Educational Life In the Fast Lane: Twelve Great Web 2.0 Tools

Download this integration sheet for this activity.

When using any Web 2.0 Tool make sure to read and abide by your district AUP. Also be sure to read the user agreement found at each Web 2.0 site. There maybe items I should be aware of including using such sites with students under the age of 13. Enjoy the interactivity of the Web 2.0.

1. Tital Pad -
Allows for collaborative efforts between educational community members.
It allows students to:
1. Communicate point of need help in Project Based Learning
2. Collaborate as a group,
3. Keep teacher aware of group progress
4. Communicate beyond walls
5. Interview authors and experts
It allows teachers to:
1. Collaborate with each other and saving as a document
2. Keep meeting notes
3. Draft plans
4. Post a discussion
5. Seek student input

2. Will You Type With Me -
Same opportunities as Titan Pad with some added features. These include the ability to import additional files along with Word. These additional files include PDF and HTML. Also allows for output to these same files along with Open Doc, Plain Text, and even Wordle. To be useful with Wordle one should put a space after any one word entries and the last word of any entry. Also has a timeline revision function along with the ability to create QR Code Read Only pages.

3. Linoit -
Linoit is a digital online tool that can serve educators and students in multiple ways. Imagine an electronic classroom display board. One that could leave the classroom and be visible on any computer screen anywhere. Now, dream about the ability to create it in minutes using multi-color post it notes, pictures, drawings, web links, and even videos. Better yet… kids can contribute by being given a URL… no log in needed! Best of all it is fast, easy to use, and dependable. This is just the beginning, because Linoit can be valuable as you plan and organize for your classroom and school needs.

Intro Video 1 -
Intermediate Video 2 -
Beyond Basics Video 3 -
Groups Video 4 -

Fifty Ways To Integrate Linoit In The Classroom
1. Brainstorming a concept… 2. Classifying objects in a lesson… 3. Comparing and contrasting an idea (colors or sides of page)… 4. Sharing and building a web link collection… 5. Developing a character in a novel… 6. Listing properties of
traits… 7. Setting up a group project (Do not use full names)… 8. Posting a nightly question looking for feedback from home… 9. Picture sharing wall on a subject or area… 10. A wall of questions that students may have… 11. A project or assignment board… 12. Get feedback from students or the world (Posting a Board URL on Twitter can get feedback from many people)… 13. Reviews of a book… 14. Feedback on Peer Presentations (Note rules of naming and digital citizenship)… 15. Suggestion Box… 16. A Resource Wall for a unit of study… 17. Vocabulary Listing (could even have students add pictures)… 18. Pros and cons of a subjects or idea… 19. Quiz and test question prompts… 20. Student project posting… 21. Essential or Driving Question posting with reflection allowed… 22. Socratic Seminar points… 23. Calendar for project with posted reminders… 24. Web Quest board… 25. Student theme based board… 26. Story and sentence starters… 27. Grammar/Vocab correction boards (Teacher posts incorrect and students post corrections)… 28. Board of debate stances on a certain topic… 29. Pictures posted to provoke thought… 30. Entry board for Project Based Learning… 31. Community connection board for project… 32. Story builder with sequence of pictures… 33. Website review… 34. Data collection board… 35. Field trip posts from mobile devices 36. Assignments for a differentiated classroom by group or task… 37. Focus on writing short to the point sentences (Since stickies have a character limit)… 38. Collaborative note taking… 39. Short poems and even include pictures… 40. Student organizer… 41. A collaborative story… 42. Student postings of concepts and vocabulary not understood… 43. Listings in categories of parts or speech and word types such as synonyms… 44. Listing of phrases such as idioms 45. Links to student work… 46. Links to resources… 47. A student multimedia project posted on a board using links, pictures, videos… 48. Movable stickies (rank order, match, timeline)… 49. Web and Mindmapping… 50. Portfolios.

4. Todays Meet -
TodaysMeet gives you and your students a somewhat isolated room where you can see only what you need to see. Plus, your audience doesn’t need to learn any new tools like hash tags, log ins, nor do they need to create accounts.
It really is quite easy to use. Once you enter the TodaysMeet site… you are asked to submit a room name and the length of time you wish the room to stay active. This can vary between 2 hours and 1 year. It is best to give the room name a code that is not easily remembered. It is quite simple, but you may wish to read these facts from the site. Once the room is open you are given a unique web address which is usually followed by the room name you submitted. You then give the room name out to individuals (your students) and have them enter the room. Upon entering it will ask for a name. Remember that students should never give their full names or enter any personal or other revealing information in the chat room. This should be part of any proper Digital Citizenship Program as others outside your group could view the website chat room if they guessed or otherwise accessed the submitted address. This is one reason for not naming chat rooms with words that are too common.

How can TodaysMeet be used in education?

1. Note taking by multiple students in class.
2. Student feedback during class or lecture.
3. Small group collaboration between students and teachers.
4. Role playing conversation by students of historical figures or characters from a book.
5. Reviews of topics and feedback from leaders representing a group. (Possibly even made into a game)
6. Conversation with an approved expert, author, community member supporting content standards.
7. Projected on screen to inform teacher of “need to know” moments for students or groups of students
8. Discussion by students between classrooms, schools, districts, states, and nations supporting standards.
9. Conversations ,questions, or note taking during a video segment, television program, guest speaker, or lesson.
10. A transcript record for assessment of student collaboration, inquiry, and/or critical thinking.

Video Tutorial -

5.Wordle -
The king of word cloud generators generating awesome results with full editing capabilities. Check out the advanced tools for even more capabilities. Want to put words together so they stay together in the cloud, then just put a (~) in between – Example (Fort~Wayne). To have students avoid forums and galleries that may not be appropriate be sure to link them using the address ( No log-in or email are required. Program allows printing, in order to save right click on Wordle picture and save as a jpeg andor make a screen print. While I never ran out of my own ideas I had the need to surf the internet to find how others were creating their own Wordles. I found a collection of famous and current presidential speeches . In fact, the Boston Globe published an analysis of McCain’s and Obama’s presidential speeches. How about a website that provides a Wordle Quiz to guess song titles. Take a look at these famous speeches through history as viewed through a Wordle. You can even Wordle your Twitter as displayed at this site. A country’s constitution may be an insightful Wordle, perhaps even two contrasting constitutions as displayed in the USA/India Wordle. I looked hard and could not find Wordles to match ingredients found in food. Being a past science teacher I desired a Wordle displaying the make up of a compound using the chemical equation and element word frequency. Unfortunately no such Wordle!
Which leads to using Wordle in the classroom, if you hadn’t already noticed I had started this topic. Your imagination and creativity is the best approach, but if you need a jump start some of these websites may help. You may want to check out 20 ideas at the Clever Sheep. How about this slide presentation created by Todd Barret that discusses Thirty-eight Ways To Use Wordle. TheWordle Users Group also has a wealth of ideas and information if you are willing to dig through the forum. These Ten Insights come from the U.K give an abundance of ideas to build on. I am excited about extending my new addiction with other past addictions. By multitasking these addictions I could super impose a Wordle over an existing graphic or picture. Think of the implications in animating your Wordle. Both of these are ideas that I will be exploring in the future on my 21centuryedtech wiki that is hosted separate from this blog. Check it out!

Wordle Ideas For Classroom Use

  • Copy or paste your course/chapter description
  • Have students analyze a report or lab write up
  • Collectively make a set of norms for a project/class
  • Create from a famous person short biography
  • Classroom polls and feedback
  • Famous speeches
  • Compare & contrast two opposing theories/predictions/writings
  • Paste presentation notes and look for redundancy
  • Classification of ideas/objects
  • Properties of objects, periods of time, concepts
  • Famous speeches
  • Compare & contrast two opposing theories/predictions/writings
  • Paste presentation notes and look for redundancy
  • Classification of ideas/objects
  • Properties of objects, periods of time, concepts
  • Story problems in math
  • Word cloud of a reflection… compare to a total class word cloud
  • Feedback of student understanding
  • Create and examine a word cloud of internet reading
  • Explore ratios, percentages, and fractions in math by examining word size
  • Word cloud of reaction to paintings, sculptures, novels, movies, opinions
  • Make word cloud of notes to see major concepts
  • Food diary for the last few weeks
  • Word cloud of a poem or song
  • Word cloud of a nonfiction technical reading to create vocabulary need to know
  • Word cloud of reaction to paintings, sculptures, novels, movies, opinions
  • Make word cloud of notes to see major concepts
  • Food diary for the last few weeks
  • Word cloud of a poem or song
  • Word cloud of a nonfiction technical reading to create vocabulary need to know

  • Note - In order to save a Wordle use your screen capture program to copy it. Then bring it into Word (or other program) and use the crop tool to show only the Wordle.

Video Tutorial On Using Wordle -
Video Tuturial Wordle Part 2 -

6. Tagxedo -
The website proclaims, “Tag Clouds with Style”, a mission I feel was accomplished. You will discover that this cutting edge program is an outstanding free application very similar to our good friend, Wordle . The creater of Tagxedo emphasized to me that Tagxedo has a few extra qualities not found in all Word Cloud Generators. After visiting and experimenting with the site I agree that Tagxedo does offer some awesome features.So what makes Tagxedo stand out? Some of the features that Leung pointed out to me include; highly interactive (no server round-trip), fast cloud generation time, custom shapes and themes, powerful layout engine (very nice shape hugging), and lots of fonts (including custom user fonts and fonts from Font Squirrel). Most importantly, the interface allows the user to save “word clouds” as PNG and JPG image files and it also saves a History View (allowing user to see all “versions” and pick the one they like).As you explore the site be sure to read the FAQ page which includes directions and future plans for the product. It is school friendly, due to the fact that it does not require a user log-in.

Video Tutorial With Tagxedo -

7. PhotoPeach -
The idea behind PhotoPeach is to help you tell better stories online using photos.With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family. They also support background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further. There are also special educator accounts that allow teachers to create classroom accounts. The quiz feature is quitre cool and can be used in the educational setting. Photopeach is used by educators and students in hundreds of schools world wide, including schools in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, England, Pakistan, Argentina,Thailand, and more. he combination of images, music, and text helps students learn about presentation, expression, writing, communication skills, art appreciation, and media literacy. The quality of the finished work is great and students will remember it forever. Start creating fun slideshows with captions, soundtracks, quizzes, and easy editing controls!

Other Educational Uses Of PhotoPeach
  • Library: Introduce new upcoming books with the image of the covers by a librarian; promote library actions; create book trailers
  • For second language class / ESL class: Vocabulary with pictures / vocabulary quiz; Storytelling / story creation; Work with grammar content
  • Assistive technology class: Support reading and writing for students with disabilities
  • Technology class: Show students and staff how to use computer applications
  • Kindergarten: Mothers day and Fathers day slideshow to share with the parents; travels of "Billy Shakesbear"
  • Tutorial for students / Introduction of the curriculum content
  • End of year slideshow
  • As an assessment tool
  • “20 things about me”
  • Slideshow about the rights for the children
  • International exchange between schools
  • Teachers’ training
  • For presentations at conference

Take a look at this instruction page that explains how to use PhotoPeach -
Video Explaining Photopeach -
Check out this link to educational category -
Look at the quiz function... great for smart board -

8 Animoto -
Enhance your digital classroom with Animoto, the perfect tool for creating videos and presentations. It takes just minutes to create a video which can bring your lessons to life. Educators can apply for a free educator account to use in their classroom. Videos created can use both stills and motion picture put together. Animoto automatically analyzes music, photos and video clips, and orchestrates a custom video. Leaving you and your students free to focus on the content and narrative of their videos. Mix relevant messaging, statistics and quotes among the pictures your videos to educate your audience and inspire them to action. Spotlight lets you give specific image added prominence and screen time in your video. Animoto makes it easy to share your videos via email, on a blog/website, exported to YouTube, or downloaded to a computer for use in presentations.

Comprehensive Educational Use Video -
60 second video -
Short 5 minute Tutorial for education -
Example Video From Discovery -

9. Ipadio -
Ipadio technology links up the telephone networks with the internet, enabling the live broadcast of audio directly to the internet… all from a standard phone. There’s never been an easier way to record oral assessments, create revision podcasts, or even collect homework. The process involves a simple registration of your phone and the selection of a password. You are then given a toll free number to call, enter the password, and start recording. Your recording is instantly available as a phlog (phone blog) on your own channel at Ipadio. Don’t have the cell phone you registered with Ipadio. There is an easy solution, just use any phone and complete the additional step of entering your registered phone number. After the recording you can visit your own channel and listen to the phlog, email it, embed it in a web page, or even download it as an mp3 to be used in your own multimedia application. You even have the opportunity to edit your phlog and make it public. Ipadio even converts the spoken words to text! Imagine the educational uses of that features. There is even an iPhoneand Android app

Making Assessments Easier - Need to grade students on their speaking abilities? Why grade them on one viewing of a performance live when you can record and archive them, for later play back, second marking and contextualising feedback to the student – showing them the exact moments where they need to improve.

Let the students collect the data -Need to collect data for research? Whether you’re a teacher of seven year olds wanting them to ask grandparents about life as they grew up, or a university professor looking to collect research data, ipadio can be used for both! Take recorded data an embed it in a multimedia production, website, or podcast.

Enable remote learning - Ipadio makes creating and sharing audio easy – simply call up and speak! Your words can be listened to online, downloaded as a podcast or even read as text thanks to speech-to-text conversion with Spinvox. Your broadcasts can also be pushed through social media channels – with phonecasts posted to Twitter, Facebook, and all of the major blogging platforms as soon as they have been recorded. This makes sharing a lecture to those who missed it, or creating a revision podcast for students a breeze – and the learning materials that you create will be available to students on platforms they are already familar with, such as Facebook and iTunes.

Promote Your Institution - Ipadio can be used to engage with people on the outside too! From promoting events going on to hosting interviews with academics and staff, Ipadio can be used to highlight the work that goes on in your school or university, to prospective students and other interested parties. Lectures, lessons and other learning materials could be offered too, and even offered as podcasts on iTunes and your website, raising the profile of educators in your institution.

Keep Parents In-The-Loop - Call ipadio after each class and explain a bit about what went on – that way parents can follow what their children are learning, and support them more effectively at home, in a way that is convenient to them, as they can follow your updates on your website, via podcast, Twitter, blogs and many other avenues – and all you as teacher have to do is make a single phone call!

Video Tutorial -
Understanding Ipadio -

10. Socrative -
Engage your class using any device. Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Socrative apps take a teacher 3 minutes to setup and takes your class 20 seconds to load. So easy, so fast, try it now! Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Teachers login through their device and select an activity which controls the flow of questions and games. Students simply login with their device and interact real time with the content. Student responses are visually represented for multiple choice, true/false and Short Answer questions. For pre-planned activities a teacher can view reports online as a google spreadsheet or as an emailed Excel file.
Take a snapshot of student thinking through real time formative assessment. It's super easy to gather responses and get whole class participation. Just choose your question type, ask a question, and wait for responses. Check in on your students' understanding as they head out the door. Gather responses on their comfort with the material as well as answers to questions you create in real time or prepare before class. Design your own evaluation exercises in minutes by importing questions or inputting them on the website. We'll save them in your account so you can access them anytime. Engage your students in fun exercises that track their performance while they're playing. Enjoy the energy of the moment and get the results sent to you by email. Student responses are presented in an Excel file or viewable online as a google spreadsheet. The multiple choice will be tallied for you! Work with a mix of smartphones, tablets, and computers. All web enabled devices can participate.

Video 1 Socrative -
Video 2 Socrative Explanation -

Designing a lesson
Tutorial 1 Getting Started - - Step by step instructions on how to run the activity while highlighting the collaboration, discussion and formative assessment associated with the routine
Tutorial 2 How to make Exit Ticket Templates -
Tutorial 3 How to create a quiz - - Two methods to make pre-planned Activities/Quizzes....Create Quiz - Within Socrative.....Import Quiz - Complete an Excel Template and Upload it Then: Run your pre-planned activity from the main teacher dashboard by selecting Quick Quiz

11. Remind 101 -
Remind 101 is a fast, safe, easy reminder service that teachers can use to contact both students and parents. It ios private because teachers never see student phone numbers nor do students see the teachers' numbers. It is easy to use with a generated PDF file that teachers can give students telling them how to sign up. Teacher class sign up takes only minutes. Teachers can manage up to ten classes and instantly send a message to every student and parent. An online calendar allows for schedules to be set months out. The history always shows what message went out to whom.

Video -

12 VoiceThread -
With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leavecomments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites andexported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies. VoiceThread inspires collaboration and expression with 5 innovative ways to comment. Collect the voices of an entire group on a single slide by computer microphone, telephone, text, audio file (MP3/WAV), and webcam. Simple voice and video commenting takes place right in your web browser with no software to install.
VoiceThread supports dozens of standard file formats. Whether it's home videos, business presentations, or vacation photos, VoiceThread is ready for your multimedia and the conversations they will inspire. VoiceThread supports PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (including Office 2007 formats), images, and videos. Store your photos someplace else? VoiceThread even imports photos from Flickr, Facebook, or the web. With Doodling, you can draw on top of the media as you record your comment (using mic, webcam, or keyboard). VoiceThread's innovative Video Doodling feature allows you to control the playback of a video, while Doodling and commenting on specific video segments. VoiceThread Doodles are synced to your comment, showing viewers your thoughts in action. VoiceThread's Comment Moderation allows VoiceThread creators and editors to pick which comments are shown to everyone else. So, an editor can easily choose the best 5 comments out of a selection of 100 and turn an epic novel into a succinct short story. One VoiceThread account can have many identities (commenting avatars) associated with it. A family, a class, or an interesting person can switch identities on-the-fly without having to sign in with a different account. Think 22 kids, 45 minutes, and a project to complete - and you'll understand the wonder of this feature.
With VoiceThread Mobile, all of your content is also available on the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®. Whether you're working from the Mobile App or from your web browser, experience the simplicity and flexibility you expect from VoiceThread.
Download the App and sign into your account to:
  • Capture images from your camera or upload from your photo library
  • Flip through slides with the flick of a finger and annotate while you narrate
  • Share as easily as sending an email
  • Receive notifications for new comments on your VoiceThreads
  • Access the extensive catalog of existing content on

VoiceThread also has a paid subscription based educational area for that extra security. All of the fee based VoiceThread K-12 Products use Ed.VoiceThread, a secure and accountable environment found at It's a web-based communications network built specifically for K-12 Students and Educators. Learn more at the educational website.

Learn more from the below tutorials

What is a VoiceThread -
Make a VoiceThread in one minute -
Comment Moderation -
Indentities -
VoiceThread Presentations -
Video Doodling -
Embedding a VoiceThread -

Video Tutorial Basics -
Short Beginner Tutorial -