These are the sites that I spoke about in my presentation Blogs, Wikis, and other Cool Web Tools for the Flat World. I have categorized them under one of the following categories: contribute, collaborate, or connect.
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Contribute - Blogs, Online Presentations

Blogs allow students to contribute their work to the Internet. They are perfect for project-based learning because they allow users to incorporate many different forms of media--images, video, audio--as well as link to other sites and each entry is an artifact meant to be shared with others. In addition, the comment feature allow students to receive feedback from others.

Blogs from the Presentation (examples of contribution)

Blogs You Must Be Reading
  • Weblogg-ed - Will Richardson's blog is a must read if you want to learn more about the Read/Write Web.
  • Education/Technology - An elementary school principal blogs about new Web 2.0 tools.
  • Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech - Exploring ways to make learning more relevant, engaging and authentic.
  • Teach42.com - One man's journey through the educational technology landscape.
  • A Difference - An EXCELLENT example of how to use blogs in the mathematics classroom.
Begin Blogging
  • 21Publish - The one I have used with my classes for two years now. Safe and free.
  • edublogs.org - Set up exclusively for educators.
  • Blogger - Run by Google. A great place to try out blogging.
Online Presentations (slideshows)
  • Slideshare - Upload your Powerpoints and then embed them in a webpage. See an example of an embedded slide show.
  • Thumbstacks - Create your slide show online.


Collaborate - Wikis & Web Document Sharing

Wikis allow people in different places to work collaboratively on a project. The wikis below were developed by students/teachers working asynchronously over the Internet.

Wikis from the Presentation

Wiki Hosts

Web Document Sharing



Connect - Photo & Video Sharing, Social Bookmarks

Flickr is a photo sharing website that is an excellent example of how easy it is to connect with others through the Internet. With over 100, 000, 000 photos, you're bound to find one you can use in class. However, it is one of many different communities that have formed on the Internet.

Photos

Video
  • YouTube - You've probably seen dozens of videos from this site. Believe it or not, some are educational. Check out the YouChoose08 channel if you think this is just for sharing stupid videos of yourself. You'll be amazed at some of the "educational" videos that you stumble upon on this site.
  • TeacherTube - "Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners."
  • Jumpcut.com - An online video editor.
  • Mojiti - Annotate your own videos or videos from other websites.

Social Bookmarking Services


More Tools


Spreadsheets
Classroom Tools
  • Digital Pencil - Includes Project Organizers and Digital Journals incorporating Web 2.0 tools