The 21st Principal's List of 21st Century Web 2.0 Tools


Over the years, I have collected quite a few bookmarks to Web 2.0 tools and other instructional sites that I thought might be useful in the classroom. I have on occasion shared these via Twitter. Here are some of those sites.

Graphics and Other Visual Tools


ToonDo

ToonDo is one of a whole group of tools that allow users to create comic strips. It is easy to use, and requires users to sign up to use. It is easier to use than some other apps that create toons.

ToonDo


Presentation Tools


Prezi

I know Prezi has become a bit well known now, but it is still a tool that gives users the ability to make a presentation that's just a bit different from your standard PowerPoint. I have the EduPro account which means I also have the desktop version tool to create presentations when I do not have Internet access. There is a bit of a learning curve with this tool, but it's worth it. You can "Wow" them with something besides standard presentation slides and effects.

Prezi

Wordle

This is another one of those old hat apps, that many people already use. Some might even question why I include here under the presentation tools section, but I consider it to be just that, a different way to present content. You really have to try Wordle though to appreciate it. It allows you to create word clouds to represent your ideas and thoughts. It also allows you to share your wordles with others.

Wordle

Vocabulary and Word Learning Tools


VocabVideos

VocabVideos gives teachers one more tool in the arsenal for teaching students vocabulary. This is a web site that seeks to bring some relevancy and fun to learning vocabulary which is a big part of language arts instruction. Users can try this tool out for free by creating a log in account.

VocabVideos


Educational Video and Media Sites


CosmoLearning

CosmoLearning states that its goal is to provide a free online school. It provides users with a selection of courses, documentaries, videos, and images. It is a good starting point when looking for teaching and learning materials.

CosmoLearning

Ustream

Ustream is a live interactive broadcast platform that allows users with an Internet connection and a camera to engage an audience through a webcast. Users can broadcast to audience of unlimited size. It gives users the ability to broadcast live over the Internet.

Ustream



Social Media Education Tools


Edmodo

Edmodo gives teachers a tool to create a safe and controlled social media environment tailor-made for the classroom. Provides a means for posting like Facebook as well as an environment for students to post assignments and for teachers to post grades.

Edmodo


Multi-Media Tools



Vuvox

Users can create an account with Vuvox which allows them to create slideshows and share videos and music. It gives users the means to share their media with their network of friends. Users can also customize and personalize that media. It is a tool that gives users the ability to control their content.

Vuvox