Top 20 Free Web Applications for Teachers and Librarians


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Top 20 Free Web Applications for Teachers and Librarians

  1. 1. Top 20 Free Web Applications for Teachers and Librarians Patrivan K. Yuen, M.A., M.Ed., M.L.S. Technical Services/Systems Librarian William Carey University and Steve C. Yuen, Ph.D. Professor The University of Southern Mississippi MECA Conference, Jackson, Mississippi, January 30, 2008
  2. 2. The Yuens’ Top 20 Web Applications Selection Criteria Free Web Application (Web 2.0) Easy to learn and use Useful for teaching and learning
  3. 3. Categories of Web Applications Productivity Publishing Communications Virtual Community Media Blog Wiki Teaching and Learning
  4. 4. Our 20th Pick FootNote
  5. 5. FootNote Access thousands of primary source documents and photos Add annotations and comments to things you find on Footnote Create your own online history reports Maintain a gallery of your favorite Footnote images Upload your own images to your gallery Annotate and print any Free Titles or documents
  6. 6. Our 19th Pick circaVie
  7. 7. circaVie Create timelines Incorporate images and videos Tell your life story or the story of your latest road trip, a day to remember, or a trip around the world
  8. 8. Our 18th Pick Remember the Milk
  9. 9. Remember The Milk A handy online list-making application Manage tasks from anywhere Share your tasks Send reminders through e-mail, IM, or SMS Access from your phone Use with Google Calendar Add tasks from iGoogle Can upload tasks via e-mail Manage tasks offline with Google Gear (a browser plug-in)
  10. 10. Our 17th Pick ClassMarker
  11. 11. ClassMarker Online quiz maker that grades your tests and quizzes for you Can be used for pop quizzes, homework quizzes, tests, and exams Link directly to quizzes from your website or emails Randomize quiz questions Have quiz results emailed to you and saved in ClassMarker Create multiple choice, true false, free text, short answer, fill in the blank and punctuation quizzes Allow teachers and students to view the test results that can be saved or exported to Microsoft Excel for print and view offline.
  12. 12. Our 16th Pick Picnik
  13. 13. Picnik Upload a photo or import online photos from Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Webshots, and others Offer real-time online editing tools to crop, resize, sharpen, adjust exposure, color, apply effects, and then share them with your friends. Provide many special effects, from artsy to fun Has many fonts and top-quality type tool Get creative with a collection of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames
  14. 14. Our 15th Pick Zamzar
  15. 15. Zamzar Free online file conversion Support 5 different file format conversions Document Image Music Video Other Formats 100MB maximum file size for the free account Receive converted files via email Larger file conversions and online storage for Basic and Pro accounts
  16. 16. Our 14th Pick
  17. 17. A simple and free Web application that lets you brainstorm online Create colorful mind maps online Share and work with friends Embed your mind map in your blog or Website Email and print your mind map Save your mind map as an image
  18. 18. Our 13th Pick Pageflakes
  19. 19. Pageflakes Organized into tabs, each tab containing user-selected modules called Flakes containing information such as RSS/Atom feeds, Calendar, Notes, Web search, weather forecast, bookmarks, Flickr photos and user-created modules. Enable you to easily personalize the Web. Allow you to add bookmarks, photos, videos, games, music, even your email and calendar. There are Flakes for thousands of uses and interests, including news, sports, e-mail, local events, search, photos, music, and videos. Drag and drop your quot;Flakesquot; around the screen and add pages. Set up a page for your class. Share calendars, to-do- lists, news, and more.
  20. 20. Our 12th Pick Flickr
  21. 21. Flickr A free photo sharing site Upload, organize, and share your photos with anyone or selected individuals Get photos into and out of the system in as many ways: from the web, from mobile devices, and from the users' home computers Can tag your photos, create albums, view slideshows, and post pictures to external blogs Allow RSS feed Allow annotations
  22. 22. Our 11th Pick YouTube
  23. 23. YouTube Online video streaming service that allows anyone to view and share videos Videos are limited to 100MB each Each clip must have at least 3 tags Allow linking and embedding clips to your blogs or Websites Students can create projects with video and share them on the Web Offer a new service called YouTube College UC Berkeley launches YouTube Channel
  24. 24. Our 10th Pick Meebo
  25. 25. Meebo Web-based instant messaging services Access all of your buddies (on AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber) simultaneously and chat with them No downloads or installs required Can store log-ins and passwords of all subscribed IM services and log in to all the services automatically Let you run multiple chats inside a single browser window A widget version is available for putting on your Web site
  26. 26. Our 9th Pick
  27. 27. A social bookmarking site Allow you to store bookmarks on the Web, instead of inside your browser Share bookmarks with friends, family, coworkers, and the community. Use tags to organize your bookmarks Can import and export bookmarks Keep tabs on other users’ links, and mark certain links as private
  28. 28. Our 8th Pick MediaFire
  29. 29. MediaFire Free file hosting service Share files and images with others Link to files from your MySpace page, your blog, or forums Upload unlimited number of files to share with colleagues and students or storage Use folders to easily share groups of files or create galleries for all your images No registration necessary and no software to install Unlimited disk space Up to 100 MB per file
  30. 30. Our 7th Pick Tumblr
  31. 31. Tumblr A tumblelog, a variation of a blog that favors short-form and mixed-media posts A great place for students to easily post their work Make it easier, faster, and fun to post and share stuff you find or create. Allow mobile uploads and audio posts Import feeds Post via Instant Messenger
  32. 32. Our 6th Pick Wordpress
  33. 33. Wordpress Free blogging platform Hosted by Wordpress Provide variety of attractive themes, plug-ins, and widgets Categorize and tag your posts Provide many features: Spell-check, Previews, Autosave, Words, Photos, and Videos Can import from Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, and More
  34. 34. Our 5th Pick VoiceThread
  35. 35. VoiceThread Web-based digital-storytelling application Share your stories through audio, images, videos, or text Allow visitors to make comments on their stories in: voice with a microphone voice with telephone Text audio file video with a webcam Can be shared with anyone or can be kept private for selected individuals Offer a free Pro account for K-12 teachers
  36. 36. Our 4th Pick Wetpaint
  37. 37. Wetpaint Free wiki websites Allow anyone to create an entirely new website and invite others to help them build it. Combine the best aspects of wikis, blogs, forums and social networks so anyone can click and type on the web Can be a private or public site Wetpaint Education Wikis are Ad-free
  38. 38. Our 3rd Pick SlideShare
  39. 39. SlideShare Let users upload their presentations and share them online through a YouTube-like interface Accept PowerPoint (ppt & pps), PDF, & OpenOffice (odp) files with a maximum file size of 30 MB for each presentation file Presentations can be tagged, and comments left by viewers Slide transcripts are automatically generated from text elements of your individual slides Each slide has its own URL for reference Has a Slidecasting capability that allows authors to synchronize slides with an audio file
  40. 40. Our 2nd Pick Ning
  41. 41. Ning An online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network like MySpace and Facebook Has customizable themes and templates Offer a public or private option Your network can be customized by selecting a combination of features (music, videos, blogs, photos, forums, groups, RSS, etc.) from a list of options Members who join your network will automatically have a customizable profile page and will be able to message and friend each other
  42. 42. Our Top Pick Google Apps Education Edition
  43. 43. Gmail Come with built-in Google search technology and over 2.6 GB of storage. Also available on mobile devices. Integrate instant messaging right into the email Provide spam protection using Google technology. Messages can be sent and read in most languages. Gmail interface is available in 40 languages. Free automatic forwarding and POP3 access
  44. 44. Gmail
  45. 45. Google Talk Instant messaging and group chat Free PC-to-PC voice calls (VOIP) Real-time file transfers Send and receive voicemails Integrated contact list Integrated into Gmail Mobile access Available of Windows version and Web version Multi-Languages Support
  46. 46. Google Talk
  47. 47. Google Talk
  48. 48. Google Calendar Calendar Sharing Invitations Gmail Integration Search Send Reminders Mobile Access Event Publishing
  49. 49. Google Calendar
  50. 50. Google Docs & Spreadsheets Consist of Web-based word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation Online document creation Real-time collaboration Revision history Search tools Mobile access Supported multiple languages
  51. 51. Google Docs & Spreadsheets
  52. 52. Google Page Creator Create web pages right in your browser A WYSIWYG Web authoring program Pages are hosted on Google servers at
  53. 53. Google Page Creator
  54. 54. Google Page Creator
  55. 55. iGoogle The Start Page Central access point Custom look and layout Custom content Create your own gadgets
  56. 56. Additional Resources
  57. 57. THE END Questions or Comments? Thank You for Attending Our session! This presentation is available on the Web at: