Web 2.0 Tools

Web 2.0 is association with web applications that encourage interactive information sharing, 
collaboration with other users, and allows users to change the content located on the website.    

There are Web 2.0 tools for any possible project, presentation, 
or learning opportunity available to use on the internet.
The resources listed on this page are also FREE for the public to use.  

2009 Top 100 Technology Tools  is a great place to go and see what others are using in education!  

10 Power Tools for Lifelong Learners  contains audio and video resources that Open Culture makes available to lifelong learners. These collections are all free, and can be downloaded to your computers and mp3 players. 

A to Z Box of Tricks holds dozens of Web 2.0 tools from A to Z.  

Acapela.tv a happy chatty website. A great meeting place for nice characters that  finally can chat, speak for real and play with words, the way they like.

Animoto lets you create short movies with photographs and videos of your own.  

Author Stream is a service that converts your PowerPoint slideshows to flash media files. In addition to sharing on the Author Stream website the slideshows you upload can also be shared via Youtube, iTunes, or embedded into a blog or website. 

Aviary  is on a mission to make creation accessible to artists of all genres, from graphic design to audio editing. 

befunky turns your images into artwork with a single click!  

Best Websites for Learning and Teaching contains dozens of great tools from the American Library Association

BigHugeLabs create products (trading cards, posters, puzzles, cubes, etc..) using your own images or one found on the internet

bit.ly is a Web 2.0 tool to shorten, share, and track your links.  This is a great tool to use with Twitter or when you want to add an URL to a document or blog.

Blogs That Are Safe for Kids:

School Fusion




Bookr lets you create and share your photobook using Flickr images. You can write tags to find the pictures from Flickr photos or you can search your name on Flickr to find your own photos. When you find them, you write your text that matches with the pictures. 

With BubbleJoy  you can create your own video greeting cards with your own video to tell your story or greeting. You can even choose to send it to Twitter directly.

Bubblr  is a tool to create comic strips using photos from flickr.com.  Begin searching images and add bubbles to them.  So easy!  Just type a tag (or leave it blank for "me") and press go!

Cacoo is a feature-rich collaborative diagram creation Web 2.0 tool. With Cacoo you can draw shapes, type, and drag and drop elements of your diagram. Images can also be uploaded into your Cacoo diagrams.  Cacoo allows you to chat with your collaborators in real-time while you work on your diagrams.

Capzles! Capture memories and tell stories by combining videos, photos, blogs, and mp3's into multimedia storylines.

CardFunk lets you put your face in flash animations, add your text and send your message to someone special. 

Citrify easy, fun, and free way to enhance your personal photos! 

Community Walkis an interface for creating informational, interactive, and engaging maps

Cool Web 2.0 Tools for Schools  This wiki gives you hundreds of Web 2.0 tools to use for all kinds of purposes in school and throughout education.  

Cutest Blog on the Block lets you add some FLARE to your blog with awesome backgrounds, banners, and extra fun!  

Diigo-Social bookmarking and web annotation site.  Here is a video about annotating with Diigo.  

EarthPulse-State of the World -  Earth Pulse is comprised of essays, photo galleries, links to additional resources, and an interactive vital statistics map. The Vital Statistics Map allows users to view mapped displays twenty different sets of statistics. 

EasyDefine  lets you define multiple words quickly.  

Empressr  lets you tell your story anyway you like.  Add photos, music, video, and audio, and share it publicly or privately in an instant. 

Etherpad  is the only web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-timeWhen multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen.

eyeJot offers everyone the ability to create and receive video messages through email or iTunes.

Facebook Status Cloud is a new application on Facebook that lets you create word cloud out of your status updates.  You can post the Status Clouds on your Facebook page or copy them to use in your work.  

Facebook Status Collage takes your  highlighted status updates from across the year and puts them into an awesome collage with a style you choose! 

Facebook's My Year in Photos allows you to recap a year’s worth of pictures into a style of your choosing (i.e. modern/old fashioned) and you can even change/replace any pictures you’d like. 

FamilyEcho creates a family tree with the information that you provide.  

FeedBeater allows you to create a RSS feed or email alert for any webpage 

Flixtime is a great Web 2.0 tool to create a video similar to Animoto and StupeflixFlixtime videos can be 60 seconds long and contain a mix of  images, video clips, and music tracks.

Fodey's Newspaper Clipping Generator allows you to create a fake newspaper clipping just by typing or pasting text into a form. Fodey then creates the clipping and provides you with a code to embed the clipping in your blog or other online space.
    FotoFlexer-The world's most advanced online image editor.  

    Fresh Brain, provides teachers and students with ideas for technology projects. On Fresh Brain students and teachers can find projects in which they build games, build iPhone and Facebook apps, make web pages, and mash-up videos. Fresh Brain provides space and a forum for students to connect and collaborate. To complete each project, Fresh Brain provides a list of suggested tools and getting started guides for completing each task.

    fur.ly shortens several url's into one.  Great way to share websites in a presentation. 

    Gizmoz lets you create your own character out of one photo!  Fun Web 2.0 tool! 

    Glogster is a social network that lets you create interactive posters with video, images, sounds, music, and text.  You can blog on your Glogster and share your creations.  Glogster also lets you comment about others work and finds friends with similar styles.  

    Go! Animate lets you create your own animated cartoons.

    Graabr lets you grab your screen instantly and share it online.  

    Hero Factory lets you create your own hero and write a story to go along with it!  Great Web 2.0 tool!  

    Hero Movie Creator....Make a thank you movie!

    imageChef lets you create word clouds, cards, frames, and all kinds of fun things to email, Twitter, add to Facebook, and more! 

    Historic Tale Construction Kit lets you create your own stories with rich text and pictures.  

    ISTE's TOP Web 2.0 Tools List contains tons of amazing web 2.0 tools to try out!  

    JayCut  Join JayCut's online community to get free access to your own personal video studio. Upload videos, photos and music to create and share new masterpieces.

    JMS Technology has a great chart of Web 2.0 tools on their wiki!  

    Just Paste It! is an easy way to share images and text online with friends. 

    Kideos is a great website to safely watch videos online.  They have videos from Disney, Muppets, Super Heros, and more!  

    Lifeyo is a free website and blogging creation site that is very easy to use.  Lifeyo has create styles, backgrounds, and lots of options for personalizing your website or blog.  

    Magnetic Poetry kits to play online...Create poetry, stories, and fun sentences to share with others! 

    MagMyPic lets you create magazine covers with your picture. 

    Make a thank you movie! of yourself or others!  Share through email, Twitter, Facebook, or post online.  

    MapWing is a free virtual tour tool to use with up to 20 images.  You can share your MapWing tours with others and check out what where they are going too.  

    Marvel Squad Comic Creator  lets you create your own comic strips and even comic books.  The characters you can choose are great!  

    Masher is a great, free, tool for creating video mash-ups. Masher offers a large collection of video clips from the BBC's Motion Gallery and Rip Curl video. There is a large music library, an effects library, and a good selection of video player skins. If you don't find content that you like in Masher's library, you can add your own images, video clips, and music clips through the Masher uploader.

    Meebo lets users gather their friends on a single buddy list where they can communicate in real-time across different IM platforms, communities, and traditional social networks.  You can also embed a MEEBO gadget into your blog.  The VOICE Blog has Meebo and Mrs.  Miller's Meebo name is shannonmmiller.

    MeMoov  is an open source platform that enables YOU to create and share animated videos.  

    Mixbook is a fun scrapbook tool.  The cool thing about Mixbook is that it can be collaborative and more than one person can create a book!  It can be shared online.  

    MuseumBoxlets you describe an event, person, or historical period by placing items into a virtual, interactive box!

    Mypictr - Allows you to quickly cut a small portion out of any picture you care to upload.

    Nota  lets you mash your ideas and media together with friends in a dynamic whiteboard wiki. Using photos, videos, and other web content you can instantly create brainstorms, presentations, scrapbooks, and enjoy an interactive chat with more than 50 friends. 

    PdfMyUrl is will take a URL and turn it into a PDF.  GREAT tool!  

    Penzu is an online diary and personal journal that is focused on privacy. With a unique and compelling user experience, it makes writing online as easy and intuitive as writing on a pad of paper. You can insert photographs into your journal, email your entries, print, and save in your account.  

    PicSlice-creates slices of pictures that you upload!

    PikiStrips create your own photostrip and share with your friends.  

    Phoenix - a new kid on the block. This image editor has some advanced tools and solid sharing features. Think of it as a middle of the range tool, simliarities to Picnik. 

    PhotoFunia is an online photo editing tool that gives you a fun filled experience. You upload any photo and just wait to see the magic. Our proprietary technology automatically identifies the face in the photo and let's you add cool photo effects and create funny face photo montages.

    Photo Peach is a new service that allows you to quickly and easily create an audio slideshow, with captions, from images in your Flickr, Picassa, or Facebook account.
    Check out the Photo Peach that Mrs. Miller created for Van Meter Great Strides Project here!  

    Photo Show is a great service for making fantastic slideshow and video presentations. Photo Show allows users to upload their photos or use photos from the Internet to make into slide show which can then be turned into a video. Photo Show users can add text and audio to accompany their presentation.

    Phrasr lets you write your sentence and Phrasr finds Flickr images for each of your words. If that image doesn't do, you can select a new one.  

    PIC-LITS  is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.

    Picnik  upload your own photos and add effects, text, frames, stickers, and much more to them.  Then save and use where you want.  My Posterous has one I created.

    Picsviewr turns your flickr photos into awesome presentations.  Choose one of the 10 slideshow templates.
      Pixlr - Comparable to Sumo, Pixlr is a full featured image editor. It's very accessible, and if you have experience with Fireworks or an equivilent product, then you'll pick it up very quickly!

      Pockets for Twitter lets you record and send a voicemail to a Twitter account.  

      Poll Everywhere is a great polling tool that can be used by anyone who knows someone with a laptop or a cell phone they can send a text message from.
      PollPigeon lets you create a poll really easy and send it out on Twitter or Facebook. 

      Posterous a dead simple blog tool!  It is easy to create, subscribe to others, and send invitations to subscribe to your Posterous too.  Our library's Posterous is vmlibraryvoice

      Resizr - Resize an image you've copied from the web quickly and easily.

      Runpolls is aimed to be used as a tool for adding polls and surveys to your website. The easy to use, intuitive interface, makes it very easy and fast to make your own poll within minutes and post it on your site or blog.  

      Save the Words lets users interact with old words that once had a place in our language.  At Save the Words, users can adopt-a-word, spread the word, and register to learn a new word-a-day.  

      Science Blogs-100 Excellent Science Blogs to Check Out!  

      Scrapblog brings your pictures to life through scarpbooks, slideshows, and greeting cards to share or print.  

      Screencast-O-Matic is a great tool for recording your screen!  For $5 you update to Pro Account for 1 hour of recording and easy upload to YouTube.

      Screenjelly  records your screen activity with your voice so you can spread it via Twitter or email.  Use it to quickly share cool apps, software tips, or stuff you like.  

      Screenr is a great tool to use with Twitter!  Just click the record button and you will have a ready-to-tweet screencast in seconds!  

      Second Life is the internet's largest user created interactive avatar world

      ShapeCollage lets you put your images into a cool collage (several shapes to pick from).

      Skitch is a webservice that works hand in hand with our application Skitch to give you 1-click uploading of images for fast and fun image sharing.  Watch a 3 minute video on how to use Skitch HERE.

      Slide creates great slideshow presentations with your own images.  Slide is also easy to share through Facebook, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 applications.  

      SlideFinder lets you find the right slides that you need for presentations and learning. 

      Slide Rocket is a web based presentation creator similar to Empressr. Slide Rocket has some very nice features like 3D transitions and a collaboration feature for sharing the creation process with other users. 

      Slide Sharelets you share slideshows with others through the this tool.  This one is designed for K-12 educator.

      SlideSix  is another online slideshow creator that allows users to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos into your presentations. You can also attach documents to accompany your presentations. 

      Small Worlds lets you meet friends, play games, complete missions, adopt a pet, watch videos, and more!  

      Smilebox is a photo service that lets you quickly turn life’s moments into digital creations to share with others or save for yourself.Choose from hundreds of designs for scrapbooking, creating slideshows, and sending free greeting cards, filled with your photos and videos and the music and text of your choice.

      Once you've finished your Smilebox creation, you can email it, post it to your Facebook, MySpace, or blog, print it, or even burn it to DVD.

      Splashup - For more advanced image manipulation, Splashup offers a way of editing images online.

      Story Something a mobile platform for personalized and customized children's stories.  Story Something lets you put in your name, family, and even pets.  You can then read and share the stories that are created.  

      Storybird are short, visual stories that you can make with family and friends to share and (soon) print.  

      StumbleUpon  helps you discover and share great websites. As you click  Stumble!, high-quality pages are delivered to match to your personal preferences. Rating these sites you like () automatically shares them with like-minded people – and helps you discover sites your friends recommend. CONNECT with Mrs. Miller on StumbleUpon by searching for ShannonMMiller

      Stupeflix  is a service that allows users to quickly and easily create video montages using their favorite images and audio clips. In many ways Stupeflix is like Animoto, but there are a couple of differences. Stupeflix allows users to drag and drop their images into the sequence that they would like the images to appear. Adding text to the images is easier in Stupeflix than it is on Animoto. Stupeflix offers only one default soundtrack so you have to upload your own audio clips. That said the advantage of Stupeflix is that you can use more than one audio clip within the same video.

      Video Created in Stupeflix about VM VR!

      Sumo - possibly one of the best web based drawing tools online. It has numerous features, and can be used by beginners as well as more professional illistrators. Oh, and it's great fun!

      synchtube is the only place to watch YouTube videos with friends in real-time.  

      Tagul creates amazing word clouds!  Each tag in Tagul cloud is linked with an URL and is “clickable” that enables visitors to use it for navigation.

      Technology and Education Box of Tricks...  The best free internet resources for education.  

      Textanim Web 2.0 lets you generate an animated text picture (gif) with texture in 10 seconds and then share it with the world.  

      Ticket-O-Matic creates first class airline tickets to anyone and anywhere in the world!  Fun to use for a world project or just anytime.  

      TimeRime.com  allows people to search for information about various subjects by searching and creating interactive timelines!  TimeRime is the place for anyone who uses the internet as a giant encyclopedia. 

      Timetoast lets you create interactive timelines to share on the web!

      Tinypaste  creates a little paste or url of your message that you write in an amped up text box.  After you have created your Tinypaste you can send it to others or embed it where you wish.  
      TodaysMeet  helps you embrace the backchannel on Twitter and connect with your audience in realtime. Use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.

      Toobla  lets you easily collect, enjoy and share visual bookmarks to websites and other embeddable content (i.e. widgets like YouTube or other videos, photos, documents, games and widget applications).  

      Toolkit A-Z for Education....this is an amazing list of web 2.0 tools organized in alphabetical order.  

      TweetBook creates a pdf book from your Tweets in Twitter.  In just a couple minutes it will create a book with title page, copyright page, headings, and page numbers.  

      TwitPic lets you add photos to your Twitter.  

      Viddix mixes video with the web for a great presentation.  

      VideoSpin lets you create a video out of your own pictures, videos, and sound in minutes.  You can post to the web or even into your blog! 

      VoiceThread is a great way to talk about and share images, documents, and videos.  

      Voki lets you create avatars and interact with others

      Vuvox creates slideshows, photo, video, and music sharing...Easy to share!  Love the GrEAT collages you can create!  

      Wacky Web Tales is a entire collection of fun Mad Libs appropriate for students in grades 3rd and up!  Wacky Web Tales allows students to fill-in a blank form using words to create short stories to share and read.  

      Wallwisher  lets you build a wall to share ideas, online notices, notes, and much more.  You can add images, music, videos, and pages to your Wallwisher too.  

      We Are Mulitcolored is a great tool that shows diversity and lets everyone express themselves by creating their own flag!  After three short questions, users are given the flags of the countries they selected and get to create their very own flag.  This is an awesome resource for country and diversity projects!  

      Wetoku is a great tool to use for recording online conversations and sharing these videos online through your blogs! 

      WidgetBox is known as the world's best place to find and make widgets.  

      Wix is one of the best website design programs I have seen!  It is FREE and easy to create an amazing, flash-based, professional website with Wix.  

      Word It Out creates word clouds out of any text that you paste into the word cloud generator. You can change the text, color, and shape of your word cloud.  

      WorldHistory.com  lets you create your own biography timeline and map, add your ancestors and view them on a historical map. Interactive Maps, Timelines, Videos, Geocoded Photos, and Museum Artifacts are just some of the features available on WorldHistory.com.  
      Web 2.0 Literacy Tools Master List created by Naomi Harm features Web 2.0 literacy tools such as bookmarking tools, copyright free digital photographs, music, timeline creators, Web 2.0 favorite lists, and so much more.  This is one resource you cannot skip!  

      Wordle generates personal word clouds.   

      XtraNormal is a unique service that enables students to create animated, narrated movies just by typing the dialogue then dragging and dropping characters and set elements into the movies. There are free and paid plans for using Xtra Normal.

      YouBlisher takes your pdf files and turns them into online flippable pages.  You just download your pdf's and YouBlisher send you the link to your website.  Great for saving paper!  

      You Are Here – The site is intended for students in 5th through 8th grade and can be used to complement lessons in critical thinking, writing, language arts, media literacy, business, civics, and social studies.”

      YouTellYou  is a great way to share your photo stories!  Publish, share, and contribute to the magazine of our lives!   

      Zamzar helps you transform your songs, videos, images and documents into different formats.  

      Zimmer Twins is a great site for introducing elementary school students to making simple animated video stories. I was impressed with all of the safe guards for young students on this site.  On the Zimmer Twins site students can create a story from scratch or complete one of the "cliff hanger" story starters.

      Zoho Show is an online tool for making powerful presentations.  Zoho Show's pre-built themes, clipart and shapes coupled with features like drag-and-drop makes it an easy application to use.  Watch a demo of Zoho Show here


      Teacher Training Videos by Russell Stannard - At this site you will find several videos to show you how to use various Web 2.0 tools such as screenjelly, Blogger, Twitter and the Tweet Deck, JING, and much more.  This is a great resource when you want to learn something new or just need help.