Web 2.0 tools for teachers
With Dropbox any file you save, will automatically be save to all your computers, phones, tablets and the Dropbox website.The file sharing option allows you to publish to the web any file that is in your Dropbox account. To do this simply click "get link" next to your file's name and a URL for your file will be generated. Give that URL to anyone you want to view your file. Publishing isn't limited to just one file at a time, you can publish an entire folder from your Dropbox account with one link. Dropbox eliminates the need for flashdrives/ USB drives and eliminates the need to send email attachments in order to share files.That makes it a great place to collect your students' work without flooding your email inbox.
Edmodo is an easy to use, communication / educational tool /site to use with classes. It's set up much like Facebook so the format is familiar and appealing to students. Some of the things you can do are: set up class communications, upload assignments, send reminders, collect work online, mark work online, connect with other teachers world wide, (this has lots of potential especially for connecting across schools for moderation requirements under the Australian national curriculum), access the libraries of work that other teachers with whom you have connected have created, give others access to your own library of resources, communicate with students during and outside lesson times ...
Vizaroo is a web based instant feedback generator. Students and their teacher access it from any device that connects to the internet. Feedback collected from students can be displayed in one of three ways: a web format of connected ideas, a Venn diagram format, or in a simple "yes or no" two column format. Use Vizaroo to give all students opportunities to contribute to class discussions rather than one at a time as is the case in traditional classrooms.
Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "Tweets".
The videos in this playlist outline some of Twitter's features and give a few ideas of the possibilities for teaching and learning.
Stich.it offers a fast, efficient way to share a list of links. Stich.It can help! It’s a simple tool which allows you to “stich” links together and turn them into a single slideshow to share with others.Your slideshow can include web pages, images, videos, music, photos and documents. If you can link it, you can stich it. You can also give your show a title and annotate each link.
Linkbunch is a similar tool to Stich.it but it generates a shorter URL which is better if you want to share links via Twitter or SMS
Metta enables teachers and students to create Multimedia Presentations & Quizzes in Edmodo by combining videos from YouTube, pictures from the web or from their desktop, text, and voice recordings. Users can also pull content in from Pinterest and Twitter to use in their final product.
Triptico is a free downloadable application that runs on Adobe Air, making it compatible with both Macs and PCs. It can be used with any make and model of interactive whiteboard to engage students and foster classroom participation. Once you have installed and launched the application, you can explore the different activities available by scrolling from left to right in the main screen or simply by clicking on favourites. From there you can easily navigate to any of the different interactive activity makers and you can then customise your own activities to suit your subject and lesson. At the foot of the Triptico home page you can read a review of the available resources that make up this tool or watch a video overview of the features.
Class dojo is free software that enables teachers to manage the classroom behaviour of their students.This link uses Glogster to explain how class dojo works. Click on the different elements in the glog.
PortfolioGen is a free online service for teachers to create their own customized portfolio webpage. In addition to displaying videos of their work teachers can write "about me" pages, highlight their certifications, upload documents, and link to other examples of their work. Teachers receive their own URL web address allowing them to share their credentials with prospective employers, principals and peers.
There are a lot of advantages to using a free QR code generator like Qurify to generate your own QR codes for your students: you can take students directly to a website you have chosen, thus eliminating the frustration and time spent typing in long web addresses.Check out this article for an outline of why one educator uses QR codes in the classroom.
Doodle is a free tool for scheduling meetings with a group of people. Simply create a meeting title, select a series of dates and times for a possible meeting, then invite people to choose the dates and times that work best for them. As the meeting scheduler you set the final meeting time based on the most commonly selected date and time. Click here to check out other free online scheduling tools.
GoConqr provides free study tools for students and teachers. It enables them to create Mind Maps, Flashcards, Notes and Quizzes. The intuitive and easy to use tools in GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) allow users to create, discover and share study resources. GoConqr enables teachers to easily form learning groups to share resources and conduct discussions.
Shareor is a free social networking platform designed exclusively for teachers. Shareor enables educators to share, collaborate, and connect within the teacher community.
Use ForAllRubrics to find or create rubrics in your web browser. You can complete them on your iPad by going to ForAllRubrics.com in Safari. Safari can store and sync rubrics for use offline. You can print rubrics or save them as a PDF or spreadsheet. Students are also able to log in to view their rubrics.
Permission Click enables you to use your existing school process to create a permission slip that can then be uploaded to Permission Click, or select one of their templates instead. Parents simply click a link that takes them directly to the digital permission slip. Teachers can readily check how many slips have been signed, by whom, and for which students.
The Languages and leadership e-book expands on the ideas developed in the report by Dr Sarah Elaine Eaton: Global trends in Language learning in the 21st century and has some good practical suggestions for activities that help promote languages.