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Many Web 2.0, social media, and emerging technology tools exist for multimedia, authoring, communications, social networking etc. Many of the these tools start with free versions. We will focus mostly on these types of tools and many of my recommendations are below. However, please note that this list is not comprehensive and does not include desktop technologies and you are welcome to explore other tools of your choosing. Examples would be iMovie for the Mac, MovieMaker for PC, Final Cut Pro, etc. For many, many more great tools, check out Top 100 Tools for Learning and my colleague - http://thebooksupplier.com/resources/.
Some resources to check out to put some of these tools in context are:
Other great EdTech resources
AND NOW SOME OF MY FAVORITES!
Tools for Collaboration & Productivity
Create a Google account at https://accounts.google.com/SignUp
- Gmail - http://gmail.com
- Gchat & Hangout
- Google Drive (docs, presentation, spreadsheet, etc.)
- Blogging (Blogger, Wordpress/Buddypress, Tumbler)
- Wiki (PBworks, Wikispaces, Wetpaint)
- Presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, Brainshark, Slideshare, etc.)
Surveys & Forms
Brainstorming & Interactive Walls
Me-Publishing, Site Building, Social Network Building
LMS - Note that these are not necessarily free, there may be free versions or trials, or you may need to go through a process, or maintaining is costly, etc. But it’s good to investigate and be in the know :)
Curation aka Social Bookmarking/Sharing
URL Shorteners & New Type of Social Bookmarking/Sharing
(NEW category added Jan25, 2010)
More about URL Shorteners at http://www.friedbeef.com/top-5-url-shorteners-and-how-they-help-you/
Make sure to read some of the comments
Microblogging and Backchannel Tools
- Twitter - Fun, global, microblogging. Notice it’s #1 on the list for the Top 100 Tools for Learning from 2009-2015, it has dropped to #3 in 2016
- Edmodo - Edmodo is more than microblogging, it’s a bit of an LMS, but we like to discuss it here as an option for an educationally specific tool that can be used for microblogging. Also, in 2014, Edmodo is touted as the #1 social media network that you can find K12 educators in.
- Backchannel Chat - A backchannel option built for schools. It even has Edmodo integration.
- Quora - Question-based microblogging, amazing coolness…
- Yammer - organizational microblogging
- Wordle (wordle used to be the IT tool, but Tagxedo may be pulling ahead)
- Many Eyes (sophisticated text data analysis including word clouds)
- Soundcloud - create and share music and audio
- Aviary’s Myna tool - create music and audio
- Audacity w/ Lame - create music and audio
- Garage Band (Mac tool) - create music and audio
Mobile Teaching & Learning
Helpful Coding Support Sites
- CK12 - http://www.ck12.org/
Recommended for me to review...
CAST Lesson Builder and other tools
Once you register for CAST, you also get access to these sites:
Some Valuable Technology Teaching Tools from Notes I’ve taken, not organized
QueekyPaint, an online drawing tool
Capzles, teachers and students can create timelines with photos, videos, audio, and text Bounce to annotate
Lino is a free sticky note page
Time Tribe an online game geared for students in grades 5-12 for learning about history and different cultures and artifacts