Best Web 2.0 Applications for Elementary School

Thanks to an amazing list of “The Best Web 2.o Application for Education-2007” from Larry Ferlazzo’s Website, I decided to create my own list of the applications that have been the most useful or promising in the Elementary School scene.

Maybe I even make a meme out of it to encourage other elementary school techies to create their own lists and publish them on their blog. The list does not have to be in any particular order. Great if you write a short sentence about what the tool does.

  1. Animoto
    Create your own music video, simply by uploading your own images and selecting music. + Students LOVED seeing themselves on the video. – Limit of 30 seconds
  2. Slide.com
    Create your own slideshow, then embed in your classroom blog.
  3. Slideshare
    Upload your students’ or your own powerpoint files in order to embed them on your classroom blog
  4. Lunapic
    Web based image editor. Great effecs and animations.
  5. Voicethread
    Upload your images, record your voice over each image, invite others to collaborate, embed in your blog, collaborative storytelling
  6. Ning
    Create your own social network place for your students. Ning will even remove the ads, if you write to them that they are for elementary school students. Great potential to teach our younger students about social networkign in a safe environment.
  7. Google Earth & Maps
    Take a virtual tour around the world, create placemarks, add your own images or videos. Have students add their own descriptions. Save and share placemarks and virutal tours on your blog. Embed Google Maps on your classroom blog.
  8. Flickr
    THE best photosharing site. Especially love the many other sites, that mash-up and integrate with Flickr. Once your photos are uploaded to Flickr, there is no need to upload again and you can use the URL provided for different sizes for other applications as well
  9. Mixbook
    Great potential for collaborative classroom creation, editing and publishing of books. Great variety of layouts, including text AND images.
  10. WordPress
    Blogging platform (Free). Can be hosted by WordPress or your own server. I especially like the widget features, plug-ins and theme varieties available.

Here are your simple meme instructions:

Write down your favorite web 2.0 applications, add a sentence or two of explanation and tag a few other elementary school teachers.

Kim Cofino, Melanie Hartsman, Tim Lauer, Anna Adams, Helen Mowers, Elizabeth Helfant

When you have published your list, please leave a comment with a link to your post. (Somehow my trackbacks don’t seem to work on my blog) If you are an elementary school teacher and you were not tagged and would like to add a list as well, feel free to leave your blog post URL here too.