Media Enhanced Learning – Web 2.0 Tools

Web 2.0 Tools 

Thank you to all my PIDP 3240 Classmates for posting these Web 2.0 tools on our discussion forum.  

Table of Contents

The Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You: Edudemic, Wikispaces 

Animation:  Go Animate

App Development:  MIT App Inventor

Blogging:  Educatorstechnology, WordPress, Tumblr  

Citation Software:  Easybib

Bookmarking, Research & Knowledge Sharing:  Diigo     

Classroom Education Activity Development: Kubbu

Communication: Facebook, Remind, Twitter, PhotoPeach, Tappestry,

Digital Project Development:  Creative Commons

Document: Googledocs      

Document Storage: OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box,  Presentation Tube, The Cloud      

E-books:  Gutenberg

Educational Materials Databases:  PBS Learning Media, Teachers TV 

Educational Websites: Geogebra, Khan Academy, AD 2442 Prime, Math Stack Exchange, History Pin, Pocket Universe  

Game Development: Scratch                                                                                                        

Graph Calculator:  Graphmatica

Graphics:, Presentation Tools, Glogster,  Infographics, Screen-o-matic, Educatorstechnology (Canva)  

Image & Video Sharing:  Flickr, PhotoPeach, Slideshare, Instagram, Snagit

Information Sharing:  Classroom20

Information Storage:  Spicy Nodes

Mind Mapping: Bubbl, Coggle  

Newspaper  (online) Creation:    

Notes:  Evernote,  Converting writing to text

Online Learning: Collaborize Classroom    

Online Meetings:  Twiddla

Online Quizzes, Polls & Feedback: Polleverywhere, Quiblo, Socrative, Quizmoz, Getkahoot , Quizstar  

Podcast: Audacity, Audioboom, BrainShark       

Program Access:  The Cloud         

Project Management: Preceden Timeline Maker, Livebinder 

Selling or Purchasing Original Works:  Teachers Paying Teachers 

Story Creation: Storybird, Scratch

Study Assistance: Quizlet, Study Stack, Wolfram|Alpha, Smashfact

Teaching & Learning Tools: Netflix, YouTube, Rubric Development

Teaching & Technology:  Edudemic

Typing:  Typing Web

Video Conferencing: ooVoo, Skype  

Video Development:  Animoto, Prezi, Animate4schools, BrainShark, PhotoPeach,  Tubechop, EdPuzzle, Screencast, Loopster, Masher, Go Animate , Blabberize

Virtual Classrooms: Edmodo    

Voice Threads:  Voicethreader

Website Organization: Delicious 

Website Set up: WordPress,   

White Boards/Smart Boards: Concept Board, Smart Board, Twiddla, LectureScribe, Morriscooke       

Word Pictures: Wordle

Web 2.0 Tools

 “The Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You”


Go Animate

Professional Animated Videos

App Development



Simple to read and is a guide on  how to use blogs in teaching.


User friendly blog set up –  you can opt to purchase extra format options.

WordPress tutorials



Bookmarking, Research & Knowledge Sharing


A social bookmarking, research, and knowledge sharing tool that lets you take personal notes and highlight text information on web pages. With this tool, you can add a sticky note or highlight text on a webpage. If you visit that page in the future, those notes and highlights will appear on the page

Citation Software


This program takes a book, journal article, website, etc. and creates an APA (or other style) of citation for you.  Then all you have to do is copy and paste.

Classroom Education Activity Development


Is  an on line tool available to teachers for free and you can create educational activities, crosswords.  Good for learning vocabulary, among other things.



Starting a class Facebook page is a great way to communicate and interact with students.  Keeps you class and Facebook pages separate.


This is a great tool to secure message your class. You can add up to 20 classes as contact groups. Students can also signup. it is a free service.


Short 140 character messages – 120 characters + name = 140 characters.


Ever learn something cool and feel like announcing it to the whole world? You could tweet about it, but good luck getting noticed next to kitten antics and cliche romantic memes. Tappestry is an intuitive social network designed specifically for sharing these “eureka!” moments.

Digital Project Development

Creative Commons

Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world.

Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical
infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and



This is a free Web-based application in which documents, spreadsheets and presentations can be created, edited and stored online. Files can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.  You can control who you share your files with as an email is sent with a secure link to the file. There is only one document, presentation or spreadsheet so this makes collaboration easy.  You will always see the latest version, although all versions are saved..

Document Storage


Box is an online storage service that stores your files, allows sharing and collaboration.

10G storage space (Dropbox offers 2G for no-paying users). Sync all your teaching materials to Box and share folders to co-teaching instructors.

Directly upload a file (PPT or problem set) to Blackboard. Blackboard does not allow any in-time editing, you delete the old file and post a new one. Instead of posting the file, post the permanent link to the file in Box. In this way, whenever you edit the physical file on computer, it will be autosynced to Box, and students will see the changes made right away. It saves time going back to Blackboard again and post it.

If the file link on Blackboard in different courses, they will all be updated at the same time – whenever you made those changes on my computer. Automatically!

I know there are so many free cloud storage services online, and found a detailed comparisons among some of them for those who are interested –

“OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which cloud storage service is rignt for you?”

Presentation Tube

Hey all,  this is a great site for uploading and saving your presentations.  It is super easy to use and your students can upload to here as well.  I strongly suggest you have a look, I think you will find it very useful.

The Cloud

Below is a link to a great article about the importance of the cloud in shaping education in the future.



This is a great tool for finding books for free download, it has lots of different categories and is a great tool for assigning reading to students without a huge cost. We all know what books cost!

Educational Materials Databases:

PBS Learning Media

Teachers TV

Find free videos from Teachers TV to view and for download. Teachers can view relevant videos on teaching and learning in early years, primary, secondary and whole school, as well as films to help with continued professional development.

Educational Websites


For students & teachers, helps link algebra and geometry.

Khan Academy

Math, science, computer programming, history, art, economics, and more.

AD 2442 Prime

Video games can be an effective way to learn something that has to be memorized – like times tables, prime numbers, factors because it allows the player to get enough repetition to memorize something before they’re so bored that they stop paying attention.

In AD 2442 Prime, the objective is to blow up prime numbers and avoid non-prime numbers to earn points and win the game.

AD 2442 Prime by BurningThumb

Math Stack Exchange

Math Stack Exchange is a well-moderated forum where you can ask math questions, to be answered by someone else in the community. The forum is organized using tags so someone answering can search by type to, for example, only answer calculus questions. What distinguishes this forum is a well-thought out points system that rewards good answers and penalizes poor ones so you don’t get any responses in the vein of, “I’ve don’t know anything about this topic, but have you tried …?”

Math Stack Exchange

History Pin

Unfortunately, quite a few students experience cognitive dissonance when it comes to history. Yes, they understand the significance of certain people, places and events. However, they have difficulty connecting it to their own lives. History Pin alleviates this by breathing life into the past, and more importantly, demonstrating just how intertwined it is to the present. By the name alone, it’s easy to assume History Pin is merely a history-centric Pinterest clone. In all honesty, that would be doing it a great injustice.

Pocket Universe

Pocket Universe is an app that acts as a student’s own personal planetarium. Users are led along a space odyssey as advanced cosmological principles are simplified and explained, all while competing against other planetary voyagers from around the globe. An augmented, virtual walk along the surface of Mars, for instance, is just one of a multitude of features that set Pocket Universe high above the competition. A free demo exists for Apple and Android, and at a price of just $2.99, the premium app is worth every penny.

Game Development


Create stories, games, and animations
Share with others around the world

Graph Calculator


Graphmatica is a free graphing calculator that will graph almost any equation or inequality in almost any form.

There are Mac and PC versions and it has no .dll files, so you can install it on a USB drive and carry it around in your pocket to use on any computer.


If you like creating infographics (I’m a visual learner) this is a really fun application that allows you to work from various templates, adding information. In a few moments I was able to figure it out quite easily.

Presentation Tools

Helping you create PP, video etc. and add your own flavor of special effects a la Hollywood. I could see myself looking into some use. Teaching safety around high voltage for example is always better with the right effects to emphasize hazards.


This is an interesting tool, which isn’t free, but it’s like an online interactive poster board. You can add video text and pictures. Try using this on a big screen at a science fair, rather than the story boards.

Re: copyright – the site promotes “Public for ALL”. Not clear how this works.

The site is gaining members by the hundreds, and there is a place for rating and commenting on glogs. Lots of different categories: Science, Math, Language Arts and more.

For educators, you can also find a Glog for lesson plans. If you like scrapbooking, this may be for you.


As a visual learner, I like studying infographics.  I used to think that these colourful online posters would be complicated to create until I discovered this website.


Educatorstechnology (Canva)

Create Posters

Image and Video Sharing


Image and video sharing website. You can upload and share pictures and videos, and people can comment on them.

You can also organize and edit your photos, and it has features to connect with others to create groups and communities.


PhotoPeach can be used for creating class social media accounts, presentation, pictures, slide shows, video.  There is a monthly fee of $9, but the first month is free.


Slideshare began with a simple goal: To share knowledge online. Since then, SlideShare has grown to become the world’s largest community for sharing presentations and other professional content, for sharing presentations and other professional content


Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family.

Take a picture or video, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram — it’s that easy. You can even share to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more. It’s a new way to see the world.

Oh yeah, did we mention it’s free?


Snagit captures pictures or screenshots and videos for use in other applications. You can customize them with effects, or mark them up.  Snagit can connect your images and videos with Google Drive, Facebook, Twitter, email, and more.

Information Sharing


This is a great site for teachers from all over the world to connect and share ideas. Simple to use, and free.  Very interesting to see what other teachers are sharing and helping others to be informed.

Information Storage

Spicy Nodes

The secret to SpicyNodes is its tree structure, which organizes information in a logical way, letting visitors quickly drill down to the information they seek. At the same time, it gives people a quick glance at large volumes of information and how each piece relates to others around it.  I have attached the link to provide you with more information:

Mind Mapping


Create workflow maps.  Great tool for creating mind maps.


Newspaper (online) Creation

Create your online newspaper in minutes.

Automatically find, publish & promote engaging articles, photos and videos from across the web.



This tool allows you to set up notebooks and notes, and you can also share notes with others.  Keep a separate notebook for different projects.  Syncs to your phone & computers.

Converting writing to text

Online Learning

Collaborize Classroom

Based on an online learning platform that fosters engage participation from all students through online discussions, debates, and group projects. You can ask yes/no, multiple choice, vote or suggest questions (which other students can further vote on).

Videos, pdfs, and audios can be embedded into the questions. There’s a result page that readily analyzes the poll results, and individual participation. Here is a video introducing features of collaborize classroom

Online Meetings

Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your friends or make that conference call more productive than ever.

Online Quizzes, Polls and Feedback


Poll everywhere  is a mobile based app which allows instructors create polls, in-classroom quick quiz, and collect student’s response. It works similarly to Socrative. You can type three types of polls, multiple choice, free text (short answer), and goals poll. It shows live results from the students


Another interesting program to create quizzes yourself and the students can create for themselves is Quiblo. I teach medical terminology, pharmacology, etc. My students need to learn a lot of terminology and drug names and classifications and this site will be useful in making their own quizzes and a fun way to study.


Make sure you get the teacher’s version and your students download the student’s.

This is a great program to create little quizzes and tests and keep track of attendance and completion, averages etc. on your cellphones. You can basically do it in class, and they have to use their cellphones to do it! You can see who is and who isn’t working on it.


Is a test generator that supports four question types – true/false, multiple choices, multiple answers, and fill in blank. It does not ask for any signing up from the students. And the quizzes will be auto graded with a detailed report.

When you create a quiz, a link is generated and your students will access the quiz from the link.


Kahoot is a game based software/web tool that allows the instructor to create and display quizzes and polls on screen in the classroom, send a code to students where they can view the quiz or poll on their web browsers (via desktop, laptop, smart phone, tablet etc.), and select a response to each multiple choice question within a time sensitive response period determined by the instructor.


QuizStar is a free, online platform provided by that instructors can use to

create and administer online quizzes for the physical or virtual classroom. Students can register for and log into QuizStar to take assigned quizzes through any device that has internet access.



Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages.

Upload  audio files and edit them easily. There is  an option to upload a picture to portray the topic. Audioboom also has free apps for different mobile phones.


Online video/podcast presentations

Program Access for Local Computers

The Cloud

The Cloud is an interface software system that connects a network of computers to various applications and programs.  When a company or anyone else wants to use The Cloud the only thing that their computers need to be able to do is to run the Cloud Interface Software.

Project Management

Preceden Timeline Maker

I found a tool that is far easier than using an excel spread sheet for creating time lines or managing projects.  If you like making or using timelines to convey information, you may enjoy this one.   Easy to navigate, enter up to 5 events for free.

This application does offer a teacher rate of $29 and an easy to follow instruction that guide you through the steps to get you started.


Online Binders for Organizing and Presenting your Resources

If you’re like us, you’ve used ‘creative’ tactics to keep track of all your web links, either through email, word documents or endless lists in your browser bookmarks folder. It’s hard to put a group of URLs together in any meaningful format – where’s the context? And sharing is cumbersome for everyone – the sender and the receiver. Have you ever looked through your bookmarks list and forgotten what they are all for?

Story Creation


This is a fun and easy-to-use tool for creating short, visual stories. Students can select artwork, drag and organize photos, and add their own text. These creations can then be published on the web with adjustable privacy settings. There is also the option to allow comments, which is perfect for teachers to encourage student collaboration.


Create stories, games, and animations
Share with others around the world

Selling or Purchasing Original Works

Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is the world’s first and largest open marketplace
for educators to buy, sell, and share their original resources.
TpT helps teachers to teach at their best and provides a community where teachers succeed.

Study Assistance


I teach Medical Terminology and in this site you can make flash cards with medical word parts and their meaning and also add picture and sound.  You can input any information you like and then it will also make you a quiz or a game to play to learn the information.

It would also be great for student to make their own flash card for studying.


Flashcards available in various topics


This site allows you put in a query and gives you an answer. For instance, if you type in “Explain imaginary number”, it explains this term. If you type in “square root -16 =”, it will perform the calculation.  Ask it a question about math, statistics, linguistics, history and it will even provide step-by-step answers while it solves your chemistry or math problems. And, it’s free!

Wolfram | Alpha


Create custom study apps  your students.

Teaching & Learning Tools



This is a link to Karen Sweeny’s blog and has multiple resources on how to utilize the many aspects of YouTube in your educational activities.

Rubrics for Everyone

Teaching & Technology


Connects teachers with technology


Typing Web

Free online typing tutor

Video Conferencing


ooVoo lets you video call with up to 12 friends. Send text, picture, and video messages, and lots more.


Skype is for doing things together, whenever you’re apart. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are

Video Development


This may be a useful tool for creating videos for teaching and learning in a classroom. It provides a secure site for both teacher and students to create their videos, and it also allows teachers to moderate students’ work before the videos are visible to the group.


Animoto is a free short video making site.  It will let you make a 30 second video for free or you can pay $5 a month or $36 a year to make 10 minute video’s.  It has different templates, music that you can add to your video and you can import your photos from your computer or right off your Facebook page.  You can send video to your Facebook page or burn to DVD.  Have a look, I am enjoying finding all these new tools to use in class.


Online video/podcast presentations


A web 2.0 FREE application that allows you to create stunning visual presentations by zooming in, out and around a large, flat canvas or workspace.

Captivate your audience by zooming deeper into details through your story and backing out to the global view.  Take them on a journey, or to an exact address. All within your presentation.


With Tubechop you can take already made videos and alter them to fit your needs.


This program allows the opportunity to use video from other creators (TED, YouTube, Kahn Academy, National Geographic’s) but customize it to fit your classroom’s needs.  You can crop video to include only the parts you need for your lesson, add audio tracks (your own voice for instructions and content), and track progress of students.  The feature, I particularly like is that this tool allows for the use of embedding quizzes.  This piece further engages students but also allows for assessment of the lesson


Create a video on your computer


Loopster a free really good video editing app to produce quality videos.


This is for making presentation with pictures and music like wedding or birthday presentation.

Go Animate

Professional Animated Videos


Make your pictures talk, lots of fun.

Virtual Classrooms


Used for setting up a virtual classroom, messages, different class groups, calendar, quizzes, assignments, and you can even load video lectures.  Keeps records of your information in one place for each separate class. Great online help if you run into any problems.  It can be loaded to student’s phones.


PhotoPeach can be used for creating class social media accounts, presentation, pictures, slide shows, video.  There is a monthly fee of $9, but the first month is free.

Web Site Organization


Delicious is the leading bookmarking service to save, organize and discover interesting links on the web

Web Site Set up

This is a great website for building… websites. It’s free and very comprehensive. I came across it while helping my mom (who is as computer illiterate as anyone I’ve ever met), and she is able to navigate through this site and the one we designed all on her own!


This website is great for creating a website.  User friendly, , plus it’s free.

White Boards/Smart Boards

Concept board

Is a non-flash whiteboard tool used for classroom collaboration and presentation. It works in a way that you can drag files, images, videos and other content to a whiteboard (or any background picture that you can customize), and create a virtual poster. It is easy to navigate, change template, and arrange the “tiles” in order as you prefer.

Smart Boards


Twiddla can be used  similarly to a whiteboard, replay your session, add stick it notes and invite guests to your session.


A simple and free whiteboard recording program that lets you record your pen strokes and your lecture simultaneously. It was developed by Brian C. Dean at Clemson University. It is a very simple tool ideal for
online beginners, whether teachers or students. Lectures developed with LectureScribe can be downloaded to a website or your online course.



This is a unique interactive whiteboard and screen casting tool used by students and educators

Voice Threads


VoiceThreaders are one of the most diverse communities in the world, and that is by design. Participate using your voice, video or text. Use a screen reader or caption your videos. Use any computer, device, or internet connection. Join in the way that works best for you.

Word Pictures


Whether you are creating a presentation or a handout a Wordle can be a great way to pull out some of the key words.



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