Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers and Students

Presentation/Story Telling Tools

Name of Tool




Customize your next presentation; zoom in and out, insert photos, illustrations, videos. Alternative to PowerPoint.

Teaching tool. Student presentation tool. Use the free version: edu.


Video Slideshow maker with music. Choose a theme/style—Animoto assembles the show.

Free 30 second videos. Can purchase school/private accounts to create longer videos. Use their music or import your own.

Voice Thread

Conversations in the cloud”. Online video tool.

Permits narrated presentation. Single educator subscriptions are free. Uses: book reviews, demonstrations.


Online poster creation: customize the poster’s background, text, photos, format, sound.

Interactive, colorful posters. Can embed videos and incorporate music. Useful for any subject matter.


Talking” photos, paintings, illustrations

Fun method for biography presentations. Animals, human faces, any surface can “talk”. Short “blabs” are free.


Developed at MIT, Scratch allows users to create online videos using original artwork.

Technology applications, game development, logic, math. Original stories and artwork.


Digital story telling web site. Includes coloring pages, blank page creation, card-making, video creation, “Spell a story”.

Easy to use—great for elementary and middle school students. Use the various tools to express any information in a variety of formats.

50 + Ways to Tell a Story

Just what it says—a wiki spaces page that shows Web 2.0 tools that allows a user to tell the same story using 50 different web based tools

50 different free web based tools that allow user to tell a story with a click of a mouse. Endless applications—ELA, history, science, technology, art, and music.

Hello Slide

Give voice to your presentation.

Type the speech for each slide, and “Hello Slide” will automatically generate the audio. Audio is available in 20 different languages. Great for ELA (creative storytelling), social studies, art, or foreign languages.


Create your own interactive 3D Pop-Up books

Create a book that can be viewed from any angle using their library of over 10,000 images. Great for any age, or as a collaborative activity for older and younger students.


“Everything is a story”

Narrable uses story telling through images and narrations to engage students and draw out higher order thinking skills.

Organizational Tools

Live Binders

Your 3-ring binder for the web

Collect resources: web pages, pdfs, images, videos

Organize resources neatly

For teachers: create an online tool that students can access from school or home. Looks like a 3-ring binder with tabs across the top of the web page. Design a project or assignment and have all the websites, instructions, and tools available in one place. Very easy to use and read.

Spicy Nodes

We make the web spicy. And more.

Similar to Prezi, in that a user can present information in an organized manner that is NOT PowerPoint. The sections of the presentation resemble “sticky notes”, creating a web of information. Free.


Collect and highlight, then remember

Web annotation, highlighting, social bookmarking, group collaboration

Free educator application. Allows users to highlight web material,” sticky note” it, share websites of interest with others.


Remember everything with Evernote

Web-based, but also available on Android and Mac devices. Skitch = annotations, shapes, and sketches

Web Clipper = save webpages without the formatting

Hello= keeps track of people you meet

Food = save online recipes, blogs, photos in a neat, organized way

Peek = create your own study notes

Free, free, free!

Great for personal organization and for students.


Find, create, and embed interactive timelines

Free. Obviously great for social studies, but other uses include ELA, artists and musicians’ life timelines, cultural timelines.

Museum Box

Create a virtual box full of “museum” items.

This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie.  

Useful for biographical or GSPEC assignments. Individual or school account.





Create a personal internet desktop. “Tile” format

Colorful, unique tile format for websites you find and visit often. Teachers: create a Symbaloo of websites you want students to visit on a regular basis for your class. Free, of course.


Social bookmarking. Find or create collections of websites on any topic.

Free. Web collecting in the cloud. Create a list of websites for students to use for a project. The list is always available because its web based.

Students: create or visit web sites on any topic.


Be more productive with Toodledo—an incredibly powerful to-do list”.

Primarily a personal organizer, this free internet application can also be shared with you smart phone and computer. Allows you to organize your tasks, import existing jobs, and collaborate online.

Book Related Tools


A community of book lovers; social bookmarking of what you read.

Allows users to share what they read through a virtual bookshelf. Get ideas of what to read next, satisfy your inner critic, find ideas for classroom reads.

Students who love to read can also create bookshelves and find new materials to read.




Survey Tools


Create a poll. Invite participants. Easy and free of charge.

Planning a meeting or looking for opinions? Use Doodle to quickly, easily, and for free schedule a mutually convenient meeting or gather opinion.

Poll Everywhere

Online polling that can utilize a smart phone or web browser.

Free accounts are limited to 40 participants and 1 user. Allows creation of “stylish” polls.

Survey Monkey

Free online survey generator

One person can survey up to 100 people—free. Web based.




Word Tools


25 interactive spelling and word games

Teachers can create their own Home Pages and develop vocabulary lists, or use the already prepared lists. Students can choose from 25 interactive games to play to learn vocabulary and spelling. Free, but can also purchase additional features. Includes science vocabulary, contractions, and state capitals. Games are printable.













Visual Tools


Where photo reference lives. Public image archive for creatives by creatives

Free, copyright free images from around the world. Great for insertion into presentations such as Prezi and PowerPoint.













Educational Websites

Khan Academy

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free.

An extensive collection of instructional videos on a variety of topics. Math, especially, is well represented. Can be used for instruction by teachers, or review by students.


Spam free search engine

Allows you to search for the “sentiment” behind a search. Example: “global warming/conservative” vs. “global warming/liberal” will yield different results. Great for teaching bias and inference.


Instructify is where teachers can stock their toolboxes with practical, time-saving classroom ideas and cutting edge methods of instruction. It’s where to find useful, free technology to utilize in the classroom. And it’s a fun place to spend your planning period.


This is a website for teachers to learn new, free technology and read about the latest trends in education. Includes science, math, and gaming technology.

Common Sense

Reviews and ratings for Family movies, TV shows, Websites, Video Games, and books, along with policy and advice for parents and teachers.

If you’re wondering if you should take your child or grandchildren to the latest movie or read the newest young adult bestseller, go to Common Sense first to check it out. For teachers, this excellent website includes activities, video clips, and worksheets to help you teach the concepts of internet safety.