Online Tools

The following is a list of free web-based tools that foster communication and collaboration. Before using a tool with students, it is recommended that you read the terms of service and the privacy police of the service provider.

Suggested Web 2.0 tools

 

Online Tool Description

Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud storage and offers a 2 GB free account. With Dropbox, you can store and share files, pictures, videos and folders with anyone across the Internet.
Edmodo is a free social learning network that can be used by teachers, students and parents. With Edmodo, teachers can post assignments and discussion questions, share photos, videos and Web links, create polls and different work groups.
Glogster EDU is a social network that allows you to create interactive posters called Glogs. Glogs can support text, graphics, music, videos, special effects, Web links and more.
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google. In addition, it allows users to create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms and drawings, and do collaborative editing in real time with multiple users.
Kidblog is a secure, private blogging platform designed for kindergarten to Secondary V students. Students can have their own individual blog and post on other classroom blogs.
Little Bird Tales is a creative digital story telling tool that lets you create slideshows using your own pictures or illustrations and record your voice. The illustrations can be done and paper and photographed or done using the Web site’s integrated art pad. You could also add text and buy your story in mp4 format.
Padlet is an online notice board maker. It lets you create a Web page that is referred to and looks like a wall. You can invite students, parents, and collaborators to post messages on the wall in the form of electronic post-it notes.
PowToon is an online tool that allows you to create animated presentations and cartoon like animated videos. Creations can be played in the online viewer, exported to YouTube or downloaded as an MP4.
Skype is a free software application that you can use to communicate with your friends on the Internet via telephone or video. It also offers instant messaging, screen sharing and file transfer options.
SlideShare is an online slide-sharing application that lets you upload, view and download presentations. You can upload OpenOffice, PowerPoint, Keynote and text files as your presentations.
Storybird is an easy to use collaborative storytelling tool. Select a collection of pictures that inspire you, write a story and your Storybird is done! You can do all the creating yourself or you can invite collaborators to work on a story with you.
TodaysMeet is a Web site that uses live stream to allow participants to have an online conversation in real time.
Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that allows you to send text messages called tweets. Tweets are limited to 140 characters and can be read by all users. However, you need an account to post tweets. You can choose to make your postings public or keep them private.
Vocaroo is an online service that lets you send voice messages over the Internet. Simply record your message and send or embed the Vocaroo widget in your website or blog.
Voicethread is a powerful tool to have conversations around images, videos and documents. A voicethread takes on the form of a slideshow that allows you to navigate slides, draw on them and leave comments.
Wordle is a simple and practical online software application that generates word clouds from texts provided by the user. The words that occur most frequently in a given text appear larger in the cloud.

While the information contained in this list is not meant to be exhaustive and is periodically updated, we do not guarantee that the information provided is correct, complete and/or up-to-date. (Last update: March 2013) Some links on this Web site may lead to other Web sites, including those operated and maintained by third parties. MEESR includes these links solely as suggested resources for the PELIQ-AN project, and the presence of such a link does not imply a responsibility for the linked site or an endorsement of the linked site, its operator or its contents. Before using a tool with students, it is strongly recommended that you read the terms of service and the privacy policy of the service provider in question, as well as your school board’s policy on Internet use. These apps and Web sites have been personally selected by education evaluators and do not necessarily reflect the views of MEESR. Reference to these products and services does not constitute or imply their endorsement or recommendation by MEESR.  

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