Magic List for Web 2.0?

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 (, Her list of IT tools appears on 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…

Diigo – social bookmarking and annotation site  and Delicious – Social bookmarking tool (Diigo is preferred – Firefox plug-in is brillant!)

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)

YouTube and TeacherTube – video sharing sites / TED – absolutely the best of creative ideas (search for educational videos)

Blogger , Edublog , and WordPress – Blogging tools – Follow the blogs of “experts”

Twitter – microblogging tool and Facebook – social networking site (check out group information on both)



“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 …

Flickr and Picasa – photo organization and sharing sites

Animoto – create videos from your images – mindmapping tool

Prezi – presentation software

VoiceThread – collaborative slideshows

Wallwisher – bulletinboard, just used it in a workshop and it worked great

Glogster – Interactive poster maker, one of the most exciting new web 2.0 tools (check out the use on Webtools4u2use which is also a good wiki example)

Wordle – word cloud generator

Slideshare – host presentations

Scribd – Document hosting/sharing


Not Web 2.0 but extremely useful

Paint.NET – Image/photo editing software

SnagIt – screen capture tool  / Jing – screen capture and  casting tool


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.


1 Comment
  • ron
    September 19, 2016

    Instead of Jing, use My Screen Recorder. It is one of the best screen recording software. It records your screen and audio from the speakers or your voice from the microphone – or both simultaneously. The recordings are clear and look great when played back on your website, uploaded to YouTube or used in your presentation. One thing often overlooked – It will record directly to standard compressed format that works with any video editor or any tool, no conversion required. And, the file sizes are small, making them easy to upload or distribute.

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