Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, Paso Robles will be hosting a CUE event — Express RockStar. I am fortunate enough to be able to be one of the presenters. Those in my session will be learning about a handful of Web Tools and Chrome Extensions. You can check it out here:
- You will leave today with an understanding of Web 2.0 Tools
- You will be able to implement at least one Web 2.0 Tool into your class
- You will begin to create your own global PLN
What are Web 2.0 Tools? Simply put, they are tools that are web based (no program to download) that are interactive with the user. They can be accessed at anytime, from anywhere as long as there is an internet connection. Instead of using the Internet to look up information and it being a one way process, today’s users interact with websites. We mold and shape the way the web is used and is evolving. We no longer are passive participants, we have become active participants.
This list is by no means a complete list. This will be an ever changing and evolving list. There are so many tools out there, you are bound to find the right ones for your needs.
Create Your Own Global PLN
Corkboard — online bulletin board
- Can be used to organize summaries of a read aloud
Go Soap Box — Student response system used with smartphones, computers, and tablets
Lino — online sticky note & photo sharing
- Can be used as a ‘ticket out the door’.
Socrative — Student response system used with smartphones, computers, and tablets
Tagxedo — Word clouds
- Use as a visual for synonyms
Voicethread — Allows students to respond verbally. $70/year
Padlet (Formerly Wall Wisher) — online bulletin board. Can insert images and video
- Collect informative information on what kids already know about a subject.
Wordle — Word Cloud
- Create 2 wordles on 2 separate reading passages and use as compare/contrast.
Content and Assignment Delivery
Educreations — Create screencast videos on your iPad and upload.
Knowmia — Create screencast videos. Similar to Educreations with more bells and whistles.
Symphonical — Organizing your collaborations just got easier.
Trello — Task/project management
Xtranormal — Free animated videos
Audio & More Video
Google Draw — Found in your Google Drive. It’s simplified version of paintbrush. Great for Venn Diagrams.
Popplet — Mind maps, collaboration, and more
Blogger — This is a part of your GAFE (Google Apps For Education). If you have a Google email, you can have Blogger.
Edublogs — Easy to set up several blogs under one teacher (for a yearly fee $40).
Kidblog — This one is a great beginner blog for teachers and students. It is very user friendly.
Other Cool Tools
Class Dojo — Behavioral management system.
Dropbox — Online Web-based file system.
Evernote — Great for note taking and organizing.
Google Apps — Drive, YouTube, Calendar, Sites, Maps, Earth…
Scootpad — k-5 CCSS aligned. Asks questions and tracks progress.
Todays Meet — Great for backchanneling (real time discussions, questions, and comments during lessons)
You Need a Place to Store and Organize It All…
Edmodo — It’s sort of like Facebook, but safer and self contained.
Moodle — A learning management system
Weelby — Easy, friendly way to create a website
This was originally created for King City Union School District Inservice by Lisa Nowakowski for 1-23-13