Cameron ISD Technology Integration
Free Web 2.0 Tools for Student Projects
A music/audio creator that allows you to post your sounds to easily share them with anyone. Students find it easy to memorize songs so this is a perfect platform for them to show their creativity for remembering facts. Make sure you remind them of digital citizenship skills because SoundCloud encourages students to connect with the community on SoundCloud to build your audience.
Upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Over 50 different types of media can be used in a VoiceThread. Users can comment on VoiceThread slides using a microphone or webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload. VoiceThreads can alos be shared. Keep a VoiceThread private, share it with specific people, or open it up to the entire world.
Use Google Slides to create cloud-based "Power Point" presentations. Easily collaborate by inviting editors or commentators via Google Drive. Easily shared with others or embedded on a website.
Upload your multimedia assets including videos, Adobe PDF files, Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentations, photos and music to VCASMO. Arrange your multimedia assets into a VCASMO presentation. You can easily synchronize your photos or slides to the video or audio, just like a live presentation. While editing your presentation you can insert more slides or photos, change the timing of your presentation, edit the presentation information including the title and description, and control who may view your presentation.
The easy way to create and share extraordinary videos of your life. The online video maker turns your photos, video clips and music into a video presentation in minutes. They offer free teacher accounts with Animoto for Educators.
With Biteslide your students can design and deliver engaging presentations, create portfolios of their best work, collate photos and design albums, and clip images from the web to create a collage. It offers free backgrounds, borders, and stickers. It also allows students to easily collaborate on a project. A free teacher account allows for 1 teacher, 30 students, 1 class project, and unlimited slidebooks. You can create your class and register students. You can also copy slidebooks and control your account by monitoring, editing, or removing anything.
Creaza offers an engaging suite of powerful web-based applications where learners can use their imagination by creating, publishing and sharing digital stories. These applications allow you to make a video presentation, comic strip, mind map, or audio clip.
Smore is a website that helps users create online flyers. Students have to register to use Smore by entering their first and last name, e-mail address, and a password. They also can sign in using Facebook; however, I would not encourage your students to do this due to privacy issues. Users can allow or disable comments for each flyer as well as the social networking features. Smore flyers can also be set as private or public.
Another word cloud generator, but this one allows students to turn words (famous speeches, news articles, websites, blogs) into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text. It also allows students to choose the shape of the word cloud.
Tagul is a web service that enables you to create gorgeous word clouds that you can place on your webpage or share with friends. Tagul clouds have numerous advantages against ordinary text clouds like words inside words feature, fancy fonts, various cloud shapes, custom colors, etc. You can save as a .png file and then print the image.
I made the word cloud at the top of this page with Tagul by copying the web address of this Smore and pasting it into Tagul. Voila, the word cloud was done!
Tackk is a free website maker and will help you create any single-page website (or Tackks) in minutes. Not only is it free, but if you don't mind your website expiring after seven days, you don't even have to sign up. If you decide to go for a free account, you'll get Tackks that never expire, the ability to create multiple Tackks, give them custom URLs, and include contact forms. All other features are available to everyone, and anonymously. To help you get started, Tackk comes with several different themes. Each one comes with the features you're most likely to use on the page, but you can add and remove elements as you please.
Newspaper Clipping Generator
With this web 2.0 tool, students can create a clip from a newspaper. It allows students to title the newspaper, give a date, and title the article. All that is left to do is to type the story. Once their newspaper clip has been generated they can be downloaded as a jpeg file.
Infogr.am allows students to learn how to present information in a visual, dynamic way. Creating infographics may help them understand mathematical concepts like graphing and the correlation between percentages and overall results and other part-whole relationships. Charts and graphs can be used to enhance reports and presentations; because students can add text, they also can work on their writing abilities, including brevity and phrasing information clearly.
Students can create a personal avatar and then have that avatar speak. This would be a great tool to use on a project that requires them to research a specific character. It also allows for students to use their creativity in designing the avatar.
If you have students keep journal issues this is a great tool for you to use. Students set up a journal and title it. (You are only allowed one journal in the free account, but if students pay a subscription fee they could add more journals. ) Students can share it with you and then you could access their journal entries. You can have students add tags to entries to make them easy to find.
Another option is to purchase Penzu Classroom. ($49/year) You can set up a classroom journal and invite students to join the journal through the free account by an access code. There is no limit on class size and it easily organizes your students journal entries. You can make comments and grade the entries and students receive an email when their entry is graded.
Create timelines and flipbooks about any topic. Enter the name, description, and date of the event and it posts to your timeline. You can even upload images to appear with the information. You can view it as a timeline or a flipbook. Great for history projects. Another use would be for students determining events that would allow them to reach their goals in life.
Make Belief Comix
Easily create a comic strip on any topic. You can write in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Latin. Has characters and props for students to use. Each character can show several different emotions. Contains tools for scaling, order, and flipping. Students can print or email their finished comic.
With this tool, students can create, read, and share visual stories.
Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you can make and share on any device.
A great tool for brainstorming. Easily create mind maps then export or print them. It also allows for you to share editing or viewing rights using specific usernames on other accounts.
Easily create a virtual wall where students can post almost anything and it immediately is seen without refreshing the page. The wall allows you to pin Youtube videos and stored documents as well. Give students a specific URL to get to the wall. Works on any device. Walls can be shared or embedded to a website. Great tool for brainstorming or when using the KWL strategy. Students can easily learn from their classmates through collaboration.
Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students safely navigate the digital – and increasingly social – online landscape. Kidblog allows students to exercise digital citizenship within a secure, private classroom blogging space. Teachers have administrative control over all student blogs and accounts. The students' blogs are private by default which allows only their classmates and teacher to view the blogs. Teachers can choose to make posts public. Teachers can also add password protected parent and guest accounts at their discretion.
Blogger allows you to create an account with different blogs. A teacher could create a classroom account and then blog about certain topics. Students can easily post without having to sign-up for anything using a specific email address that goes with each blog. You can even have other community members post to it via that email address. Since it is your blog, you can set it to not show posts until you have approved them.
Wix gives you everything you need to create a stunning website and mobile site for free. Choose from hundreds of templates and styles. You can change text, pictures, background, layout, and more. Students can use Wix create a website about a specific subject very easily.
Another free dynamic website creator that allows full customization.
Allows creation of a website with easy file attachment and comment fields. The customization requires a little bit of a learning curve, but students could easily learn to manage the site. Students can easily create a site, but it requires their site to carry Google's corporate branding