Web 2.0 Resources
- Common Core Standards Initiative is a web page that allows teachers to access the Common Core Standards. Teachers can also download and use the Common Core App from iTunes and the Common Core App from Android.
- ISTE is a professional organization whose main purpose is to help teachers learning and teaching through the effective use of technology. Learn ways to integrate technology into your curriculum!
- AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner is a booklet that helps teachers explore what standards need to be met to produce 21st Century learners. It is a free PDF.
- KDE Program Review is a new measurement tool being used to evaluate Kentucky schools. Use this web page to learn more about how it impacts your curriculum.
4Teachers.org is a website that houses such tools as Rubistar (for creating rubrics online), QuizStar (for creating online quizzes), TrackStar (for creating webquests or research tracks), PersuadeStar (to assist students with writing persuasive essays), and a whole host of other tools.
Bloomin' Apps is a great place to locate apps that support specific areas of Blooms Taxonomy.
Digistoryteller.com is a resource for teachers interested in creating digital stories for their content (to explain concepts) or for teachers who would like to have students develop digital stories.NOTE: You will need to install or have Quicktime on your computer to view the videos (available for free at www.quicktime.com.
edHelper.com is a website that offers printable activities for all content areas. Great tools for remediation!
MindMeister is a free online mind-mapping tool. Signup is required.
Puzzlemaker (by Discovery Education) allows you to make all different kinds of puzzles for free. No account or signup is required.
- Edmodo is a tool meant to give teachers a place to communicate with students and other teachers. Registration is required, but free. Once registered, a teacher can set up a class page. A school can also create a separate page, which teachers can join. This school is called a “community.
- Poll Everywhere is a product that allows teacher (or students) to create polls on the fly or in advance. When a poll is created, the creator has the option to allow the responses to be True/False, multiple choice or open-ended. Each poll is assigned a number to which a text can be sent as well as a unique web address that respondents can use. Teachers could use this in any classroom and with any content area. It could be used to gather opinions about a topic or to quickly assess learning in the classroom. A paid account would be required to post a poll of more than 40 students, and polls are deleted after two weeks unless you have a paid account. Even with these limitations, this is an outstanding tool for the connected classroom.
- Prezi is a next-generation presentation tool. Users can sign up for a free account, and educators get a free upgrade. With Prezi, a user can add photos, text and videos to the presentation. Unlike more linear tools like PowerPoint, Prezi allows users to place material wherever they want on the ‘stage’ area, and then use the Path tool to navigate the viewer from one place to the next. Teachers can apply this tool to any project where a more traditional PowerPoint would have been used. They can also use it develop their own presentations that are dynamic and engaging.
- Screenr is a screen-capture utility that allows the user to record their movements on a screen while recording themselves talking. Teachers can record screencasts to show students how to do something on the computer, or have students record their own screencasts on how to do something on the computer. This could be a tutorial on how to use a specific piece of software, or even a screencast showing how the student reviews and edits an essay in Word, showing the steps they go through in their editing process.
- SurveyMonkey is another polling tool, but allows the teacher to place multiple questions in a survey and then collect the answers. Registration is required, but free. With the free account, there is a limit to the number of questions, and each survey can have a maximum of 100 respondents.
- Wikispaces is a free Web 2.0 tool that allows educators to create a wiki on any given topic or for a specific class. Members can be organized into work groups for collaborative projects and one account can create multiple wikis. This tool can be used to allow students to work collaboratively on just about any content area. Wikis can be a great place to compile research about a topic and share it with others. Students familiar with Wikipedia will quickly pick up on the scope of the projects that are done using a wikispace.
- Wordle is a tool through which the user can enter a list of words to create a ‘word cloud’ or word art that contains those terms. The way the interface is set up, the more frequently a word appears in the list that the user enters, the bigger it becomes in the word cloud. Users can select specific color schemes and re-generate new word clouds based on the same list to develop one that they find appealing. Teachers could use Wordle in any number of ways. A teacher could instruct a student, for example, to type in the name of the characters in a story, being sure to type main characters several times so that their name shows up bigger than the others. Another example of student work could be evaluating art. The student types in a list of words that a piece of art reminds them of, being sure to type their strongest impressions multiple times to make the word bigger. This tool could be integrated into just about any content area!