Easy, Free, and Fun Web Tools

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Utilizing Web 2.0 Tools

Utilize and share the best of the web with your colleagues and students, and increase your efficiency with these free Web 2.0 tools.

Presenters:

Rosie Martinez & Fernando Rosa

Technology Teachers

Riverside Middle School
San Benito CISD

rmartinez@sbcisd.net, frosa@sbcisd.net


https://www.smore.com/ym0se

Organization

Symbaloo

Symbaloo -- a visual bookmarking tool that allows you to organize all of your favorite websites in a fun and simple manner. These bookmarks can then be accessed from anywhere, using any device.

Easy, Free, and Fun Web Tools

Print What You Like

PrintWhatYouLike -- type or paste in a url and the tool will grab the website and allow you to remove any parts you don't want. You can then download what remains as a PDF and print.

Presentation

Smore

Smore -- Design beautiful online flyers and newsletters and publish instantly.

They offer paid plans and a free plan. The free plan does not have custom backgrounds. You may use the free plan for as long as you like. There is a limit of 5 flyers, though.

There is a paid Educator account for $59/yr.

Account login required with email.

Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck -- an online presentation tool that is template based. It has many fonts and images filters to choose from, and millions of free images to use within the presentation.


Free public account -- With a public account your Haiku Decks will be publicly viewable, searchable, and reusable.


Must create an account; email address required.

Slides

Slides -- create, import, and share presentations. The product can be embedded and/or viewers can follow along with the presentation using a live view link. The tool contains many features and is ad free.

There is a limit of 250mb of storage for a free account; free account consists of public decks only.

Must create an account; email address required.

Design

Canva

Canva -- an online graphic design tool. Create original works such as banners, logos, infographics, photo collages, and more.

Canva basic platform is free. Users can upload and design with their own images, but also have access to the Canva library containing over a million free and premium professional stock images, icons, and illustrations.

Must create an account; email address required.


Tutorials, Video, and Creating Images

Collaboration

Padlet

Padlet -- an online bulletin board than can be used to collaborate, brainstorm, etc. Users can add text, images, videos, and more.

The administrator needs to register with an email, but others can add to the virtual wall without registration.

Free account, requires registration with email address. (Only the teacher needs an account.)

Backgrounds for Padlet -- Customize your Padlet boards with one of 15 graphic organizers ranging from KW's and Cause/Effect charts to Facts/Opinions and Examples/NonExamples, a free download from TeachersPayTeachers by TechChef4u.

Mindmapping

Text 2 Mind Map

Text 2 Mind Map -- an online tool used to create a mind map for the web. The mind map can be downloaded as a PDF file or image.

Free to use; no registration required.

Registration needed for paid accounts; email address is required.

Comics/Cartoon Creators

ToonDoo

ToonDoo -- a fast way to create online cartoons and comic strips. Easy to use, with a wide range of characters, emotions, props, options, etc. to pick from.

Free to use. Account needed; requires email address but only for registration purposes.

Make Beliefs Comix

Make Beliefs Comix -- online tool that allows you to create your own comic strip. The captions can be in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Latin.

Free to use; no registration required.

Charts

Online Chart Tool

Online Chart Tool -- create various types of charts and download as an image, PDF, or CSV.

Free to use; account needed in order to save chart online.

Audio/Podcast

Vocaroo

Vocaroo -- an online recording program that allows you to save your audio file in a variety of formats such as MP3 or WAV. The sound file can be embedded on a web page, emailed, or accessed by adding a link to the file on a web page.

Free to use; nothing to install, web-based.

Images & Video

Pixabay

Pixabay -- free images and videos you can use anywhere. All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free. Attribution is not required.

Photos for Class

Photos for Class -- images are age appropriate for the school setting; downloaded images automatically cite the author and the image license terms; and, all photos shown are licensed by Creative Commons for public use.

Word Clouds

HTML5 Word Cloud

HTML5 Word Cloud -- free online word cloud generator. Create a word cloud for a given article from a news feed website, blog, facebook, etc.

Wordle

Wordle -- free online word cloud generator.

No login required.

12 Valuable Tips for Using Wordle in the Classroom by Michael Gorman.

200 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom by Michael Gorman.

Tagxedo

Tagxedo -- free online word cloud generator. Turn words into amazing shaped word clouds.

No login required.

Photo/Image Editing

Pixlr

Pixlr -- an online tool for editing images. Manipulate layers, color and more right in the browser.

Free to use; account required with email address.

Maps

Scribble Maps

Scribble Maps -- draw on a map and add features such as markers, images, video, audio, and text. Save as an image, get a link, or embed.

Basic service is free and allows you to create custom maps, widgets, and images.

Video/Recording

Screencast-o-matic

Screencast-o-matic -- online tool to create and share screen recordings.

Free features include 15-minute recording time limit, screen & web cam recording, publish to youtube, and save as video file.

No login required. If decide to register, account requires email address.