Today was a very productive day in the realm of free web 2.0 tools for teachers. It started off with a video called “A Vision of Students Today” which a saw in a session and have put on this post. it was a strong and very true message and further advocates for the use of technology in the classroom.
I also learned about Voki, a program to create Avatars. If you have never heard of an avatar you need to check out the website at www.voki.com.
I am very interested in using wiki’s in my lessons and a few good free wiki creation sites I found out about today are wikispaces (www.wkispaces.com) and pbwiki (www.pbwiki.com). I plan to utilze these sites in the near future.
Poll Daddy (www.polldaddy.com) is a free tool to use if you are interested in posting polls on a website. Clustr Maps (www.clustrmaps.com) is also a cool web feature where you can visually see where people are located around the world who access your website. Podomatic is a free site to create and upload podcasts to share with students or colleagues.
I also learned about Screencasting, which is essentially taking video of what you are doing on your computer screen. I would like to utilize this technology but did not learn about any free cross platform software to do this. If you know of any please let me know so I can post it on the blog because I think this could be a valuable tool.