LS5633 Web 2.0 Tools

In this course, we will have the opportunity to use a variety to Web 2.0 tools. Web 2.0 tools are interactive and involve both reading and writing. They can be used to promote collaboration between and among educators and students. They involve users in social networks and participatory culture. They are tools that exist in the clouds and are NOT downloaded to your computer.

The 23 Things - School Library Learning 2.0 created by the California School Library Association, this blog site is a tutorial open to the public. Check it out!

25 Tools: A Tool Box for Learning Professionals - created by B. J. Schone, this blog site is similar to The 23 Things.

AASL's Best Websites for Learning and Teachinglist includes websites as well as Web 2.0 tools. This is an important list for this course and your future teaching.

Cool Tools for Schools offers various tools organized by type such as presentation, video, slideshows, widgets, and the like.

The Directory of Learning Tools from the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies offers a list of Web 2.0 tools by category. Note: Web-hosted ("H") means you work and save your work exclusively online; download ("D") tools reside on your computer as do the artifacts you create.

Discovery Learning! Web 2.0: Conquering Technophobia - This site has videos to show exciting Web 2.0 tool possibilities for presentations, videos, images, and more. Very enticing!

WebTools4u2use is a wiki that introduces many Web 2.0. tools. Start out by taking the quiz!

Each of the tools listed below may help you in delivering communication, facilitating Web-based discussions, or inviting creativity in responding to literature and information. I have used these tools with K-12 and university students and classroom teacher and school librarian colleagues.

I have used VoiceThread to introduce the course (Module 1.1) and to share the connections between my educational philosophy and wikis (Module 1.2). Interesting aside: The New York Public Library recently launched their VoiceThread page. Check it out in your spare time.

Here are three Web sites that offer collections of Web 2.0 tools:

  • This site hosted by the Jordan School District includes a matrix linking Web 2.0 Tools with Robert Marzano's research-based instructional strategies.

  • Cyber-Librarian Extraordinaire Kathy Schrockhas an annotated list of Web 2.0 Tools.

Collaborative Writing Tools - I have used...

Google Docs - With a Google account, you can create, edit, and collaboratively work together - at the same time, in real time!

Wikis - Wikispaces, pbworks, Google Sites, and wetpaint are some of the most commonly used wiki tools. Wikis allow groups to collaboratively create and edit collections of Web pages. See the definition of "wiki" in the Wikipedia!

Brainstorming, Mind-mapping, and Storyboarding Tools - I have used with K-12 and TWU SLIS students.

Elementary: - Upper elementary students who have previously used mind-mapping tools will be able to use this one for brainstorming.

Cacoo - This free online collaborative drawing tool offers a history feature that allows participants (and reviewers) to easily note individual contributions. This tool can be used in a linear fashion for storyboarding.

Popplet - This free online collaborative tool automatically labels the originator of each entry. The tool allows a user to create up to five Popplets at a time. This is a free online tool which allows you to build your own wall of information. It is excellent for storyboarding. You can group your posts together. It is user friendly and visually appealing.

Middle and High School: This site is easy to join and use for collaborative brainstorming. (There was a bit of a learning curve for me in using the composing/editing features.) Mind42 offers great export options.

MindMeister. com This site is free for only 30 days.

Mindomo This is a feature-rich mind mapping application (free basic memberships are available) for experienced or mind-map users.

Time Line Tools

Time Line - This free site allows users to create, save, share, and embed time lines in other Web documents.

xtimline - This time line tool allows you to illustrate, share, and embed time lines.

Podcasting Tools

Blabberize - This is a podcasting tool with a twist! How can a student use it creatively?

BeanPod - A free, Web 2.0 tool that allows you to record and save podcasts.

Vocaroo - This is the easiest yet Web 2.0 podcast recorder.

Creativity Tools - I have used...

Animoto - If you are a currently practicing educator, you can sign up for a free account that let's you make longer videos. If you are not, this site allows you to create free 30-second videos using your own images and text combined with a selection of free (or fee) music. You can purchase single or multiple longer videos.

AndreaMosaic - This free software program allows you to create photo mosaics.

Big Huge Labs - Home of Flickr Toys - As the site says, it offers users cool things to do with their own photographs!

Glogster - This is the education site for Glogster. It allows you to upload images to create cool posters (in a school-safe environment)! See my Portrait of a Collaborator example: "Achieve Together!"

My eBook - This tool allows to you create, publish, and share your novels, cartoons, magazines, photo albums, and brochures. This product has pleasant design features.

Newspaper Clippings Generator - This site offers an authentic-looking newspaper image generator that has applications in many areas of the curriculum. Images can be downloaded, saved, and printed. Other options on this site are: a clapper board, a cigarette pack... See my newspaper clipping generator "Calling all teachers!", Portrait of a Collaborator example made at

PhotoPeach - Use this site to create a slideshow with built in transitions. Simply upload photos, pick a soundtrack, and email or embed it.

Photo Story(for PC Users - free downloadable software) - This tool allows you to create a slide show from your digital images with special effects, your own narration, and soundtrack. Note: This is not a Web 2.0 tool, but it's so cool, I had to include it for PC users... You may NOT use this for course projects requiring the use of Web 2.0.

Postcard.FM - Create an audio postcard and email it to a friend. How could you use this in the curriculum?

PowToon- Create a multi-frame animated cartoon with this very cool tool! - With Prezi, presenters have the option to spotlight specific terms by zooming and creating a path between different frames. Here's an example of a presentation I shared at the 2010 School Library Journal Summit.

Screenr - This tools allows users to create instant screencasts (similar to Jing but Screenr does not require a download; it is a Web 2.0 tool.)

Slideshare - Upload and share PowerPoint presentations (publicly or privately)

Tagxedo - This site allows users to create "word cloud" images in symbolic shapes.

Vimeo - This is a no-cost video-hosting site. Users can set up a password to view their work. This tool is for mature student users.

VoiceThread - This is an excellent tool for creating booktalks. Users can make VoiceThreads public or private. You can invite students (friends and family) to view your VoiceThreads and give them the capability to post comments - or not. Here's a sample: Feathers: Booktalk by Dr. M.

Voki for Education - If you are a practicing educator, you can register and create your avatar from this link. Tight! Otherwise, use Voki

Wordle - This site can convert text to a "word cloud" image similar to the one on this wiki's home page. If you can use Jing to create screen captures or use print screen and an image editing tool such as PhotoShop. To convert a Wordle to a .jpeg image file using MS Paint, see these instructions compiled by G.A. Liz:
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Yodio - This tool allows you to add voice via telephone to your images and text. Similar to VoiceThread, it allows for comments from viewers.

Xtranormal - Allows you to type a script and an avatar will read it for you in movie format.

Sources for Copyright-free Images

The American Memory Project (A Project of the Library of Congress) - The images on this site are arranged in categories. Note: "It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the Library's collections. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Researchers must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use."

Copyright-friendly Images Springfield Township High School teacher-librarian Joyce Valenza's collection of links to copyright-friendly images

Creative Commons You can search Google and Flickr images from this link. Be careful. Not all of the Google images this site retrieves are copyright-free. Don't assume; read copyright information. You can also search for music and videos.

Discovery Education This copyright-free clip art is organized by topic.

Free Clip Art Pics These cartoons by Curtis D. Tucker are copyright-free for non-commercial use. (The rules say "no more than ten per Web site.")

ImagebaseThis site, organized by broad topics, is hosted by David Niblack offers copyright-free images as long as proper attribution is given.

The MorgueFile This site provides search by subject copyright-free photographs, some of which require that you cite the source of the images you use. (The goal of the site is to promote the subscribing photographers' work.)

Pics4Learning This site provides copyright-free images for teachers and students for classroom, fundraising, or Web distribution purposes.

Public Domain Photos This site provides copy-right free images and clip art in the public domain with Creative Commons licensing for personal or commercial use.

Smithsonian Images (for educational use - not for Web distribution) - The images on this site are arranged in categories. Users may browse, download, create a portfolio, or buy high-quality prints and digital images.

Teaching with Primary Sources (A Project of the Library of Congress) - The American Memory Project is part of this vast collection.

Sources for Copyright-free Music

The challenge with recommending music sites is that the fine print regarding terms of use is sometimes very fine and applies to particular songs rather than to all works downloadable from the site. I have used Creative Commons to search for copyright-free music.

Audionautix offers copyright-free, no registration, no subscription music.

Danosongs has royalty-free music with credit or link to site.

Free Sound offers just that, free sounds -- not songs!

Incompetech asks for donations for their royalty-free music. is a non-profit site that allows registered users 5 standard-quality free downloads a day without copyright restrictions.

Purple Planet has royalty-free music that can be used in projects that include Web distribution.