What Web Tool Can You Not Live Without?!?

The New Jersey LC is hard at work planning a Day of Discovery and they are in the midst of organizing a Web 2.0 session.  They just put this all call to DEN members on their blog.  Let’s see if we can help them out!  Let’s see what tools you have hiding up your sleeves.

Calling all DEN members-

While the DEN is hard at work blaizing trails in Web 3, many educators still don’t harness the power of Web 2 in their classrooms (& as we all know, some would even say, "I didn’t know there was a Web 1.0) 

Next week we are having a Days of Discovery extravaganza in NJ, & I need your help (Please)!  Bev Plein will be doing a lab on Digital Storytelling, & I will be doing a presentation on Web 2.0 tools.  Since it’s the start of the new school year, I’d really like to get everyone super-motivated & excited about what’s out there for themselves & their students.  I will be showing some of my favorite tools but I’ d love to be able to step outside my own little box of a mind & present what you all consider to be your favorite, most fun, most handy, easiest, can’t live without, etc. 2.0 tools.

Please list your favorite Web 2.0 tools as a comment to this post.  Don’t forget to also tell me WHY you love your pick- I’d like to include your quotes in my handouts.


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  1. Joel said:

    Skitch! This flash design program from MIT is targeted toward children and boasts an interface that makes design and implementation pain free, even fun. Think of it as building a website out of lego-style blocks. Check it out here: http://scratch.mit.edu/

  2. Linda said:

    I would love to see a Web 2.0 list posted when you are done with this. I am just learning to use Web 2.0 and could use help in finding good educational sites.

  3. MaryAnn Sansonetti said:

    Ok, do I have to limit myself to one?

    Voki – WOW! A great way to introduce a lesson OR have students create characters to discuss a novel, event, or put a new twist on podcasting.

    PB Wiki – Its as good as a PB&J. I love being able to add or subject a resource in an instant with the bonus of collaboration. Gets rid of a full email box!

    Google Bookmarks – I love being able to have the same bookmarks no matter what computer I am sitting at.

  4. Lisa Parisi said:

    Top would be de.li.cious. I love having my sites organized and available from any computer. I also love looking at what other people tag. I find great sites that way.

    I am also quickly becoming addicted to Twitter. Love finding out what all my colleagues are doing. I have discovered incredible blogs, websites, and apps from other people’s twits.

  5. Tracy said:

    I too am enjoying the use of many web 2.0 tools.
    The ones I use most often are de.li.cious for 24/7 access to favorites and the wiki I’ve started at http://ilearnyoulearnwelearn.wikispaces.com/. I look forward to using this wiki as part of an upcoming week long technology “camp” and into the upcoming school year as part of my many future DEN events.
    Voki is a fun tool that brings a bit of personalization to the teaching and learning process. Can you imagine starting the year off by showing your students your avatar? You might end up being the “coolest” teacher! 🙂

  6. Christine West said:

    Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful sites! I was a bit confused about Web 2.0 tools and now feel like I have seen new educational horizons. I have bookmarked them on my ikeepbookmarks free account which I can access from anywhere and will learn about each one in detail when I get a free minute! I was a Mac girl and now my district is converting to PCs. Jing is just the tool I was wishing PCs had because the Mac could take snapshots of anything and I couln’t find that capability on the PC. I am very excited to start learning about the Web 2.0 tools you have introduced here. Keep posting your favorites!

  7. Paula said:

    Thank you so much for sharing these great resources. I am new to Web 2.0 and found it a little overwhelming. These links and your ideas are fabulous!

  8. Ivette Avila-Navarro said:

    How does one place a voki on a website. I’m having difficulties trying to place my voki onto my website.
    (I’m using Iweb to create my site)

    Thanks for the help.

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