The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You

If you’re not an avid follower of #edchat on Twitter, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to learn about some new Web 2.0 tools that are currently being used in classrooms around the world. That’s because @chickensaltash posed a simple question to the PLN and there has been a huge swell of support as hundreds of people have jumped in to answer the question about which 5 Web 2.0 tools teachers are using in classrooms.

The Best of the Best

You can view the live stream of #edchat here and see what people are saying at the hashtag #chickenweb2tools here.

We scoured hundreds of responses and have come up with the following list. The following tools have not been verified and are simply based on the number of times each was mentioned on Twitter during this hashtag discussion.

Made at Tagxedo – it’s in this list!

The List

  • Glogster
    Great way to share posters and images you’ve made with friends
  • Edmodo
    Social learning environment and one of the best ways to teach with tech
  • Bubbl.us
    Free application to brainstorm online
  • Twitter
    The micro blogging service that many love or hate.
  • WordPress
    Content publishing system. It’s gone way beyond just blogging.
  • Prezi
    Innovative way to share presentations without PowerPoint
  • Wallwisher
    An online notice board maker (or bulletin board if you choose)
  • Animoto
    Make beautiful videos from images in a snap
  • Blabberize
    Make your images talk…that’s right.
  • Weebly
    Create your own website or blog, very easy to use
  • Flickr
    Popular photo-sharing site now lets you print
  • Slideshare
    Don’t waste your presentation after it’s over, share it with millions!
  • Audioboo
    Easily record and share audio
  • VoiceThread
  • GoogleDocs
    The top real-time document creating and editing cloud-based system
  • Diigo
    Popular social bookmarking site
  • Wordle
    Create a beautiful aggregation of any amount of text
  • Wikis
    Crowdsourcing at its finest. Like Wikipedia, Wikispaces is very helpful
  • Wix
    Easily make your own flash-based website
  • Ning
    Despite a new cost-based membership program, Ning allows you to have your own social network
  • Primarypad
    Web-based word processor
  • Spicy Nodes
    Innovative way to organize your web visits
  • Delicious
    One of the top social bookmarking sites on the web
  • Myebook
    Virtually publish your book and sell it
  • Voki
    Get your own avatar and even have it talk with your voice
  • DoInk
    Create animations using this simple website
  • Scratch
    Create and share stories, games, art, etc.
  • Kerpoof
    Cool way to make a movie, card, picture, and share it all
  • Tagxedo
    Like Wordle but a step farther as text can be used to build bigger images
  • SmartKiddies
    Creative math and other educational problems to help everyone learn
  • Bitstrips
    Make and share your own comic strips with thousands of others

Added in the comments and via Twitter:

  • Popplet
    An easy way to share visual ideas
  • Storyjumper
    Easy way to create your own stories for kids and bring them to life
  • TimeToast
    Fantastic timeline visualization tool to understand history
  • GoAnimate for schools
    State of the art animation tools for schools
  • PBWorks
    Thousands of educational wikis and workspaces (build your own!)
  • Schoology
    Learning management, online education tools, and much more
  • Google Timeline
    A unique way to view the news
  • Online-Convert
    Convert anything to anything (audio, video, text, etc.)
  • ReadWriteThink
    Tons of classroom resources and PD goodies
  • Storybird
    Build your own stories (with images) and share them with others
  • Word Magnets
    Phonics reinforcement and sentence building exercise
  • Museum Box
    Innovative way to understand history
  • Atmosphir
    A build-your-own video game
  • Empressr
    Rich media presentation tool
  • Zoho
    A great alternative to Google Apps
  • EasyBib
    The free automatic bibliography and citation maker
  • ToonDooSpaces
    Easily publish custom comic strips
  • Crocodoc
    Annotate and edit PDFs

Add To This List

Have another recommendation? It’s never too late to get the word out. Just mention #edchat in your tweet or leave a reply on this page. Why not do both?

114 Comments

  1. Danny Maas

    July 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I would add Popplet, Storyjumper, Aviary Myna, TimeToast, and GoAnimate EDU to this list. Great tools!

    • Edudemic

      July 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks! We've updated the list with your tools. Much appreciated.

      • Alaa

        November 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        @ Edudemic, PresentationTube at http://presentationtube.net offers a video presentation recorder and video sharing network to help teachers, students, and business professionals record, upload and share video presentations effectively. The recorder synchronizes a variety of visual aids, including presenter’s audio and video footage, PowerPoint slides, drawings, handwritten words, and web content to produce effective video presentations ready for uploading and sharing via PresentationTube network. PresentationTube helps presenters to involve the audience via scrollable slide thumbnails, comments, and quizzes with unlimited video storage, unlimited video delivery, and no banners or ads.

  2. Carla Arena

    July 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Pbworks is certainly high on my list.

    • Edudemic

      July 8, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      updated! thanks Carla and Crystal. We're also huge fans of Pbworks and schoology :)

  3. Edudemic

    July 8, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    updated! Thanks Heather.

  4. PJ_Vermont

    July 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    These are wonderful tools. I'd add Empressr (Slideshows-capability to use images/video/audio), Zoho (Office Suite), EasyBib (Cite all media quickly and easily) & ToonDooSpaces (sharp looking, appropriate, private comics), Crocodoc (annotate websites)

    • Edudemic

      July 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks PJ, updated! We also added in some quick explanations so it's not just a page of links. Easier to use now we hope!

  5. Sophia

    July 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Wonderful tools! I was searching for something similar. BTW, you may like to add squidoo to the list.

  6. Doe

    July 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    What a great page! Thanks so much, I'm always looking for new tools. I can't wait to dive into some of these sites!

    • Edudemic

      July 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      hooray!

  7. John McLear

    July 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Great page :) There is a searchable database of great web2 apps for teachers here: http://primaryschoolict.com/web2.php

  8. Carolrb

    November 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    One of my current fcourites is Fotobabble – teachers sign up and use with pupils. Theyupload a photo and add a recording to the picture http://www.fotobabble.com

  9. Michael Sweeney

    December 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    i would add Kerpoof

  10. Maureen

    February 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    It's an oldie but goodie and not particularly exciting, just practical. My students use EasyBib all the time. It's a bibliography generator.

  11. David

    February 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Worth mentioning Alphastudy htttp://www.alphastudy.com giving uses the ability to create online learning and knowledge portals, free account available.

  12. darren

    March 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    My students like using http://www.bubbabrain.com

  13. Karen

    March 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Interesting, no publisher-provided technologies on this list…

  14. Pjotr

    March 18, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Very nice collection! Thankyou.

  15. Canbury Sport, Physical Education & ICT Departments

    March 19, 2011 at 8:07 am

    #edchat – SlideBoom: the best way to embed PowerPoint in your website in my opinion
    WordPress, ANIMOTO,

  16. Logicspice

    April 20, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Rely BEST List of web 2.0

  17. Greg Swanson

    April 20, 2011 at 3:36 am

    http://www.EdTechToolbox.blogspot.com

    May be of some use to you as it is a place to share e-learning and Web 2.0 tools for education. Site says computers and laptops in education are important only when used with good pedagogy. Digital content and creation is an important part of the process for educators in the 21st century.

  18. LovelyRita

    April 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    ePals global community (great way to find a collaborative partner classroom for global learning and exchange from 200 countries); LearningSpace (most powerful social learning network designed for K12 with groups, web 2.0 tools, TRUSTe certification of data privacy); eFilms from Snagfilms; schooltube.com; teachertube.com. These are all designed for K12 students and use in schools, NOT a mass market web 2.0 tool that we try to make work in the classroom and still have problems. This is really important for elementary schools!

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  20. JMunoz

    May 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Add Jog the Web (find the Educ version) and LiveBinders. Both different but great ways to organize online resources.

    • Web Designing

      July 12, 2011 at 1:47 am

      Yes these both also good web 2.0 website

    • martinteach

      October 23, 2011 at 12:30 am

      LiveBinders looks a lot stronger than Jog the Web. I have only used Jog the Web up until learning about this site. http://martinteach.edublogs.org

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  22. Morgan

    June 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

    How about BoardMaker by Mayer-Johnson? It's software, but there is a web site to support, http://boardmakershare.com.

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  25. SonicGeekette

    July 3, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I use many of the sites listed in your blog article, such as Soho, Wordle, and GoogleEarth. But I did not notice too many photo and graphic editors on your list. We like FotoFlexer, and SumoPaint, as they are free online editors, but pretty powerful.

  26. Colleen Young

    July 3, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Lots of my favourites in that collection. I'd add Evernote – I use it myself all the time – a notebook for each class for example. I used a shared notebook recently to share some resources with students and following that several students created their own Evernote accounts.

  27. @cytochromec

    July 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I will explore a few of the tools which are new to me. Thanks. As for my favorite it would have to be Moodle. If you have a Moodle set up for your school then you gets several of these tools with one convenient login (we have our Google Apps and our Moodle SSO as well). Also we use Mahara (an open source e-portfolio system).

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  36. Martin College

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  40. @iCharts

    August 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

    icharts.net for creating interactive online charts that are very easily shared in presentations or blog and any other social networks

  41. Torsten

    August 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Very nice! I'd add PhotoStory 3 as a software and blogger.com as an online service. If you are looking for a good text2speech service see http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php

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  44. JoannA

    September 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Well, since you *did* say it was never too late…. might I add Vialogues.com to this list of notable tools? Vialogues (rhymes with "dialogues") takes learning by video to a new level. Each comment is time-stamped and clicking on this will take you to that point in the video so you can see the comment in the context it was made. Cool stuff! https://vialogues.com

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    June 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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