What is Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 The Machine is Us/ing Us
Annotation & Reading Engagement
- Highlighter - With Highlighter, you can see which sections of your course material are most engaging for your students. Students can highlight, comment, share and save anything they read. All of this data is passed back to you, the professor, in the form of powerful analytics.
- Diigo - Allows you to highlight web pages, in addition to documents and PDFs
- Crocodoc - Review a Word document, fill out a PDF form, mark up an image, etc.
StudyStack takes online flashcards to a whole new level. The site automatically creates many other activities based on the data from your flashcards. These activities have two main benefits. The first is that studying won't be so boring. So without even realizing it you'll naturally study more. The second benefit is that by reviewing the data in several different formats, you'll end up memorizing the information better as your brain makes several different connections with the data.
- Quizlet - Quizlet claims to be the largest quiz / flashcard / study games site, so if students are looking for ready-made flashcards, this is probably the most promising avenue. There is an optional Facebook integration that will let you share flashcard sets with friends and see sets they have created. Quizlet has iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Nook, Windows Phone, and Android apps.
- StudyBlue - StudyBlue has a suggestion wizard that will associate the terms in cards you create with the 30 other most relevant cards on the topic. Cards are mapped visually to related terms and ranked by usefulness. Students also have the ability to compare the answers on multiple similar flashcards. StudyBlue has flashcards for non-Latin alphabets and supports audio files. StudyBlue is available in iPhone / iPad / iTouch, Android, and Kindle versions.
- Memrise - The focus of existing content is foreign languages, although users can create new content themselves, too. Learning is framed around a garden metaphor, in which your decision to start learning (create / enter a course and focus on specific content) is "planting the seed", practicing the content is growing / watering the plants, and when knowledge is secure and strong, plants are then moved to "the garden". The Memrise concept is fairly visual: users attach a "mem" to each character / word / concept they are trying to learn, a technique designed to enhance content retention. Memrise apps exist for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
- Anki - Anki's key feature is format freedom, meaning that you are able to input information in any way you wish, rather than relying on predefined styles. Anki will also allow large decks of cards (up to 10,000 cards). Anki claims to be optimized for low bandwith access and will allow non-Latin scripts. Anki is open-source; It will run on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines, any smartphone, several game systems, iPod Touch, and iPad; it will not work with Palm devices or ereaders.
- gFlash - GFlash will make mobile-friendly, shareable flashcards from the data in a Google Spreadsheet. GFlash is also a content partner of a handful of other online quiz sites; for an upgrade fee, you can have access to their ready-made flashcard databases. GFlash is for idevices, Android, and Blackberry.
- Mnemosyne - This is a flashcard program plus an ongoing memory research project, although you can also use Mnemosyne without opting to share your fkashcard statistics.There is support for images, audio files, scientific and mathematical notations, and non-Latin alphabets. You can also make a "three-sided card": associating a word, its translation, and its pronunciation. Mnemosyne is also available in several languages. Mnemosyne is a program you download; it's primarily aimed at computer users, although there is a plugin that will allow you to use it on Android, Blackberry, and other phones/devices that support Java.
- NVU (Mac and PC) -
Free web authoring software
- Embedit.in - Easily embed documents on your website/course. Annotation & Analytics features too.
- Google Maps -
create custom maps and directions share online or embed
- ORBIS, Stanford Geospatial Model of the Ancient World – Free, interactive site showing different routes / modes of transportation for the Roman Empire.
- Visualizing Emancipation - Ongoing, free interactive mapping project mapping project showing when and where men and women became free in the Civil War South
- Mapping History - Free, interactive site that allows you to move a slider along the bottom of the map to illustrate the chronological progression of political, social, economic, and intellectual events in different regions.
- Google Scholar -
This is a search of "academic" sources indexed by Google
- SweetSearch - Search engine that returns only vetted, credible websites
- del.icio.us -
free, easy-to-use social bookmarking service
- StumbleUpon -
Stumble through websites that match your selected intrests
- Pinterest- Cloud-based social bookmarking site
- OnlineConvert - Free online tool to convert media files online from one format into another.
- iCyte - Capture and archive web pages and pdfs and save them directly to the cloud.
- LibriVox – Free, public domain audiobooks (read by volunteers, so quality may vary) available for download.
- A Better Calculator - Free, web-based graphing calculator
- Educational Simulations Wiki - Source site for a variety of simulations for the classroom
- IFTTT – Website that allows you to connect many online accounts together for free, so that an action in one site triggers an action in another (such as, “if I place a file in a designated folder in my Dropbox account, [then] email my friend," "if I upload a picture to Facebook, [then] upload it to Flickr," or "if I post a tweet, [then] save it as .txt in my Dropbox folder"). Actions linking to your email and text messages are also available.
Presentation & Slidecasts
Mobile & Tablet Apps
Other Web 2.0 Tools