Web 2.0 teaching tools

3D Projects Animations & Comics
Audio Editing Bookmarking & Online Collaboration
Blogging Desktop Publishing
Games & Quizzes Language Learning Tools
Instructional Videos and Video Sharing Mind Mapping
Online Storage and Sharing Other Stuff
Photo Editing Tools Presentation Tools and Slideshows
Social Networking Surveys and Polls
Tag (Word) Clouds Timelines
Video Editing Tools


3D Projects

Alice – Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment (free)

Blender - Excellent open source 3D content creation suite (free, must install)

PhotoSynth - A Microsoft web application that takes your photos, mashes them together and recreates a 3D scene out of them that anyone can view and move around in. Windows only. (free)

SketchUp – A desktop application from Google that allows teachers or students to create and share stunning 3D models from coffee pots to skyscrapers (free)

Animation and Comic Strips

Bitstrips – Make your own comic with this web 2.0 tool (free)

Blabberize – Animate pictures to make people, animals or objects talk (free) [edjudo review 3-half star]

Comic master - A free web application that allows you to easily create comics (graphic novels) online. (free) [edjudo review 4 stars]

Cartoonster – Tutorials aimed at children explaining how to create animations (free)

DoInk – Allows you to create and share animations (free with paid extras) [edjudo review 3 stars]

Domo – Create animations which can be embedded into blogs, wikis and other websites. Primary aged. (free)

Go!Animate – Make your own animated characters and create animated comic strips and cartoons (free)

Make Beliefs Comix - Create comic strips online (free)

Pixton - An online drop and drag comic creator with a paid education section for teachers and students to work in a secure environment. (14 day free trial)

SmashMash.tv - Animates pictures and photographs by making them move or add speech bubble, audio or video. However you will need to download and install a plug-in (free)

Stripgenerator - A web 2.0 cartoon strip generator (free)

Toondoo – Create your own comic characters and comic strips. (free for basic features only)

Voki - Allows you to create personalised speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile and in email messages. Great for teaching languages. (free)

Xtranormal – A simplistic but versatile moviemaking system that uses virtual characters and a text to speech facility (free)

Zimmer Twins - A website devoted to children and creative storytelling. Children can create and share their own animated stories (free)

Audio Editing Tools

Audacity – Excellent audio software to record or install sounds to your computer (microphone needed) and edit them afterwards. Also great for editing or mixing songs (free)

Audio Expert - A free and simple online audio editor, file converter and sound recorder.

Jamendo - A community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. Share your music or download other artists (free)

UJAM- UJAM is a cloud-based platform that empowers everybody to easily create new music and share it with friends (free)

Bookmarking and Online Collaboration

Delicious – Access your book-marks from any computer and share them with colleagues, students or friends (free)

Convore – Convore is a quick way to instant message with groups of friends in real-time (free)

Diigo – Collect, organise and share with diego. Bookmark, highlight text and images, add sticky notes to webpages

Dropmocks – Create and share image galleries online by dragging photos into your browser

Pinterest – An online pin board. Organise and share things you love

Piratepad - Work collaborately online via a simple text editor updated and shared in real time  [edjudo review 3-halfstar]

PrimaryPad - Work collaborately online via a web 2.0 word processing document  [edjudo review 4 stars]

Sync.in - A web 2.0 based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time

Stixy - Create your own online bulletin boards by sticking notes, appointments, files, photos on the screen for yourself or for others to see (free)

Scribblar – Designed for creative, real-time collaboration. Users can collaborate on the creation and editing of images, drawings or even mathematical equations (free)

Titanpad – Lets people work on one document simultaneously. Good for collaborative teaching and learning tasks (free) [edjudo review 3-halfstar]

TypeWith.me - Web 2.0 tool that allows users to collaborate on a single document  [edjudo review 3-halfstar]

Wallwisher - An online notice board maker where anyone can place messages or other media on the screen. Good for group discussion and collaboration (free) [edjudo review 4 stars]

Blogging

Audioboo – An audio-blogging site where you can send updates through the web, phone or its own iPhone app. (free)

Blogger – Web 2.0 blog writing tool (Free)

Edublogs – A hosted blogging platform designed for education (free with advertising)

iPadio – Broadcast from any phone to the Internet live. Create phone blogs and let others know what your thinking (free)

Podomatic - A podcast community and publication tool (Free – first 500MB)

Posterous - Easy to use blogging platforms which lets you post media online fast using email, your mobile or the web (free)

Tumblr – A simplified blogging platform that allows you to share anything online. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, desktop, email, or phone (free)

Vocaroo - Still under development, this simple website allows you to record your voice and email it or post it online for others to listen (free)

Voicethread - A collaborative, multimedia slide show where many people can add comments online. Store images, documents, videos and audio files (limited free educators account)

Wikispaces – Educators are given a free 2 GB to develop wikis for their classes. Members can create, edit or contribute to pages making it a great collaborative tool. (free for teachers)

WordPress – A blogging platform and content management system. You can set up your own blog using a variety of templates and choose from hundreds of features as you need them. (free)

Desktop Publishing Tools

Open Office - The leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases (free)

PDFCreator - Open source desktop application that creates PDFs from any Windows program (free)

Scribus – An open source desktop publishing application that lets you to create professional documents and page lay-outs and then exports them into PDF format (free)

Zoho - A comprehensive suite of online web applications that includes a word processor, spreadsheets, a presentation tool, a wiki editor, an e-mail client, online storage, quiz maker and too many other features to mention (all free for personal use)

Games, Quizzes and Educational Activities

ABCya – Online educational games aimed at primary school levels (free)

Gnowledge - an education platform where everyone can create, publish, share and take tests, exercises and assignments (free)

Hot Potatoes – Six applications that allows you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web (free)

JClic – A desktop application that creates interactive exercises and multimedia educational activities using Java (free)

Kerpoof - Owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company, kerpoof allows children to draw, tell stories, create cartoons and animations and much more (free)

Sharendipity - A web based creativity suite where anyone can build and deploy engaging and interactive games and other web applications (free)

Quizlet - Create and share flaschcards with your own terms and definitions. Excellent for language learners or to help students revise material (free)

Quiz Revolution – Easy way to make a multimedia quiz for your website or blog (free)

Tutpup – Compete in fun, educational games against other kids from all over the World (free)

Language Learning Tools

Babbel - Interactive online language courses to improve your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation skills

Languages Online -Resources for language teachers and students. Ready made interactive language activities and programs for making your own interactive tasks (free)

Lingro – A unique website that helps language learners read foreign web pages or documents and build their vocabulary at the same time. (free) [edjudo review 4 and a half star]

TypeIt- Allows you type in text requiring foreign accented characters in a variety of languages using your keyboard and online accent keys. You can then email it to yourself or copy paste it into another document. Unfortuantely Asian languages are not yet supported (free)

Writing Fun – Explains the types of text commonly written in schools with printable organizers and examples showing text structures, grammatical features and publishing ideas (free)

Instructional Videos and Video Sharing

5min Life Videopedia – Short instructional videos for every practical questions and DIY project (free)

Commoncraft – Simple three-minute videos to help educators introduce complex subjects (free to view)

EmbedPlus – This website allows you to add extra controls to Youtube embedded videos such as slow motion, zooming, chapters and annotations [edjudo review 4 stars]

Jing -Take a picture or make a short video of what you see on your computer monitor. Excellent for creating video tutorials. (free or $14.95 per year for a pro account) [edjudo review 5 star rating]

mailVU - mailVU provides the ability to record a video email at any time, and send it to recipients where they can open it at any time (free)

TeacherTubeYouTube but for educational purposes. This site is moderated so content is suitable for students. (free)

TED - Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world (free)

Tubechop – Allows you to cut YouTube videos and share only the section that interests you (free)

Vimeo - A simple yet effective video sharing site (free)

Youtube/edu - The world most popular online video sharing website sorted to show only videos from education institutions like universities and colleges.

Mind Mapping

Bubbl.us – Create mind-maps either on your own or collaborating with others (free)

Freemind – A desktop application for creating mind-maps written in Java. Must be downloaded and installed (free)

Gliffy – Online diagram software. Create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans and technical drawings (free)

Mindomo – Mind mapping software tool (basic is free, $3 a month for educational pro account)

Mindmeister - Another web application that allows you to create mind-maps (free basic account)

Slatebox – A Tool for collaboratively creating mind maps and organizational charts (free for teachers)

Spicynodes - Allows you to create mindmaps or organizational charts with bits of information — such as text, links, photos, and other media — placed into “nodes,” which are then linked together. You can then embed them into websites, blogs and wikis (free)

Spider Scribe - An online mind map creation service where you can add Word documents, images, maps and more

Xmind - A mind mapping desktop application (free)

Online Storage and Sharing

4Shared - An online storage site allowing you to upload and share music, photos, video and documents (free 10GB)

Box.net – Online file storage where you can manage and share content with your colleagues or students (free 5GB)

DivShare - A tool on the web for storing and sharing your media and documents (free 5GB)

Dropbox The easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online. Highly recommended. (free 2GB basic account) [edjudo review 4 and a half star]

Embedit.in – Upload and embed documents into blogs or other websites

Evernote – Collect all of your ideas, experiences, thoughts and memories into an always-accessible place (free)

Flickr – Very popular online photo management and sharing application (free)

Flipsnack – Flipsnack will quickly convert uploaded PDF documents into a cool virtual magazine with flipping pages.

iSendr - An easy to use file transfer system allowing people to share files with a few clicks (free)

Issuu – Issuu is another tool where students can upload almost any document format and create a virtual flipping book.

Minus – Drag files from your desktop and folders directly to your browser to start sharing (free – for now)

Picasa Web Albums - Create online albums to share photos (free)

Scribd - A document sharing service that allows you to upload, store and share almost any document format for easy viewing online. You can also download millions of books, manuals and articles based on various topics. (free)

Sugarsync - Online storage and sharing of files via computer and mobile phones (free 5GB)

Other Stuff

Bit.ly – Shorten long web addresses, good for twitter users (Free)

Build your Wild Self – Crate human / animal hybrids. Good for descriptions. (free)

Creative Commons Search - Find media and resources which you are legally free to use and share (free)

Edjudo– Supporting web 2.0 tools, teaching, learning and technology in high school

Museum Box - Tools to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box (free)

My Award Maker - Create your own awards to hand out to your students (free)

Storybird – Short art inspired, visual stories you can make, share, read and print (free)

TagGalaxy – A simple, yet amazing web application that searches Flickr tags and displays the results in a creative way. Good for starting a topic and brainstorming on an electronic whiteboard (free)

Youconvertit – Converts most file formats to any other file format including videos, documents, audio and images. (free up to 100MB file, pay for extra features)

Yudu - A digital publishing library allowing anyone to share content with a wide audience

Zamzar – Online file conversions sent to your email (limited free account)

Photo Editing Tools

Aviary – A suite of powerful online creation tools which allow you to create, edit and manipulate images (free)

BeFunky – Get creative with your photos using many fun and simple photo editing and effects (free)

Big Huge Labs - Create puzzles, movie posters, magazine covers, calendars, badges and more from your photos.

Block Posters – Make full size posters from pictures in your computer (free)

Gimp – An excellent open source, image manipulation tool. A good and free alternative to Photoshop.

ImageChef – Allow you to create custom images by combining text, symbols and photos using a variety of online templates (free)

Paint – Free image and photo editing software for computers that run windows. Support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools (free)

Photovisi - Online tool to create photo collages using templates (free +paid extras)

Picasa - Free photo editing software from Google. Download and install (free)

Picnik - Powerful and easy to use photo editing application online (free +paid extras)

Picture2Life - Online image editor which also allows you to edit photos, create collages and animated gif’s (free)

Pixer – Edit your photos online using your browser (free)

Prealoadr - Online tools to upload and optimize photos (free)

Sumo Paint - A professional image editor and painting software in your browser (free to use, paid features available)

Presentation Tools and Slideshows

280 Slides – Create PowerPoint style presentations online (free)

Ahead - A web based non-linear presentation tool very similar to Prezi (free 300MB)

AuthorSTREAM – Allows you to publish and share your PowerPoint presentations as video

Capzles – Create rich multimedia storylines by combining your photos, videos, blogs and audio (free)

Fotobabble – Add your voice to photos and customised slide-shows

Glogster - Create unique, media rich, interactive posters which can be shared online or embeded into wikis (free)

Myplick - Allows you to upload, embed and share presentations online with the option of adding audio narration (free)

OneTrueMedia - Make creative slide shows from templates with your own photos and music (free – 30 sec.)

PhotoPeach - Easy to use slideshows creator. Supports background music, captions and comments (free)

Photo Story 3 – A windows desktop application that makes slideshows using your digital photos (free)

Prezi - A web2.0 application that allows you to create stunning visual presentations by zooming in, out and around a large, flat canvas or workspace (free)

Scratch – Create and share your own interactive stories, games, music and art

Screenr - An online tool that allows you to record what’s happening on your screen and share it with others via twitter, blogs or embed it on your website. Great for online tutorials (free)

Screentoaster - Another online screen recorder that allows you to capture and share what is happening on your computer screen (free)

Slideshare – Upload and share your PowerPoint presentations (free)

Smilebox – Create e-cards, scrapbooks, slideshows, invitations, collages and photo albums from your photographs. More than 1000 customizable templates to choose from (free premium subscription for teachers)

Vuvox - Web application allowing you to turn their digital photos, videos, text and audio clips into interactive stories (free)

Social Networking

99 Chats – Allows teachers to create customisable chat rooms that can be added to a class website or blog (free)

Edmodo – A social learning network for teachers, students, schools and districts (free) [edjudo review 4 and a half star]

Facebook – Needs no explanation

Mahara - Open source software that allows you to create electronic portfolios, weblogs, resumes and social networking systems. It provides you with the tools to set up and share an online personal learning environment (free)

Ning - A platform for creating your own social network. Use it to communicate and share resources with your colleagues, students or friends. (from $2.95 a month)

Sclipo - A set of eLearning tools to teach and collaborate with students (free basic account)

Tinychat - Allows you to video chat online with up to twelve people in a room with HQ video at once. Protected by passwords and moderators, you can even share your desktop or record the conference and embed it onto your website or wiki (free)

Twiducate - Based on the idea of Twitter, Twiducate is a micro-blogging service for schools. You can post resources for students, rhare readings, reflect and encourage discussion (free)

Twitter - Twitter is a real-time micro-blogging service that connects millions of people. It’s a great way for educators to share information, ideas and experiences. Why not sign up and follow me (@edjudo2011) to get started and then see who I follow or serach for topics that interest you (free) [edjudo review 4 stars]

Udemy – Lets you to create online courses, upload presentations, videos, host live classroom sessions and write blog posts (free)

Voxopop – A bit like a message board but using voice rather than text. You can set up a private talk group and help students develop their speaking skills. Great for language activities (free)

WiZiQ – A web-based platform for anyone who wants to teach and learn live, online. A virtual classroom, to create and share online educational content and tests, and to connect with people sharing subject interests (free)

Yammer - Allows you to create your own, private social network. Users can then communicate and share easily and securely (free)

Surveys and Polls

99 Polls – Create customized surveys and polls for your website, blog and social network profiles (free)

Blogpoll - Simple polling tool that can be embedded into any school website or classroom blog (free)

Polldaddy - Create online surveys and polls (limited free account)

Tricider – Team decision making, brainstorming and collaborative solution web 2.0 tool (free)

Survey Monkey - Create online surveys and polls with ease (free basic account)

Tag (Word) Clouds

Tagul - A follow on from Wordle, create customisable word or tag clouds which can be embedded into blogs and wikis (free – still in beta version)

Tagxedo – Following Wordle’s idea of creating visually stunning, customisable word clouds. Tagxedo, however, allows for greater customisation of the final cloud including its shape and file format output (free)

Wordle – The original and still one of the best tag cloud creators. Allows users to create customisable word clouds from any text with the most prominent words highlighted via size (free) [edjudo review 4 stars]

Timelines

Timeglider – Allows you to create timelines which you can zoom in and out from and span from hours to centuries. Great for history or discussing your family tree (free)

Timetoast – Create interactive time lines in minutes and share them on the web (free)

Video Editing Tools

Animoto – Creates a quality slideshow from your uploaded photos and videos (free education license available)

Camstudio – A desktop application that allows you to record your computer screen (free)

DotSUb – Upload a video and create your own subtitles. Good for language learners. (free)

Jaycut - A free online video editor (free)

KickYoutube -Allows you to download and save youtube videos in a variety of formats (free)

Masher - An online video editor that allows users to create by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos from their own uploads or from their large resource library (free)

Pixorial – Upload, edit, convert and organise video files (free for a basic account only)

Stupeflix - Use templates to make creative online videos by combining your images, videos and audio (free basic account)

Comments

  1. Nandkumar Dhanwade says:

    It is very useful for educational research, improving teacher education programme

  2. Mary Beth Pozdol says:

    Thanks for the very helpful resource list of web 2.0 teaching tools. There always seems to be an increasing number of new tools – it is challenging for one to keep current. Thanks for the reviews.

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  4. Awesome blog. This is amazing. Thanks for this great list!

  5. Thanks a lot…

  6. editor similar a Jclic: LIM
    http://www.educalim.com/

  7. Irina, thanks a lot, that’s fantastic!!!

  8. Nancy Zambrano says:

    Thank you. Great set of links.
    Other great tool is http://www.helloslide.com

  9. Sanjib Karki says:

    It is very useful contents , I really like it thank you.

  10. Great list!
    What about Facebook (API) – don’t you see educational potential in this tool?
    And Pinterest maybe?

  11. Richard says:

    Serif has some nice free software as well. It may not all be web 2.0, but it’s free. Look at: https://www.freeserifsoftware.com/

  12. I am surprised that one of my favorite and most used web 2.0 tools isn’t listed here for intuitive and free simultaneous screen and webcam capturing. http://screencast-o-matic.com

  13. Where is Present.me on that list? http://www.present.me a great presentation tool!

    • Hi. Thanks for sharing Ben. I’ll take a look at present.me soon and add it to the list.
      I’m also going to modify the list shortly, to make it easier to find each category

  14. well done you great list, am a teacher very useful information

  15. binoy castellino says:

    Great list! One more:

    Programr (http://programr.com) lets students master programming online in any programming language.
    Students can share their projects for the benefit of fellow students too.

  16. Thanks so much for the wonderful links! It’s going to be great trying them out!

  17. Kristina says:

    There are so many useful links. So nice…

  18. Thank you so much for developing this list! I am trying to integrate some new form of technology into the class everyday. This list will help me so much! I have looked everywhere for something like this.

  19. Sona Chakraborty says:

    After a long I have find such informative site of my need. I am acquainted with Picasa but others are new to me. Masher and KickYoutube would be helpful to me. I definitely try some other like, wordle, Yammer, taxyedo etc.

    I suggest you to add the name of some good sites on languages, OS etc. I know one.

    sona22

  20. Wow! Lots of useful links. This is nice. some of them should be added to my bookmarks. Perhaps, adding a rating per link would make it more interesting.

  21. sangeeta says:

    great set of links. i have bookmarked this page too. very useful.

  22. louie racht says:

    Thanks for the fantastic links- I’ve bookmarked the page.

    I’ve found picasa really easy to use for organizing photos and creating and sharing web albums

    http://download.cnet.com/Picasa/3000-2193_4-10160334.html

  23. Christina Bates says:

    Great set of links. Also add mailvu.com
    I use this to send personalised video messages. It is great for language learners

    • Hi Christina. I had a quick look at mailvu and it looks interesting. I’ll add the link and try to review the website shortly. Thanks for the comment and recommendation.

  24. Nice list of links.