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The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity to learn a little more about web tools that can be used to improve and enhance your classroom experience, to see examples of how they can be used, and to share success stories and creative ideas about how to use and integrate them.

why web 2 0 tools
Why Web 2.0 Tools?

Now we share what we are learning, through:

  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Photo sharing sites
  • Podcasts
  • and other new online resources are the tools of today's students

Tools many of us grew up with:

  • Pen
  • paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons
  • Construction
  • paper typewriter
  • and watercolors

Why Blog in the Classroom?

Students and teachers have an opportunity to express themselves. Participants are:

  • Motivated
  • Enthusiaticsabout writing
  • And love to show what they know
where can you blog
Where can you blog:

Let’s check out:

  • Easy Class Sites:
  • Bravenet -
keep up to date by reading blogs
Keep Up-to -Date by Reading Blogs

A simple way to do this is to sign up for an account on bloglines:

  • Think of RSS as a beacon that announces when new online content is available.
educational technology blog
Educational Technology Blog

A practical guide to integrating technology in the classroom

wikis in the classroom
Wikis in the Classroom

Free Wiki for Classroom Use:

  • Wikispaces

Let’s take a look at how a teacher used as wiki for story telling:

just what is a podcast
Just what is a Podcast?
  • If blogs are similar to keeping a journal in cyberspace, and wikis relate to collaborating with others in cyberspace, then, podcasting is like broadcasting out loud thoughts, ideas, and knowledge in cyberspace.
how podcasting can be done in the classroom
How Podcasting Can be Done in the Classroom

Audacity is downloaded to all teacher laptops, and is free software that is easy to use and contains an audio editor and recorder.

Excellent tutorials for Audacity:

what do you do with these audio tracks
What do you do with these audio tracks:
  • Save the files as:
  • MP3 files for downloading on an iPod or posting to a website.
  • If you will be inserting the files into a power point, you may want to export the files into a WAV file.
alternatives to using audacity
Alternatives to Using Audacity

Pod Bean

An ultra simple podcast publishing solution. Everything you need. This is a free basic solution for entry-level podcasters.


Free audio stories for kids:

teacher tasks less tedious with the help of the internet
Teacher Tasks less Tedious with the Help of the Internet!
  • Here are some websites that you are sure to love! These websites give teachers the opportunities to utilize these wonderful “tools” that are free on the internet:

Free Online FlashcardsWith Spaced Repetition

  • Faster, free and more elegant
  • Flashcard DB makes it easy to create, study and share flashcards online
a real favorite personal educational press
A Real Favorite: Personal Educational Press

Create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes to print directly from your browser.

free already made timelines
Free “Already Made” Timelines

Browse the Past and some Futures... a collection of Timelines on the Web

bulletin board hang ups
Bulletin Board “Hang Ups”

Let’s have a little fun! Click here for a brain twister:

teacher tools and templates from education world
Teacher Tools and Templates From Education-World
  • Click on Teacher Tools and Templates to find such items as award certificates, calendars, and worksheets.
kid friendly search engines
Kid Friendly Search Engines
  • Quintua For Kids – Narrow down their search

Ithaki4 KiDshelps you to find the best sites just for kids via searching in real time several search engines for kids like DmozKids, Yahooligans, FactMonster, ArtKIDSRule, AolKIDS, AwesomeLibrary & KidsClick!.

a picture is worth a thousand words
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Pictures enhance teacher worksheets, awards and parent letters. Students products that utilize pictures make a story come alive.

The following websites provide realistic images, cartoon-like clip art and photography:

voice thread for the classroom
Voice Thread for the Classroom

Teachers register their students and form communities that are safe and secure.

Free service which should serve the average classroom .

What’s a voice thread?

a daily dose of technology
A Daily Dose of Technology!
  • Look to these websites for sources of interesting daily activities:
  • Daily Analogies from Fact Monster
  • Physical Education Daily Kids Quiz
  • Daily Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day
  • Daily Quotations from Education World
i d like to share my wiki with you
I’d like to share my Wiki with you!

Let’s take a few minutes to check out some online tools…