Lucky 13 - Web 2.0 and YOU!

13 online tools you can use with any grade and any subject!

Life After Death by Powerpoint 2010

1. Smore

I have yet to find an easier way to deliver content than Smore. Smore allows you to create beautiful online newsletters, flyers, advertisements and invitations ... FOR FREE! You can include pictures, embed YouTube videos, audio files, event information and even include biographical information.

Check out this Smore LOADED with Web 2.0 tools!

2. Prezi

Gone are the days of power point slides and linear presentations. Enter Prezi - the zooming presentation tool! Prezi allows you to create non-linear presentations with images, embedded videos, and even bullet points - if you must. You insert your content and designate a presentation path. You can even upload your existing power point slides!

Check out this Prezi if you're interested in building your PLN!

3. Animoto

Animoto is a neat tool for creating video presentations with both still pictures and motion videos. You can add themes and even audio to your video to create a one-of-a-kind video experience. Educators can apply for a free Educator Animoto Plus account to get more features than with a personal "lite" account. Animoto even has an app! Check out the student-made book trailer below.
The Hunger Games Trailer

4. VoiceThread

VoiceThread lets you upload pictures and add audio on top. You can get a single user license for free or a class subscription for $60/year which allows you to have a class management system including student accounts and custom URLs.

Here's a funny example of what VoiceThread can do for you.

5. Jing

Jing is an excellent tool provided by TechSmith (who also makes Camtasia and Snagit) for recording screencasts and publishing them online. Your videos are uploaded to your account where you get 2GB of storage and 2GB of monthly bandwidth. Use this tool for tutorial videos for students, help videos for colleagues, information videos for parents or for video grading.
How to Grade Papers using Google Docs and Jing

6. Voki

Your students will LOVE Voki and so will you because it is free, easy to use, and you don't have to sign up for an account to enjoy this tool (unless you want to pay for an educator account!). Voki allows you to create customized speaking avatars. You can upload your own voice or type in your text to have a number of voices speak out loud. You can change the look of you avatar and the background to fit your context. With the free "no account" version, you can share your avatar with a link or embed it with HTML code, but beware - you cannot save it!

Check out these lesson ideas from Voki!

7. Fodey

Fodey is a simple creation tool that allows you to generate newspaper headlines, movie clappers, talking characters and more. There's nothing fancy about this tool, which makes it perfect for classroom use. Easy to navigate, quick, and basic!

8. Jog the Web

Have you ever wanted your students to visit multiple sites, but find it difficult for them to type in URLs or navigate back and forth? Jog the Web offers a great solution - all of your sites on ONE PAGE! You create your web jog with all of your sites and share one URL with your audience. They can navigate to each site in a pane within one page making navigation a piece of cake!

Check out this web jog with my favorite sessions from TCEA 2012!

9. Today's Meet

Have you ever been teaching away and students keep interrupting your perfectly planned and executed lesson with questions leaving you frustrated and getting you off-task?

Use a backchannel! According to Wikipedia: a backchannel is the practice of using networked computers to maintain a real-time online conversation alongside live spoken remarks.

Todays' Meet is a FREE backchannel that requires no account and is VERY easy to use. Give it a try... Go to and join our room by entering your name and clicking on "join."

Once you have joined our room, tell me your favorite web 2.0 tool from last year and why you thought it was so awesome. This room will stay live for a month, so you can go back and look at everyone's responses to get inspired!

10. LinoIt

There are lots of online sticky note tools out there, but LinoIt is my personal favorite. It's easy to use and I have successfully used with students in grade 2-6. With LinoIt you can also insert pictures and videos to your wall.

Click here or go to to give it a try. Give me an idea of how you could use this tool in your classroom.

Primary teachers, want something a little more "kid-friendly"? No problem! Check out Primary Wall.

11. Poll Everywhere

If you're looking for a quick, simple way to get the pulse of your classroom, Poll Everywhere is the way to do it! can let your kids use their own device to respond! Simply pose a question and allow students to respond either by text or online.

Click here or go to to try it for yourself!

12. Qwiki

Qwiki is an awesome tool that lets you create visually stunning "information experiences." Just type in your topic and enjoy the show. You'll see pictures, hear audio and gather all kinds of information about your topic. You can even sign up for an account now and create your own personalized Qwikis!

13. Little Bird Tales

Use Little Bird Tales with big kids, little kids, and every age in between. This tool pairs your uploaded pictures (or digitally drawn within the tool) with audio files and text for an online book you can share with a link. (You have to pay to download the movie file.)

Below is an example of using Little Bird Tale for Cyber Safety with elementary students.


Tool Evaulation

Hopefully you have learned a new tool that you can use in your classroom next year. Take a few minutes to explore the tools that have been presented and choose one to evaluate. Click here or go to to fill out a Google Form to grade your tool of choice. Then, you can go here to see the results.

Session Evaluation

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About Jessica

I am an Instructional Technology Specialist for Brenham ISD. My favorite hobby is tweeting and building my PLN. I love finding new Web 2.0 tools to share with my faculty and students and I think social networking can be a powerful educational tool. I am a techno junkie...a perfectionist in everything I do (sometimes to a fault!)...and I am one of those people who genuinely enjoys getting up and coming to work each day!