Free Web 2.0 Tools for Educators and Classrooms
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Collaborate with colleagues as we explore websites and web tools that will engage and motivate both educators and students. Share your favorites too!
Get Creative with Images
Flickr -- http://www.flickr.com
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 del.icio.us bookmarks for Flickr-related websites:
FdFlickr Toys -- http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/
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
Voicethread.com 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.
Check out my Voicethread about "Grant's Home" in Galena, IL
My del.icio.us bookmarks for Voicethreads in Education. Educator accounts are free, and now available as "authenticated"
Scrapblog.com allows you to combine your photos, videos, audio and text for online multi-media scrapbooks.
Mini-tour at http://scrapblog.com/tour/tour.aspx
Bubbleshare.com -- 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.
"Create and Collaborate" wiki examples of embedded content (Voicethread and Bubbleshare)
Animoto.com -- create a "flashy" slide show in just a few clicks. Great for promos.
Other Tools Mentioned during the session:
Convert from just about anything to anything.
Microsoft Office OpenXML Converter for Mac (for docx or pptx files)
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* Some tools you can use for your classroom:
BLOGS: Blogging resources and examples:
Presentation Slide examples:
Educational Blogging : http://snipurl.com/educational_blogging