The Best Of…Websites Edition
With so many tools on the web these days, filtering which are the best for technology integration is quite a task. Currently, there are hundreds of web 2.0 companies touting collaborative tools for the “new” classroom. Often as educators, sifting through this madness can be daunting. Fortunately many bloggers and ed tech enthusiasts have offered some great advice. From my experience, these following websites and software applications are providing the best options on the web today.
Animoto – Turn your photos & videos into pure amazing. Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your media. Fast and shockingly easy.
Big Universe – offers children’s online books with high quality. If you would like full access to the website you do have to pay, however, the free available books are worth using in your class. The quality is second to none.
Ediscio – Create your own flashcards and share it.
Edmodo – Private social communication platform built for educators and students.
Etherpad – web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time.
Google Sketchup – software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like.
Read, Write, Think – offers a wide array of standards-based lesson plans that meaningfully integrate Internet content into the teaching and/or learning experience. The lessons are written for the teacher but include student-ready materials such as worksheets, interactives, and reviewed Web resources.
SchoolTube – education version of YouTube. Simpler and more efficient than TeacherTube.
Scratch – Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.
Scribd – the best document viewing on the web. More popularly know as iPaper.
Slideshare – Upload and share powerpoint presentations and documents for everyone to view.
Snag Films – This is an excellent open source (legal) film sharing website that allows you to show educational documentaries in your classroom. It has an array of topics that include national geographic videos, historical biographies, and international films.
Udutu – online learning simulations made easy.
Visuwords – Online visual dictionary. This website provides a spider web connection to words
VoiceThread – Powerful new way to talk about and share your images, documents, and videos.
Yudu – Read and publish online for free from anywhere. Explore the Library to find magazines, newspapers, eBooks and more.
Zoho – Create, edit, and share your presentations online.