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All the Web 2.0 Tools you'll ever need in one blog post!
by Jim Forde
I am web geek, and not just because I own a Foursquare t-shirt that I bought at a discount after my 1000th check in. The real reason I know I am a web geek is because I LOVE discovering cool web 2.0 tools that can enhance my classroom! I am about to share with you my not so secret sources for teacher Web 2.0 excitment! ...and that's not all! Actually, it is, but I think you will enjoy discovering all of the new tools that these web sources will present. I guarantee that you will find something new that will amaze you as you explore. So get ready to dive into these web 2.0 treasure troves!
1) Cool Tools for Schools Wiki- http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/
This amazing Wiki presents scores of web 2.0 web tools that can enhance you work with kids. The cool thing is that they are organized by the jobs they do. For example, the left menu organizes links in categories like presentation tools, video tools or slideshow tools. It is really easy to get straight to a resource that can transform a lesson!
This web site organizes 100 Web 2.0 tools in rank order. I really like the way it opens up by sharing the 5 top sites, 5 most surprising and 5 little known. For example, have you heard of Mahala, Knol or Lino? Me neither. Let's get our geek on and find out what they do!
3) Here are 101 site to troll! http://www.goedonline.com/101-web-tools-for-teachers
This list lists sites in order again but is really a hit parade. I know MANY of the listed sites but am always surprised when I encounter one new gem. I think this is worth perusing as you seek the Web 2.0 site of your dreams.
4) The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators
Here is a free on-line book chock full of web resources to explore by educational category. If it's free, it's for me. I hope this one is for you too.
5) EdTEch Tool Box Ultimate Web 2.0 list
This alphabetic list is almost ridiculous in length. Talk about one stop shopping! Have at it.
I hope that this post puts a few new arrows in your quiver. At the very least you can blow your peers away in the staff room with your absolute command of the Web 2.0 edu-verse! Happy Surfing!
Jim Forde is a science and technology teacher at Scofield Magnet MS in Stamford, CT. He is a past teacher of the year and an educational technology enthusiast. You can reach Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org