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Web 2.0 Sites for Students and Teachers

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning: American Association of School Librarians 2016

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning:  American Association of School Librarians 2015

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning: American Association of School Librarians, 2009-2014

Cool Tools for Schools – Captures links to great 2.0 tools- from audio to voting. Now includes best educational apps for mobile devices.

Communications & Social Networking

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

  • 3.1.2 Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.
  • 4.1.7 Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information.
  • 4.3.1 Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person.

Blogs for Education

  • Blogger.com – Free Google blogging site. Choose educator.
  • Edublogs – Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts- all free.  Set up blogs here for yourself or your students, and you can control the safety settings. This is an easy way to get students writing more without the formality of an essay or research paper.
  • Free Technology for Teachers – The purpose of this site is to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.
  • The Honor Roll: 50 Must-Read K-12 Educational Blogs
  • The Whiteboard Blog – A blog for educators by a technology teacher
  • Will Richardson: Read Write Connect Learn. Will Richardson, parent, educator, speaker, author, 12-year blogger at Weblogg-ed trying to answer the question “What happens to schools and classrooms and learning in a 2.0 world?”

Social Sites for Learning

  • DIY DIY is an exciting space for kids to learn and share new skills online. Similar to a virtual scouting troop, kids can complete challenges and post their projects on the site to earn badges like Bike Mechanic, Darkness Engineer, and Instrument Maker. Student accounts are linked to an adult account so that parents and teachers can easily monitor their students’ progress and posts. Grades: 3-12 Tip: Ask students to complete challenges and post tutorials of the task. Creating tutorials is a great way to capture student interest and teaching others leads to deeper understanding.
  • Edmodo – This site has many of the same features as Facebook and Twitter but is designed for education. You can gather materials for your class, connect with other teachers, and organize groups of students for collaborative learning. Students can ask questions of you or their peers.
  • Good Reads – This social networking site allows you to keep track of what you have read, make suggestions for others and start an online book club.
  • Kahoot Kahoot is a classroom student response system that is completely device agnostic. Whether they are using laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, Google Tablets, various smartphones or more if students can access the internet they can respond to all of the information provided via Kahoot. Using a simple drag and drop feature instructors can create quizzes, discussion, or surveys (which they call Kahoots) all of which can be embedded with images, text, video and more.
  • Promethean Planet – From ready-made flipcharts to the latest in IWB teaching ideas, you’ll find them here.
  • SimpleK12 – From free workbooks to online professional development, Simple K12 has hundreds of ideas for the implementation of technology in your 2.0 classroom or library.
  • Wikispaces – This easy-to-use website allows anyone to write, edit and share content, depending on the permissions granted by the wiki owner

Content Resources

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

  • 2.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.
  • 3.1.2 Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.
  • 2.4.4 Develop directions for future investigations.
  • Media History Digital Library The Media History Digital Library is a collection of resources providing online access to the history of movies, broadcasting, and sound recording. The Magazine Collections currently have over 800,000 scanned pages with more pages being added frequently. Users may read material online, download the PDF, or visit the Internet Archive page to find cataloging information and additional download options. For students and history fans alike, this amazing resource will provide a glimpse into the early years of movies, radio and television broadcasting.
  • The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used
  • Google Cultural Institute 
    Google Cultural Institute encompasses three impressive sites that bring the world to students.  Google Art project allows students to take virtual art field trips around the world, to create and share galleries, attend live 360 degree performances from prestigious locations such as Carnegie Hall, and discover cultural treasures. Historic Moments contains online exhibits of primary sources and artifacts from topics such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Tolstoy. World Wonders features downloadable teaching guides to videos and still images from around the world. It uses Google Street View to allow students to explore world heritage sites from areas as diverse as Machu Pichu and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Tween Tribune 
    Tween Tribune hosts high interest, reputable current events articles for K-12 audiences compiled by the Smithsonian. The articles are categorized by grade, lexile, language (English/Spanish), and subject area. Each article is available across multiple lexiles for differentiation and has an associated comprehension assessment. Free educator accounts offer a plethora of features: Monday morning newsletters, class and student profiles, lesson plans, article assignment capability, and assessment score grade books. Student privacy is protected, and all comments are educator-moderated. Use Tween Tribune to compare bias/viewpoints from varying sources, support or inspire inquiry, or as a station highlighting literary styles.

Lesson Plans/Curriculum Collaboration

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

  • 1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within a learning community.
  • 3.1.2 Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.
  • 3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
  • 4.3.1 Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person.
  • AASL Lesson Plan Database – Aligned with 21st Century Learner Standards and the Common Core, these lesson plans are searchable by grade, subject, and degree of collaboration
  • Canva –  Canva’s book cover maker makes book covers amazingly simple to design – even for non-designers.
  • Digital Compass (Common Sense Media) 
    Common Sense Media’s Digital Compass addresses digital citizenship in a blended-learning environment. For grades 6-9, Digital Compass leads students through the fundamentals of digital citizenship with animated adventures and interactive experiences. Students explore digital dilemmas, make good (and not-so-good) decisions, and try out possible solutions through stories and mini-games, all without risking their real-world reputations.
  • Gooru Gooru is a free, educational search engine for online resources and lesson plans in science, math, social studies and language arts. Teachers and students can search for and curate collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, handouts, games, and quizzes. Collect and gather information into “My Collections” and “My Classes” categories.
  • Hstry =Hstry is a multimedia timeline creation tool that will work on your laptop, Chromebook, iPad or tablet. Students can interact and comment on peer timelines. Use a variety of media to highlight important biographical, historical, or literary events in chronological order. Add in video, images, audio, and text to the events these engaging timeline. Grades: 3-12
  • TechSmith TechSmith is a web location that features short video lessons from teachers around the globe. The lessons cover a wide range of topics, having trouble teaching a difficult subject or concept Techsmith is here to help. Over 30,000 video lessons are available to users. Search for topics using an easy, simple search tool. There is a teacher, style, subject, and lesson for every style of educator and classroom. Don’t see what you’re looking for, add a lesson of your own and help other educators in the field. Grades: 4th-12th
  • Molecular Workbench -Molecular Workbench is a free, open source environment providing visual, interactive computational experiments for teaching and learning science. Even though there are many simulations ready for use in the classroom, teachers can also create simulations based on their specific curricular needs and share them with other teachers. Grades: 9-12.
  • National Archives for Educators and Students – Search for lesson plans connected to real documents in our history.
  • Read Write Think – Search for lesson ideas, web materials, student activities, and accompanying language arts standards.
  • Readworks.org – Lesson plans, activities sheet- everything you need to teach LA standards, including leveled passages with question sets.
  • SearchLit – Free website that offers a variety of resources for reading. Extensive online database of eBooks and a large library of lesson plans.
  • SMART Exchange – Lesson plans and resources for educators with a SMART board.
  • Smithsonian Education – The section for Educators includes a lesson plan area (searchable by CCSS, subject, keyword or grade level) and IdeaLabs, student interactive tutorials that enhance the use of the site.

Manage & Organize

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

  • 2.1.2 Organize knowledge so that it is useful.
  • 2.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.
  • 3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess.
  • Bitly – Use bitly to customize your urls, get a QR code, and track your hits.
  • LiveBinders – A free service to keep all your files and websites organized online. More space and features are available with an upgraded subscription.
  • Pinterest – Save websites and ideas all on one page or follow the pins of others- from interactive whiteboard ideas to lesson plans!
  • Pocket – you can save articles, videos or anything from the web in your pocket with Pocket.
  • TinyURL.com – Is your URL long and complicated? Shorten it simply by pasting the URL at this site. A new, shorter URL will be created.
  • Zotero – a research tool that helps you to collect, cite, organise and share your sources. Collect journal articles, PDFs, images, newspaper articles and books from the Library’s catalogue and add your resources to your own library with one click (web).

Media Sharing

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

  • 3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and und understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess.
  • 3.3.4 Create products that apply to authentic, real-world context.

Audio

  • Voice Thread – VoiceThread allows users to share images, documents, and videos with added narration by the authors and others.
  • Voki – Use this free site to create a talking avatar. Add it to your classroom website or leave a talking message for your class.

Images

  • Picmonkey 
    A free online tool for photo editing, basic graphic design, collage making, PicMonkey offers plenty of features through its free version. Help students create beautiful products for portfolios, flyers, websites, as well as other school projects. Appropriate for grades 5-12.
  • Piktochart 
    Billed as an easy-to-use infographic maker, Piktochart lives up to its reputation offering a large library of professionally designed templates with incredible visual appeal and plenty of layout choices. Piktochart can also be used to create colorful presentations and posters. Its drag and drop interface makes it a tool appropriate for grades 3-12. However, we encourage you to also use Piktochart to create stunning library reports to advocate for your program!
  • Pics4learning.com –  Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting.
  •  photosforclass.com Teachers have told us they need a place to access safe images that are available to be used in the classroom and for educational purposes. Plus, they want accurate image citations. We’ve heard you and created “Photos For Class” to meet your needs for images
  • pixabay.com – All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.

Podcasts

  • Audacity -A free multi-track audio editor and recorder
  • Podomatic – Upload podcasts and embed them into any webpage.

Presenting

  • PowToon –  This site allows for the creation of web-based presentations that include animated videos and amazing content. Powtoon is ideal for those seeking a nice alternative to more traditional presentation tools. Simple to use, it makes creating engaging, interesting, and exciting animated videos extremely easy. Users can create and show presentations straight from the Powtoon site, or opt for the export to Youtube option, or even download a MP4 video format for use offline. Grades: K-12
  • Haiku Deck – Presentations that inspire.

ScreenCasting

  • Screencastomatic – One click screencasting software for free. Record up to 15 minutes and upload to You Tube. Internet-based.
  • Screenr – Create screencasts with this free web-based site.

Digital StoryTelling

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

  • 4.1.8 Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning.
  • 4.3.1 Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person.
  • Booktrack Classroom Booktrack Classroom creates an immersive reading experience which allows students to read with a movie-style soundtrack. Students can read booktracks already created or can create and publish their own Booktracks using books preloaded in Booktrack or by adding in their own stories. Student work will be published and visible for their peers to enjoy.
  • MeoGraph-4 dimensional storytelling-timelines, maps, videos, & narration
  • My Storybook My Storybook is a website and app where young people can create their own stories. Take a writing lesson, build your own storybook, keep and share your stories, it’s all here in My Storybook. No sign up necessary if you want to create a story. Just click Try Now and start creating. Sign up to save and share stories. Use drawings, text, scenes and more to create stories. A great, creative tool for digital storytelling.
  • Storybird – Students can create short stories to share with family or friends.
  • Storyboard ThatStoryboard That is a storyboarding tool that offers templates for students to create stories. This site offers scenes, characters, text bubbles, and much more to fill the storyboard frames. Need to outline a story, plan out an idea in a fun way; break down or plan out, Storyboard is a great way to do just that.

Visual Learning and Creating

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

  • 3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
  • 4.1.1 Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth.
  • 3Doodler –  3D Printing Pen –  Check it out in the library media center and Mr. Xydias’s classroom.
  • Animation Video Sites – Want to make an animated video? Here are five sites for creating one.
  • Animoto – Create free 30 second videos using your photos with this online software.
  • Booktrack – Booktrack offers a new content creation and distribution platform that turns reading into an immersive movie-like experience. Booktrack’s patented technology lets anyone add a synchronized movie-style soundtrack to an e-book or other digital text content, with the audio paced to each individual’s reading speed.
  • EDX– Take online courses from the world’s best universities.
  • KhanAcademy – Watch Video Lessons
  • MIT Open CourseWare – Highlights for High School contains an abundance of resources that cover not only science and mathematics but also engineering, humanities, and social sciences. These resources are available under a Creative Commons license, so the material on the site can be integrated into classroom lesson plans, shared, reused, and remixed.
  • School Tube – A free site where students and teachers can post videos.
  • Thingiverse – Browse the world’s largest 3D design community for discovering, printing, and sharing 3D models.  Check out the 3D printer in the library media center and Mr. Xydias’s Room.
  • Teaching Channel – Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow.
  • TedEd– Lessons worth sharing.