I Have an App for That: Free Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom


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As much as we might fight for a traditional classroom now and then, the truth is is that our children live in a world that is very non-traditional.  I'm one of those teachers who advocates the use of technology as a tool and not as a replacement.  I believe there is a time and place for all types of teaching and learning styles, and if there's something in technology that helps to enhance whatever learning is going on, then that's the icing on the cake.

Listed below are some free Web 2.0 tools that you may enjoy, specifically but not entirely for educational settings.  There's even something for us list makers out there.  Yeah, I'll be sure to dive into that really soon. 

  • Edmodo - online forum for creating class groups, virtual reward store, etc.  (There is a demo when you follow the link.)
  • Google (apps, drive, docs...)
  • Dropbox - a way to share and store files across the internet
  • Weebly - platform for students to create their own webpages
  • Wideo - An animated online video creation platform that allows you to create, edit, and share online videos for free
  • Evernote - family of products help you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use
  • Remember the Milk - online to-do lists; way to manage your tasks
  • Online Stopwatch - it's an online stopwatch
  • Symbaloo - online bookmarking 
  • TimeToast - create timelines and share them online
  • JeopardyLabs - precreated Jeopardy games; precreated games can be edited for your needs
  • Class Dojo - online behavior management system
  • Poll Everywhere - students participate in polls via computer or cell phone texts; comments are instantly displayed
  • Tagul - create gorgeous word clouds
  • Answer Garden - can be used as a tool for online brainstorming or it can be embedded on your website or blog as a poll or guestbook 
  • Voki - allows you to create customized avatars with your voice to your Voki avatars; you can then post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile
This is just a snippet of the free Web 2.0 tools out there.  I hope this list provides you with some ideas to you in your classroom, whether it be in a traditional setting or in a homeschool environment.

So you won't think I came up with this list on my own, please note that these tools were provided to me in staff development workshops and through friends that utilize Web 2.0 tools.

What about you?  Do you use any Web 2.0 that you love?  Please feel free to share in the comment section below.   

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing these links to some great sounding helpers. Everyone can use a some help from helpful little gadgets. :)

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