March 31, 2014

Top 12 Web 2.0 Tools


12. Tiny URL - Create a smaller URL that is easy to remember

11. Symbaloo - Bookmarking Site

10. Magic Studio - Drop 'n' Drags, Image Explorers, Presentations, Quizzes, Timelines

9. Snack Tools - High-quality Flash Banner Maker, Custom Web Audio Players, Custom Video and Playlists, Professional Quality Photo Slideshows, Online Polls & Surveys, Stylish Page Flipbooks

8. Photo Peach - Photo Slideshows

7. Schoology - Class Management System and Social Network to create and share academic content

6. Spiderscribe - Create Graph Organizers

5. Tiki-Toki - Create Stunning Animated Timelines

4. Glogster - Create Online, Interactive Posters

3. Prezi - Zooming Presentation Editor

2. Skype - Connect with classrooms around the world

1. Wetoku - Video Conferencing System

“No Classroom Left Behind?”

“No Classroom Left Behind: Are You a Classroom of Yesterday?”

I believe that technology should be integrated into every classroom.

By technology, I am not referring to websites, videos, and power point (although these are beneficial to students.) I mean actual hands-on, project-based learning such as Web 2.0 Tools. These tools enable teachers and students to create, collaborate, and communicate online.

Web 2.0 Tools such as blogs, glogs, and wikis are simple and quick to learn resulting in immediate enhancement of student learning. Blogs are online journals that promote discussion among students and teachers; glogs are online, interactive poster-making tools (imagine no more crinkled posters cluttering your classroom); and wikis are websites that can be edited by students promoting successful, collaborative group projects.

Journals, posters, and project group discussions are no longer adequate preparation for the students' future employment. Students need high level computer operating skills. Students need creative opportunities using various technology tools to prepare them for jobs that have yet to be created. The integration of technology into the classroom is essential for the future success of our students because it develops and refines crucial skills while promoting creativity using real world technological tools.

The technology of my day was a slide projector, super 8 movies, and an overhead projector. This technology was adequate in preparing me for my future employment; however, is it grossly inadequate for today's high tech jobs. Have the classrooms changed all that much? I think not. The slide projector has become a power point presentation; the super 8 movie has become a video or website; and the overhead projector has become a glorified underused active board.

Are students being engaged in learning? Are they learning skills that will prepare them for their future? Many classrooms today have progressed little beyond the classroom of yesterday. While this type of classroom instruction may have worked for you and me, it will do little to advance our students’ future success.


Alliteration is the repetition of the initial consonant sound. There should be at least two repetitions in a row. An example is - She sells seashells by the seashore. The first letter, s, is a consonant. It is repeated many times. These books are a great way to introduce the concept of alliteration to your students.

Three grey geese in a green field grazing,
Grey were the geese and green was the grazing.
-Three Grey Geese, Mother Goose


Symbolism is the practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships. Picture books are the perfect way to introduce this theme to students. Use the books listed below to introduce symbolism to your students.

The "A" that Hester Prynne was forced to wear represented not only that she was an adulteress, but also the first letter of the name of her illegitimate child's father, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. "The Scarlet Letter" - Nathaniel Hawthorne


When teaching figurative language consider using picture books to help your students better understand the concepts. The books listed below will help to teach onomatopoeia.

“A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch and blue spurt of a lighted match.” - Meeting at Night by Robert Browning

Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the sound it represents.


The books listed below will help to teach personification.

Hey Diddle, Diddle, the cat and the fiddle. The cow jumped over the moon; the little dog laughed to see such sport. And the dish ran away with the spoon. - The Cat and the Fiddle by Mother Goose

Personification is giving human qualities to animals or objects.


The books listed below will help to teach simile and metaphor.

“There was a quivering in the grass which seemed like the departure of souls.” Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

A simile is a figure of speech that says that one thing is like another different thing. We can use similes to make descriptions more emphatic or vivid. We often use the words as and like with similes.

"The rain came down in long knitting needles." National Velvet by Enid Bagnold

A metaphor is a figure of speech that says that one thing is another different thing. This allows us to use fewer words and forces the reader or listener to find the similarities.