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December 22, 2007 Uncategorized 21 Comments

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.

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  1. Thanks for mentioning my list. Your idea for a meme is a great one. Might there be any chance of your creating a “master post” sometime including all the ones people mentions?

    By the way, in terms of Bookr, I just have students use the email function on the application and send it to me or themselves, and then post the url. I’ve found that to be the easiest way to save the books. And, you’re right, there’s no way to edit them once they’ve been sent.

    Larry

  2. Mike says:

    Flashcard Friends http://www.flashcardfriends.com is a free social network for creating, sharing, learning and self-testing using online flashcards created by the students of teachers. It is a great way to build knowledge and boost test scores. The spelling flashcards are really popular.

  3. missi says:

    Thanks to both Larry and Sylvia. Great sites! I don’t know where to begin! Several of these are new to me, but I do love Voicethread for personal narrative pieces.

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  5. Frank says:

    Thanks for the Web 2.0 list and wonderful blog. Glad to see Ning there … as I use it here in Mexico for the Mexico English Teachers’ Alliance. I am interested in learning more about your Ning Classroom project for elementary students. Thanks a bunch. –

    Frank
    META Web 2.0
    http://metamexico.ning.com

  6. Each year it’s great to see a list of “new” apps that just make you feel even more behind the Web 2.0 curve:-) I liked your list. The only one I have not spent some time with was #3. I would say that del.icio.us (or other social bookmarking site) and pbwiki (or other wiki farm) are two apps that I just can’t imagine being without.

  7. Sorry that was #4 – Lunapic. I plan to check it out today.

  8. Travis says:

    Hi! Great list. Its amazing to think of what future applications with come up with.

  9. Alison says:

    Silvia, thank you so much for covering Mixbook.com in your blog! We love that you placed us in your top 10 best Web 2.0 applications. A few teachers have found Mixbook to be very helpful when teaching in the classroom, and the best part is that after using our site they can have a physical book as proof of the lessons their students learned. If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a great WWI book on our site that was made collaboratively on our site by 32 students. http://www.mixbook.com/books?bid=2785
    Thank you again for your post!

  10. keri says:

    a great website for those techie teachers is wikispaces.com for free classroom wikipages- this is a great way to show off student work and do some collaborative learning- our class set up pages to talk about themselves and each other, then i added some pdf files to each child’s page to help them work on student goals- the great thing is that this can be edited from anywhere and it is showing our students the abilities of wikis!
    check out our class wiki page at
    http://www.ktoponce.wikispaces.com

  11. Michael Dayah says:

    Consider adding Ptable.com to your list of web 2.0 resources for educators.

  12. Frank says:

    The best social networking website I’ve found for the School community is:

    http://www.bloust.com

    they offer free teacher websites and communities for both teachers and students. Check them out, it’s free to join.

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  14. Rajesh says:

    Yes, the school should follow a different pattern to educate the children. A lot of such ideas are found in http://www.K5Stars.com also.

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  17. Nikappy says:

    As always I marvel at the high bar you continue to set with every article you post. In case you haven’t noticed I’m a huge fan.

    With regards to removing ads in a ning for middle/lower school usage, I can’t find an email address to make this request to the folks at Ning. Can you help?

    Warm Regards,

    Nick

  18. Jeru Janssen says:

    Many teachers use our webbased database software at http://www.grubba.net for their projects. Students can login from school or at home (anywhere) to your projects, homework assigments, TODO’s or other things.

    Grubba is a free web based online database for home, school and office.
    You can create and manage your own database and forms in just a few clicks.

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