Teacher Tools

Need a place to start? Need a little help? I hope to provide you with some tools and answers to help you (and your classroom) become Web 2.0 savvy.

First of all, what IS Web 2.0?

A Long Version


The video included above was found on TeacherTube. It was created by Prof. Michael Wesch, an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University.

Integrating Technology Resources

Using iMovie in the classroom

Podcasting in the classroom

Google for Educators

Animoto Education Program

Gliffy in the Classroom

Voice Thread in the Classroom

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Links to Resources

Zoho: Online office, presentations, word processor, spreadsheet, and more. Useful for kids to be able to work on projects at home and school. Easy way to bring up student work on your teacher station without having to save it to any external device. Write lesson plans at home, open them up at school. Make a powerpoint-like presentation at school, open it up at home. Work smarter, not harder.

Scratch: A cool program and website developed by smart people at MIT. Download the program, upload and share your projects with other KIDS. Scratch is a program that allows kids to make projects that combine their drawings, pictures, and music, and allows them to remix and edit the different sorts of media together to make cool videos. For more, watch the “about” videos here. Kids can create stories, animations, and games.

ClassTools: Create games, activities, and diagrams which are made in flash format. Teachers and students could both use this resource.

Starfall: Teachers around the world use Starfall.com as an inexpensive way to make the classroom more fun and inspire a love of reading and writing. Parents use Starfall to prepare their children for school, and to support them once they are there. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children. Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.

4Teachers-Teach With Technology: 4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. Discover valuable professional development resources addressing issues such as equity, ELL, technology planning, and at-risk or special-needs students.

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