To me these web 2.0 tools are the best that I have come across to help my student's learn to the best of their abilities. These web 2.0 tools are exciting, engaging and help me as an educator to provide the best learning opportunities for my student's.
Web 2.0 Tools for Teacher's and Student's:
- Twitter - Create a PLN (Personal Learning Network) of Educators from around the world - share your learning and learn from the best educators around the globe. Twitter is becoming the perfect Professional Development tool for teachers for no cost. Follow me @MrKempNz
- Wikispaces - A Wikispace is a simple web page that can be used by schools, classrooms or student's to share their learning. It is a free tool and easy to use. Check out my class wikispace here for an example on how we use ours.
- Blogs - A Blog is similar to a Wikispace - it is a way to regularly share your world with others. It really comes down to user preference. There are several different Blog creation sites which are all easy to use. Edublog seems to be the most widely used by schools and student's.
- YouTube - YouTube has quickly grown to be one of the most popular websites on the Internet. I personally use it for searching for education related videos and for uploading videos for our class wikispace. You can now privately upload your video's so it is not publicly accessible.
- TeacherTube - Similar to YouTube but specifically designed for teachers and education.
- Flickr - Explore, upload, and share photos online. Includes commenting and neat note functionality where users can add blocks of notes on the photos themselves for others to see - I have just started using this to make it easier to share my photo's on this blog.
- Google Calendar - Tricky to get use to but once you've got it, it can be extremely powerful. Have your calendar wherever there is an internet connection - great for those always on the move or those with an i-pad or i-phone. Users can create multiple calendars; view by day, week, or month; share their calendars with the web or a select few; subscribe to other shared calendars; and more.
- Skype - You can call people with Skype for free all over the world - amazing tool to use in the classroom - we use it regularly with classrooms around the world to ask questions when stuck or to help others with their questions - very powerful learning tool and now is made easier with the introduction of Skype for Education.
- Delicious - An online bookmarking site - a place to store your bookmarks online, tag them and share them with your colleagues / student's.
- Audacity - A sound editor and recorder suitable for Podcasting. Free Download.
- Voicethread - Voicethread let's you create - for free - a collaborative presentation of comments by text or voice and allows you to draw. Here is an example of how I last used Voicethread.
- MindMeister - A Free Collaborative Mind Mapping Tool.
- Poll Daddy - A Free tool to create polls and surveys - can be easily embedded onto Wiki's or blogs and shared on twitter.
- Prezi -
- invites kids to create and share their own animated stories.
- Wordle, Tagul, Tagxedo and TagCrowd - Create cool looking word clouds online for free - all of these sites are excellent and easy to use - the children love using these to share their learning - great for staff to use as well.
- Little Bird Tales - Create children books with original art work and their voices! Amazing tool for struggling readers and writers.
- Mee Genius - Learn to read while listening to stories.
- BrainPop - BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Great tool - the student's in my classroom love using BrainPop and the associated iPad app.
- Tutpup - Play simple math games for free online live against players from around the world - my class love this and use it to challenge people with their basic facts worldwide - very inspirational for kids.
- Wallwisher - an online noticeboard creator - perfect for embedding on blogs and wiki's - great for collaboration.
- Vocaroo - A free and easy tool for recording sound and embedding into websites.
- Voki - A free embeddable avatar creator - great to use as a motivator for student's - my student's use them on their wiki a lot to share their learning.
- Blabberize - make your images talk - free.
- Scratch - Create and share your own interactive stories and games.
- DropBox - online file storage for free - access anywhere in the world.
This is only a small selection of the very best Web 2.0 tools that I use in my classroom on a weekly basis - some of the above are great for use with student's and some are great to use as an educator. Each and every one of these is a must for any educator and I would encourage you to spend some time checking out the tools above.
Please share your favourite Web 2.0 tools for others to share and use as well.