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My Favorite Web 2.0

Tools and Websites

Mary M. Silgals, MLIS, M. Ed. in Technology

Independent/Special Schools

March 26, 2010

Discus www scdiscus org


Yes, independent schools are eligible

Username: discus10

Password: myinfo

Etv streamline free http www scetv org
ETV Streamline – Free!:

Brainpop subscription based http www brainpop com
BrainPop – Subscription based

  • Short videos that explain basic math, science, English, and more concepts

  • BrainPop Jr.

  • BrainPop Espanol

  • Activities and Quizzes

  • Calendar -

  • Graphic organizers -

Quia subscription based http www quia com web
Quia – Subscription based

  • Flashcards

  • Multiple choice tests

  • Surveys

  • Shared Activities

  • Create your own activities

    • Match games

    • Concentration

    • Word Search

    • Many more

Survey monkey
Survey Monkey


Photo sharing
Photo Sharing

  • Picasa -

    • Embed on websites

  • Flickr -

Trident academy library grid http marysilgals tripod com newlibrarygrid3 html
Trident Academy Library Grid

Home of superman metropolis il
Home of SupermanMetropolis, IL

Rubistar free http rubistar 4teachers org index php
RubiStar – Free!

  • Rubric generator

  • Drop down choices

  • Variety of subject areas

  • Short registration

Wordle http www wordle net


  • Visuwords -

Newspaper article generator free
Newspaper Article Generator – Free!


Bubblesnaps http www bubblesnaps com

Make believe comix com http www makebeliefscomix com
Make Believe Comix.com

Teachers’ Resources and Writers’ Prompts

Big huge labs free http bighugelabs com
Big Huge Labs – Free!

  • Fun stuff to do with your photos

  • Badge Maker

  • Motivational Posters

  • Magazine Covers

  • Jigsaw Puzzles

  • Calendars

  • Trading cards

  • Much more

Poster generator free http wigflip com automotivator
Poster Generator – Free!

  • Order printed posters

  • Or save as jpg and print yourself

Flash card machine http www flashcardmachine com
Flash Card Machine

  • Share address with your students

  • Integration with iStudyToGo for studying cards on the iPod – Application $14.99-$19.99

  • Database of cards already created

  • Can add photos to cards

  • Free

Imagination cubed
Imagination Cubed


  • Use on Smartboard

  • Records Steps

  • Can Email

  • Can save file

National library of virtual manipulatives
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives


  • Oldie but goodie


  • Google Docs – Share with a group

  • Embed on iGoogle (more later)

  • Templates available

  • Send back and forth with revisions


  • Free and Upgrades

Open office
Open Office

  • Free!

  • Own versions: Write (Word), Database and Calc (Excel), Math, Draw, Impress (PPT)

Storage organization

  • Pageflakes

  • iGoogle


  • SpringPad -

  • EverNotes -

Social bookmarks
Social Bookmarks

  • - Delicious


  • StickyNotes -

    • Basic notes free, upgrades available at subscription cost (forward notes, etc.)

Webnotes http webnotes net

  • Free Register

  • Download toolbar

  • Allows you to highlight text on page

  • Allows you to create sticky notes on page

  • Allows you to create folder to save notes in

  • Allows you to share by email/permalink/twitter

  • Saves links and notes on webpage to reopen

  • Will tell you if any changes have been made since last accessed

  • PDF uploads for annotating

Cam studio
Cam Studio

  • Record your desktop actions and create an instructional video or tutorial

  • Free shareware


Blogging sites free
Blogging sites – Free!

  • Possibilities for creating student/teacher blogs

    • Edublogs

    • Blogster

    • Ning

    • Tumblr

English companion ning
English Companion Ning


  • Conversations with other English professionals via Ninging

  • Topics vary from literature to technology to classroom instructional tips, etc.

Zinepal com

  • Use

    • create your own magazines and eBooks.

    • select content from blogs, Atom/RSS feeds and other websites

    • reformats the content into a printable PDF and an eBook for use with the Amazon Kindle and other eBook readers.

    • Read your zine during your commute, in the park or your favorite coffee shop.

    • e-mail it to your friends or just let them subscribe to your zine feed on

Where are blogs of interest?

Google Blog Search – Drop Down menu

Bookshare org free with application http www bookshare org – Free with application

  • Downloadable books which come with free text reading software – Don Johnson

  • Must apply with a reading based learning disability

Many eyes http manyeyes alphaworks ibm com manyeyes
Many Eyes

  • Free data visualization tool

  • View, create and share any type of data

  • 16 ways to present data including bar charts, diagrams, and word clouds

  • Can comment on data

Audacity free download http audacity sourceforge net
Audacity – Free Download

  • Free download/simple to use and edit

  • Can be used with Photostory or Movie Maker3

Guitar website http www chordbook com guitarchords php
Guitar Website


    • Guitar Scales

    • Guitar Tuner

    • Guitar Chords

      Jam session

Jamstudio com free – Free!



  • Video maker

  • Upload photos

  • Select music

  • Caption photos/Add text

  • Program animates the photos itself

  • Play from website or receive an email of video


Voice thread
Voice Thread


Pulse pens not free but a great assistive technology tool
Pulse Pens – Not free, but a great assistive technology tool

  • Software downloadable

  • Pen 1G = $149.00 at Target

  • Great for students entering college

Adobe reader 9 0
Adobe Reader 9.0 tool

  • Easy way to have text read to students.

  • Scan documents or

  • Convert documents

  • Let the Read Out Loud software read the pdf.

  • Free Download!


Where do i keep my stuff
Where do I keep my stuff? tool

  • Many more links to excellent websites/tools:


  • See other presentation handouts on Reluctant Readers and Assistive technology at this URL

    • Smartboard links Excel sheet:


  • Library Website with links:

Need help
Need help? tool

  • Contact information:

New technologies whatever makes the workload lighter
New Technologies: toolWhatever makes the workload lighter….

  • URL on the back of my card