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Education Tools

Education 2.0

21Classes. Simple blogging software for students and teachers.

Bingocardapp creates bingo cards for you.

Blendspace to create a canvas based on YouTube videos, photographs, files from Dropbox, Google Drive, the web or bookmarks. These can then be edited together to form a coherent whole, which can be saved and used with students.

Blubbr creates trivia videos for you and your students.

Braineos Flash card quizzes to make your brain happy!. This will appeal to teachers and school librarians I suspect. Create flashcards, play, challenge friends. No need to sign up - you can just use your email to login, create games quickly. Unfortunately it's text based, so you can't use images, which is a real shame.

ChartsBin creates interactive maps.

ClassChatter | Safe and Effective Web Tools For the Classroom ClassChatter offers free blogging and web tools for teachers at all levels of education. Our first goal is to provide a safe haven for teachers and students on the web. You will find a secure and private environment, free of any advertising directed at your students.

Clipartlord for free clip art

CreateDebate. Create a debate, add your views, seek suport, vote arguments up or down. I can see how this might work nicely in a classroom environment.

Dipity creates timelines.

Easynote cards. A place for students and teachers to create, study, print and share interactive notecards (flashcards) for their textbooks.

Educanon is a really nice, simple and free tool that can be used to enhance the videos that you create. It's made by teachers for teachers.

Educlipper; what you create and share matters!

Fotobabble to create talking photographs and slideshows.

Free Visual English Dictionary This is a nice straightforward idea. Simply type in the word that interests you and the Visual English dictionary will create an image on the screen which links to a variety of different words. You can drag and move them around and you can also double-click to see further related words. This would work well in a school situation, particularly with students who are not confident using language.

Glogster - Poster Yourself. A glog is a digital poster that can contain images, video and sound. Creators can share them with other people via their social network or website and say what is special to them about their lives. Really interesting concept.

Image Quiz website uses the power of images to help children learn.

Inklewriter allows you to create branched stories.

Issuu is a tool to allow people to create their own magazines.

JigsawPlanet creates jigsaws for you.

Kidblog Blogs for Teachers and Students. is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog. Kidblog's simple, yet powerful tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs. Set up your class with no student email addresses. Provide your students with an authentic, engaging, and interactive learning experience with Kidblog.

LiveBinders Organize your resources in an online binder. It's basically a way to create a collection of materials on the web in a nice and convenient format. It reminded me very much of Squidoo, which is a fairly basic way of doing this, or Museum Box - they all seem to do pretty much the same thing, but just have different visual appeals.

Lore creates an entire online classroom.

Meograph creates multimedia based stories.

Mindflash The easy way to get your training online.. Create a course from the presentations and videos that you already have. Free and priced programmes.

Museum Box This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

National Geographic Kids Video. A small collection of good quality interesting and educational videos for children. Main drawback is that there are so very few of them. 8 in history for example. Disappointing.

NeoK12 Educational Videos and Games for Kids About Science, Math, Social Studies and English. This is a good alternative to YouTube for parents and teachers who want to show interesting and educational videos. Many different subject topics for K12 school children, though it does tend to have an American bias to it. All videos have been screened by teachers prior to inclusion on the site.

Online stopwatch does exactly what you’d expect.

Piktochart creates infographics.

PurposeGames Test Your Knowledge With Trivia Games. Fun site. Sample games are geography, historical, astronomy, biology and so on. You can create your own as well.

Random name picker If you want to pick some names or other information at random, the   fruit machine is great fun. Just pop in some names/keywords, 'pull' the handle and it'll do a fruit machine like whirr with applause when it stops. Great for choosing people to speak.

SchoolTube provides students and educators a safe, world class, and FREE media sharing website that is nationally endorsed by premier education associations. SchoolTube is the recognized leader for moderated, internet media sharing for teachers and students. All student created materials on SchoolTube must be approved by registered teachers, follow local school guidelines, and adhere to our high standards.

Slidebomb Academy. Build super simple mashup slideshows

SMS text generator is great fun.

Thinglink makes media come alive, discover, create and share interactive videos and images.

Tikatok is a free creative community for kids under 13 where they can write, illustrate, and share their original stories, and have them printed out into real hardcover and paperback books. It was developed by two mothers to encourage the imagination and creativity of their children and children everywhere.

WatchKnowLearn Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students. An excellent video site for children ages 3-18. A very wide collection of subjects, global in nature. Teachers, instructors and educators to suggest videos for inclusion into the directory, and then to review, approve, and assign those videos into appropriate categories using a wiki framework and philosophy.

Webunal is an interesting tool where you can settle debates. Great for historical stuff I suspect.

Web 2.0 for the Classroom Teacher. Mainly a list of Web 2.0 resources, which have a slight education bias to them.

Wordnik provides you with a bunch of information about a word. Examples in use, how often it's been used in the last year, recent tweets using the word, thesaurus, various definitions, Flickr images and so on.

YouTube Teachers channel.

ZooBurst. this is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create their own 3D pop-up books. office can arrange characters and props within a 3-D world artwork or items can be uploaded, and users also have access to a built in database of over 10,000 free images and materials. The books can be shared via URL or embedded on a website or blog and if readers have a web cam they can experience the book in  augmented reality. This is going to be a great tool that educators and parents can use in conjunction with their children.

Tags, Tagging and word clouds

ABCya! is another option. Simply type/paste your words into the box and it will create a cloud for you. Unlike Wordle, it's not possible to link to a URL RSS feed, which is a shame, but not dreadful. The cloud can be randomised, the fonts changed, the colours altered, the layout can also be changed. No registration required and it's free. If you want as close a Wordle experience as possible, this is probably the best one to try.

ImageChef word mosaic is another alternative that I've found. This one is again slightly different in that you can choose to create a cloud in a specific shape - a heart, exclaimation mark, envelope, skull and so on. It's quite a 'pop' type site, with options for changing shapes, colours and fonts. Very easy to save, share on Twitter, email and so on. If you're working with children this is certainly worth exploring.

TagCrowd - make your own tag cloud from any text.

Tagul is a similar resource, but with significant differences. Mouseover words and they will flick into horizontal and will be zoomed, so it's visually quite exciting. Clicking on the term you've chosen will then lead to a Google search for it, but it's possible to link to other sites or pages instead. In order to use the service registration is required and you're limited to 10 clouds. Words can be pasted in to be used, or users can provide a URL instead. Users can choose the shape of the cloud, font, angles of words.

Tagxedo is the best of the lot in my opinion; you can create your own shapes, even from photographs!

VocabGrabber is more like WordSift, since it takes some text and provides more information about the words used. It gives a word list, definitions of words, and it's possible to sort for relevance, A-Z, occurrences and familiarity.

WordItOut is another resource that you can just use directly, without registration. Words can be pasted, or you can provide a URL to the application. Colours can be changed, as can font, size, number of colours, but layout doesn't appear as an option. Clouds can be saved, but you need to provide an email address, but once you have, you're given a URL for the cloud that's been created, so that makes it very easy to reuse.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

WordSift is another resource that's worth trying out. WordSift does give you more options than just a word cloud. Words can be dragged around the screen for example, so if you don't like the way in which something is displayed you can always change it. Sorting is also possible - common to rare, rare to common, A-Z, Z-A. The tag cloud words can also be marked up, either custom, or according to categories such as Language, Science, Maths or Social Studies. This simply pops the words into a different colour, but it's a very useful training aid in the classroom.

WordSift does more than this however - there is much more detail available to users. Under the word cloud there are images appropriate to the words in the cloud, and these can be clicked and dragged into a sandbox on the same page. Users can also search for a particular word in the Visual Thesaurus that's on the site, in order to see the relationships between different terms.