Everyone is looking for the “definitive list” of Web 2.0 tools to use in the IB classroom. There is not just one list, but many lists depending on which website or consultant you follow. Which ones are the best for the IB educator and where do you start?
My favorite comprehensive list is from Jane Hart – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/), Her list of IT tools appears on http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/Directory/index.html with Blogging, web and wiki tools are under category 4. It is quite long scary list!
I find the shorter list of the 100 IT tools compiled from the survey of over 278 professionals is very useful and a good checklist to keep up to date.
From this list what would your “can’t live without” list look like? “Following” others who are posting and using the tools and posting replies is a simple way to get involved into web 2.0. For example, follow Twitter (tweets) or group postings with professional information. Create your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) including anyone who regularly posts information that you find useful.
My “must use” list…
Wikispaces – best site for creating wikis and collaborative spaces
Ning – social networking platform (join educational groups such as Classroom 2.0)
Skype – instant messaging and VoIP / Dimdim – Web conferencing
Todaysmeet – backchanneling tool (easy to setup and contribute to, no invitations necessary)
“Google anything” is on my recommended list….
Google Reader and iGoogle personalized page- RSS / Feed reader and iGoogle start-up page with RSS/Feed reader
Google Docs – Office apps and surveys / Survey Monkey – Survey/questionnaire tool (sign-in with gmail account)
Google Apps – range of apps (Gmail, Google calendar, Google docs, Google Sites, Google groups, Google video)
Google Earth – Satellite and aerial imagery / Google Maps
Google Alerts – Keep track of new information
Google Translate – even though translations are not perfect, wikis can be made available to a wide range of non-English speakers
Picasa – photo organization and sharing sites
My list of “very useful” tools …
Animoto – create videos from your images
Bubbl.us – mindmapping tool
Prezi – presentation software
VoiceThread – collaborative slideshows
Wallwisher – bulletinboard, just used it in a workshop and it worked great
Wordle – word cloud generator
Slideshare – host presentations
Scribd – Document hosting/sharing
Not Web 2.0 but extremely useful
Paint.NET – Image/photo editing software
What would you add to the list? What web 2.0 tools do you use in your IB Classroom?
Please reply and share any blogs, wikis or websites that you have created. It would be most useful to know the IB programme ( PYP, MYP or DP) and/or subject.