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Web 2.0 Tools for the classroom

The following excellent list is from larryferlazzo blog:
  • video/interview tool
  • BookRix upload a document & turn into an embeddable virtual book.
  • Strutta create contests where people can enter videos, images, or text.
  • Embedr lets you easily make a playlist of videos from across the web, and then lets you embed them all with one embed code.
  • lets you to upload any file or url address, and then create an embed code for it so it can be embedded in a blog or website.
  • Ediscio [read about it here The Best Tools To Make Online Flashcards list]. You can create, and use, flashcards very quickly and easily, and grab images and videos off the Web to insert them in the virtual cards.
  • Quizlet is another new site on The Best Tools To Make Online Flashcards. In addition to letting you create and study flashcards, it also lets you study the words in “game” forms. Plus, it allows voice recording for some features.
  • Hipero bills itself as “The easiest Free Website Builder ever!”
  • Doodle for polls
  • Yarp is a new web tool that very,very easily lets you create a simple online invitation or survey.
  • Flash Meeting looks like a very impressive free application for video conferencing. It’s designed specifically for school use, and you can participate even if you don’t have a microphone (you can text) or a webcam.
  • PodOmatic is an extraordinarily easy way to create a podcast. Sign-up and your class has your own channel — all you need is a computer microphone.
  • MapBuzz mapmaking
  • DoInk creating animation
  • PinDax is a new web tool that lets you “pin” virtual “Post It” notes on a virtual bulletin board.
  • Wallwisher. post it notes
  • Online Stickies
  • Chirbit to create audio
  • Rooh It! is a tool to annotate webpages.
  • Grapevine an audio “chatboard”
  • Gizmoz lets you pick from a variety of images, then choose a background, and then quickly speak a message or, using the text-to-speech feature, type one. Then, after signing-in (registering or signing-in just takes seconds) you can either email the link or post it yourself on a blog or website.
  • Google Voice is Google’s new phone tool. In terms of teaching, I could see it as an easy way for English Language Learners, particularly those with no Internet access, to practice speaking “homework.” They can call my Google Voice number, leave a message, and I can then access both their audio and an automatically generated written transcript of what they said. I can then easily embed both on a classroom blog.
  • Sketchcast “drawing” a video (you can also type text) that can be replayed. In Sketchcast you can also easily provide audio narration to your sketch. Your completed work has a unique url, and visitors can leave comments. It works for English Language Learners on a number of levels.
  • Note Pub is a great way for students to share their work on the Web. before, but ignored it because it required downloading an application to upload photos.
  • No registration is required, and it takes a few seconds to set-up a private chatroom. lets you do it and automatically translates what you’re saying in the recipients language and in the language you’ve written. This last feature could be very helpful with English Language Learners (or any other students) communicating with sister classes in other countries. Another great capability is that the chatrooms themselves appear to stay active indefinitely, so users can come back to them whenever they want to continue the conversation.
  • MapTrot No registration is required and it’s super-easy to use. You can write descriptions of the points you place on the map, and you can link to a Google search of images for that place, but you can’t choose a specific photo.
  • Blerp lets you annotate webpages
  • Screentoaster couldn’t be more simple to use, and they’ve just added both the ability to record audio and add subtitles.
  • PhotoPeach is an excellent online slideshow creator that is very easy to use. You can upload your own images as well as grab them off the Web. Plus, you can also now create quizzes within your slideshow.
  • lets you, without registering, quickly upload any document and turn it into a webpage. This is an extraordinary tool.

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