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The collection of online tools suggested here are organized into categories of instructional functions - many tools are able to serve in more than one role. While there are many many more tools not listed here - the goal of this page is to give a framework for thinking about ALL the tools as providing functions in the learning, thinking and communication process.

BFO - blinding flash of the obvious: Use your "magic" glasses to peer past the glitter of the tools - it is the cognitive tasks and extended roles for learners to accelerate owning their learning that determines the added-value of using technology tools.

• Process Tools
- Collaboration
- Sharing
- Assessment
- Reflection / Feedback

Meaning-Making Tools
- Pre-Planning
- Research / Investigation
- Knowledge Construction

Media-Making Tools
- Media Editing / Construction
- Publishing

Process Tools


Collaboration - creating together synchronously (real time) AND .... asynchronously
  • Skype (real time)
  • GoToMeeting (real time)
  • Elluminate (real-time)
  • Edmodo.com
  • GroupTweet (private groups using Twitter)
  • iEtherpad (real time)
  • Google Docs
  • Wallwisher (real time)
  • Dabbleboard.com (real time)
  • Twiddla - meeting playground (real-time)
  • WetPaint - meeting playground (real-time)
  • Second Life (real time - must sign up avatar)

Sharing - sharing resources and experiences
  • Diigo webslides
  • JogtheWeb
  • Skitch
  • Doodle (polling / scheduling meetings)

Assessment

Reflection / Feedback
  • Blogging
  • Voicethread.com
  • Wallwisher.com
  • Edmodo.com
  • Wiffiti (live feedback)
  • Today'sMeeting.com (micro-blogging)

Meaning-making Tools


Pre-Planning
  • Mindmapping (generic)
  • Wallwisher (real-time collaborative brainstorming)
  • Cacoo (real-time collaborative mindmapping)
  • Project2Manage

Research / Investigation
  • RadCab (credible/realiable searches)
  • Diigo.com (social bookmarking)
  • Dropbox ~ (File storage - syncs with multiple devices and allows public sharing)
  • EverNote.com (social note-taking - web text capturing - publish sharing)
  • BibMe.com (citation tool)
  • WonderWheel (visual search engine)
  • Search-Cube (visual search engine)
  • Quintura.com (visual search engine)
  • TagGalaxy (visually displayed image searches)

Knowledge-Construction
  • Mindmapping (generic)
  • Cacoo.com (real-time collaboration mind-mapping)
  • Word processing (writing is discovery / writing is thinking)
  • Zoho Writer
  • Wordle (patterns)
  • iEtherpad.com (real-time collaboration)
  • editgrid.com (spreadsheet)


Media-making Tools


Media Editing / Construction
  • Audacity (audio-editing) - MAC and PC
  • Voice Memo (ipad app)
  • Aviary (image-editing) (music-editing) (audio-editing) - MAC and PC
  • LiveQuartz (image-editing for MAC)
  • Blabberize (image-editing)
  • MorphThing (image-editing - transforms a visual animation of one image into into another)
  • Befunky.com (image-editing - turns photos into comic style)
  • Jing (screen capture)
  • Screenr (screen capturing)
  • IShowU (screen capturing)
  • Machinima - What is IT?

Final Product Construction - Mixing IT Together (sometimes publishing too)
  • iMovie 06 or 11 (MAC)
  • Video Studio Pro X4 (PC)
  • Final Cut Express (MAC)
  • PhotoStory (PC)
  • JayCut.com (video-editing)
  • Prezi (slide show)
  • Zooburst (3D Books)
  • StoryTron.com
  • NeverEnding Stori (Choose Your Own Adventures)
  • Vuvox ~ (interactive slide show and presentations)
  • GoAnimate ~ (create animated plays/stories from stage scripts)
  • XtraNormal ~ (create text to movies animations - great for dialogues
  • NotaLand ~ (multimedia collaborative scrapbooking mashing ideas, images and media together with friends)
  • Comic Creator
  • Myths and Legends Creator
  • Pinky Dinky Doo (podcasting and other activities by kids for kids)
  • Reel Director (iphone / ipad app)

Publishing
  • VoiceThread ~ Online publishing of images, movies, student work w/ voice/text/video feedback spaces
  • LuLu~ Easy online publishing and sales of books, ebooks, photo books, calendars etc
  • Pen.io ~ Online Publishing - creates web pages fast
  • SlideShare ~ public sharing of slides (PPT and KEY)