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I find web tools we can use in our teaching and with our students all over the place and I usually try to include them on my blog in some format or another.  Well, there are so darn many……, each week I am going to include a list of 5 to however many I found that week in my Friday post.  I hope you find them useful and take time to check some of them out and bookmark the ones you like in your delicious, Diigo or maybe even create a LiveBinder.

Believe it or not, I will likely do all three. I love Delicious, and use it daily, in fact, I have to admit, my delicious is a bit of a mess with over 5000 sites tagged. I also use Diigo, and have a K-State Pre-service group in Diigo as a way to share resources with my students at Kansas State and a friend, Dean Mantz, (Mantz Mission Blog) is big into LiveBinders, recently he gave me a lesson on the benefits of Livebinders, so this is a perfect opportunity to give it a good solid try.

I will put the list here and as well as posting a link to the weekly growing LiveBinder. I will be interested to here what you think and please share you resources to this list in comments and if you would like to be a collaborator on the LiveBinder, let me know and I will add you as a collaborator.

Animasher is the place where you can make really easy animations.  This is kinda fun and really easy. The animation editor works intuitively, so you won’t have to labor hard to make your masterpiece. Just drag and drop images.  Add  text bubbles, etc., and you’re ready to share your creation with the world.

Ahead, kinda like Prezi. A zooming presenter for presentation, websites and even widgets.  I love Prezi, but wow, is it a different way to think, and so is Ahead, but their tutorials is quite good and it is all FREE. They even have a good step-by-step manual in PDF format:  Ahead_Manual_ver28.  (tutorial video at the bottom of this post)

AwesomeHighlighter is an easy way to highlight texts on web pages. When you finish highlighting, you get a link to share it with others.  Do I have to come here to highlight?  nope… check out our FireFox add-on and bookmarklet. Very cool and potentially useful.

AnyTypos free,online spell checker,  just copy paste your content and get the results online instantly.  Sometimes you just need a spelling checker and one that works online is very useful.

Alphabetizer puts any list in alphabetical order.  You can even print it. Features include reversing a list, removing duplicates, capitalizing first words or ignoring definite/indefinite articles.

OK, here is the LiveBinder I have started, Weekly Web Tools from A-Z.

Needless to say, it does not contain a great deal yet, just the resources mentioned above. But will grow each week and I find new resources to add.  Right now I have it set up with a few categories, Creativity, Presentation, Collaboration, Sound/Audio/Podcast, Productivity, Video/Movies.  I know there will be more categories, but this gets it started.

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Michael Zimmer of The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness lists his top 10 resources for 2010. Most would be on my list as well.  The interesting part is everyone of the resources on the list is blocked in many of schools.  I guess I am envious that Michael teaches in a school district that “gets it.”  Don’t get me wrong, I show all this stuff to my pre-service teachers, but unfortunately many do not get the opportunity to practice it in the schools they do their internships.

And here we go again………a topic I have written about numerous times, the tail is wagging the dog.  In other words, the IT department is making decisions about want can and cannot be used in the classroom for teachers.  How crazy is that! That is like me telling a doctor which knife to use in the operating room. I am certainly not qualified to be doing that.  Recently I was in a school that I will be doing some staff development for next semester, and I suggested we use some of the Google tools, because they are free and easy.  The answer I got was, oh no, out IT department won’t allow that, “it opens up too many thing.”  Talk about the tail wagging the dog.  The administrators I was meeting with were very open minded and they really want the professional development to succeed, so I am going to think positive and hope we can move the IT department into the 21st century.

Michael’s List of top ten.

  • Glogster
  • Diigo
  • Skype
  • Simplebooklet
  • Prezi
  • Creaza
  • Common Craft
  • FotoBabble
  • Wallwisher
  • ToonDoo
  • Twitter

Cyndi’s Top Ten (no particular order)

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According to Yahoo on their blog  Well I hope whoever ends up with does a better job than Yahoo did.