Web 2.0 Tools

What exactly are Web 2.0 Tools? These are websites which host simple computer applications to solve problems. For example, how to share a document with a group of people who can then edit it without having to email it multiple times. Another example is how to find specific words in a document to highlight vocabulary.


Web 2.0 tools are internet applications that you can access easily online from any device (computer, tablet, hand-held phone/ipod) These tools are open source (free), but may ask for registration before using them.

Web 2.0 tools are constantly changing and improving. Please feel free to explore the tools we have highlighted in the graph below. We will do our best to update this page with new tools as they emerge. We also encourage you to search the web yourself.

Not every Web 2.0 tool will address multiple means of representation, expression and engagement. Some may be appropriate for one mean, others may address more than one. The graph below highlights the tool and provides and idea (or two) for classroom use.

Examples of Current Web 2.0 Tools:

 Tool Description Means of Representation Means of Expression Means of Engagement
Voice ThreadMultiple users can easily annotate an artifact (picture, word document).

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Teachers can use this tool to present an image or video, asking a question related to the image and having students comment on it.Teachers and students can show their understanding using voice, pictures and annotation.Students can express knowledge using their voice, pictures, animations and peer-to-peer or student-teacher collaboration.
 In Focus A very simple tool for highlighting web pages. You enter the URL of the site you want to highlight. Then, drag the highlight area, which then creates a custom URL of the page with the highlight area visible and everything else grayed out. This tool is great for research projects or other projects where students need to focus on certain parts of a page. Students are not distracted by advertisements or other clickable sub-pages.
 A super-easy tool which allows students to create their own learning web page quickly. Students can collaborate in groups to create pages or design pages for others to learn from.
 Storybird A simple tool that helps students create stories in any academic subject by combining supplied imaginative artwork and text. The final product can be printed, watched on screen, or shared in an online library. Teachers can create lesson extensions with a unique storybook. 
Students can create their own storybook to show understanding.
Students can collaborate in groups or individually.
WiggioThis tool allows group members to share and edit files, manage a group calendar, poll, post links, set up conference calls, chat online and send mass emails. This is an excellent product for teams – teachers/students, etc. Easy for teachers to send out homework assignments, etc. Teachers can create groups and send team information quickly, a good organizational tool for times when different types of information needs to go out to groups.
Students working collaboratively on projects can communicate with their team members quickly and easily and share out their projects with the entire group faster than ordinary email.
Loose LeavesA very quick way to create a web page. Add text and images to a page and a URL generator supplies two web addresses -one for viewing and one for editing.A great way to build content knowledge during a lesson, teachers can bring pieces of different resources onto a web page for review.Teachers and students can easily edit the page yet keep an original version to refer back to.Students can reposition the content allowing for flexibility and creativity.
Bubbl.usThis tool enables users to create mind mapping and brainstorming diagrams online.Teachers can summarize plot, character trait, etc.
Colorful text bubbles are linked to the parent bubble creating a fun, visually appealing mapping diagram.
ThemeefyThis tool creates an online magazine from web resources (video, content area material) as well as the ability to upload content from private folders, video and pictures.Teachers can create a magazine on a specific topic.Students can create a magazine to explain what they learned about a topic.Students can work collaboratively or individually on this user-friendly product.
WordleThis tool creates word clouds from entered text, including copy/pasting from any resource. The word cloud can be randomized so see different versions. Save any images by using the snipping tool or take a screen shot to save the image created. This app does not require a login or registration.Teachers can use this tool to highlight sight words, repeating words, vocabulary words, etc.Students can use the word cloud to search for words within text.Students can change the color, layout and font easily to create their favorite representation.
Vocab-GrabberSimilar to Wordle, this tool helps students analyze a set of words. It picks the most useful words in the text and tells how these words have been used according to the context. Paste text from any document. The list can be sorted and saved. By clicking on the word definitions of the word pop up from Visual Thesaurus.

Students can create their own vocabulary lists and quickly get the meaning.
Wordsift This product allows you to do anything with or to a word. The words may be listed by their commonality and rarity, and allows them to be listed in order, alphabetically. By clicking on a word an online dictionary pops up.This tool lets you analyze lengthy speeches and oratories.
Students can color code word groups and easily learn definitions. Changing and rearranging order helps with memorization.
Google DriveUsers can upload documents to an account and share these documents with others.Alternative text can be uploaded and shared with many different groupings of students.Students can track edits easily showing timeline of work or collaboration with other students.Documents are stored in an easily accessible place.

Quick Tutorial Videos

Click here to see the LearnItIn5 tutorials on what is Web 2.0 as well as  strategies for using Web 2.0 technology in the digital classroom.