Complete Web 2.0 directory
101 Web 2.0 Teaching Tools
Cool Tools for school Fantastic website with a whole lot of web 2.0 tools including conversion software, mapping, quizzing and video tools.
Web 2.0 Awards 2008 - Nominees, place getters and winners
Consequences of having an online profile from the social-networking week wiki (a school experiment)
Simple Spark Catalog Has a comprehensive listing of web 2.0 apps that gets larger every day. It also gives you the tools to organize and share all these apps with your friends.
Appappeal find reviews of web-based applications
An A-Z of Web 2.0 How Web Savvy Parents Can Help Kids Learn The English Alphabet. Use an Alphabet representing a Web 2.0 tool for each letter.
Web2.0 in education wiki contains lists of web2.0 tools great for education with links and screenshots.
Wallwisher An online notice board, online post-it notes
15 Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom


Twitter is a microblogging tool. Access the main site or use Twitbin, Twitteroo, Twitteriffic (for mac), Snitter, Twhirl or others as local application interfaces to send Tweets. Twittervision shows tweets in real time on a map of the world. Search for interesting people to follow with Twellow. Search topics with Twitter Search and you might like to read 6 Twitter searches compared. See also The Ultimate Guide to Twitter Hashtags blog post to get and idea how to use Twitter hashtags.
elearningtwits is an ever growing list of australasian twitterers with an interest in elearning.

Tagging & Tag Clouds

Folksonomic tagging means that average people are tagging information they post online with meta tags. Here are some Great examples of tag clouds from Smashing Magazine.
Zoom Clouds cloud maker. Tag clouds for your site, about your site... or about anything you want!
Make Cloud a tutorial on how to add a tag cloud to your blog or site.

Word Clouds

Wordle is a tool that allows you to create word clouds based on frequency of words in a given text. This blog post gives a nice explanation of how it works.
Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

Social Networking

Imbee is the first social network for young people
Plurk Microblogging service where 'plurks' or updates are arranged on a relative timeline.
Edmodo Student friendly microblogging service. Allows you to send short messages, alerts, calendar events, files, links and embedded objects such as YoutTube videos. Check oout this very useful introductory tutorial
My Space
Elgg Create your own social network, quickly and easily. Great for organisations, groups and individuals.


Nings Create your own social network for anything
Classroom 2.0 Ning (Global teacher community)
Education Ning Using Ning for Educational Social Networks
ICT NSW Ning (NSW ICT teachers community)
Teacher Librarian Ning
Library Web 2.0 Ning Network for librarians and others interested in Library 2.0
Library Youth & Teen Services 2.0 Ning For youth services librarians and others interested in web 2.0
Oz/Nz Educators Ning
Second Classroom Ning For educators with an interest in Second Life and 3D virtual worlds for education
School 2.0 Ning
Stop Cyber bullying Ning
Young Adult Literature Ning For those who love young adult literature in all its forms
Primary Teachers Network Ning
eclassics ning Students and teachers of Latin, ancient Greek, and Classical literature can exchange ideas on the role of technology in the Classics classroom here.
The Global Education Ning is a great place for teachers to connect with other teachers for sister school or multi-school projects.


Wikispaces Free accounts for teachers (free of ads)
Wikispaces, tips and Help for teachers
eMINTS Teaching Tips: Wikis in the classroom
PB Wiki (now PBWorks) This wiki is said to be as simple to use as making a peanut butter sandwich.
Wetpaint Here is a great year 7 Science example.
AIS Wonderful Wikis Some examples of how the wikispaces widgets work and other links about wikis.
Curriki Curriki ('curriculum' + 'wiki') is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of educational materials
including lesson plans, videos and unitts of work.
Wikis as a teaching tool - a Year 3 class's journey in writing a collaborative plot summary of Charlotte's Web


Edublogs Free, easy to use educational blogs for teachers
Blogger Popular, free blogging site. Be aware that some schools block access to Blogger so check first or reserve for personal use.
21Classes Create a virtual classroom and BlogPortal. Instant use, hosted, free.
Global Teacher The Global Teacher Project is a joint project between the Victorian Education Channel and The School Library Association of Victoria.
Class Blogmeister developed specifically for classroom use by David Warlick. Create a blog with built in student blogs.
Scrapblog Blogging meets scrapbooking.
Posterous sends blog posts via your email - couldn't be easier.
Tumblr Post anything. Tumblr makes it effortless to share text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be.


iTunes Allows you to play music or pdcasts as well as to subscribe to podcasts from iTunes podcast directory or other websites.
Podomatic Create your own podcasts and subscribe to others
Podbean Create your own podcasts and subscribe to others
SpokenText Allows you to record PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files ,RSS news feeds, emails and web pages, and converts them to speech automatically. You can download your recording as an iPod book or mp3 file.
Odiogo Transforms text into audio formats downloadable directly to the PC, iPods/MP3 players and mobile phones. Great tool for bloggers to turn a text-based post into something more like a podcast.
Talkr Allows you to listen to text-only blogs on your iPod by converting text to .mp3.

Virtual/ 3D worlds

Second Life
Second Life in Education Wiki and Second Life education event calendar Teen Second Life
Use Screenflow to screen capture a drama acted out in Teen Second Life (or any other avatar based 3D environment)
Skoolaborate - Student friendly project-based version of Teen second Life
Webkinz - (K-6) virtual world
Quest Atlantis- 3D multi-user environment designed to immerse children, ages 9-15, in educational tasks.
Edusim Edusim is a free opensource 3D multi-user virtual world specifically for your classroom interactive whiteboard. Edusim is extendable allowing multiple classrooms to connect their interactive whiteboards for collaborative learning sessions.
Take a tour of many virtual worlds with Gary Hayes Metaverse Tour
Free Realms a family friendly gaming environment by Sony. Read the review at SLAV

Online Book Marking

Store all your bookmarks online. Very handy for sharing with students or colleagues and a lifesaver if you move computers or you experience a crash.
Edutagger social bookmarking service for K-12 learners and educators. Store your web links online and share them, all within an educational context.


RSS: A Quick Start Guide for Educators written by Will Ricardson.

Aggregators/Feed Readers

Google Reader

Personal Customisable Start Pages

igoogle, Netvibes
and Pageflakes
customisable Web 2.0 home page or start pages with a very simple interface. Personalise a page with a wide range of content such as RSS/Atom feeds, and Web 2.0 services . Access your page anywhere, anytime.

RSS Feed Creators


Photo, Image and Video

YouTube - Online video sharing portal
Zamzar - Handy free online file conversion tool (useful for downloading YouTube videos)
TeacherTube - Just like YouTube but full of educational videos for teachers and students
NeoK12the best selection of free online educational videos and lessons from all over the internet.
ShoZu- Upload pictures straight from your mobile phone to your (say) flickr page
A guide to setting up ShoZu can be found here
Odeo Odeo makes it easy to find, play and enjoy the latest audio & video from around the web. Discover great shows, subscribe to favorites, create playlists and share with friends. From comedy to cooking, entertainment to education, if it's online, it's on Odeo.
UstreamTV - Broadcast and interact with a global audience in just minutes. All it takes is a camera and an Internet connection.
Slideshare Share your own or browse slideshows and presentations posted by others.
Pixlr a free online site that is similar to Photoshop and allows you to create, manipulate and save images without needing to download any software

Piclits team beautiful pictures with the right words to tell a story online.
TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.


Flickr - Very popular online photo management and sharing application
Flickr Creative Commons Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, search through content under each type of license.
FlickrCC was created so that you can easily find images on flickr that were released under the Creative Commons license. Click the About link to find out how to correctly attribute the author.
Tag Galaxy Visual representation of flickr photos by tags and sub-tag groups represented as planets in a galaxy. Search a tag, click on an image to view it and click again to see it's original source in flickr.
Illustration of poetry with Flickr
Classroom uses of Flickr
Using Flickr in the classroom
Art Teachers For art teachers in the UK to share student's work via a collaborative area. Early days.
Motivating language teachers with Flickr
Pedagogical uses of Flickr
Walk through Flickr Video
What can we do with Flickr? Annotations, notes
Flickrstorm FlickrStorm is a search for Flickr! It works by looking for more than what you enter to find related and more relevant images... Be suprised!

Multimedia Tools

Glogster Create your own interactive poster with audio, images, text and video


Voicethread Create a video that can be collaboratively voice annotated if you wish. Also works for documents and images. Click herefor lots of examples. Click here for an explanation of Ed Voicethread (the educator version)
Best Practices for Using VoiceThread
Hamlet's Ophelia
K-2 Examples K-2 example Weather Poetry Kim's Train
Voicethreads in Education Art Appreciation
Tutorial: Sharing Voicethreads
Tutorial: Comment Moderation
Different education options (re accounts)explained

Creating Avatars & Profile Images

Be Funky Includes digital media tools such as Cartoonizer and Unvatar that let you become an instant artist. Great for creating alternate avatars.
Otaku Avatar Maker Make character icons or avatars for your blog, wiki and other web 2.0 sites completely free of charge
Voki - Voki allows you to create and customise your very own talking avatar.
Snap turn your webcam into a photo studio

Video conferencing /Online Conferencing

Talkshoe -
TalkShoe enables anyone to easily create, join, or listen to Live Interactive Discussions, Conversations, Podcasts and Audioblogs.

Elluminate online video conferencing. Get a 3 person chat happening for free or pay to upgrade.
YuuGuu is a screen sharing and instant messaging service built to make working together simpler.
Skype is software that allows users to collaborate and make free calls over the internet. A brief overview is found here. Skype.doc
Skype in Schools wiki is an educational directory of schools looking to communicate with other schools.
The edublogger blog's post on Skyping other classroomsgives lots of links and information.
The Skype an Author Networkprovides K-12 teachers and librarians a way to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual visits.



Flock - Social web browser, that integrates a wide range of other web 2.0 applications

Screen Capture

Jing - Jing is an online program that allows the user to instantly capture and shares images and video from your computer and allows you to send them anywhere. This is a great tool to easily capture narrated videos to create quick and dirty tutorials.
Flowgram Video screen capture software. Allows you to film and narrate a thread online.
Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website - apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window. This blog post gives a good description.

Research Tools is a recording toolbar for your FireFowx web browser. It records all the web pages you visit while you research. Save, review, and share your research with friends or colleagues.


Frappr - Frappr Maps are like a triple mash-up of an online guest book, a hit log and a map
Cluster Map

Online Document Sharing

Google's Google Docs are great tools for collaboration. You can have a spreadsheet, presentation or document in a shared space online.
Use the forms facility as a survey tool.
Here's an example of a shared google doc
A simple guide can be found here.
Google docs for Educators Google Apps Education Edition lets tech administrators provide email, sharable online calendars, instant messaging tools and even a dedicated website to faculty, students and staff for free. There's no hardware or software to install or maintain, since everything is delivered through a standard web browser -- anytime, from anyplace.
Google Docs in Plain English
How to Use Google Docs: Spreadsheet Toolbar
How to Use Google Docs - Understanding Spreadsheets in Google Docs

Other Web 2.0 Tools

A.viary - A.viary is a website for artists of all genres to create, edit and share their works directly in their favorite browser.
Tripit organise your trip online, create an itinerary that can be shared, download to your mobile phone and more.

ReQall is a memory tool, connecting all the ways you communicate in one seamless system from phone, to web browser, to instant messaging and news feeds. Now put everything in one place; available anywhere, any time.

e-book Resources

100 useful links for e-book lovers
Google Books search over the full text of some seven million books through Google Books.
Storybird short, visual stories that you make with family and friends to share and print (U.S site).
Tikatok crerate your own story as an e-book or print a hard copy to keep (U.S site)
Bookemon Students and teachers can write their own original books, add their own images and artwork as illustrations, and read their published books in interactive, online form.

Google Docs

Google docs for Educators Google Apps Education Edition lets tech administrators provide email, sharable online calendars, instant messaging tools and even a dedicated website to faculty, students and staff for free. There's no hardware or software to install or maintain, since everything is delivered through a standard web browser -- anytime, from anyplace.
Google Docs in Plain English
Here's an example of a shared Google Doc
How to Use Google Docs: Spreadsheet Toolbar
How to Use Google Docs - Understanding Spreadsheets in Google Docs
The Power of Google Spreadsheets
Google Spreadsheets - Forms Tutorial
Google Forms - Tutorial 2
Google Forms - Self Correcting
Auto-Fill Cells in Google Spreadsheets
Quick and Easy IF Formulas for Grading Google Forms
Using Forms in Google Docs
Google Docs - Working Offline
How to use Google Docs: How to share documents in Google
Teachers and Principals talk about Google Docs
Google Docs Collaboration
Google Docs for Teachers - Introduction in 5 minutes
Sharing on Google Docs
Using Google Docs in the Classroom: Simple as ABC
32 Interesting Ways to use Google Docs in the Classroom
Conditional Formatting - Google Forms

Google Maps

Basics - Google Maps UserBasics - Google Maps User Guide Guide
Using Different Views, including street view, - Google Maps User Guide
In the "My Maps" area there is lots of content that can be added to your Google Maps

Google's Picasa

Picasa find, edit and share photos
Download Picasa
Picasa Getting started guide

Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographic information program that allows users to investigate not only maps of the world but superimpositioned images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe. Use the Layers palette to access a vast array of information including:
• Current and historical ABC news data
• Ocean data including fish tracking and more
• Literature based tours such as those on Google Lit Trips
• Amazing ultra high def images like the ones found at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
For more information on working with layers see this page
Google Earth introductory video from Atomic Learning
A quick cheat sheet and some things to look at in Google Earth
25 intersting ways and tips to use Google Earth in the classroom Google Earth in the classroom
Using the ruler tool to measure in Google Earth Ruler Tool
Using the Google Earth measuring tool. Measuring Tool


iGoggle your personalized Google page. Add news, photos, weather, and stuff from across the web to your page
Social gadgets for iGoogle


Click here to see links to various mash-ups and mash-up reference sites and some examples.

Global Projects

Teachers Connecting A place for K-12 teachers to find other teachers for cross-classroom collaboration.
Flat Classroom Project and The Flat Classroom project from 2008
The Global Education Ning