KNOCKING YOUR SOCKS OFF! FUN, NEW, FREE IDEAS
& SERVICES VIA THE INTERNET
Revised August 2007


 

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WEB 2.0 RESOURCES

YouTube Video about Web 2.0: Use this to visually explain Web 2.0!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gmP4nk0EOE


What is WEB 2.0? Here is a definition: http://www.shambles.net/web2/

Gaggle—This is a great first stop for teachers wanting to work with students in a safe, protected environment.
http://www.gaggle.net/
 


Imbee--Another protected social networking site for kids.  http://imbee.com

Shambles:
http://www.shambles.net/web2/

THE Place to go for Web 2.0 Sites


Kathy Schrock's list of Web 2.0 Tools: http://discoveryschool.com/schrockguide/edtools.html#Web20_tools


DIGG: http://digg.com/
Social networking meets news.


NewsMap: http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/
Maps Google news! Very cool visual representation of news. Try it!


20Q.Net: http://www.20q.net/
Like the game sold in stores, and fun. Fine for kids!


Mashups: http://www.mashups.com/
Want to learn more about mashups? Go to this link!


Collectania—A blog all about copyright issues!
http://chaucer.umuc.edu/blogcip/collectanea/


Digication—Free online portfolio maker!
http://www.digication.com/home/


Brand new and so COOL! Google Literature Trips! Have your kids make one: http://www.googlelittrips.org/


NEW SEARCH TOOLS, 2.0 FEATURES

Ask.com: http://www.ask.com
If you have not used it lately, Jeeves is gone and the renovated site, with the help of Gary Price, has a whole new look and many extra value-added features. Also check out

Ask For Kids: http://www.askforkids.com/
Type in "books for kids" and see the SMART ANSWER!

Rollyo: http://www.rollyo.com/
"Roll your own" search Engine!

ResultR: http://www.resultr.com/index.php?reload=yes
New kind of search tool with social networking and potentional for you to personalize

Flock: http://www.flock.com/
Social search engine...does require a free down-load.

Exalead: http://www.exalead.com/search
Promises to:

  • Web search: search the entire Web for information in different formats (web sites, Word documents, .pdf files, etc.)
  • Image search: search for photographs, illustrations and icons from all over the Web.
Bookmarklets: http://www.bookmarklets.com/
Promise to extend search capabilities of Explorer and Netscape.

KONFABULATOR:  http://www.widgetgallery.com/
Part of Yahoo--similar to Google Personal Page

Y!Q: http://yq.search.yahoo.com/
Also an offshoot of Yahoo...natural language searching.

GROKKER: http://www.grokker.com/
Concurrently search Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Amazon!

SCIRUS: http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/
Searches strictly scientific information.

BlogPulse: http://www.blogpulse.com/index.html
Search for blogs!

ChaCha! http://www.chacha.com/
Promises to provide you with a real live personal search guide. I tried it out and it was fun!

CactiSearch! http://www.cactisearch.com/
Searches Gogle, Yahoo, MSN, and Ask.com--features to customize search on main page.

Ten By Ten, or 10X10--Very cool visual news page: http://www.tenbyten.org/10x10.html

Mozilla Firefox--My Favorite Browser: http://www.mozilla.org/
 

ONLINE APPS AND SERVICES--AGAIN MANY WITH WEB 2.0 FEATURES:

What is a blog and how can I get started? Teachers First has a good explanation: http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/blog/blogbasics.cfm

Blogging sites and tools


Lists of blogs about education, technology, and librarianship:


Houston Chronicle’s Recommended Education Blogs
•    Notesgirl: http://www.notesgirl.com/NotesGirl/NotesGirl.nsf
•    Learn Me Good: http://www.learnmegood2.blogspot.com/
•    Education in Texas: http://www.educationintexas.blogspot.com/


Google Tools: Explore all of them!

Mapping:  Here's a way to use Google earth without installing it:

http://flashearth.com

I have tried it and got as close to my house on my street as the actual program - and faster too.


Loki: http://loki.com/
Another Online mapping tool.


Managing Pictures


Managing your LIFE!!!

Craig Nansen's Technology Leaders Resource Center - http://www.minot.k12.nd.us/nansen
 
Collaborative word processors:

Cool Text: http://cooltext.com/ free online graphics generator  

Webnote: http://www.aypwip.org/webnote/  Another online note-taking tool!

RubiStar, NoteStar, QuizStar--All these and more free from 4Teachers.org: http://www.4teachers.org/


Textpattern: http://www.textpattern.com/
  A free, flexible, elegant, easy-to-use content management
system for all kinds of websites, even weblogs
.


Bib Me! Online bibliography maker--to use besides Citation Machine. Kids may like it.
 http://www.bibme.org/

Protopage (One of Craig's favorites)
http://www.protopage.com/v2
Protopage = personalized news + sticky notes + bookmarks, all on one page.
 
Social Bookmarks

Portaportal.com - http://www.portaportal.com
 
Backpackit: http://www.backpackit.com
Another neat Web 2 resource that I plan to use. Actually todolist reminders, mentioned earlier, is part 
of Backpackit

Poetry Teachers.com: http://www.poetryteachers.com/poetclass/poetclass.html

JUST FOR FUN!!!

Wists Social Shopping: http://www.wists.com  Kind of neat. Idea is to use this site to track down things
you are looking to purchase. Let's you pick one image off a page when you bookmark it (or Wist it). Then
you can share the site with others. I don't know how useful this would be in classroom situations.

SingShot: http://www.singshot.com/index.html
UTube meets karaoke!

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/
Your place to buy and sell things handmade.




FINALLY...DO YOU LIKE WEB 2.O AND SOCIAL NETWORKING TOOLS? Then you need the straight dope on the dopey bill called DOPA. Here is a link to YALSA's
excellent information on this topic:
http://teentechweek.wikispaces.com/DOPA


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