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Cool Web Tools

Cool Web Tools

This page contains links to cool web applications to make the integration of technology into your curriculum not only easy for you, but also for your students.

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Multimedia tools

WikiSpaces                                                                                                                                          A wiki is a space on the Web where you can share work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media and anything else you can think of.

Animoto                                                                                                                                             Turn your photos and video clips into professional slideshows in minutes. Fast and free, simple


Go! Animate                                                                                                                                     Create a video for free. Make a viral video. Create an animated lesson or tutorial for your class.Make a training or professional development video for your staff.

Vocaroo                                                                                                                                                 A premiere voice and image recording service. One step recording and instant playback.Must have a microphone and or camera attached.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Create your own screen cast for free with nothing to download.

Voki                                                                                                                                                Voki is a free service that lets you create customized avatars, add voice to your Voki avatars, post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile and take advantage of Voki's learning resources.

Viddix                                                                                                                                               Video platform that allows you to connect all kinds of web content to your videos. This way you can really interact with your audience and deliver your messages more effectively. 

Make Beliefs Comix 
This is a fun site that lets you create comics.  The best part is that you do not need to have an account. is a fun and easy site to use


Presentation Tools


Sliderocket                                                                                                                                    Allows you to create, collaborate and share stunning media rich presentations.

 Prezi                                                                                                                                                This is a zooming presentation editor that is cloud based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. Create stunning presentations.

 LiveBinders                                                                                                                                         An online 3-ring binder. Collect resources; organize them neatly and easily for publication or presentation.

Image Editing Tools


Aviary                                                                                                                                                  A suite of applications that you can use right in your web browser. From graphic design to audio editing,(such as image and effects editing, screen capture, music creator, image markup, etc, etc, etc, etc.)



Big Huge Labs                                                                                                                                Create for FREE fun and custom posters, calendars, cards, magazine covers, puzzles, maps, photo albums, badges, frames, DVD/CD covers, widgets, headers, captions, etc, etc, etc.

Glogster                                                                                                                                              Use music, photos, videos, and more to create a glog to express your ideas, opinions, coccepts or more.

This site lets you customize signs and pictures with your own text. These images make fun additions to reports, cards, your blog, and anywhere.


Sharing Tools                                                                                                                                               A content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their pin board. Also includes standard social networking features.                                                                                                                                         Use Minus to make sharing pictures, documents, music, videos and files simple, instant, and free. Minus lets you drag files from your desktop and folders directly to your Minus browser to start sharing. Simply go to your web browser and retrieve your document. This is a cool way for students to save files if they have no portable storage device.

Dropbox                                                                                                                                                  A free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.

ClassConnect                                                                                                                                     Find or build lessons with the common core. Add your own videos, pictures, docs, files, etc. Organize and store them, share and collaborate.

Wallwisher                                                                                                                                       Lets you create a wall on which you and your friends can add “sticky notes.” The sticky notes can include text as well as images, audio, and video files you embed by linking to the online address where they are stored.
VoiceThread                                                                                                                                      A collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos, and allows people to comment on the slides by typing, with a microphone, with a webcam, or by phone. You can use VoiceThread to have conversations, but you can also use it to record an online presentation.
Diigo                                                                                                                                              Allows you to keep track of all your website bookmarks online, so that you can access them from any computer. You can also share your bookmarks with other people.

Scribblar                                                                                                                                           Lets you set up and share a multi-user whiteboard with live audio,images, text-chat, and more.

 Mind Mapping Tools

Popplet                                                                                                                                            Create interactive mind maps instantly. Project on large screen. A platform for idea collection, creation, exploration, and collaboration, etc.                                                                                                                                  enables users to create mind mapping and brainstorming diagrams online. to hierarchy. The site is simple and easy to use. The application is Flash-based so the latest Flash viewer needs to be installed.


Mindmeister                                                                                                                                    Create, share and collaboratively work on mind maps with the leading online mind mapping tool.


Student/Audience Response Tools

PollEverywhere                                                                                                                              Create a poll. This is an easy way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, TV, print — anywhere.


SMSPoll                                                                                                                                          One of the easiest and fastest ways to find out what your audience is thinking. Requiring no special hardware or software, you can create a live poll in just a few seconds.


Text the Mob                                                                                                                                   The easiest and most entertaining way to collect feedback from your audience: Project polls or message boards on a large screen, have everyone send their input via their cell phones and see results instantly!

SurveyMonkey                                                                                                                                            Create and publish online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically and in real time. Provides free online questionnaire tools and survey software.

 Group Texting Tools

Class Parrot                                                                                                                                    The 100% safe, and simple tool that lets teachers reach students the way their friends do, remind your students of upcoming exams, send homework updates & event reminders, let parents opt-in to receive texts, too

GroupMe                                                                                                                                            Start groups with the people already in your contacts. When you send a message, everyone instantly receives it. It’s like a private chat room that works on any phone.