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Free Web 2.0 Tools for Technology Integration

Draw Something!

  • Illustrate a scene from your favorite book.
  • Sketch and label science concepts.
  • Draw objects that start with the letter T.
  • Draw 5 objects to represent a historical character.
Pixlr Editor - Online drawing canvas and photo editor with layers and tools similar to Photoshop Express. Advanced features make it more suited to older students.

DrawSave - DrawSave is an online drawing canvas with limited options. This site might be a better option for those students who are distracted by too many options.

Sketchpad -Sketchpad offers a drawing canvas like Paint that allow options for paint or light. - Similar to Sketchpad, but allows uploading pictures for editing and supports layers

Photo Fun

  • Document procedures during a science experiment
  • Model problem solving using manipulatives in math
  • Edit a photograph of a setting to reflect tone in a piece of literature
  • Blabberize a picture of a historical figure to explain their contributions to society
  • Design a movie poster for a book you've read
  • Make a pocket album or photo collage to illustrate a theme or to classify objects

Pixlr - Pixlr Express is a photo editor similar to Photoshop Express where students can make adjustments to photos and then add effects, borders, text, and stickers to images. Pixlr-o-matic adds playful effects and filters from images. Both versions have apps available for iOS or Android devices.

Picfull - allows users to easily add filters to images.

Blabberize - a fun site that allows you to upload an image, cut out a mouth, and add a voice message

Big Huge Labs - TONS of fun things to do with photos...magazine covers, trading cards, motivational posters, and much, much more

ImageChef - Similar to Big Huge Labs. You must have an account to save images, but generated images can be captured with browser extensions like Pixler Grabber or Awesome Screen Shot.

Get Creative with Text

We all know that writing across the curriculum is good for our kids, but so many students are reluctant to write, especially outside the language arts classroom. Try some of these tools to jazz up your writing assignments.

  • Create a face Facebook page, tweet, text message, or Siri conversation for a literary character, historical figure, or even scientific principles
  • Write a news article, and then format it to look like the front page of a newspaper.
  • Use Wordle or Tagxedo to analyze writing or to illustrate related concepts
  • Generate signs, notes, graffiti walls, etc. to coincide with key points in a story, important historical or current events.

Fodey - Generate a newspaper and add text to other images.

Class Tools - Create fake Facebook pages and Tweets with Fakebook and Twister.

Add Letters - Add text to signs, newspapers, and images.

Your Good News - Generate the front page of a newspaper

iFaketext - Add messages to generate a picture of a fake iphone texting conversation

iFakesiri - Similar to iFake text, only for Siri

Wigflip - Generate speech bubbles, post-its, and more

Wordle - Create and customize word clouds

Tagxedo - Similar to Wordle, but with more customization and download options

Sound Off!

I've included a couple of different types of audio tools for students to use. The first two links are audio recorders that students can use to record their own podcasts. Podcasts are a great tool for allowing students to explain concepts and tell stories. Only they get to speak their final product! They will still practice all their writing skills as they brainstorm the ideas for their podcast and write a script. In fact, I'd bet they make more revisions and drafts of the audio file than they will for a written assignment.

I've also included sources of audio files that can be downloaded and used in student projects.

Gareth Webb

Soundcloud by Gareth Webb
Vocaroo - record sound online

Record MP3 - similar to Vocaroo

Sound Cloud - download music licensed under Creative Commons

CC Mixter - download music licensed under Creative Commons

+Thinking Mathmatically+

Web 2.0 Calculator - online calculator with many advanced functions

FooPlot - graph points, function, polar equations and parametric equations

Pictographs - make your own pictograph

Solvr - collaborative problem solving tool

Weird Converter - conversions based on non-standard units of measure. WARNING!! - Some of the weird units are not appropriate for the classroom! Great tool for you to generate silly conversions to work on estimation and conversion.

Illuminations Activities - 108 online activities you can search by grade band; skills are listed to find appropriate activities from NCTM

Charts and Diagrams

Mapmaker - Choose data from a detailed list and watch Mapmaker generate a map displaying the data

MapMaker Interactive - Similar to Mapmaker, from National Geographic (Flash based)

Pie Color - Create pie charts

Creately - Collaborate with others or work individually to create diagrams. Use the share link or a screenshot to preserve work without a log-in.

Diagrammr - Generate diagrams from sentences

Timelinr - Add events to create a timeline

Chartle - Create many types of charts and graphs online

Create Comics

Make Beliefs Comix - Make your own black and white comic strip with a click of the mouse. (Ok, more than one click, but you catch my drift....)

Write Comics - Choose characters, props, and backgrounds, and then add dialog boxes to create a one panel comic.

Publish Web Pages

Tackk - Create web pages that are good for one week without a sign up.

Dinky Page - Create disposable web pages with a tools similar to wikispaces. Dinky pages do not expire.

Collaboration Tools


Screencast-o-matic - Record your computer screen and download as an MP4, AVI, or FLV file

Gena Montgomery

I am the Technology Integration Specialist at Chapel Hill ISD in Mount Pleasant, TX.