Topic: How can specific Web 2.0 applications make a difference in the way we teach?

Share your tools and how you use them on this document. Post the link and an example(s) of how you have used it in your classroom.

Thank you all very much for helping to build this document during tonight’s #edchat!





ell students can type in native language and voki will translate and speak for the rest of us to understand, or the other way around


just found out voki can do this so only have my regular vokis to share: 


English/Italian language & cultural exchange

Brand new , still under construction, in development


Web 2.0 separated into Bloom’s Taxonomy

A tool for each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy


google apps (sites)

students create their own website



Collaborative editing of documents, presentations, drawings


Online, media-interactive poster





Online bookmark storage

@MizzMattie teachers can create a list of websites for Ss to use

Poll Everywhere

Students can vote in a poll via cell phone

@MizzMattie Self-explanatory 


Students can make voice recordings up to about 3 min. for projects


brainstorming for prewriting/schema examining



image editing, audio recording, music making, vector marking, color editing

(many different tools)



presentations like Prezi but easier to make


Podcast hosting and syndication


Google Art Project

Virtual tours of museums/artwork


Dropbox and

Online file storage; with students can submit work to your Dropbox.


@elirmontes: use to share folders with students - much easier than email to distribute language lab recordings

Spore Creature Creator- free trial edition Free Download from

We’ve used for creative writing, 2nd language learning, genetics, animal adaptations, habitats


virtual gallery walks, collaboration & so much more


similar to wordle, but can make word cloud into a specific shape


Online Grading and Peer Review, and Plagiarism checking.  Portfolios -- not often used feature

Peer Review tool lets students engage with each other’s papers and add comments and answer Q’s I pose. GradeMark saves me time grading too. 

online sticky note collaboration

Cacoo -

Graphic organizer that allows all sorts of customization of shapes, bringing in images, etc.

Have used for lots of reasons.  Allows 25 free sheets.  Can use fake email to sign-up.

creative writing as well as reading the published stories of other storybirders around the world.


students can collaborate with each other on stories, leave quality comments for others 

a facebook like page for your class. Use as a launching pad for online activities.



record your voice online.

Good for language classes.

(@elirmontes: ¿How is this different from audioboo?)

students can create wordclouds

paste an entire paragraph into wordle; student checks to see if main idea is the MAIN idea - 1st step in revision


@elirmontes: great for when students collaborate on a Google Doc, copy the doc and paste into the wordle box, then discuss why which words (the bigger ones) were used most.

Comment on, edit, and fill out PDFs, Word documents, images and more. Highlight text and add comments using the free online document annotator.

@ronhoutman - This is a great way to provide key points of a document and allow your students to review and comment on them.  You can embed the docs in your LMS as well.

ebook creator -- you can add voice, create original art (paint like functionality), upload photos/images

*Could use at any level but ideal for elementary and low middle

embeddable, emailable, linkable

online recorder which does not need a login.  You can use it to record audio and video.  You can record up to 60 minutes and can have unlimited simultaneous logins (tested 20 at the same time w/ 1 account)

embedable, linkable


For audio recording, editing and mixing.

@EstherBoucher - Awesome for language classes, very simple to use.

Wikispaces (

used for class projects in Anatomy and Chemistry (tho anatomy’s are better; Chem’s readjusting); hoping to work with Soc Stud teachers to do collaborative proj




the intro llama is funny, but free way to create a voiceover


Lots of tools to pick from by categories


compiled by

@lenva  Lenva Shearing

A standards-based gradebook (not free)


Great for all levels, allows students to animate characters, explain any concept


give your photos a voice!!


great site for students to create a glog (graphic blog) on topics.


Google Docs

Use the template system to replace handouts. I create study guides and post them as templates.


Comprehensive list and description of numerous tools

There are ideas for every student need, suggested uses, and desired outcomes to promote thinking.  This is one of my go-to’s for Web 2.0 ideas

@nesticos ~ this wiki was curated by Anne Bairde from Victoria, Australia

Our Class Wiki List of Cool Tools to choose from for projects

This is the list of links of tools students in my class go to when doing project work or class activities

@nesticos ~ from our Principles of Democracy course


Students use this to bring stories or reports to life via cartoon animation movies

@nesticos ~ Student-made Sample

this conversation was collaborative with a student in another school.  They outsourced portions and pieced it together

YouTube, iMovie (although not web-based)

Make videos about important political/democratic issues for an interest group project.

@nesticos ~ Recent project for a student created interest group called Xterminate Cuts to Higher Ed

Jing from Techsmith--free download

Screen captures, capture pictures, screencasting, and more

So easy to use to create screen tutorials and capture images from pdf’s and more


Create online courses and learning communities for distance education (or to complement classroom education). Embed content from other Web tools.

@abecrystal ~ co-founder; uses ruzuku for teaching at UNC

@AngelaMaiers ~ uses ruzuku for Digital Literacy online course