Must Have Web 2.0 tools

Web 2.0 tools is a common workshop provided to teachers.  Teachers can often feel overwhelmed by all the available tools and are not sure where to start.  Below is a list of my “must have” Web 2.0 tools.

  • Blabberize:  Blabberize is fun, easy, and students love it!  You upload a picture, record what you want to say, and Blabberize will make the picture talk.  I use this with students who struggle with public speaking.  They are required to use a picture of themselves and record with their own voice.
  • Evernote:  Evernote allows you to enter notes, clip web articles, discuss and share items with others as well as present.  I encourage students to use Evernote as an online notebook.  Evernote can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection.  I keep my grocery list on Evernote.
  • Game Templates: One great way to engage students in review or learning is to play games.  There are many sites out there that provide game templates.  This link has PowerPoint templates for Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and more.
  • JeopardyLabs:  Not everyone has PowerPoint, so here is a link to another game site that allows you to create games as well including Jeopardy, Bingo, word searches, and more.
  • Online-Stopwatch:  Far too often I tell students as well as teachers they have fifteen minutes to finish and I lose track of the time.  Online-Stopwatch allows you to set a stopwatch or a countdown.  It has some fun options like a bomb countdown, egg timer, and more.
  • Socrative:  Evernote and Socrative are my favorite Web 2.0 tools.  Socrative allows real-time questioning of students via polls, quizzes, exit tickets, etc. and provides teachers with immediate results.