What is Web 2.0? Web 2.0 has been recognized as the second generation of the World Wide Web. One of the most obvious differences in 2.0 and the www is the movement away from static webpages to dynamic and shareable content and social networking. AKA the Read/Write Web
Audio.jpg Vocaroo - A simpler than simple online voice recording! Record yourself then send it to someone in an email! How about a short message of encouragement to someone? A song. A poem. Instructions. These can also be posted to the web!

Audacity An open source cross platform sound editor that is easy to use and is free (downloadable software)
Apple's GarageBand software makes it easy to record, edit and transfer your podcast to iTunes or anywhere you choose.
gCast Your own audio broadcast, where you can easily record voice messages, mix in your favorite music, and share it all for the world to hear. You can also upload a file and publish it on gCast. These basic services are free. You can "phone it in" using a toll-free number for an annual fee.
AudioPal Create your message using a mike and your computer, type in the text (text-to-speech), upload an audio file, or call a toll-free number. You'll be emailed a link to the embeddable player.
Blabberize Make any photo or image talk! Here's one created by a student for a report, and another created for a school library media center website.
Blubrry Create and distribute your podcasts here.
Chirbit Record with a microphone, type your text and it will turn it to speech, or upload a mp3 file. Micro-podcasting.
ClickCaster - create, broadcast and sell your very own radio shows and podcasts. You can record audio right from your browser or upload an existing audio files.

A multi-track audio and MIDI recording studio that enables you to record your band, make original compositions, create a podcast, create mash-ups or remix a song. Use it as a multi-track recorder or as a music loop remix program.
Free Podcasting Booklet : Windows and Macintosh users, download my 34-page booklet about podcasting. It takes you through the basics of finding, subscribing, and listening to podcasts. Then, learn step-by-step how to record and publish an audio podcast using free software.
Podcasting with Keynote (Mac) A podcast with slides made with Apple's Keynote software. Complete how-to!
Podcasting 101 A wiki dedicated to teaching all about podcasting: how to find podcasts, how to listen to them, how to create them--all from the library perspective.
Podcasting in Education Video Series A three-part series from Apple.

ANIMATED Avvatars Animation!!!
Be Funky
Build Your Wild Self
Create My Picture
Gizmoz Animate yourself!
M&M Avatars Add arms, legs, eyes, etc. to a m&m character.
MakeMii Make avatars like on the Wii.
Makeup Photo
Mii Mii's just like on the video games!
Mini-Mizer Picture yourself in plastic!
My Avatar Editor Older students might enjoy this one.
Mr. Picasso Head
My Oats
Portrait Illustration Maker
Simpsonize Me Very popular site!

Voki- Create a representation of yourself (avatar). Choose hair color, eyes, clothes etc. Then you can add your own voice to your avatar and embed it on your blog, wiki, or webpageWeeMees
Wee World
AmazType - this is pretty amazing! Type in a word and a visual of the word will appear made from book covers. Click on the book cover to see it more closely.
Spell with Flickrtype in a word, then click on Spell. Click on any letter in the first example to change the letter to a different style. Use Command/Shift/4 to take a screen shot of the word.
Wordle - Generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.Fun for kids: Guess the Wordle


Imagination Cubed - Want to draw with a friend? This site allows you and a buddy in another location to share drawing space.
Tux Paint - Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children. Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.

Poll Everywhere - Ask your students a question and they can text the answer or tweet it (through twitter). The answers show up through your power point or in your web browser.
PollDaddy: Set up a survey in under 5 minutes and start collecting responses in real-time. FREESurveyMonkey Select from over a dozen types of questions (multiple choice, rating scales, drop-down menus, and more..). Options allow you to require answers to any question, control the flow with custom skip logic, and even randomize answer choices to eliminate bias. Distribute survey or poll via email or your own website.
Quia (fee-based membership) Templates for creating 16 types of interactive online activities, including flash cards, word search, battleship, challenge board, and cloze exercises. Online testing tools that allow you to create quizzes, grade them with computer assistance, and receive detailed reports on student performance. You can also create online surveys for gathering student and teacher feedback. Even without membership, you can search the database of shared online activities and quizzes in more than 150 categories created by educators.
QuizStar (fee-based) This quiz creator allows you to design multimedia quizzes in different formats including multiple choice, true/false, and short answer and in different languages. Quizzes are graded automatically, and results can be analyzed in multiple formats, including by class, student, and question. Reports can be saved, printed or downloaded in an Excel file.
Easy-Poll Free surveys and polls for your webpage, wiki, or blog. Choose your colors and style. No ads.

MyStudiyo "At MyStudiyo you can create interactive quiz content for your website or blog quickly and easily. Simply add your own content to our DIY (Do-It-Yourself) quiz templates and create a customized quiz for your audience. After you’ve created your quiz, copy and paste a few lines of HTML into your website and you’re ready to go!" One version allows users to add their own questions and answers to the quiz. You can also use quizzes that others have created and made public. You can insert images, videos, sounds and choose the "skin" or look of the quiz and provide feedback. Lots of options!
99polls: Create Flash Polls and Surveys! With your free account from 99polls you can now create customized surveys and polls for your website, blog and social network profiles. Using 99polls is a powerful and effective way to get instant feedback and increase your site's popularity among Internet users.
All Rankings Create a list and let others rank the items on it. You can also participate in the public ranking polls.
AskItOnline: Use our intuitive survey builder to create your survey in just a fraction of the time as alternative options. The WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor makes it easy for everyone to use. allows you to create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!
Doodle can be used to poll people about preferences: where to meet, what topics are of interest, etc.
EasyTestMaker you can create multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true and false questions all on the same test. You can also insert instructions and divide your test into multiple sections. Generate alternate versions, too.
eQuizzer: eQuizzer is a FREE* web-based quizzing program.
ESLVideo Quiz Builder Create quizzes for free videos from YouTube, Google Video,, and other video hosting websites or use quizzes designed by others. (Designed for ESL students, but useful for all) allows you to design online surveys, collect responses from the visitors of your blog or website, analyze them and finally present the survey results - all using only your web browser and for free. Add sound, images, or video to your polls/surveys; has a variety of ways to see your results; and many different formats to show your surve
Free Website Polls: free poll service! Our polls are quick and easy to create, fun to use, and best of all, cost nothing! No technological knowledge is required - the code is created for you in seconds. You merely cut and paste into your website or blog!
GoToPoll: create your own multiple polls and easily plug them into your web site.
HotPotatoes The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. It is not open-source. download software, online activites
JotForm is a free versatile online form creator. Create surveys, polls, anything. WYSIWYG. Tutorial available at the stie, too.
KwikSurveyFree tools for creating and analyzing web-based surveys. No advertising. No limits. Embeddable. Many great features, and YES! Free.
Learning Impulse offers a free tool that will let you create your own interactive games and quizzes. It will keep track of your students' scores for you, too.
MicroPoll Ask multiple questions, and people taking the poll can provide multiple answers.Unlimited number of polls and questions.
Obsurvey Quick and easy way to collect data online.
PollJunkie Create a good looking poll or survey with different types of questions. No registration required.
ProProfs Quiz School: Perfect for making your own quiz, online tests, training, recruitment, exams, trivia or just plain fun quizzes!
CHNM Poll BuilderCHNM Poll Builder: The Poll Builder provides a free, simple, one-step process to create polls that you can embed in your Web pages. You can select the background color for the poll and have up to 5 possible responses. Below is an example of what a poll looks like.
Vorbeo is a free service for creating polls for your blog or website.
Visu Create polls, track current results of polls you've voted in, get email alerts for your favorite topics, and much more...
a free web based survey tool
YacaPaca Create, share, modify polls and quizzes.
Zoho Challenge: Zoho Challenge is a powerful, feature-rich software that automates and streamlines online test creation, distribution and evaluation/scoring process. Zoho Challenge is ideal for Schools, Teachers, Coaching Centers and Organizations to quickly and efficiently administer tests for students, employees and candidates.
Zoho Polls: Want to decide on something? Use Zoho Polls to narrow down your choices and get opinion from others. Its 100% free.
Zoomerang: Quickly and easily create online surveys to get the insights you need. With Zoomerang's online survey software, you can build a survey in minutes with free access to over 100 professionally-designed online survey templates. Then, analyze and share your results by creating customized charts, posting them to your blog or website
or just exporting your data to Excel, PowerPoint or a PDF.


Big Huge Labs- Make motivational posters, movie posters, jigsaw puzzles, magazine covers, and lots more.
Lulu - lets you publish and sell print-on-demand books and e-books, online music and images, custom calendars and books. Free self-publishing.

BibMe - Online collaborative citation creator - great for use with a group of students working on one project. For other online citation creators, plagiarism resources, and information literacy go to
Digital Vaults - Browse through the hundreds of photographs, documents, and film clips and discover connections. Records are cross-linked by media type, time and theme. You can get lost here for hours - dusty, old documents have never looked so good!Evernote - This cutting-edge tool helps you keep track of your complicated life—not just with words, but with images, sound, and video. Even turns handwritten notes into text.
Mindmeister - online mind mapping tool where students can all collaborate on one mind map. For many choice of graphic organizers (online and printable), check out
Research Recipe - a wiki of many research tools.
Visual Ranking - Students identify and refine criteria as they assign order or ranking to a list. They must explain their reasoning and can compare their work with each other in a visual diagram. This tool supports activities where students need to organize ideas, debate differences, and reach consensus.
VisuWords - Online graphical dictionary. Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.

Screen_shot_2010-02-27_at_6.38.14_PM.png A short introduction to the concept of social bookmarking, using Delicious as the example-Social Bookmarking in Plain English
Diigo provides a browser add-on that can really improve your research productivity. As you read on the web, instead of just bookmarking, you can highlight portions of web pages that are of particular interest to you. You can also attach sticky notes to specific parts of web pages., I share resources I find thought join our K-State Pre-Service Teachers Group
Portaportals - Social Bookmarking but in a very organized form. This is very easy for young students to find sites. Ex. Mary Frazier's Portal
Simply Box- Visual bookmarking! Set up a box with sites you want your students to visit, add your comments or instructions. Students can also comment back. Great for research - save the info from the web, rewrite it, link it to the site - virtual notecards!

Animoto - Create your own music video, simply by uploading your own images and selecting music. Students LOVE seeing themselves on the video. Limit of 30 seconds - so just short & sweet!
YouTube - Create your own videos then upload them to YouTube to share with others. Search YouTube for many curriculum connections and tutorials. Also check out SchoolTube and TeacherTubeZamzar- Convert video files without downloading anything. Just upload the video, select the format you want to convert to, then wait for it to finish.
Blogs - A weblog, daily journal, travel highlights, daily reflections. eSchool Blogs (through ePals on Kan-ed) is safe for students. - Use to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.
Glogster - Make posters or collages with links to really spiffy up your wikis or webpages.
Read Write Think - NCTE and IRA are working together to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.
StumbleUpon - StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like and brings you more. Instead of searching for sites, the sites will come to YOU!
Twitter & Plurk - Microblogging! You’re limited to 140 characters so you answer the question, “What you are doing?” very precisely. Educators constantly share websites, tips and tricks, advice, and ask questions

Wikis - Collaborative web pages with discussion forums.These are perfect for collaborative teams to keep track of notes, lesson plans, ideas, activities, video clips, etc. (wikispaces, pbwiki, etc.)

Skype Skype is a voice over internet "telephone" service that lets you call other Skype users for free. With a webcam, you can make free video calls, too. Talk with authors, create collaborative projects, chat with experts--all for free! The Learning Librarian offers a manual (.doc) she developed for her school's Skype use. You might also want to see authors who will Skype with your school at the Skype An Author Network. Many authors will chat with your students for 10-15 minutes for free! You can also arrange longer Skype visits with them for a fee. (The fee is for the author, NOT for Skype. Skype is free!)