


TodaysMeet is a back-channel communications tool to help you connect with others in real time. People can use the live stream to make comments, ask questions and provide feedback. It helps you tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.

[[http://Voxli provides online voice conferencing for up to 200 people at a time. You send the URL of your voice conference through e-mail or instant messenger and use Push to Talk to control when you are speaking, even if you are outside the browser.YackAllhttp://yackall.com

YackAll provides a way to communicate with a group while on the go. It provides a means to have a continuous long-running conversation no matter when it is or where the participants are located.


Yuuguu offers cross-network instant messaging, instant screen sharing, real-time collaboration, Web conferencing, and remote support.

Content Management Systems and Learning Spaces


Drupal is a free, open-source software package that allows you to publish, manage, and organize a wide variety of content on a Web site. You can use it for school or community Web portal, discussion site, social networking site, personal Web site or blog, and more.


Haiku is a learning managemetn system that allos you to organize, manage, and deliver course content, assignments, take attendance, and collect and grade homework.


Moodle is a course or learning management system. Educators can use this free Web application to create effectie online learning sites with dynamic content. To work, it needs to be installed on a Web server.

[[http://NineHub.com provides a free learning management system that is hosted on this Australian site. You can create your system or online class without technical knowledge.=Online Whiteboards=CoSketchhttp://cosketch.com

CoSketch is a multiuser online whiteboard that provides you with the ability to visualize and share your ideas as images quickly. Anything you paint will show up in real time for all other users in the room. You can save a sketch as an image for embedding on forums, blogs and so forth.


Dabbleboard is an online collaboration application that appears as an online whiteboard that has a new type of drawing interface that's easy to use. Students can draw of work together easily.


Scriblink is a free digital whiteboard (with no registration) that users can share to collaborate online in real time. Features include privacy, dynamic tools, and file options such as printing, saving, and e-mailing work, uploading images, and in-screen chat or VoIP conferencing.


skrbl is a tool that allows you to create instant online whiteboards that students can use for collaboration via computers in the class-romm or anywhere there is an Internet connection.


Twiddla is a no-setup, Web-based meeting space that allows you to mark up Web sites, graphics, and phots or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. You can co-browse Web sites using a shared, real-time whiteboard, mark it up, share files, and chat.

Image Collections


Flickr is one of the largest databases for images and videos.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress holds and makes available photographic images from the Civil War era to the present. Other images and documents go back even further.

National Archives

National Archives is trove of still photos, as well as audio and video clips of historic events, lesson plans, and other resources.

Image Manipulation

Add Letters

Add Letters generates your name on various signs.


BeFunky allows you to apply effects to digital photos.

Big Huge Labs

Big Huge Labs offers several tools to manipulate photos.


FACEinHOLE.com allows you to select a new body on which to place your face.

Fun Photo Box

Fun Photo Box offers several effects to create funny photos.


ImageChef generates an image from available templates.


JibJab allows you to created your own JibJab.


Loonapix allows you to put your face on various templates.


MagMyPic allows you to create fun magazine covers.


MushyGushy allows you to put you face into various animated scenes.


myFrame.us allows you to frame your pictures for free.

My Movie Moment

My Movie Moment allows you to add an image to a movie clip.


Photo505 offers effects to manipulate photos.


PhotoFunia allows you to put your face on Mount Rushmore and more.


PicArtia allows you to create photomosaics.

Pimp the Face

At Pimp the Face, you can change or create a face.

Space Your Face

Space Your Face allows you to put your face on a dancing astronaut.


Google Earth

Google Earth lets you "fly" anywhere on Earth (and beyond) to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, adn 3-D buildings, from mountain peaks to the canyons of the ocean. You can even tour the solar system and distant galaxies. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

Google Maps

Google Maps allows you to enter addressed to locate places geographically and get direction from one place to another.

Google Sky

Google Sky provides a way to browse and explore the universe. You can find the positions of the planets and constellations and even watch the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Google Maps has teamed up with the astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to provide these views of the sky.


Quikmaps is a free mash-up service. It enables you to draw directly onto a Google Map. You can view it online, on your Web site, in Google Earth, or on your GPS. You can scribble on it, do line tracing, add text labels, and save a map to your desktop.

Microblogging and Microblog Readers


Edmodo is a private microblogging platform built for teachers and students, with the privacy of students in mind. Teachers and students can share notes, links, and files. Teachers also have the ability to send alerts, events, and assignments to students and can decide to post an item to a public timeline.


Plurk is a microblogging site that allows you to chronicle and share information, ideas, thoughts, and activities and then communicate them to others using Plurk.


TweetDeck provides a personal browser for staying in touch with what's happening online by connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, and more.


Twitter is a microblogging site that provides a real-time, short messaging service (SMS) that works over multiple networks and devices. You can use it to follow the sources most relevant to you and access information online or via short messaging service as it happens - from breaking world news to updates from friends.


Twitterific is a Mac application that lets you read and publish posts or tweets to the Twitter Web site.


Twitteroo is a PC application that lets you update your Twitter status from your desktop, get Twitter notifications, view Tweets, and more.

PhotoEditing and Photo Sharing


BeFunky is an online photo editor that provides digital effects tools to turn photos into special effect digital artwork. You can save images to a private or public space.


Blabberize allows you to upload a photo and a sound clip and use their technology so that the mouth moves to make it look like the image is talking.


Flickr is a free online photo management and photo sharing application. You can upload an image, edit it, organize your photo collections, share the images with others, and create cards, photo books, and other items.


Fotoflexer is an online image editor that allows you to create interesting effects and provides the tools to retouch and enhance images.


Photobucket is a video site that provides free Web-based versions of Adobe's video remix and editing tools.

Photoshop (Online)

Adobe provides Photoshop.com, an image editor that has many of the same tools as their commerical software so that you can edit images professionally.

Photo Story

Microsoft's free downloadable software allows you to create a presentation from digital photos,with narration, effects, transitions, and music.


Photosynth allos you to take a collection of photos of places or objects. It analyzes them from similarities and displays them in a reconstructed three-dimensional space.


Picasa is Google's free photo-editing software that you can use to edit and enhance images, share them with others, and organize them into albums on your computer using the desktop application. Picasa is available for PCa and Mac and requires downloading.


Pixlr is a free online photo editor that allows you to make quick fixes to your images using a wide range of editing tools.


Scrapblog is an online scrapbooking site that allows you to turn your photos into a personalized scrapbook. You select a kit and upload images, and the software creates the scrapbook, which you can print or share.


Google Building Maker

Google Building Maker is a software download that guides the user through the process of creating buildings, which then can be inserted into Google Earth.

Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is 3-D modeling software that includes a link to an online warehouse of 3-D objects that can be imported and resized for various projects.

Multimedia Presentation and Video-Editing Tools


Animoto provides an assortment of tools for you and your students to create videos with images, video clips, and music. You can sync music and images for high production values and then share it in several ways.


Empressr is a free online storytelling tool that allows you to create, manage, and share rich media presentations online. Upload your video, images, and audio to get started creating slide shows.


Glogster is a website that allows users to mash up various media, tying together video, audio, still images, text, animations, and graphics. The products are referred to as glogs.


Jing is screen capture software that allows you to share a snapshot of a project, collaborate on it, narrate it, or add comments. You can select a window or region and Jing will record up to five minutes of video of everything that appears in that area. Point to things with your mouse, scroll, flip through photos, click around in a Web site or application, and Jing captures it. Teachers and students can create tutorials.

Movie Maker and Windows Live Movie
http://download.live.com/moviemaker, http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker.

Movie Maker is a downloadable video-creating and video-editing software that is part of Microsoft's Windows Live.

Museum Box

Museum Box provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of the event, person, or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view the museum boxes submitted by other people and comment on the contents.


You can create photo shows and stories online and view them at this site or post them to others. You add pictures and videos you want to include in your show, view an automatically generated slide show, customize it, and then share it.


PreZentit allows you to create presentations online either alone or with a group of people who are working on the same presentation at the same time. Presentations can be private or public, and you can download them and show them offline.


Prezi's free online presentation tool allows you to create public-only presentations online that you can show either online of offline. You can create groups; import images, videos, and other media files; share and collaborate; edit; download the results; and embed them in blogs and on Web sites.


Sketchcast allows you to communicate online by recording a sketch and including your voice. You can embed the sketch in your blog or Web site for people to play back, and you can also point people to your sketchcast channel (or let them subscribe to your sketchcast RSS feed).


The free version of Sliderocket is an online presentation maker that includes authoring tools, uploading of PowerPoint slides, an asset library, printing, publishing, and online support.


Slideshare provides an online tool for sharing presentations. You can upload your PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, and Adobe PDF Portfolios and share them publicly or privately. You can add audio to make a webinar or embed slide shows in your blog or website.


Slidesix is an online presentation tool that allows you to upload and share your PowerPoint, Keynote, and OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org) presentations. You can record audio and video narration and attach external videos online, manage presentations and groups, and create a widget to share Slidesix presentations on your blog.


Spresent is a free Web-based alternative to PowerPoint in which users can create and edit high-quality Flash presentations online, send presentations via email, or publish on Web sites or blogs. It allows easy primary source collaborations and presentations.


280Slides allows you to create presentations, access them from anywhere, and share them. You can upload existing documents, work online, save them online, download PowerPoint, and publish online.


VCASMO provides a multimedia presentation solution for creating a photo-video slide show, presentation, training, seminar, conference, meeting, or live event. Features include a variety of file formats, the synchronization of music, a simple editor, the option to save privately or publicly, and more.


VIDDIX provides a video platform that allows users to add all kinds of Web content to their video timeline. You can interact with your audience and choose from two types of players; overly and dual screen.


Viddler allows quick and easy uploading, enhancement, and sharing of digital video inside a Web browser. Timed commenting supported. Ideal fo digitized primary source films and documentary production.


Vimeo is a personal video sharing community that offers 500 megabytes of storage every week, support for high definition video, robust privacy controls, commenting, permanent storage, and a notably low level of commercialism. Ideal for student-produced documentary videos that incorporate primary sources.


Voicethread is a tool for having conversations about media. Teachers can organize student discussions about various types of media, such as images, video, and presentations. Students can navigate around an image and add comments, create digital stories, and collaborate and share stories with others.


Vuvox provides a media creation tool with a choice of ways to create. You can use Collage to produce dynamic interactive panoramas, Studio to build a presentation, Express to include online albums and RSS feeds, and Cut-Out Express to use photos as frames for slide shows.


Zentation provides you with video and slides to create online presentations that stimulate a live experience to use for webinars, webcasts, training, and virtual events. You can synchronize your YouTube video and PowerPoint slides and get a simple outline for viewers. You can use a comment section to blog about your presentation.

Zoho Show

Zoho Show provides an online tool for making presentations that includes pre-built themes, clip art, and shapes. It has features such as drag-and drop that make it an easy application to use. You an access it from anywhere, share and collaborate, present remotely, and embed the presentation in your blog or Web site.

Publishing and Drawing Tools


Calameo allows you to upload documents in all major formats and convert them into digital publications. You can share your published work on the site or embed it in a Web site or blog.


Comicbrush provides a simple way to create, publish, and share a comic. Their stock artwork includes a collection of comic backgrounds, characters, and props that you can mix with your own photos. You can add speech balloons, text, your own artwork, and more, and then publish your comic to the Web.

Comic Creator

Comic Creator provides tools for students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (pre-writing, pre- and post-reading activities, response to literature, and so on). Students can choose backgrounds, characters, and props, and compose dialogue.


Formatpixel allows you to create an online magazine, fanzine, brochure, catalogue, portfolio, and more. You can design projects, lay out text, upload images, add interactivity, and customize the appearance by moving, inserting, or deleting pages to create multipage presentations.


Glogster provides tools in their EDU zone for students to create interactive online posters using photos, images, graphics, videos and sound. They can add links to other Web sites and embed their work in Web pages, wiki pages, or a blog.


GoAnimate enables you to create computer-animated stories, satires, and sentiments that can be shared online. The site offers features to customize animations, and you can include items from GoAnimate's library of ready-made characters, backgrounds, props, sound effects, and music.


Issuu provides a digital publishing platform for stories, books, reports, and other documents. You can create a digital edition of any writing by uploading your work to produce an online publication that simulates the look of a professional magazine.


Kerpoof provides tools for students to create artwork; make animated movies; tell a story; make printed cared, T-shirts, and musgs; and view the stories and movies of others. It includes instructions for making a picture using Picture Maker and a movie using Animation Studio.


LetterPop provides tools to create newsletters,, presentations, invitations, picture collages, and more. You can browse templates and drag and drop the one you want, type in ideas, upload pictures, and save your work.


MakeBeliefsComix provides the tools to create comic strips. It promotes creativity, tests new ideas, and provides ways to communicate through art and writing by offering a choice of characters with different moods that users can write words and thoughts for.


OpenZine provides a social publishing platform with browser-based tools to create work and display it as well as to share, control, and manage ideas. You create a cover and images online; add shapes, text and effects; and gather your information to create the Zine by mixing and matching content from multiple sources (with approval).


Pikistrips allos you to create comic strips, upload photos, add bubble comments, and then make them available to others. You can also create items (T-shirts, for example) that can be purchases, if you choose.


Pixton is a remixable, animated, comic Web site on which schools can create private, customizable, classroom sites as well as develop print-based materials. Students can create, share, and remix comics around content topics and also focus on grammar and spelling.


Plotbot offers collaborative screenwriting software for educators or students to develop their own plays.


Scrapblog is an online scrapbook creation tool with drag-and drop ability that allows you to add photos, personal touches, and share your creation. Students can keep their Scrapblogs private or make them public.


Scribd is a social publishing site where you can share work, manage documents, create reading lists, and publish creative materials instantly. You can create a classroom or a school community and invite others to read and view your work. You can index all works by search engines if desired.


Sketchfu is an online drawing site with the features of sophisticated drawing programs. Individuals may save and publish their drawings. Students can create free accounts and save their work to share, publish, and print.


Scripcreator is a Web site that allows you to create and save your own comic strips. You can print, export, and share these comics, or you can keep them private.


Stripgenerator allows you to create individual comic strips or a comic strip blog to explain, explore, or expand on your comic strip. You can save strips and make them public, or you can keep them private for specific groups of individuals.


Tikatok is an online publishing environment for children. They can start with a blank book or use one of many "story starters." After including drawings, decorations, and designing all aspects of the book, they can then save it. For a small fee they can create a hardcover or paperback book.


Toondoo provides you with tools to create your own comic strips and then publish, share, and discuss them.

Tux Paint

Tux Paint is a free drawing program for children aged 3 to 12 (PK-6). It has an easy-to-use interface and includes sound effects (which can be disabled) and an online cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. It is also available in several languages. Students can print drawings or turn off this feature.

Portals and Social Bookmarking


Saving references in Connotea is quick and easy. You do it by saving a link to a web page for the reference, whether that be the PubMed entry, the publisher's PDF, or even an Amazon product page for a book. Connotea will, wherever possible, recognise the reference and automatically add in the bibliographic information for you.


Delicious is a social bookmarking site that allows you to tag, save, manage, and share Web pages from a server that stores such information. You can share tags with the general community or with an approved group of individuals. These resources are available from any computer. You can also access others' favorite tagged recommendations.


Diigo is a resource to annotate, archive, organize, and share resources; build a personal learning network by sharing those resources; and crate a collaborative group for developing knowledge, assignments, or activities. these can be pubic or private.


Edutagger is a social bookmarking site designed for K-12 learners and educators. It supports you in tagging and storing your Web links online, sharing them with others, and keeping them within and educational environment.


Fleck is a social bookmarking site that allows you to collect and share Websites as you come across them. It also allows you to use Twitter to share your bookmarks by shortening the URL and sharing it with others. You can also point out sections of a Web site by adding a notation for others to see or asking questions for students to respond to.


iGoogle lets you create a personalized home page that contains a Google search box at the top and your choice of any number of gadgets below. Gadgets come in lots of different forms and provide access to activities and information from all across the Web. For example, you can view Gmail messages, read news headlines, store bookmarks, and more.

Jog the Web

Jog the Web is a bookmarking and tracking site. It allows teachers to organize and lead students through topic-related Web pages for safe, guided exploraton. Educators can create "tracks" of content or explore other educators' already created sets of Web sites.


Netvibes provides a free Web service that you can use to bring together media sources and online services as a start page online or personal portal. You can include blogs, news, weather, videos, photos, social networks, e-mail, and more. Everything is automatically updated every time you visit your page.


Pageflakes provides a social personalized home page where you can customize the Web using "flakes," which are small, movable versions of all of your Web favorites that you can arrange on your personal home page. You can also participate in the Pageflakes community, sharing your page as a "pagecast" with a private group or with the world and connecting with others.


StumbleUpon is a Web-sharing site that enables you to preselect a group of keywords or specific friends and see only the sites that are highly rated and match your choices. You an also rate sites you see, and others will have the optioin of viewing those. It is considered community-based surfing and can be organized for students as well.


TrailFire is a bookmarking and commenting Web site that allows you to create a "trail" of Web sites to guide others to specific locations and place commentary or questions on those Web sites. You can also explore others' trails to find new sites on specific content.

Productivity and Professional Development

Google Apps Education Edition

Google Apps Education Edition is a broad, school-oriented Web site especially created for education. Google Apps Education Edition offer numerous features, from backing up date to 24/7 access without compromising the school network.

Google Docs

Google Docs is a wide-ranging collection of tools that allows users to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. This online resource is powerful, and almost all related applications are free.


GoToMeeting is a website-based service that provides an online meeting/in-service platform.


OpenOffice.org is an open-source productivity suite that can be downloaded. Although not as feature-rich as Microsoft Office, the software is powerful and works well. Documents can be saved in a variety of formats.


Zoho is an online productivity solution. This free sercie includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, calendars, wikis, discussions, content management solutions, and much more.

Quiz and Activities Generators

Google Forms

Google Forms provides you with a tool to generate online survey forms. You an create the form and use it to get information on whatever categories you want. You can e-mail the form; send it as a link; and embed it in, or link to it on, Web pages. The results are displayed in a spreadsheet.


MyStudiyo allows educators to create professional looking quizzes, surveys, or homework challenges and add them to a Web site or blog. Multiple-choice or rating forms are available, but other models of quizzes are being developed.


Quia provides educators with the ability to create, share, and use online learning activities that are available in a searchable format. Activities include games, quizzes, surveys, and other types of learning materials.


Quizlet allows educators to create online flashcards or find flashcards others have created. Users receive immediate feedback on their answers and can reuse the cards multiple times. This site is appropriate for all grade levels for test preparation, practice and reviews.


Wordle is a tool for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds - word images - give greater prominence to word that appear more frequently in the source text. You can print them out or save them to the Wordle gallery to share.

RSS Readers


Bloglines provides one location for searching, subscribing, and sharing aggregates of your personal Web perferences. The service is available in many languages and bring your selected news and information to you on any computer.

Google Reader

Google Reader allows you to blend your Google selections of news, information, and more into a single reader that is available to you on a mobile device or a computer. You can also follow what others are reading and have selected. Educators can subscribe to national or international news, keep students current on specific topics, and have access to multiple resources.


NewsGator offers a suite of RSS readers and has been adopted by many businesses trying to make sense of how to market in social networking environments.


Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio is robust screencasting software that can be purchased. It has many output options and no limit on the length of the screencast.


Jing is free "webcasting" software from the makers of Camtasia Studio, but the screencasts are limited to five minutes in length.

Social Networking

Classroom 2.0

Classroom 2.0, created on the Ning platform, is a social network adapted for educators' professional networking.


Delicious is a social network about booksmarks. After creating a free account, bookmarks can then be saved and left public or made private.


Facebook is currently the fastest growing social networking site. It was started on the college set, slipped to high schoolers at first by invitation only, and then in the fall of 2006 was opened to anyone worldwide.


LibraryThing allows registered members to create their own virtual bookshelves. After a user enters a title of a book, the site im[ports information about the book and an image of the book cover from Amazon.com.


Livemocha is a social network for learning another language while also helping someone learn your native language. Users trade time helping and learning, and all of the lessons and assessments by native speakers are free.


MySpace has roots in garage bands trying to establish a following. The popularity of this site declining with Facebook's rising dominince in social networking.


Ning is a free platform that enables users to create their own social networks. Ning makes setup and management seamless with a variety of remplates.


Shelfari, like LibraryThing, is a social networking site about books. Shelfari also lets the user create a widget - a small pice of software that can be added to a Web site for added functionality - to showcase books and show them on the user's blog.



Dipity allows you to create a timeline on a particular event, track current events, or use others' timelines. Students must be 13 or older. Current events are routinely tracked as well. You can view timelines graphically, as a list, or in map format.


Timetoast is an online interactive timeline creation tool with which you can design your own or search for others' timelines on many topics. You can publish these timelines on Twitter or other social networking sites.


XTimeline is a Web-based system for creating timelines and customizing them with pictures, videos, and more. A large database of timelines is available to use or customize for students.



Skype is an integrated system for making Web-based telephone calls using audio and video. It also allows text messaging. Educators can invite authors, experts, and others into their classroom using Skype, as long as both parties have free accounts.


Ustream is a live, interactive video broadcast platform that allows anyone with an Internet connection and a camera to engage an audience by creating a broadcast channel. It is considered a one-to-many site but also allows viewer-to-viewer interaction. It provides a back channel to interact with talk shows, sports events, or political events, as well as music performances.

Video and Sharing

Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe Premier Elements is software that can be purchased for approximately $60. and is useful for more complex video-editing projects. This software allows for multiple layers of audio, thus resulting in a more professional video product.


BubbleJoy adds frames to video clips to make clever video cards that can be edited.


Cameroid creates a graphic (jpg format) to be saved or emailed. Backgrounds and frames of all sorts are available. The image generator can be used with a webcam to incorporate video.

Discovery Streaming

Discovery Streaming, formerly United Streaming, is a subscription Web site filled with thousands of downloadable educational videos. Other resources include lesson plans, video quizzes, still images, songs, and sound effects.

Freeplay Music

Freeplay Music allows artists to submit music and sound effects. While visiting the site, you can search for different genres of music and listen to short clips.


iDVD is only available on Apple computers. It seamlessly integrates iMovie into DVD production.


iMovie is video-editing software that can create very sophisticated video productions. It is only available on Apple computers.


iTunes is software that can be downloaded for free and runs of both Macs and PCs. Users can create a library of songs, podcasts, and videos and purchase all of these through the iTunes store.

Movie Maker

Movie Maker is software that comes preloaded on every PC that is running Windows XP and above. For those people running Windows 7, it is free to download. This software can be used for video-editing projects.

Next Vista

Next Vista for learning is a free, online library of short, teacher- and student-made videos for learning. Teachers and students are invited to view or create videos on serious topics for others to use. Teachers can create discussion around the topics to guide student learning.

Royalty Free Music.com

At Royalty Free Music.com artists have uploaded music that can be previewed and downloaded.


SchoolTube is designed as a safe media-sharing Web site that approves all materials prior to posting. Tag help educators search for appropriate videos and allow creators to assist others with the use of their materials.


TeacherTube is an online repository for videos by and for teachers. These videos are appropriate for classrooms and can also be used to assist parents in supporting their children's learning.


Xtranormal provides a simple way to create movies. You type something, and the site turns it into a movie online and on your desktop. Students can create a story and pick the set, actor, sounds, and animation, and it appears instantly as a movie.


YouTube is a video sharing Web site where you can upload and share videos as well as watch others' videos. Some schools and districts use security software to allow access to the educational aspects of this public forum.

Virtual Worlds

Club Penguin

Club Penguin is a virtual world for children; it is dedicated to creativity and safety. Participants create a penguin avatar and wander around this virtual world. They enjoy collaborative and individual games and filtered chats. With a subscription, participants gain access to other specialized activities. This site works to foster global citizenship and community service.

Second Life

Second Life is an online, 3-D, virtual environment that can be used for education, professional development, social networking, and more. Many institutions have "islands" in Second Life where you can join others, create a virtual community, and even take courses.

Teen Second Life

Teen Second Life is an international gathering place for teens aged 13-17 to make friends and to play, learn, and create. Teens can create and customize a digital self, called an "avatar," and can participate in a variety of virtual educational experiences.


Webkinz is an online social environment for owners of Webkinz pets. These are plush animals that come with a unique secret code. With it, you enter Webkinz World, where you can care for your virtual pet, answer trivia questions, earn KinzCash, and play learning and other games.

Voice Over IP

Google Voice

Google Voice allows users to select a Google phone number and up to five numbers to which to forward calls. Users can then use this Google number instead of sharing a cell phone or home phone number. It also features voicemail and the option to have message transcribed to text.


Skype is free, downloadable software that enables free voice and video calls from computer to computer anywhere in the world. Additional features include chat, desktop sharing, and other add-ons. A fee is charged for calls to landlines and cell phones.

Website Creation

Google Sites

Google Sites provides free, online Web site hosting and creation tools. Template-driven functions make it easy for beginners.



PBworks offers a Web publishing and wiki site for educators to collaborate and share their content. A Basic Edition is free and allows public or controlled access to your class or collaborative wiki.


Wetpaint is a collaborative Web site creator. While not specifically for education, it does promote collaboration in creating Web sites that include the features of wikis, blogs, forums, and social networks for groups that want to create a community based on whatever topic is chosen.


WikiEducator is a collaborative community to plan educational projects around the world, develop free content for teachers and students, and create open education resources for all to share.


Wikispaces is a wiki and publishing site in which you can embed documents, images, and audio and video files. The creator of each wiki controls access, and educational information is extensive.

Other Tools

EduRatings 2.0

EduRatings 2.0 is a way to stay current and get end-user feedback on new tools. It is an interactive Web site designed to help educators find the best free Web 2.0 applications for instruction, communication, and professional development.


Flip video cameras are inexpensive and easy to sue. The necessary software comes preloaded on the camera.


iRows allows students and teachers to create collaborative spreadsheets, generate graphs and charts, and solve problems.


LibraryThing is an online book club. Individuals catalog their books, annotate reasons for their views, and find recommendations from others with similar tastes.


Scratch is a programming language designed for students age 8 and up so that they can develop stories, games, music, and more. The goal is to teach students digital-age learning skills. Educational resources and strategies are also available to assist in using this tool.


TinyURL allows you to create short URLs that stand for long ones. They make it easier to share Web sites with others, and the URLs never expire.

Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine that contains trillions of pieces of data.

Words and Vocabulary

Add Letters

Add Letters is a graphic-generating Web site based on text entered by the user, similar to ImageChef.


ImageChef is one of many online custom-graphics generators. The "Word Mosaic" feature is similar in some aspects to Wordle.

Tag Crowd

Tag Crowd is a Web application for visualizing word frequencies in any user-supplied text by creating what is popularly known as a tag cloud or text cloud. It allows users to copy and paste any text into a box to create a tag cloud. The words that recur the most are displayed in oversized text in the cloud, whereas those words used less frequently are smaller in size. An excellent tool for vocabulary analyses of primary source texts.


Wordle is a tag-cloud generator. Wordle creates tag clouds from any text that is typed into the site. The words that are used more often appear larger.


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