Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Plethora of Web 2.0 Tools and Writing Ideas

A plethora??? Yes, a plethora of goodies this week and my ideas as to how you can use them can be found here (in no particular order).

1. Social Networking - So Twitter is blocked...there are a few alternatives you can try. Yammer is really easy to use and provides a threaded discussion anyone can follow. You invite people to join your group, similar to Edmodo. Zonkk is another option. Zonkk allows you to customize your own web address and looks similar to Facebook in layout and capabilities.

2. iEtherpad is going away...no problem, try Sync.in or TitanPad. Both sites work in the same collaborative fashion.

3. Two really neat writing resources are Son of Citation Machine and Thesis Builder. These are both handy if you are writing any type of research paper.

4. I'm Under Arrest for What??? - I thought this would be a neat addition to a literature unit including Ben Franklin and his virtues and aphorisms. After studying Franklin's 13 virtues, have students compare those with these weird laws.

And to conclude here are three more misc. tools that I thought were simply too cool not to share:
1. SAIL On - Do you need interactives for your subject area? Look no more...
2. Movie Soundtrack Player - Simply type in the movie title and the entire soundtrack pops up. You can listen/play each song from the movie. This would be a neat addition to a literature or short story study. Create a playlist/soundtrack for a short story. Or listen to the soundtrack of a novel turned into a movie, such as Romeo and Juliet.
3. Clipart for History - Similar to Phillip Martin, this site has some really neat clipart you could use in a history/social studies classroom.

Have a great week!

3 comments:

  1. Wow, that is a plethora :) Great finds, I am really loving Son of a Citation Machine. Where the heck was this when I was in college?

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  2. I use Phillip Martin a lot but it's great to have more clip art. Have you seen Open Clip Art? http://www.openclipart.org/

    SailOn looks great too!

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  3. These are great. I made a web page for my students at school with lots of resources. I imagine most of have done something similar. One of the things I put on it was Son of citation machine. http://milesave.weebly.com Weebly is really user friendly. I just put the classroom games on this web page. Thank you.

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