Free Web 2.0 Tools for Educators and Classrooms

Presenter: Charlene Chausis, Technology Trainer (Retird 2012)
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
Apple Distinguished Educator 2003


School Website:


Presented at the
Northern Illinois Computing Educators (NICE) Mini-Conference, January 26, 2008-- Vernon Hills, IL

Collaborate with colleagues as we explore websites and web tools that will engage and motivate both educators and students. Share your favorites too!


Tools for Creating and Engaging!

Get Creative with Images

Flickr --

Owned by Yahoo, Flickr is a tremendous resource for images. Many Flickr users have chosen to "share" their work with a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through photos under each type of license.

My bookmarks for Flickr-related websites:

FdFlickr Toys --
check out Motivator, movie poster, trading cards, billboards and more!

Slideshow tool example

Motivator example

Editing Your Masterpieces

Picnik is a great free tool for editing images within Flickr (now integrated) or from your computer. A pro account ($24.95 yr.) will provide additional editing options.

Telling Your Story provides a powerful tool for combining still images, video and audio into an online presentation. Voicethreads can be shared, and others can leave text or audio comments.

Review of Voicethread from Wes Fryer

and Podcast about the new "educator" features...

Check out my Voicethread about "Grant's Home" in Galena, IL

My bookmarks for Voicethreads in Education. Educator accounts are free, and now available as "authenticated" allows you to combine your photos, videos, audio and text for online multi-media scrapbooks.

Mini-tour at -- combine images, and audio in online slideshows. Free tools make uploading easy for both Macs and PCs. The site is a bit flashy with advertising. Provides the "code" to embed your slideshows into blogs, wikis, etc.
Bubbleshare slideshow of Philadelphia.

"Create and Collaborate" wiki examples of embedded content (Voicethread and Bubbleshare) -- create a "flashy" slide show in just a few clicks. Great for promos.

Animoto example:


More tools from the NICE Digital Photography Workshop (pdf)


Other Tools Mentioned during the session:

Convert from just about anything to anything.

Microsoft Office OpenXML Converter for Mac (for docx or pptx files)


Google Tools:

* Classroom activities
Teach Collaborative Revision with Google Docs

Revision is a critical piece of the writing process—and of your classroom curriculum. Now, Google Docs has partnered with Weekly Reader’s Writing for Teens magazine to help you teach it in a meaningful and practical way.

Children with Autism Architect Their Ideas Using 3D Design Software
Project Spectrum was developed by the SketchUp Team at Google to help people with autism take advantage of their visual and spatial gifts.

* Some tools you can use for your classroom:



BLOGS: Blogging resources and examples:

Word processing, Spreadsheets and now Presentations! Collaborate and edit in real time!

Presentation Slide examples:

Educational Blogging :



Return to the Presentations page

Last Updated: June 14, 2017