Digital Tools For Digital Kids– Software for the 21st Century Classroom

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Wikis: Wikis and Wiki platforms, are the most powerful of the Web 2.0 tools. You can do anything with a Wiki," from embedding all kinds of content to promoting collaboration to creating an entire community all on a single platform. CREATING a WIKI: PB WIKI Opening Screen Wiki Website for educators: Blogs: The versatility of blogs is what makes them so valuable. Blogs provide opportunities to reach out to a range of community stakeholders including administrators, other teachers and students, parents, and the community at large. Blogs have the power to give kids an authentic audience and It gives students a voice. WorkShop Blog Edutopia Magazine

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Ning - This is definitely one to watch. Build your own Social Network
Imbee - Student Social Network Site - Social bookmarking engine…(online bookmarking), it connects people to websites Bloglines - Aggregator of choice. Ability to connect people together.Se what people like Will Richardson and Bernie Dodge are reading, which really sets Bloglines apart. Gizmos provides free interactive science and math simulations. Fantastic Contraption: A fun online physics puzzle game An online flash puzzle game where you build whimsical machines to solve each level. Save your contraptions and share them with your friends. Free! Google Docs and Spreadsheets - Google’s Docs and Spreadsheets’s collaborative. While editing a document, you can invite other people to work on it with you. Windows or Mac, Firefox or Explorer, Have a website or collection of sites you'd like to search over? With Custom Search Engine, you can harness the power of Google to create a search engine tailored to your needs. Google-Custom Search Yack Pack Internet-based voice communication tool that works a lot like voicemail for the Web. Users define a "pack"-a group of individuals they want to communicate with--and then record messages for the group, an individual, or even a Vyew - This is essentially a free webinar solution, similar to WebEx and Elluminate. It does have features that you’d normally pay tens of thousands for, such as the ability to share PowerPoints, whiteboarding and the holy grail of webinars, desktop sharing.. Tokbox. FREE tool for a video conference call. You can participate with a Webcam or just if you have a mike for audio, and can be used for students in different cities or countries to communicate. NO limit on the number of people who can participate in a cal MeBeam. It allows you to have up to eighteen people on the same video conference call, and it’s all browser-based. But you can participate in the call if you only have a microphone Go to the site and give your “virtual” room a unique name. Then others can log-on, too. Up to eighteen people can participate in the call. Scratch - Download the software -


Jing Web site for the download: = Screen capture-FREE Program Storytelling Alice is designed for middle-school students. Download Storytelling Alice here. Alice - an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. Alice 2.0 is designed for high school and college e-Pals Getting Started: Finding, Choosing and Collaborating. Brand New To ePals C.I.L.C. Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC):CILC provides

consulting services and develops tools and resources to improve learning through videoconferencing and other collaborative technologies.
Voicethread Is audiovisual tool that gives users the ability to upload images or video files and then add audio or text comments. The power of this is in the commenting. 280 Slides. It’s the newest and best addition to The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows. I especially like its feature that lets you search for images and videos off the web right inside the slide-show creation process. PhotoShow: "turns photos into musical slideshows" - wide range of elegant templates, add captions. Audio only from music on site. Audio from list of music only. One True Media: "...effortlessly combine photos and video clips with words and music to personalize your story. Quickly share with our Online Slideshow or get as creative as you want with our Video Montage." Upload images and audio for story track. Embed in blogs or directly post to YouTube/Google video, mySpace, Google Groups. Great template choices. Moblyng. It seems easy to make a slideshow and it continues to allow you to invite others to collaborate on your creation. The only negative with that last change is that, if students are using a public or school computer, they need to click “Clear Your Personal Info” so that others don’t have access to it. Rock You. It has many of the same features as Moblyng It’s easy, has lots of options, doesn’t require registration, and seems just a little easier to use. Skype This too has the potential to improve class participation and collaboration, but it can also help cut costs by providing free voice and video calling to other Skype users worldwide. Some uses of the platform include multi-class and cross-district collaboration, professional development, and virtual field trips. My Studiyo. The best way to create online tests and quizzes. It’s easy to use, you can include multimedia, and others can add questions (that are moderated before they appear). Animoto Animoto is an automated presentation generator that focuses on using images to communicate a message.This tool is great for class collaboration and it is easier than using PowerPoint. Glogster An "interactive poster," is, in effect, a personal Web page complete with embedded media links, sound, and video capabilities. Students can work with Glogster individually or as a group to create presentations, share information, and interact. Make sure you sign up for the "EDU" version, which prevents other users from viewing class-specific "Glogs." My Jugaad, New Web tool that allows you to easily make slideshows of webpages and post/share links to them. You’re also able to write descriptive notes about each slide Flowgram, an amazing screencasting, link-sharing tool. Flowgram lets you show one or multiple pages on the Web, and, when you’re making this screencast, you can move the screen up-and-down to focus on


particular areas on the page. You can show videos or images. You can provide an audio commentary, and people can leave comments. Edublogs.TV, the newest tool from the Edublogs, the best educational blogging tool in the world. Edublogs.TV is a “video-hosting site dedicated to education.” You can upload videos, such as educationally useful ones from YouTube, and then Edublogs.TV does magic to it so that schools can access them when the original site might be blocked. Experience live video. In just minutes, you can broadcast and chat online with a global audience. Completely free, all it takes is a camera and Internet connection. uStream

QuantumShift TV : related content to your cause; you can easily published to blogs and websites; a place for inspiring change; a like minded online community of people taking action offline; a platform for solution oriented story-telling
Book Goo. It’s a new tool that lets you upload documents or webpages and then annotate and share them. Others can also then annotate the same document. You can draw on the documents as well Webon . Build your own Web Site Pixton, Comic strips, lets you put them into a virtual “book.”

LetterPOP Newsletter on the WEB Voki, a text to speech generator that has a lot of very interesting applications. Animated figure being projected on the screen. "What if the Voki was reading a list of spelling words? What if it was speaking another language? The site offers a high level of customization ranging from the overall look of the Voki to the sound of its voice. Kerpoof Kerpoof is a site that provides a variety of creative tools for animation, drawing, and movie creation. Users can choose from a range of preset characters and environmental options, or they can create their own. The site offers drag-and-drop simplicity coupled with advanced animation and editing capabilities that open the platform up to a range of curricular applications. Create-A-Graph Create-A-Graph is a Web-based tool aimed at giving students an accessible way to learn graphing fundamentals. The tool is easy and flexible, according to Lovely, and allows them to learn important concepts using their own information. Curriki is a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world. An online environment with free distribution of world-class educational materials Lesson plans, teaching activities, works Flickr - The premiere social photo sharing site of the Web 2.0 world. Packed with 2.0 features, contacts, comments, groups. Favorites are Spell with Flickr, Memry, and Flickr Toys collection. Search for Creative Commons images that students actually have the rights to use in their presentations and digital stories is invaluable Picnik – A image editing sites in the world of Web 2.0, but Picnik stands out for a few reasons. The site is well laid out, easy to navigate, and incredibly intuitive.. Picasa Cooliris- photo storage – demo Picasa – photo editing and storage

Photobucket ;offers image hosting, free photo sharing and video sharing. Upload your photos, host your videos, and share them with friends and family. 3

Cooliris- photo storage – demo
Free Play Music Audacity with Podcasting - Audacity Demo

GCast – It is also a powerful solution for podcasters who don’t quite understand how the RSS piece works. Anybody can upload audio files to GCast, organize them into a single or multiple podcast feeds.

What is KidCast? - It’s a book…and it’s a podcast…and it’s a community. It is professional development focused on getting teachers and students started with podcasting. this WEEK in TECH : The first podcast of the week and the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. Winner of "People's Choice Podcast" and "Best Technology Podcast".
Gliffy online diagram software, create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings. Online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings. Gliffy Quiz creation Take a look at Web 2.0 educational site for quiz creation:

Memories on Web –Folder

Flickr Magazine Cover tool - Utterli -
ThinkQuest -- A learning platform where teachers and students create learning projects, participate in a website competition, and browse a library of student projects. (ThinkCom) The Futures Channel / Hands-On Math

Classroom 2.0 - This is where most of my networking beyond my regional area started for me. I joined this Ning network early this year and found that the sharing created richer opportunities to find out what was happening in our Read/Write Web. Google SketchUp-create 3D models of anything you like and share them with the world.

Bubbleshare - An easy photosharing site that some teachers in my district used with students, including showcase at conferences. Google Reader - It took over as my favorite RSS aggregator early this year. I was able to subscribe to certain YouTube vidoes and watch them from within the app, not having to visit YouTube itself. And the fact that there are several Google applications listed in my top 10 occur because I only have to sign in once with the same login/password. Netvibes : Netvibes is a free web service that brings together your favorite media sources and online services: — blogs, news, weather, videos, photos, social networks, email and much more — is automatically updated every time you visit your page. The wizard is a tool to help you easily create your own start page.

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Talks Johnny Lee: Creating tech marvels out of a $40 Wii Remote Video on Remote Control White Board Social Networking: application allowing you to instantly post and receive short messages called "tweets" “The Digital Vaults.” It’s an entry into the vast resources of the National Archives, and allows you to use those resources to create your own movies, posters, and what it calls “Pathway Challenges” to… challenge others to find connections between a series of images, documents, and other resources you put together.

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These websites are either completely free or have a free version that can be used with small groups of students

VIRTUAL OFFICES - online editing and sharing of text files, spreadsheets, chats and emails, calendars, etc. 1.'s Basecamp - 2. activeCollab - 3. ProjectSpaces - 4. TeamworkLive - 5. Zoho Vitural Office - 6. SPresent - online flash presentations - WORD PROCESSING / TEXT / WIKIS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Jotspot - Schtuff - Web Collaborator - Writeboard - Designing Learning Spaces - Example of a Class using an Open Wiki

SPREADSHEETS only 1. 2. 3. 4. EditGrid - iRows - Tracker (Jotspot) - wikiCalc -

DATABASES only - those I don't think any of the Virtual Office have this feature 1. Lazybase - 2. My Own DB - MAPPING 1. Map - - for GIS users 2. Quickmaps - 5

PICTURE TOOLS 1. 2. 3. 4. Flickr Magazine Cover tool - Other Great Flickr-based tools Scanr - - scan and send from a photo phone Stickam - - upload photos, videos & audio to post on blog pages

BLOGS 1. 2. 3. 4. Learning Blogs - - for K-12 students Uni Blogs - - for University students Edu Blogs - - for Education professionals (teachers, etc.) ESL Blogs - - for ESL & EFL educators

VOICE / AUDIO / PODCASTING 1. Yack Pack - 2. Utterli - 3. Posterous - ONLINE MEETINGS 1. Vyew - ACADEMIC SEARCH 1. Google Scholar - 2. Post Genomic - CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT - classroom tools that span the needs of Students, Parents, Teachers and School Administrators 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. My Note It - Schoopy - School Tool - Teach Learning - Free K-12 curriculum materials on any topic Engrade - - online grading tool Moodle* - - open source course management system (CMS)

More To Explore: Index of Cool Tools included in this site and the categories they are listed under. An Incredible list of Web2.0 Tools on "Cool Tools For Schools" Wiki In order to make this list, a site had to be: * accessible to non-tech savvy users. * free-of-charge. 6

* appropriate for classroom use. * completely browser-based with no download required.
Jog The Web. It allows you to easily create a slideshow of websites or images, and you can leave comments on each page. Sitemark, a great tool for students to apply categorization skills. at The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students. Selfcast. Anyone with a webcam immediately broadcast over the web for free, and anyone can watch and also participate via live text chat. The Broth. It lets you create password-protected private “rooms” where people can cooperate on creating a piece of art, has a chat component that lets you talk with people who are in the room at the same time. With our International Sister Classes project, Book Glutton Web application that allows groups of people to read books over the Internet and “chat” and leave comments about what they’re reading. That’s okay, but I think it’s their “uploading” feature (that they recently began) that will really be useful. Free online polling application that lets you easily add sound, images, or video to your polls/surveys; has a variety of ways to see your results; and many different formats. Wix. Teachers, I think, might want to use it to create content their students would then access. Synthasite, Website-building application that seems very similar to Wix, but seems just a little less complicated to use. Zunal. Easy way for teachers (and students) to create webquests. Zunal also acts as the host for the webquest or scavenger hunt after its been created. ZeeMaps. Make maps, though it’s slightly more complicated to use then some of the other mapmaking tools that do not require registration. Lets you insert images in addition to writing, Students, for example, can write about different natural disasters that have occurred around the world. Nile Guide. Online site that allow you to decide where you want to go, search for things that you would do and see there, and then easily “drag and drop” an itinerary that can be posted on a website or blo Graspr Users can upload (and watch) “how-to” or “instructional” videos to do just about anything. One of the features, though, that makes Graspr a little different from the others is the ability for the viewer to write online notes about what they see — while they’re watching Awesome Highlighter. Awesome Highlighter is easy to use but we find find that it doesn’t work very smoothly, and a fair number of the webpages we’ve wanted to use aren’t compatible with the application. Middlespot. It’s sort of a combination Search Engine and a little bit of a social bookmarking application Quikmaps. Ability to “draw” lines on your map between various markers. You can write in the markers, and also write a general description of your map. “The Digital Vaults.” It’s an entry into the vast resources of the National Archives, and allows you to use those resources to create your own movies, posters, and what it calls “Pathway Challenges” to… challenge others to find connections between a series of images, documents, and other resources you put together. Tikatok. Users can create online books that they write and illustrate (they can also use lots of images available on the site). It has a number of features that really make it stand-out. You can make a book from scratch, or you


can use one of their many story blog, website, or online journal. You can create the online version for free, but have to pay if you want them to print a hard-copy version.

Search Me search engine. It’s an excellent search engine that shows snapshots of the webpages in addition to text information, which makes it very accessible to English Language Learners. You can also write some kind of description, or tag

----------------------If you're looking for the easiest web tool for students, check out We just found out about it, and it's DEAD SIMPLE! By far the best way I've found to work in groups. A fun reminder service. Hassle Me : This site is writing prompt and timed writing site called One Word. :

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One stop shop for web 2.0 tools." I've created a redirect where you'll see links and explanations for over 100 web2.0 sites:

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Following is a list of no-cost Web 2.0 sites that are available for teachers to evaluate. Many of these tools are on the open Internet, so look at them carefully before using with your students! Be sure to check out myShedding Light on Web 2.0page listed below with links to over 50 tools for teachers and learners. Aggregator: Bloglines ...a great aggregator for skimming the titles of blog posts from many different blogs Aggregator: NetVibes easy-to-use Web-based aggregator which allows you to collect all of your RSS feed on a single Web page Aggregator: Pageflakes ...a Web-based aggregator that allows you to create a page for you and a page for students, and includes "flakes" to add in, such as a calculator Blog: Blogger of the best online blog-creation sites; easy to use, privacy features now built-in, and it works well Blog: Class Blogmeister ...a blog site set up specifically for educators and students with many privacy controls built-in Blog: edublogs blog-hosting site for educators and students of all ages Database: Zoho Creator online database application that can be used for surveys, inventories, data collection, and much more 8

Podcast: Podcasting Tools ...a well-done overview of the process of creating a podcast Podcast: VoiceThread voice recording that you can attach to pictures and store online Shedding Light on Web 2.0 presentation support site with links to information and Web 2.0 tools Social Networking: your bookmarks online, share with viewers, and search, via tags, others' links Social Networking: diigo your bookmarks online and easy organize and share them with others Social Networking: Flickr ...a social networking site for photographs; a great source of material for students to access Social Networking: FURL online Web page storage site which allows users to save their personal favorite sites in an online archive and also search, via tags, the archives of others Social Networking: application allowing you to instantly post and receive short messages called "tweets" Social Networking: ...a site which allows you to create your own social network; consider using a private social network with your students Synchronous Collaborative Environments: WiZiQ ...a "a virtual classroom application that is fully equipped with 2-way audio, text chat, whiteboard, PowerPoint and PDF document sharing capabilities" Synchronous Collaborative Environments: Yugma ...a "free web collaboration service that enables people to instantly connect over the internet to communicate and share content and ideas using any application or software" Video Hosting: Vimeo ...this video-hosting site has a clean interface, includes HD video uploads, and videos can be kept private Wiki: PBwiki easy-to-use wiki site that allows you to create a classroom wiki Wiki: Wikispaces ...create a public, online wiki for free; great for class collaboration Wiki: Writeboard ...a place to create shareable, Web-based text documents


Digital Tools For Digital Kids– Free Software Programs for the 21st Century Classroom
Howie DiBlasi – Conference: 2008
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Google Earth - When the latest version was released, I was able to embed video into tours, look at the sky, and play flight simulator. Still provides goosebumps to students when they see familiar places from overhead.
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Scratch - Download the software - Audio Grabber Keepvid – save YouTube Videos to playback Photo Story – sample show “Let Them Be Little STEP by STEP…For FIVE FRAME: Show ONE SAMPLE Memories on Web –Folder My Hero project: Best Part of ME - Best Part of Me – Lesson Plan Google Earth – Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others. HotChalk, Check us out at, Stikkit - This site looks amazing, and could be great for group projects and collaborative note taking. Looking forward to exploring it more in the future. skrbl What is it? boards for work, fun & play. Draw, text, scribble & share on our simple & useful whiteboard A a free web service that brings together your favorite media sources and online services.


We created Scrapblog because we wanted to go beyond sharing our photos and videos online. scrapblog

drupal Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. VodCast

Other Ideas and software
Brains Breaker NEW! program version 4.9 Book Publishing – Lintor Create A Book Create-A-Book: Journey North : Journey North Project Web Site: Show VIDEO – LUCAS Journey North for Kids:


21st Century Sites:
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