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Web 2.0: Cool Tools for Schools


Web 2.0: Cool Tools for Schools

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This is a collection of educational Web 2.0 applications that are organized by categories such as writing, research, presentations, storage, audio, converters, mapping, graphing and more.
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Technical Format: Website
Date Added to MERLOT: December 02, 2008
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 25, 2016
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Submitter: Cris Guenter
Keywords: tools, Web2.0, apps, online


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
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Language: English
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Avatar for Kimberly Rodriguez
1 year ago

Kimberly Rodriguez (Student)

I realize that there is a great deal of information on this wiki but I think the layout is functional and easy to navigate. Always having that sidebar menu in constant view, no matter how populated it is, creates a holistic perspective to allow you to view and jump around without navigating backwards.

The descriptions could use some updating. Many of the tools listed have more exciting functionality than what is listed but at least there is at least a one line descriptor for even those apps.

Overall, a great resource for teachers to dive into and explore over a few weekends, as I will be doing over winter break.

Another plus: the teacher updates the tools and asks for feedback from viewers about what they are using. Feedback and collaboration are necessary for Web-based apps which are dynamic by nature.

Avatar for Kathy-ann Daniel-Gittens
1 year ago

Kathy-ann Daniel-Gittens (Faculty)

This is an excellent site bookmarking web tools for teaching. I particularly like the taxonomy used to organize the tools. They assist teachers by identifying how the tools can be used instructionally, for example, tools could be used for presentation or collaboration. I also like the short description that accompanies each tool.


My concerns are that the taxonomy was not fully implemented for all the web tools. Later groupings organized tools by function rather than instructional use e.g. they were organized according to video or audio. This doesn't really help teachers with identifying how the tools could be used instructionally. My second concern is whether there may be accessibility issues with the colors selected for the site.

Time spent reviewing site: .5 hour

Avatar for Stephanie Maher Palenque
1 year ago

Stephanie Maher Palenque (Faculty)

This is an excellent collection of bookmarks and teaching tools.The colors on the page are a bit bright and distracting, but would not deter the user from using this site effectively.
Time spent reviewing site: .5 hour

Avatar for Gennette Clacken
2 years ago

Gennette Clacken (Administrator)

This is a good resource for teachers. Sub pages seem overwhelming. A bit too much information on each page.

Avatar for Raja Kamar
2 years ago

Raja Kamar (Faculty)

technology oriented teaching

Avatar for Russ Bennett
2 years ago

Russ Bennett (Student)

Good site; found some new tools. Thanks! Home page design feels cluttered; additional categories would be helpful to further categorize social learning tools.
Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Shannon Fulp
3 years ago

Shannon Fulp (Teacher (K-12))

Great website, full of information!

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for Linda Kennemore
3 years ago

Linda Kennemore (Student)

Wonderful collection of information about Web 2.0 links. Most every place I clicked on worked. However the need for updating would be endelss.

Technical Remarks:

Most links worked but some are outdated and should be removed. If the site were updated or monitored on a monthly basis, it would be accurate.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 min,

Avatar for Angela Gunder
4 years ago

Angela Gunder (Faculty)

This site serves as a rich repository of materials spanning multiple functions, disciplines and outputs.  Additionally, it is a browser's delight with multiple offerings for anyone looking for a spark of creativity.  The potential for classroom use is high in that the majority of the resources are free, meaning students can take advantage of the technology well as instructors.

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Avatar for Billy Woodson
4 years ago

Billy Woodson (Faculty)

This site contains lots of interactive activities for teachers. 

Avatar for norbert boruett
6 years ago

norbert boruett (Health Care Professional)

This is outstanding.The examples given and the appropriateness is perfect

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Extremely friendly- any teacher can use it.
Time spent reviewing site: 15minutes
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Avatar for Jane Moore
8 years ago

Jane Moore (Faculty)

This is a splendid site that has been carefully constructed and kept up by Lenva Shearing from New Zealand. It is definitely a great organizational tool for Web 2.0 tools.
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