Although all of these tools are free, fun, and easily adapted for educational purposes, their true power lies in the ways that they can be combined to further educational, emotional, personal, and social aims.


Categories

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Creativity Tools


  • acapela-box-logo.jpg - Text-to-speech: type your text in the box, select from m/f native speaker voices in many languages (including LCTLs), adjust speech rate and voice shaping, then download your file

  • AnimotoLogo.jpg- Upload photos, select music, add text, and it makes short videos for you for free

  • BigHugeLabsLogo.png - Create badges, billboards, CD covers, collages, cubes, jigsaw puzzles, magazine covers, mosaics, movie posters, trading cards, and more

  • BlabberizeLogo.jpg- Take any image, add a mouth to it, record something for it to say, and watch it become a moving conversationalist!

  • BookrLogo.jpg - Create free photobooks from copyright-safe Flickr images and a template

  • BubblejoyLogo.png - Record a short video with a webcam, select a card design, & share via URL or Twitter

  • bubblePLY_logo.gif - "Write" on online videos by adding pop-up speech bubbles and effects, then save and play

  • Cmap - Free, online collaborative concept mapping that allows you to attach documents and photos and include hyperlinks. http://cmap.ihmc.us/


  • dabbleboard_logo.png- Collaborative whiteboard
  • DumprLogo.png - Make coloring books and other interesting things from photos, save as JPEGs and use as illustrations for assignments or worksheets
  • EdmodoLogo.jpg - Collaborative social community (a la Facebook) for students and teachers in educational settings

  • FlashpaintLogo.jpg - Draw, save, and share

  • FotobabbleLogo.jpg- Upload photos, record a message, and share

  • Generator Blog - A fantastic blog that contains links to all sorts of free, interesting generators (such as cereal boxes, insurance cards, money, etc.) that would be great tools for students to use in creating creative advertising campaigns

  • GliffyLogo.gif - Create diagrams, graphic organizers




  • GoogleDocsLogo.gif- Free, online, collaborative suite of office tools (forms, presentations, spreadsheets, word processing)

  • HootcourseLogo.jpg - An online community similar to Twitter, but designed for use in education

  • ImageChefLogo.gif- Dress up photos with interesting frames and your own captions, then save and share


  • Keep Toolkit - A free, online project planning template that allows students to input images, text, and video into different "boxes" to create a shareable "project portfolio." http://www.cfkeep.org

  • LetterpopLogo.jpg - Create newsletters with photos from templates and host up to 10 online for free at any given time

  • Mindomo - Shareable concept maps - Beautiful interface, not quite as intuitive as some of the others, but can handle attachments of multimedia, documents, etc., and produces a more professional product

  • MixbookLogo.jpg- Create and share photo scrapbooks online (you can also print them)

  • MotivatorPoster.jpg - Create motivational posters by adding your own photos and text



  • Nota - Allows collaborative creation of scrapbook-like pages from multimedia elements. Very intuitive interface. Click on the "learn more" link for more info. Don't need an account to try it out.

  • OurStoryLogo.jpg - Create collaborative timelines with text, photos, and videos. You can also choose a type of album, answer questions, and it will generate it for you

  • Pikipimp - A free, online site that lets you upload pictures, add all sorts of accessories and speech bubbles to them, then save them. The site will generate a URL where the pictures can be viewed, as well as code for your webpage. http://www.pikipimp.com

  • PhotopeachLogo.jpg- Create interactive slideshow quizzes and stories
    • La famille - Slideshow that uses possessive adjectives, family vocab., and famous people to create a fictional family in French
    • Fotos del espacio - Slideshow of photos of black holes, supernovas, etc., labeled in Spanish
    • Polar Bear Quiz - Interactive quiz about polar bears and their habitat
    • ¿Vida o sida? - Slideshow about AIDS in Spanish (note, some images may not be suitable for classroom use
    • Y ahora . . . qué? - Slideshow about aging in Spanish

  • PikistripsLogo.png - Create your own comic strips

  • PreziLogo.jpg - Create dynamic, non-linear presentations and concept maps

  • Protopage - Ever wonder what a Web 2.0 webpage will look like? Well, here's the answer! Register for free to get your own page, then customize the content by clicking on any of the tabs and altering their contents. Make as much as you like public or private. Like someone else's content? Simply click import and watch it all get added to your page!


SimplebookletLogo.png - Very intuitive interface for creating booklets and brochures (similar to Issuu)
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    - Allows threaded brainstorming

  • StorybirdLogo.gif- Students can select illustrations from real children's picture book illustrators, then use them to illustrate their own, original stories. Diacritical marks must be cut and pasted in (via Word, for example)


  • SuperstickiesLogo.png- Put your own text on a Post-it note image

  • TagulLogo.png - Make tag (word) clouds in different shapes

  • TagxedoLogo.jpg - Upload your text (or the URL of your blog) to make tag clouds in all sorts of very detailed shapes

  • ToufeeLogo.gif- Make flash movies for free

  • VocarooLogo.gif- Click, record, share



  • Wallwisher - Collaboratively "graffiti" by posting "stickies" on this online "wall"
  • WeeblyLogo.gif - Free, online website creation

  • XtranormalLogo.png- Create mini, animated videos (or greeting cards) from stock elements
    • Camila y Gozo - Sample conversation between 2 roommates made in Xtranormal (in Spanish)



  • WixLogo.jpg - Create free flash websites

WordleLogo.png- Make your own tag (word) cloud

  • ZooburstLogo.jpg- 3D, augmented reality pop-up books



Collaboration Tools


  • Blogger - Students can use a variety of pre-made templates to create their own blogs for free. These blogs support the uploading of media-based content http://www.blogger.com and can be used as learning logs.


  • Buzzword - Free, collaborative writing webware with PDF and online web conferencing (including audio, video, and screen sharing) [still in beta, but nice interface and recently acquired by Adobe]


  • DeliciousLogo.jpg- Save your bookmarks (a.k.a. "favorites") online & then access them from any computer

  • DiigoLogo.jpg- Same as Delicious, but on steroids (allows highlighting and archiving of webpages, social interaction, etc.)

  • Evite - This site allows you to design custom invitations for various kinds of events, draft a guest list, send the invitations, and track the responses automatically. You can choose from pre-made themes and templates, or create your own.

  • Flickr - Allows you to create libraries of images that you can share with others and is a particularly good place to "store" a shared collection of photos for a group. http://www.flickr.com

  • GliffyLogo.gif - Create diagrams, graphic organizers

  • Goodreads - A great way to build a searchable, virtual library and share it with colleagues

  • GoogleDocsLogo.gif- Free, online, collaborative suite of office tools (forms, presentations, spreadsheets, word processing) that lets multiple users on different computers edit documents simultaneously and save it online. Can also set up forms, embed into webpages or wikis, and have the results aggregate in a Google Doc. Great for collaborative authoring among various group members. Combine this with Skype for voice features too! http://docs.google.com


  • Ning - Social networking platform

  • Pandora - Type in your favorite artists and Pandora will create "stations" of streaming music that is similar to the work of the artists you have selected, based on research from the Music Genome Project. You can create up to 100 stations for free (registration required)! http://www.pandora.com

  • PlaylistLogo.jpg - Search for songs, save them, and then make the playlist available to your students by giving them the direct link or embedding it into a wiki or website


  • SkypeLogo.png- Free software that allows you to talk to anyone in the world (up to 4 people at once) through your computer for free with a cheap headset mic (like the telemarketers wear) as long as the other person also has the software. Great for group conversations about projects. You can also call landlines or cell phones, but there is a charge for that


  • TinyChat.com - Set up an ad-free, "disposable" chat room in one click. No registration required.


  • twitter_logo_header.png- A great tool for keeping up with the latest developments in your chosen fields http://twitter.com

  • Webnote Wiki - Allows users to collaboratively take color-coded notes in a space they create and organize them graphically. People can subscribe to your RSS feed.

  • WeeblyLogo.gif - Free, online website creation--beautiful (drag and drop) interface, excellent templates, even elementary kids could use it, very attractive end results

  • WikispacesLogo.pngWikispaces - Allows you to set up collaborative work spaces where multiple people can collaborate. Allows uploading of documents, files, images, and multimedia in addition to basic text, and includes discussion boards for every page, editing histories, revert options, RSS subscriptions, and the ability to review recent changes. http://www.wikispaces.com

  • YackPack - Allows you to create a community of users and exchange recorded voice messages with them.




Cool Tech Tools

(Master List)

All Things Web 2.0 - Well-organized and nicely categorized collection of web 2.0 resources (includes ratings)

Applian FLV Player

Audacity – Phenomenal, free software you can download and use just like a tape-recorder. Great for projects that require interviewing or sound files. Students can also use it to edit, layer, or remove background noise from their own audio tracks. Even better, they can save the files as MP3 files and export them to their iPods! http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Blogger - Students can use a variety of pre-made templates to create their own blogs for free. These blogs support the uploading of media-based content http://www.blogger.com and can be used as learning logs.

Bloglines - After creating a free account, students can use this service to keep track of the webpages to which they have "subscribed" (for free) using RSS technology http://www.bloglines.com Teachers can "subscribe" to their students' blogs and easily keep track of who has posted new content.

Bubbleshare - Allows you to edit audio and images online for free http://www.bubbleshare.com

Bubbl.us - Easy-to-use, online graphic organizer that is shareable; limited formatting - esp. good for elementary, special flash effects are fun at first http://www.bubbl.us/

Buzzword - Free, collaborative writing webware with PDF and online web conferencing (including audio, video, and screen sharing) [still in beta, but nice interface and recently acquired by Adobe]

Chat Creator - Lets you add a chat window to your site

ClassTools - Provides flash-based templates for the creation of graphic organizers, puzzles, and worksheets http://www.classtools.net/

Clipmarks - Allows you to "clip" images, text, and other pieces of websites into your own personal "archive" and to tag and vote on the items that others have clipped. http://www.clipmarks.com/

ClustrMaps - Lets you add a cluster map that shows the geographical locations of all the visitors to your site - http://www.clustrmaps.com

CutePDF Writer - Free PDF maker

De.licio.us - This free social bookmarking site (with an emphasis on the bookmarking) allows you to create an annotated list of online bookmarks to your favorite websites and to share them with friends. Great for groups who are trying to keep track of what they have each discovered in researching their topics. http://del.icio.us

Diigo - Free social bookmarking service, with an emphasis on the social. Allows

Five Thousand Resources to do Just About Anything Online - Metalist that compiles all the individual collections of lists re: various applications and tools from Mashable (Social Networking News blog) into one giant list.

Flashpaint - Draw, save, and share.

Flickr - Allows you to create libraries of images that you can share with others and is a particularly good place to "store" a shared collection of photos for a group. http://www.flickr.com

Flock - Free social web browser

FoxIt - Free PDF reader that allows users to annotate PDFs via highlighting, text, or drawing tools, to fill out forms and save them, to view PDFs as text, etc. Also has a multi-language interface, self-upgrade, on-demand download, and javascript support.

Gabcast - Allows you to record audio greetings, blog postings, and podcasts from your phone or voice over IP, post them online, and share them for free.

Gcast - Create podcasts--all from the convenience of your cell phone and using a "podsafe" free music library. Also lets you mix playlists online.

Giveaway of the Day - Fully functional, commercial software and tools that can be downloaded for free (one item each day with restricted licenses). Read the "About" section for more information. RSS feed and e-mail subscription notifications available. http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/

Gliffy - An online application that allows you to create diagrams and share them with others. http://www.gliffy.com

Glogster - Free, multimedia poster-maker. You can set up student accounts for educational use.

GoAnimate - Create animated cartoons (with or without audio - which can be recorded via phone)

Go2Web2.0 Directory - A handy directory of Web 2.0 services

Goodreads - A great way to build a searchable, virtual library and share it with colleagues

Google Alerts – Lets you have Google notify you via an e-mail message when anything is posted on the web on the topic of your choice http://www.google.com/alerts/

Google Books – Lets you search the full text of lots of different books http://books.google.com

Google Docs & Forms - Free, online collaborative suite of tools (presentations, spreadsheets, and word processor like Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word) that lets multiple users on different computers edit documents simultaneously and save it online. Can also set up forms, embed into webpages or wikis, and have the results aggregate in a Google Doc. Great for collaborative authoring among various group members. Combine this with Skype for voice features too! http://docs.google.com

Google Earth - Free program that allows you to see 3-dimensional views of the earth, cities, etc.

Google Language Tools - Allows you to translate webpages, select the language you wish to use to interface with your browser, or search country-specific pages using Google's country specific search engines

Google Notebook – Lets you copy snippets from online articles, or create your own running notebook on the topics of your choice online. The notebooks can be kept private or shared, making them a great place for students to take notes, keep track of sources, and know where their peers have already looked. http://www.google.com/gn

Google Reader - After creating a free account, students can use this service to keep track of the webpages to which they have "subscribed" (for free and very easily) using RSS technology. Teachers can "subscribe" to their students' blogs and easily keep track of who has posted new content. http://www.google.com/reader

Google Scholar – Returns only scholarly articles and books, tells you how many people have cited them, and links you to related articles http://scholar.google.com

Google Talk - Free chat program

GoToQuiz.com - Allows you to create free quizzes, polls, and surveys that you can use on your blog, MySpace, etc. http://www.gotoquiz.com/

Issuu - Digital publication in a magazine format

iTunes - Free multimedia player

Jing - Free screencapture from TechSmith (great for providing personalized feedback on student work)

Letterpop - Free online newsletter creation

Media Convert - A free, slick little online tool that will let you identify a media file on your desktop or at a particular URL and convert it to the format of your choice simply by filling in a simple form. No registration required. http://media-convert.com/convert/

Meebo - Lets you manage chat/IM from multiple services all in one window. Also lets you create a customizable chat widget to add to your blog.

Meeting Wizard - A free, online tool that allows you to negotiate a date for an event, send out invitations, collect responses, and send reminders . . . all automatically!

Mindomo (Beautiful interface, not quite as intuitive as some of the others, but can handle attachments of multimedia, documents, etc., and produces a more professional product)

Mixbook - Create free online photo books (think scrapbooking) from tons of templates

My Brochure Maker - Free online brochure creation

Ning - Social networking platform

Pandora - Type in your favorite artists and Pandora will create "stations" of streaming music that is similar to the work of the artists you have selected, based on research from the Music Genome Project. You can create up to 100 stations for free (registration required)! http://www.pandora.com

Photofunia - Upload a photo, select from a comprehensive list of photo effects, then save, create an avatar, etc. Photos deleted every 2 hours

Picnik - Absolutely fabulous, free, easy-to-use, extremely functional, online image editing software. Lets you rotate, crop, color, or edit photos and will soon offer special effects. Interfaces very well with Flicker. (Still in beta) http://www.picnik.com/app/

Playlist.com - Free, online, interactive music player

Protopage - Ever wonder what a Web 2.0 webpage will look like? Well, here's the answer! Register for free to get your own page, then customize the content by clicking on any of the tabs and altering their contents. Make as much as you like public or private. Like someone else's content? Simply click import and watch it all get added to your page!

Quickmaps - Allows you to pinpoint locations on a Google map, title and annotate the map, draw on the map, save all your annotations, and then generates a code you can embed into your blog or website to display the map. http://www.quikmaps.com/

Quintura - A very cool search engine that returns the results visually. Mouse over one of the tag words to see additional layers of results. http://www.quintura.com See the new site for kids here: http://kids.quintura.com/

Reqall - Free service that transcribes the 60-second voice messages you leave and e-mails them to you in text w/ an audio file attachment

Scribd - Allows you to upload documents to share with others http://www.scribd.com/

SearchCrystal - PHENOMENAL tool (still in beta) that taps the power of chunking, comparisons, concept maps, search, AND visual thinking to let you "compare searches, remix, and share!" Can be customized and embedded in your own blog, Facebook, or website.

Second Life - Free virtual world software

Similicio.us - Beautiful, simple site. Type in a URL and this little application returns similar sites culled from people's del.icio.us tags. Very ingenious.

Singshot - American Idol meets You Tube in a Web 2.0 sort of way . . . record and upload songs just like you might do with photos to Flickr. People can vote on them, etc. http://www.singshot.com/index.html

Slide.com - Use premade themes to create slideshows from your photos that you can embed in your blog or website. http://www.slide.com

Slideshare - Post PowerPoint presentations online and embed in your wiki, etc.

Skype – Free software that allows you to talk to anyone in the world (up to 4 people at once) through your computer for free with a cheap headset mic (like the telemarketers wear) as long as the other person also has the software. Great for group conversations about projects. You can also call landlines or cell phones, but there is a charge for that http://www.skype.com

Snap - Gives you visual previews of the websites that appear in your search results. http://www.snap.com

Splashup - Free, webware similar in functionality to Photoshop

Sputtr - Free, customizable search page (uses visual icons)

Storybird - AWESOME site allows students to choose artwork from real children's book artists for their stories. In order to get diacritical marks into the text, students will need to type their stories in Word, then copy and paste into the text boxes - chericem1 chericem1

Survey Monkey - Free, online surveys, quizzes, etc.

Swicki - Free software that allows you to create a search engine on your site that will evolve the results over time to better serve users based on their click patterns. http://swickihome.eurekster.com/faqs.htm

Swivel - Lets you explore, compare, and share data

The Amazing You Tube Tools Collection - A collection of tools to help those interested in using/publishing materials to You Tube.

TinyChat.com - Set up an ad-free, "disposable" chat room in one click. No registration required.

Tubes - Allows users to drag and drop content (audio files, bookmarks, documents, e-mail contact lists, spreadsheets, videos) into a "tube" that can then be accessed by all those who have been invited to share it. Invitees can also upload content to the tube, making project collaboration easier. The latest versions of content in the tube synch up when the user is online. Click on the Download link to see a 30-second demo.

Twitter- Microblogging

Viddler - Allows you to upload up to 500 MB of video directly from the camera to the website, insert timed comments, tags, and share with others

Voicethread - Free software for creating multimedia presentations online

Vuvox - Allows you to create interactive panoramas, interesting visual effects for slideshows that you can build from RSS feeds or photo albums, etc.

Webnote Wiki - Allows users to collaboratively take color-coded notes in a space they create and organize them graphically. People can subscribe to your RSS feed.

Websites as Graphs - Lets you visualize the content of a website (in terms of images, tables, text, etc.) graphically. Useful for evaluating websites in terms of content and design issues.

Weebly - Free, online website creation, beautiful (drag and drop) interface, excellent templates, even elementary kids could use it, very attractive end results

Wikispaces - Allows you to set up collaborative work spaces where multiple people can collaborate. Allows uploading of documents, files, images, and multimedia in addition to basic text, and includes discussion boards for every page, editing histories, revert options, RSS subscriptions, and the ability to review recent changes. http://www.wikispaces.com

Xtranormal - Create mini, animated videos from stock elements

YackPack - Allows you to create a community of users and exchange recorded voice messages with them.

YouConvertIt.com - Convert documents to PDFs while maintaining hyperlinks

Yugma - Free Web 2.0 videoconferencing software. (Read more about Tim Lauer's experiences with it here: http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/2007/02/yugma_free_web_.html) https://www.yugma.com/index.php Interfaces well with Skype

Zamzar - Convert files, download YouTube videos, etc.

Zotero - Super tool for researchers, but could also be used to create libraries of multimedia resources for unit and lesson planning



Personal Productivity


Applian FLV Player

Audacity – Phenomenal, free software you can download and use just like a tape-recorder. Great for projects that require interviewing or sound files. Students can also use it to edit, layer, or remove background noise from their own audio tracks. Even better, they can save the files as MP3 files and export them to their iPods! http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Bubbleshare - Allows you to edit audio and images online for free http://www.bubbleshare.com

Clipmarks - Allows you to "clip" images, text, and other pieces of websites into your own personal "archive" and to tag and vote on the items that others have clipped. http://www.clipmarks.com/

CutePDFLogo.jpg- Create PDFs for free (download the program, the select print, change the printer to CutePDF, and voila!)

DaveSeah.jpg - Printable CEO Series contains printable tracking sheets to improve productivity

DeliciousLogo.jpg- Save your bookmarks (a.k.a. "favorites") online & then access them from any computer

DiigoLogo.jpg- Same as Delicious, but on steroids (allows highlighting and archiving of webpages, social interaction, etc.)

DonorsChooseLogo.gif - Propose a classroom project. Donors can donate to your cause.

doodleLogo.png - Lets you poll large groups of people so you can schedule meetings and events

EviteLogo.jpg- Design invitations and send them via e-mail. See who has RSVP'd

FirstgivingLogo.gif- Online fundraising . . . quickly create a webpage regarding the cause of your choice, send the link to associates, clients, family, and friends, and track your progress

FoxitLogo.gif- "Write" on the PDFs you save

FundableLogo.gif- Online fundraising: Solicit pledges, people pay via credit card or Paypal, but accounts are not charged until at least $1,000 is raised. Project does not have to be service-oriented


Goodreads - A great way to build a searchable, virtual library and share it with colleagues


GoogleAlertsLogo.gif- Make information come to you. Set up the alert and it searches the web and it lets you have Google notify you via an e-mail message when anything is posted on the web on the topic of your choice


Google Books – Lets you search the full text of lots of different books http://books.google.com


GoogleDocsLogo.gif- Collaborate with other members of your department or school and easily share information without e-mail. Free, online collaborative suite of tools (presentations, spreadsheets, and word processor like Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word) that lets multiple users on different computers edit documents simultaneously and save it online. Can also set up forms, embed into webpages or wikis, and have the results aggregate in a Google Doc. Great for collaborative authoring among various group members. Combine this with Skype for voice features too!

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Language Tools - Allows you to translate webpages, select the language you wish to use to interface with your browser, or search country-specific pages using Google's country specific search engines

Google Reader - After creating a free account, students can use this service to keep track of the webpages to which they have "subscribed" (for free and very easily) using RSS technology. Teachers can "subscribe" to their students' blogs and easily keep track of who has posted new content. http://www.google.com/reader

GoogleScholarLogo.gif- Returns only scholarly articles and books, tells you how many people have cited them, and links you to related articles

JingLogo.gif- Free screencasting (requires free download, great for providing personalized feedback on student work)

MediaConvertLogo.png- Free file conversion from one format to another. Lets you identify a media file on your desktop or at a particular URL and convert it to the format of your choice simply by filling in a simple form. No registration required.


Meebo - Lets you manage chat/IM from multiple services all in one window. Also lets you create a customizable chat widget to add to your blog.


MeetingWizardLogo.jpg- A free, online tool that allows you to negotiate a date for an event, send out invitations, collect responses, and send reminders . . . all automatically! Great for setting up meetings and seeing a grid of people's availability

MyNoteItLogo.gif - Online notetaking application

OnlineStopwatchLogo.gif - Online Stopwatch - Use this to monitor group work, to count down how much "English Break Time" is left, etc.



PandoraLogo.jpg - You select the artist or genre and it generates a station that plays music similar to the style of the selected artist

PlaylistLogo.jpg - Search for songs, save them, and then make the playlist available to your students by giving them the direct link or embedding it into a wiki or website



PicnikLogo.gif- Edit photos online for free. Lets you rotate, crop, color, or edit photos. Interfaces very well with Flicker.


PollEverywhereLogo.jpg - Quickly post a question and watch as the votes change while students text their answers to the poll. You can also download your poll as a PowerPoint slide to include in a presentation

PrioritizerLogo.jpg- Make a "to do" list, it helps you prioritize your tasks through a series of forced choices


Quintura - A very cool search engine that returns the results visually. Mouse over one of the tag words to see additional layers of results. http://www.quintura.com See the new site for kids here: http://kids.quintura.com/


RequallLogo.jpg - Leave yourself a 60-second message. It transcribes it and sends the text and audio file to your e-mail and to your online account

Rubistar.jpg- Edit existing rubrics or create your own

SAPLogo.gif- Great PowerPoint tools for soliciting feedback from your audience (including several that integrate with Twitter)

ScribdLogo.png - Upload documents to share with others

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Send Tab URLs Firefox Extension
- Send Tab URLs - Send a list of links from open tabs to yourself or others in an e-mail message with this Firefox extension

SkypeLogo.png- Free software that allows you to talk to anyone in the world (up to 4 people at once) through your computer for free with a cheap headset mic (like the telemarketers wear) as long as the other person also has the software. Great for group conversations about projects. You can also call landlines or cell phones, but there is a charge for that

SlideshareLogo.gif - Upload ppt presentations to share with others (Example: STARTALK: Developing Teacher Leaders)

SplashupLogo.jpg- - Similar to Photoshop, but free & online

StockXchngLogo.gif- Find copyright safe photos for free that you can use in student projects as well as published or web-based materials

Survey Monkey - Free, online surveys, quizzes, etc.

twitter_logo_header.png- A great tool for keeping up with the latest developments in your chosen fields

ViddlerLogo.jpg- Upload up to 500MB of video, then bookmark particular segments within it or allow others to comment on it

videolan-logo.png - Open source video player that will play almost anything


YouConvertIt.com - Convert documents to PDFs while maintaining hyperlinks

YouSendItLogo.gif- Send large files to others using this service

YugmaLogo.gif- Free collaborative meeting software (requires download; Read more about Tim Lauer's experiences with it here: http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/2007/02/yugma_free_web_.html) https://www.yugma.com/index.php Interfaces well with Skype)

WeeblyLogo.gif - Free, online website creation--beautiful (drag and drop) interface, excellent templates, very attractive end results

ZamzarLogo.jpg- Download and convert YouTube videos

ZoteroLogo.jpg- Maintain an annotated, sharable research library with searchable, printable notes and reports; could also be used to create libraries of multimedia resources for unit and lesson planning




Website Creation Tools


All Things Web 2.0 - Well-organized and nicely categorized collection of web 2.0 resources (includes ratings)

Audacity – Phenomenal, free software you can download and use just like a tape-recorder. Great for projects that require interviewing or sound files. Students can also use it to edit, layer, or remove background noise from their own audio tracks. Even better, they can save the files as MP3 files and export them to their iPods! http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Blogger - Students can use a variety of pre-made templates to create their own blogs for free. These blogs support the uploading of media-based content http://www.blogger.com and can be used as learning logs.

Bubbleshare - Allows you to edit audio and images online for free http://www.bubbleshare.com

Chat Creator - Lets you add a chat window to your site

Clipmarks - Allows you to "clip" images, text, and other pieces of websites into your own personal "archive" and to tag and vote on the items that others have clipped. http://www.clipmarks.com/

ClustrMaps - Lets you add a cluster map that shows the geographical locations of all the visitors to your site - http://www.clustrmaps.com

Five Thousand Resources to do Just About Anything Online - Metalist that compiles all the individual collections of lists re: various applications and tools from Mashable (Social Networking News blog) into one giant list.

Gabcast - Allows you to record audio greetings, blog postings, and podcasts from your phone or voice over IP, post them online, and share them for free.

Gcast - Create podcasts--all from the convenience of your cell phone and using a "podsafe" free music library. Also lets you mix playlists online.

Go2Web2.0 Directory - A handy directory of Web 2.0 services

Google Docs & Forms - Free, online collaborative suite of tools (presentations, spreadsheets, and word processor like Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word) that lets multiple users on different computers edit documents simultaneously and save it online. Can also set up forms, embed into webpages or wikis, and have the results aggregate in a Google Doc. Great for collaborative authoring among various group members. Combine this with Skype for voice features too! http://docs.google.com

GoToQuiz.com - Allows you to create free quizzes, polls, and surveys that you can use on your blog, MySpace, etc. http://www.gotoquiz.com/

Jing - Free screencapture from TechSmith (great for providing personalized feedback on student work)

Jumpcut - Allows you to edit digital video for free online. Great for students who don't have access to anything but the internet at home! http://www.jumpcut.com

Media Convert - A free, slick little online tool that will let you identify a media file on your desktop or at a particular URL and convert it to the format of your choice simply by filling in a simple form. No registration required. http://media-convert.com/convert/

Picnik - Absolutely fabulous, free, easy-to-use, extremely functional, online image editing software. Lets you rotate, crop, color, or edit photos and will soon offer special effects. Interfaces very well with Flicker. (Still in beta) http://www.picnik.com/app/

Playlist.com - Free, online, interactive music player that you can embed in your website or wiki

Protopage - Ever wonder what a Web 2.0 webpage will look like? Well, here's the answer! Register for free to get your own page, then customize the content by clicking on any of the tabs and altering their contents. Make as much as you like public or private. Like someone else's content? Simply click import and watch it all get added to your page!

Quickmaps - Allows you to pinpoint locations on a Google map, title and annotate the map, draw on the map, save all your annotations, and then generates a code you can embed into your blog or website to display the map. http://www.quikmaps.com/

Scribd - Allows you to upload documents to share with others http://www.scribd.com/

Slide.com - Use premade themes to create slideshows from your photos that you can embed in your blog or website. http://www.slide.com

Slideshare - Post PowerPoint presentations online and embed in your wiki, etc.

Snap - Gives you visual previews of the websites that appear in your search results. http://www.snap.com

Survey Monkey - Free, online surveys, quizzes, etc.

Swicki - Free software that allows you to create a search engine on your site that will evolve the results over time to better serve users based on their click patterns. http://swickihome.eurekster.com/faqs.htm

The Amazing You Tube Tools Collection - A collection of tools to help those interested in using/publishing materials to You Tube.

Tubes - Allows users to drag and drop content (audio files, bookmarks, documents, e-mail contact lists, spreadsheets, videos) into a "tube" that can then be accessed by all those who have been invited to share it. Invitees can also upload content to the tube, making project collaboration easier. The latest versions of content in the tube synch up when the user is online. Click on the Download link to see a 30-second demo.

Viddler - Allows you to upload up to 500 MB of video directly from the camera to the website, insert timed comments, tags, and share with others

Voicethread - Free software for creating multimedia presentations online

Webnote Wiki - Allows users to collaboratively take color-coded notes in a space they create and organize them graphically. People can subscribe to your RSS feed.

Websites as Graphs - Lets you visualize the content of a website (in terms of images, tables, text, etc.) graphically. Useful for evaluating websites in terms of content and design issues.
WeeblyLogo.gif - Free, online website creation--beautiful (drag and drop) interface, excellent templates, even elementary kids could use it, very attractive end results

Wikispaces - Allows you to set up collaborative work spaces where multiple people can collaborate. Allows uploading of documents, files, images, and multimedia in addition to basic text, and includes discussion boards for every page, editing histories, revert options, RSS subscriptions, and the ability to review recent changes. http://www.wikispaces.com

Xtranormal - Create mini, animated videos from stock elements