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 I am a faculty member at a small college in Texas, teaching education courses for future teachers and also english classes.  I am working on a presentation for college faculty members, which will focus on using web tools in classes.  Many of the faculty members use only lectures for delivery.  I would like to know which web tools you think are the best??  I don't want to overwhelm them. 

Thanks in advance for your ideas,


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I'm a big fan of wikis and screencasting, Debra.


Wikis are a quick and easy way for both teachers and students to make content available online, create portfolios of work, or collaborate on projects. My favorite wiki provider is PBworks; its folder structure enables a teacher to manage many students or class sections within a single wiki. 


Screencasting enables me to record and demonstrate answers to frequently asked questions. I generally use Jing for that. Jing has a 5-minute maximum screencast length, but that forces me to keep my explanations short and sweet ... plus that's compatible with the attention span of many of my high school students :-)


A great resource for your students would be Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers blog. Every day he publishes posts about new technology tools for teachers and provides ideas for using them in the classroom. I find useful ideas there all the time.


Good luck with your presentation!

thanks so much
I love the web tools that encourage kids to get involved with story - Storybird, ToonDoo, Storyjumper, MakeBeliefsComix etc. But I think it's important for your future teachers to play and experiment, and look for a tool to suit their purpose, once they have one. Once they do, have them take a look at Teacher Training Videos by Russell Stannard. These are detailed instructions on tools like Jing that Martha mentioned, guiding watchers through the tool's use. As well as Free Technology for Teachers, I learn about great tools from Kelly Tenkely's ILearnTechnology and Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day.
these are great sites
Hi Debra, I agree with Martha. Keep it simple, start with wikis (they are free for education) which lecturers can post notes, recordings of their lectures and screen-casts. It can also be a place where groups gather to share, discuss and create collaborative pages. The beauty of wikis is that it also keeps a full history of changes and who did what, good evidence.  converting videos     Wikis are huge


Google docs  

Skype   Picnik--photo work  Cool Text--makes logos for their wiki

Twitter--they can connect with other people after the class that teach what they teach   Search Engine site   Web 2.0 tool listing--they can find what they need by topic after the presentation    Animoto makes videos online  Easy bib is for writing citations for research   Makes an article into a PDF which I can then share with my students OR they can use for their research.


These are my favorites!  Good luck!


thank you


   I'm technology teacher for students and technology advisor for teachers at Middle School in one private school in Mexico. We started using web tools this school year, based on this short experience I suggest the following:

  • Prezi  - Collaborative presentations
  • Wikispaces - Collaborative website design
  • Glogster - Online Publications and design
  • Kidblog - Blog
  • Skype  - Video conferences
  • Bitstrips - Storytelling and design
  • Kerpoof - Animation, storytelling and desing

  If you need any help let me know. I'll be happy to do it.

Best regards


Ms. Perla Zamora

thank you
I recommend blogging either using Blogger or Wordpress, Blogger if they are less experienced so that they can have collaborative efforts outside of the classroom also.
Debra, I invite you to examine these two links:

Even though it appears that these links relate to Judaic education, they actually apply to teaching across the curriculum.

Kindly let me know if these links are helpful to you.


wow.  lots of info





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