This progam is an interactive and collaborative whiteboard. What seperates this from Twiddla and Scribla is that you can actually download what you've created to your computer for future reference and work. The site has a free and pro(pay) version, but everything most people need is available in the free version.
Both of these sites allow for taking notes and collaborating with group members. Both have iPad or iPhone apps to use.
This is another program similar to Wallwisher and Primary Wall generally more appropriate to secondary classrooms.
The site allows to create live polls that students can respond to using their cell phones. The results compile live. This tool can be used to assess prior knowledge or to act as a closer to a lesson. Registration is required and you are limited to only 40 responses per poll (you'll need to clear results between classes)
This is a nice alternative to Wallwisher. Some participants at presentations reported issues with Wallwisher. This has similar functions as Wallwisher and a little more "curb appeal"
Scribla is a simpler version of Twiddla. Scribla is easier to use, but does not have all the functions that Twiddla does.
This site can be a substitute for the high dollar classroom response systems that are out there that put a "clicker" in every students hands that allows them to respond to questions. Instead of a proprietary clicker, Socrative uses the students own devices (phones, ipads) or classroom devices (laptops, ipads) to act as the clickers. Students do not have to log in or create an account. Socrative also has iPad and iPhone apps if you have classroom ipads or are lucky enough to be in a 1:1 iPad school.
This site allows you to create a live message board to use during lessons, projects, discussions for students to post questions, suggestions, etc. No registration required.
Twiddla provides an online white board where teachers can draw, type, input pictures, and even browse with students following along and participating. Twiddla is free and requires no registration.
Wallwisher provides a semi-customizable online board where people with the link to the board can post virtual "sticky notes" including text, photos, and video. Teachers are required to legislation.
Wikispaces provides free simpleweb pages that students may collaborate on together. Typing, inserting photos, and other basic functions are provided. Wikispaces requires all users to login.
This site allows students to text messages,questions, comments to the site. The site then shows their messages on a live feed, but does not show their number or any identifiable information. The site creates fake usernames for each individual number.
You've probably heard the "Go-to-meeting" advertisements that allow you to share your desktop with someone else online. Yugma allows you to do this for free. The limit is that you can only share your desktop with one person at a time and only for one hour at a time. This could be used for online tutoring or for students working together. The program must be downloaded by at least one participant.
Quizinator allows teachers to create quizzes and tests with a cloud based program. Teachers must register but the service is free. After further use, the process for inputing questions and answers is very time consuming and overly complicated.
Quizlet Flashcard Machine CoboCards
These sites allows students and teachers to create flashcards and study games that can be shared via links or used on mobile devices.
Bubbl.us allows students to create mind maps and organizers in an online cloud based setting. Registration isn't required but is needed to save creations.
This site allows you to take a picture or map and divide it among several pieces of paper. This can beused for lessons or classroom decorations.
This function of google can create word documents, spreadsheets, and even surveys/online quizzes that send data entered by participants into a google spreadsheet. Some entire english departments are using Google documents for writing,submitting, and editing of papers.
This function creates an open phone number that directs all texts and even voicemails to your gmail account. Teachers use this for contacts, oral exams, and texting of answers to short quizzes.
Animoto is similar to Photostory, but allows the input of audio and video in addition to photos. You also get more creative flexibility with your creations. The fact that it's cloud based also is ideal for student work. Fee service
This site has a limited use,but a very funny use. Students can upload a picture and audio they've created, and then the picutre will sync with the audio making the mouth move. There's an example on the home page.
This site creates cloud based multi-media timelines that would be great for storytelling. Registration is required, but the site is free.
The site allows users to create interactive activities like wordsearches, map labelling, fill-in-the blanks, etc. Activities can be sent by link to be played online or embedded in a website. Free but you must register
Glogster allows students to create online posters using multimedia. Students can create individual accounts or teachers can create class accounts.
Kerpoof is run by Disney and generally is intended for Junior High or younger students, though there's nothing keeping high school students from enjoying using the site. The site allows students to create story books, complex animated movies, among other things. The site tends to focus on fiction, there's nothing keeping us from adapting it to history uses.
This site allows you to create your own web channel to broadcast live video footage to selected people. Teachers have used this to live broadcast events in the classroom to parents at home and work. Video footage can also be archived for future viewing.
This site allows students to create photobooks or yearbooks. The service is free, but students can pay for a print copy. Yearbooks for a piece of literature, of even a presidential yearbook.
This site allows students to broadcast live on the web. This is used for web radio shows. This does require a download and there are no privacy settings.
Both of these sites allow you to edit and add effects to pictures much like Photoshop Elements. The sites are free and do not require registration.
Pixton is a draganddrop comic creator like Toondoo, but this site has a very proactive content monitor that helps ensure that kids aren't exposed to some inappropriate humor. The site has limited function though at the free level, but should be enough for most students. Registration is required.
Prezi provides the ability to create dynamic presentations. Unlike Powerpoint, the presentations are cloud based and not saved on your computer. Presentations can include text, audio, and video.
QR Codes are being used on coupons, movie posters, and advertisements. QR Codes can be used to embed information, links, pictures, and even videos in documents, websites, or posters.
Qwiki has two functions. The original function was as a search engine that returned results as a/v presentations which is great for ESL and younger students. The new function though allows students to create quick presentations using web content and video. The latest version of any browser isrequired for use.
This site is invaluable to Geography teachers. Students can select maps(political,physical,etc), add cities,customize locations, etc. Students can also add pictures and video. Registration is required.
This site allows students to create their own musical compositions using drag-and-drop technology and a wide variety of prerecorded tracks. No registration is required.
This application uses the power of Google Maps to allow your students to create maps filled with data, symbols, colors, pictures, and mapped routes. The user interface is simple and the program does not require a login, but a login option is available for deeper usage of the program. This is a great tool for Geography, History, Literature, etc. Another option, though with less function is GmapGIS
Storybird allows students to create storybooks. The site reverses the standard writing process by providing pictures and then asking students to create the story as they see it.
This does require a download and registration so it may not be student ready yet. Stencyl allows users to create online flash video games similar in look and function to early Atari/Nintendo video games. The students who tested this reported that it was difficult to use and actually crashed a couple of times. Try this out thoroughly before attempting to use with students.
This site allows you to take a photo and add hyperlinks to websites and text that you can then embed into a website or send your viewer a link for. This is great for analyzing primary sources, picking apart art pieces, and creating visual presentation tools. The site is free but has a "plus" level of functionality.
Toondoo allows students to create cartoons and comic books with simple drag-and-drop technology. Productions can be printed or embedded in websites. The site is free but does require registration and can contain inappropriate material. Take a look at Pixton as well.
With tripline, students can use maps to create multimedia journies around the map. Students select places then add captions, pictures, and music. Registration is required.
The site allows you to preselect a short clip of a You Tube video rather than remember when to start and stop. No registration required.
Vocaroo allows students to record audio quickly that can be emailed, saved, or embedded in a website.
Voicethread produces multimedia slide shows where participants can leave comments or include narration using text or recorded audio. The site even allows you to add audio using your cell phone. Voicethread is free but does require login for all participants.
This site creates talking avatars using standard but customizable pictures and audio that you record and create using text-to-speech. This site is designed for classroom use and provides lesson plans and user system designed for students.
VozMe creates audio of any text copied into the site. The site also makes available a downloadable tool that will read any website.
This is an interesting media creation site where students can create embedable panoramic images that include hot spots using photos and text.
These two sites allow students to create animated movies with simple directions and "text-to-voice" technology. Both sites require registration. Xtranormal has now made everything cost-but when you start your account they do give you 300 credits to start with which is enough to create one movie. (Memoov is currently undergoing construction)
Webquests came about in the age of Web 1.0, when the internet was only used for finding information, but Web 2.0 doesn't mean webquests are useful, just more interesting. This site allows you to create webquests for free. Registration required.