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This list was compiled by Brian McLane.


Left Column 

  1. What is Web 2.0?
  2. Web 2.0 Tools - General Lists
  3. Audio, Digital Music, and Podcasting
  4. Blogging
  5. Forms, Surveys, and Quizzes
  6. Google Products
  7. Graphic Organizers and Charts
  8. Image Editors, Graphic Design & Desktop Publishing
  9. Free Images
  10. Miscellaneous Tools

    Right Column

  11. Office Software
  12. Online Classroom Software
  13. Online Whiteboards
  14. PDF Creation and Document Mark-up
  15. Presentation Software
  16. Screencasting & Screen Capture
  17. Social Bookmarking, Notes, and Research
  18. Video
  19. Website Creation
  20. Wikis
  21. Web accessibility for people with disabilities
  22. Free online file converters

1. What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 Tools and Their Educational Applications - Presentation Transcript
(slideshow with outline)

Video from ZDNet: What is Web 2.0?

Classroom 2.0
The social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education.

Download the textbook Web 2.0 Projects

2. Web 2.0 Tools - General Lists

Discovery Education Web 2.0  This is a must-see Web site!!!!

NY Times Tech Tips For Teachers: Free, Easy and Useful Creation Tools

100 ways to enhance collaboration
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

More Web 2.0 Tools

Even More Web 2.0 Tools

3. Audio, Digital Music & Podcasting

  • Music
  1. Soundation  - Very easy to use, with a drag/drop interface for creating excellent-sounding music.
  2. Jam Studio  -  Fun site that lets users select a "key" to play in and a theme to match.
  3. Loop Labs  - Nice time- line editor; learning curve is a bit higher than most sites.
  4. Your Spins  - Great site for mixing prerecorded music and sharing with others.
  5. Indaba  -  Unique site where users can create collaborative music pieces to make one final product.
  6. Creating Creative Commons Music and Sound Sites
  7. Music  - Very user friendly website shows kids how to create digital music.
  8. Contrapunctus Variations  -  Wonderful site for creating orchestral music by selecting an instrument and clicking on a time line.
  9.  iNudge  -  Fun site for kids, who can make music by drawing shapes.
  10. Glitchscape  - Create sound by drawing vector shaped rectangles. sound by drawing vector shaped rectangles.
  11. Free Play Music - FREE music clips--great site!
  12. CCMixter has plenty of open licences that state you can reuse their music.
  13. amendo has literally tons of music that you can reuse in Presentations.  Also if you have students that play music and need a place to "get it out there" then Jamendo might be that source.
  • Sound Effects
  1. FlashKit SoundFX
    • This site has tons of ads, and you have to scroll to the bottom of their site to get to the sound files, but once you get there, there are plenty of sound effects for you and your students to use in their Presentations.
  2. FreeSound
    • FreeSound is one of the better sites out there for you to find the right sound effects for your presentation or movie.  You do have to be registered to download the sound, but there are plenty of Public Domain licences available on this site.

  • Podcasting
  1. (upload audio; no direct recording)
  2. Vocaroo - very simple voice recorder with many share/save options
  3. Audioboo (voice record or upload; 3 minute limit)
  4. Get a Voki now! (Talking Avatars!)
  5. PodOmatic (upload audio; no voice recording)
  6. Spreaker - Put your podcasts online or create your own radio station with LIVE broadcasting!
  7. SoundCloud Easily record your voice or upload audio files.
    SoundCloud Tour
  8. VoiceThread
  9. Voxopop –

    This is a free service which can be used to create asynchronous audio discussions. Unlike many podcasting sites, it is interactive and it enables listeners to record a response to the audio they hear. This is especially useful if you want to create discussion around your podcast topics, or if you use it to create sentence drills and you want students to create their own recording of each drill. The discussion threads can be downloaded to mobile devices. Click here for an example of Voxopop being used to create a chain story.

5. Forms, Surveys, and Quizzes

Google Forms (requires Google account; can be found in Google Drive)

Survey Monkey (free and paid versions)

Quizlet digital flashcards 

Free Online Surveys (free and paid versions)

6. Google Products


  • set up account

  • forward other email accounts to gmail

  • using labels

  • contacts


  • set up calendar(s)

  • sharing calendars

  • tasks

  • show/hide calendars

  • embed calendar in website

  • mobile setup

Docs GOOGLE DOCS (Now called Google Drive)

  • set up folders

  • upload docs, presentations, etc.

  • share and collaborate



Maps/Google Earth


7. Graphic Organizers & Charts



Text 2 Mindmap


With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create 
professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, 
technical drawings, and more.

Google Charts

Lovely Charts

8. Image Editors, Graphic Design
8. & Desktop Publishing

Fatpaint (Fatpaint is a free, all-in-one cloud-based graphic 
design application and image editor, with tools and resources 
so anyone can create pages, images and illustrations, and have 
it printed on custom products through! 

FotoFlexer Cool & Easy Tool!  

Pixlr  Easily remove a white or solid-colored background & more!

Photoshop Express (jpeg files only)

ImageBot by Flaming Text (a great little program!) 

Aviary is a free suite of powerful online creation tools. 
Photo-editing, logos, web templates, filters, color palettes, 
screen capture & more at 
Also includes audio and music applications!

9. Free Images

Great place to find pictures that have a creative commons licence which means your students can use them in there projects without worry of breaking copyright.

Top 10 Sites for Images and Clip Art by David Kapuler

Permanent link

Finding images on the internet for classroom use has 
been a problem problem for many educators, for reasons 
such as copyright privileges, inappropriateness, etc.

While there are a number of paid solutions for finding 
images such asNettrekker or Discovery Streaming
there are a number of free alternatives that work nicely as well.

However, keep in mind that most of the sites listed 
below do not have built-in filters for images. These image 
search engines should be used either by educators 
(adults assisting students) or go in hand in hand with 
a school district filtering solution and Acceptable Use Policy.
  1. Pics4Learning - Very popular site to find free, safe-to-use images for teachers and students.
  2. - Search engine that searches the most popular free image engines around and provides one-stop shopping.
  3. School Clip Art - Great site for free school clip art.
  4. Ookaboo - Creative commons (free) site for finding great images for class work.
  5. Picsearch - Excellent image search engine, if used with a district's filtering solution.
  6. Veezzle - Wonderful free stock photo search engine.
  7. Google Swirl - Innovative way to search for images and see their relationships with each other (use with Google Safe Search enabled).
  8. Free Photo Bank - Easy way to find creative common images.
  9. Open Clip Art - Great way to find free clip art.
  10. Find Icons -  Nice site for free icons.
 David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more 
than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. 
For more information about his work, contact him at 

10. Miscellaneous Tools 

ClassTools allows you to create free educational games, 
activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, 
website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge! 

Shmoop will make you a better lover (of literature, history, life). 
See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. 
Understand how lit and history are relevant today. 
We want to show your brain a good time.
Our mission: To make learning and writing more fun 
and relevant for students in the digital age.
Shmoop is currently a Beta Test. To paraphrase Robert Frost, 
we know that we still have miles to go before we sleep.

10 Cool Web 2.0 Tools for Educators
There are many new ‘tools’ or websites that can be used 
with great success in the classroom. Web 2.0  refers to a 
supposed second generation of Internet-based services. 
These usually include tools that let people collaborate and 
share information online, such as social networking sites, 
wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies.  There are 
hundreds of Web2.0 sites – here are 10 that can be used
 easily in the classroom.

1.    Wordle   www. This site allows 
you to create your own website, animations, Word puzzles, 
and Word Art.  The following article from Tech & Learning gives 
a number of examples of you to use Wordle well in the classroom.  - 5 Reasons to Use 
How to Use Wordle Wordle Ideas

2.    Kerpoof  KerPoof is a free online 
multimedia software that allows children to explore their creativity 
by drawing, making animated movies, writing and illustrating stories, 
producing pictures and cards and more. The software is intuitive 
and easy to use, giving children - even those who aren’t proficient 
in art - an opportunity to produce and share successful artwork 
quickly and without frustration. How to Use Kerpoof  Introduction to the Kerpoof Art Studio How to Make a Picture in Kerpoof Presentation

3. YackPack  YackPack messaging is done at your convenience. You log in when you want, you listen, and you yack. All the messages are stored for future reference. Most important, YackPack captures and conveys the expressiveness of voice putting emotion into virtual learning environments and enhancing traditional classroom interactions outside of class time. How Can I Use YackPack in the Classroom  What is YackPack YouTube Video on YackPack Video on the Use of Wikis and Yackpack

4.    Google Earth and related overlay sites  This site has a 3D mapping program from Google that covers the entire globe from satellite images. Requiring a download for Windows, Mac and Linux desktops, a street address can be searched, and the views can be zoomed down to the individual building all the way up to a satellite's view of the globe. Google Earth can be used to view points of interest as well as obtain driving directions between two locations. The night sky and Mars can also be viewed. Explore with Google Earth Google Earth for Educators Google Earth Lessons
You can also use 3-D overlay sites that allow you to download overlay files that ‘lay on top of ‘ Google Earth and work interactively.  For example – you can download a 3-D overlay file of Paris, France and you and your student can visit Paris in 3-D.  You can actually move through the streets of Paris and see buildings on either side of you.  The best site that I have found is Click on Files link on the right hand site – scroll down and you will see a number of categories that can be clicked on to view the files that are available for download.

5.    Quizlet 
This site allows you to create your own digital flashcards. 
Once you have made a "set" of flashcards, Quizlet gives 
you three ways to learn your terms. First, you familiarize 
yourself with the terms by simply looking through them, 
term, definition and all. Then Quizlet goes through your set, 
flashing cards and prompting you to type in the correct term. 
Quizlet also gives you the ability to create groups. 
This means that you can share your sets with everyone 
else in the class (and they can share theirs with you). 
This could be put to great use by, say, having everyone 
in the class each put in the vocabulary for one chapter. 
Then, with a minimal amount of effort, everyone could study.

6.    ReadtheWords 
This site features text to speech with a variety of voices.  
This site allows a  teacher to download papers and exams 
into Read the Words.  This site can also read many documents such as websites, publisher, and word.  Students can use this website to have any text read to them and it is very easy to learn to use.  The website does an excellent job at describing the function of the tutorial as well as audible pronunciation.
How to Use ReadtheWords YouTube video

7.    wePapers .wePapers is an 
academic social site, where you can share and read academic 
documents, presentations and lecture notes. wePapers is where you find the kind of quality information you wouldn't find anywhere else on the web, the kind of papers you'd have to dig for in dusty library basements and still not find what you're looking for.  
WePapers was created to help people learn from one another. 
wePapers is also where you share what you've learned, 
with people who are learning the same thing. You can 
discuss your work with them and get useful feedback. 
wePaper info from TechHotSpot

8.    Zefty This site teaches students 
about responsible spending and saving is difficult.  The great 
thing about Zefty is, although it functions like a bank account, 
there's no real money involved.  Parents or teachers can set 
up and account for each student and specify how much 
allowance they get and how often.

9.    Braingle 
This site has over 20,000 brain teasers, riddles, 
logic problems, quizzes and mind puzzles submitted 
and ranked by users like you, Braingle has the largest 
collection anywhere on the internet. Our large array of 
unique online multiplayer games will keep you entertained 
for hours, and if you want to improve your brain, check out 
the Mentalrobics section.  A useful teaching tool for all educators.

10. Web2.0 Tools Projects booklet

11. Office Software

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs - requires Google account)
Microsoft is now offering its new Office Web Apps. 
These are online versions of its popular programs, 
like Word and Excel. The programs have limited features, 
but will still work for most people.

Open Office


12. Online Classroom Software

A safe alternative to Facebook just for education!

CourseCracker is a FREE online
Classroom and Group learning tool
designed for academic networking,
discussion and media sharing.

Canvas - I use this one!

Create an online class using Facebook 
and Twitter together.


Google Apps for Education



Example: VyewBook
Vyew makes it easy and affordable to start 
collaborating online. 

With Vyew you can give a presentation to a 
hundred people online or post a document 
you've been working on for review by your 
colleagues at their convenience. 
Vyew is extremely flexible allowing you to 
bring online collaboration and conferencing 
into your workflow on your terms.

CourseLab (download)
A powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-learning authoring 
tool that offers programming-free WYSIWYG 
environment for creating high-quality interactive 
e-learning content which can be published on 
the Internet, Learning Management Systems (LMS), 
CD-ROMS and other devices. 

exelearning (download)
The eXe project developed a freely available 
Open Source authoring application to assist 
teachers and academics in the publishing of 
web content without the need to become 
proficient in HTML or XML markup.

NiceNet Internet Classroom Assistant
Internet Classroom Assistant

PBWorks (Wiki)
Create collaborative learning environment.

13. Online Whiteboards

Dabbleboard - includes online video instruction
Dabbleboard is an online collaboration application 
that’s centered around the whiteboard. With a 
new type of drawing interface that's actually 
easy and fun to use, Dabbleboard gets out of 
your way and just lets you draw. Finally the 
whiteboard enters the digital age!



14. PDF Creation 
14. and Document Mark-up

PDFamigo - Web-based free PDF form creation

PDF escape - free, online PDF reader, editor, 
form filler, & form designer.

Turn a Web page into a PDF using PDFCrowd. 
It will capture the page exactly as it appears. 
Just enter the Web page link into the blank. 
Then click Convert to PDF. The site instantly 
creates a downloadable PDF.  Creating a basic 
PDF doesn't require an account. You can create 
a free account, however, to get more options. 
That includes modifying page size, what is 
captured and adding security.

PDF to Word - convert PDFs to editable Word documents

Review a Word document, fill out a PDF form, 
mark up an image,
and more... All with Crocodoc, 
all online, all for free. 

15. Presentation Software



Empressr - The rich media presentation tool.

Jux - Simply the best showcase for your content
Upload and share your PowerPoint presentations, 
Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios on 
SlideShare. Share publicly or privately. 
Add audio to make a webinar.

Prezi- the zooming, panning, and rotating 
presentation application!

Prezi U - Learn how to use Prezi!

Presentation Tube

280 Slides - Don't have Power Point or Keynote? 
You can create stunning presentations from 
scratch (and for free) with 280 Slides. There's no 
software to download—and when you're done 
you can share it any way you like. Very user-friendly!!

Animoto for Education

Animoto provides an array of tools for creating 
videos in your classroom. Browse some of the 
features of our Plus account below then check 
out individual case studies to see how others 
are already using us.


16. Screencasting & Screen Capture

What is a screencast? Here is an example.

Sketch It! - (download) Draw directly on your computer screen.

Screencasting software:

ezvid* -presentation, video, AND screencasting! (download)

Screen Flow (MAC) - Simply the best, most robust 
application for creating screencasts at an 
affordable price.

Jing  - One of the more popular free applications 
for recording screencasts 
(unpaid version saves as a swf file).

Screenr  - Excellent free site for recording 
screens with an iMovie type interface.

ScreenCastle  - One of the best and easiest 
ways to record a screen and share or embed with others.

Sequence  - Very affordable Mac application for 
creating screencasts with the ability to draw or comment.

Screenium  - A nice Mac application at a nice price.

Screen Flick  - A Mac application with many export features.

Screencast-O-Matic is free and easy. Good quality 
for training, presentation capture when 
Internet is not available, and collaborative 
discussions using wikis or VoiceThread.

Jing (Download; integrates with




17. Social Bookmarking, Notes,

17. and Research

Trading Card Creator - This is cool! The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative 
way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular 
culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their 
own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or 
abstract concept.
Other student interactives from READ WRITE THINK.



Evernote for Education

Quicklyst - take better notes

Stixy - your online bulletin board; just stick content on it

18. Video

Download YouTube Videos:


Creating & Editing, Sharing, etc.

ezvid* -presentation, video, AND screencasting! (download)



YouTube You can create your own channel for your class.
Download YouTube videos

Synchtube allows you to create rooms to watch 
synchronzied YouTube videos with up to 25 people. 
This means everyone in the room is viewing the 
same video at the exact same time!

This video-hosting site has a clean interface, 
includes HD video uploads, and videos can be kept private.

Animoto for Education
Animoto provides an array of tools for creating 
slide show videos in your classroom. Very cool and easy!

AnMisH - create, send, and share animations.

WeVideo - bringing the world’s stories to life in video.

CuePrompter - free online teleprompter

Free Video Converters - 
convert from one video format to another

AVS Video Editor (very good - one of the best, 
but it is download and install)

(also converts documents, audio, images, 
and e-book formats)

Convert media files online from one format into another. Free, fast and online; 
no software installation needed.

SoThink (free, but requires download & installation)

More Free Video Converters (all require downloads)

SWF/FLV Converters (Bing search results)

19. Website Creation

Orbs -- VERY easy

When we say easy, we mean it! Weebly was 
named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites of 
the year in 2007 and we’ve since made our 
service even more powerful, while keeping it simple. 
We have 3 million customers who would likely agree 
that there’s really no better place to create a 
website online.

Create a free Flash Web site. Drag and Drop; 
No Programming.

A mashup of blogging, social networking, and publishing.

  1. Orbs
  2. Weebly
  3. Wix
  4. Google Sites
  5. Yola 

Google Sites Help Blog





20. Wikis

YouTube: Wikis in Plain English

A collection of open-content textbooks to which 
anyone can contribute or edit. Users can also 
create their own books.

Wiki Spaces for Educators 

PBWorks  Bring your classroom into the 21st 
century by encouraging critical thinking and 
real world communication.

Wiki: Wetpaint
...another popular wiki-creation site
Wiki: Writeboard
...a place to create shareable, Web-based text documents

Educational Wiki's Examples of how teachers 
are using wiki's in their classrooms.

Wikis in Education  
More examples of how to integrate wikis

21. Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Speech to Text

Talk Typer

Google Chrome Extension: Speech Recognizer

Text to Speech

iSpeech: free program allows unlimited 1 minute recordings; natural-sounding voices; 
has other great paid packages and features.

OdioGo near human quality voices

19 Free Websites That Convert Text to Speech

Natural Readers (download)

This site features text to speech with a variety of voices.  
This site allows a  teacher to download papers and exams 
into Read the Words.  This site can also read many documents such as 
websites, publisher, and word.  Students can use this 
website to have 
any text read to them and it is very easy 
to learn to use.  
The website does an excellent job at 
describing the function 
of the tutorial as well as audible pronunciation.
How to Use ReadtheWords YouTube video

22. Free Online File Converters

Convert media files online from one format into another. Free, fast and online; 
no software installation needed.

Zamzar is dedicated to helping you transform your songs, videos, images and documents 
into different formats.


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