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10 neat, cool, free web 2.0 tools for use in the classroom, sponsored by Dulany Consulting.

10 neat, cool, free web 2.0 tools for use in the classroom, sponsored by Dulany Consulting.



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    • “10 easy web 2.0 tools”Intended Audience: Secondary education teachers
      Pete Dulany, CIW
      East Leyden High School
      Notes from today’s session available at
    • Who’s here?
      Is this your first time here at Connections?
      YES – This is my first time.
      NO – I have been here before.
    • Now for a REAL question
      A site that is considered “Web 2.0” is a website that…
      A. Has been newly created (since the year 2007)
      B. Is based on user-created content
      C. Built upon national core standards
      D. Runs on the latest upgrade to the Internet
    • Tool #1: GoAnimate
      Great digital storytelling tool
      Free teacher accounts with student logins
      Enjoy this sample GoAnimateVideo I made in 2 hours called “Web 2.0 Homework Excuses”:
    • PROs / CONs
      Digital storytelling increases student understanding
      Students are actively writing
      Students are engaged and excited to learn
      Basic accounts are free
      Can be sluggish over a slow Internet connection
      Learning curve: one to two class periods
    • Tool #2: Prezi
      An alternative to tedious PowerPoint presentations
      All freshmen at Leyden HS Dist 212 learn this
      Embeds videos right from YouTube – no need to download and convert
      Web Accessible – no need to move PPTs with flash drives or student login accounts.
      Enjoy this sample Prezi:
      The Game of LIFE - Teacher Edition
      FBLA Prezi
    • PROs / CONs
      Students are forced to think in text blurbs
      Simple, easy to read colors
      Instant YouTube embedding
      Easy to create and edit Prezis
      Basic accounts are free
      No text animations, just zooming / positioning
      All prezis are public
    • Tool #3: WallWisher
      A great way for students to do things like:
      Post questions about a topic
      Post difficulties with an assignment
      A great way for faculty to do things like:
      Ideas for student of the month
      Post recruiting ideas
      Post who’s bringing what for a potluck lunch
      Check out the sample Wall!
    • Quick Poll
      What’s the biggest problem with WallWisher?
      A. Students have to sign up for a user account
      B. The wall owner has to approve every post
      C. Keeping the posts “unique”
      D. Abusive language and CyberBullying
    • PROs / CONs
      No signup – just visit and post
      You can “approve” posts or not
      Fast and instant thoughts
      Easy to create and set up. It’s free!
      Unique posts / students
      Requires moderation if anyone can post
    • Tool #4: StoryBird
      Simple stories – nothing like GoAnimate
      Appropriate for younger audiences – there is no animation here
      COLLABORATIVE story telling – no email signup required.
      Bummer – you need to use THEIR art. But it’s still cool.
      A sample story:
      George's Journey Home
    • PROs / CONs
      No signup
      Exercises creativity
      Students may be unwilling to be ridiculous – create your own
      For now, must use Storybird Art
    • Tool #5: 360 Cities
      360 cities lets students feel as though they are actually in another city
      Provides both panoramic views from the ground and air
      Technology case study: Compare rooftops in Iran and Cuba: what do you notice about the technology each country uses?
    • Tool #6: Weebly
      Creates instant websites for clubs, organizations, teacher webpages. Includes a free dropbox that gets sent to your e-mail account.
      No expensive Dreamweaver license. No HTML coding required. No FTP. No fees.
      EVERY teacher can have a webpage.
      Demo –
    • Tool #7: Vuvox
      An excellent timeline creation tool. Also useful for showing order.
      Helpful for creating interactive timelines
      Showcase: History of the Internet (History), Moore’s Law (Math), Cell Mitosis (Science), Summarizing a story (English), even nonlinear projects like word definitions and a picture to help remember.
      Incorporates reading and writing
      Demo : When I present...
    • Tool #8: scribblemaps
      Google Maps are great – but sometimes, you just need to scribble on them.
      Useful for parking directions
      Good for GPS devices on a “treasure hunt” – where you’ve been, or where you will go (Wireless War Walking)
      Demo –
      Actual assignment - Trail of Tears
    • Tool #9: Many Eyes
      This phenomenal tool will allow you to either take an existing data set from the community or upload your own to see patterns in data.
      Demo: College education prices, acceptance scores
    • Tool #10: Wordle
      This one isn’t “NEW” or fresh – but, I like it.
      Gives “big ideas” and vocabulary.
    • But, remember…
      Use these tools at the beginning of lesson planning, not as an add-on extra.
      Seriously. Try JUST ONE today.
    • And now this…
      The presentation that you’ve seen today – and many more like it – can be brought to your school district.
      I train teachers in technology!
      If you need help building (or re-building) a curriculum, particularly an online curriculum, I can help with that too.
      The winner of the portable speakers is…
    • Conclusion
      Questions / Answers
      Collection of remotes & surveys / distribution of CPDUs
      Remember that all slides are posted to
      You can reach me at