I love that in their About Us section they state, "most of us come from video games". I'm sold. So, this website is fairly new. I like to consider it a mixture of Padlet and Prezi. It is nice because you can collaborate in real time, bring out a non-linear presentation, or use it for a thinking wall. A solid way to bring out a different version of brainstorming for professional development, classroom activity, or personal use.
Symbaloo EDU is a great start for any web browser. By using this website, you can collect all of the websites you want to visit in one place. They claim to be a good alternative for the ever missed iGoogle. You can save the link to your website, along with a visual. Another nice thing that does remind me of why I loved iGoogle is their ability to follow RSS feeds. They are great for educators because you can log in to your account from any computer and not have a total brain fart when thinking, "wait what was that site called?"
This is a great alternative presentation tool for students and educators. It's more of an animation tool, which appears to be more engaging for students to use. However, I will warn you that it takes some time to get used to. Much like other tools, once you get the hang of it you will be an powTOON rockstar.
This is a cloud based presentation tool that students love! It has a zoomable canvas, which makes presentations nonlinear and more engaging than a Keynote or PowerPoint. One must be careful when using this tool though, we can get a little zoom happy. Have you ever seen "The World's Worst PowerPoint"?...well that can happen in a Prezi as well. We don't have crazy transitions or animated gifs.. but an overkill of zooming through a presentation might leave your audience feeling ill.
This was once called WallWisher. It is a blank canvas for you to put anything on. It is great because by using a link your audience can collaborate in real time. I have used it as a mock twitter feed for students or for review games. It is simple to use - you just double click on your canvas and type in the box that appears. Simple and fun.
"Artful Storytelling". This website allows you to create literature and share in a small community. They provide images to base a story around and then publish a finished piece. It is a great tool for creative writing or thematic writing.
It's simple: create your own Jeopardy templates online without PowerPoint.
I love word clouds! You can use them for so many things: vocabulary, getting to know you activities, studying authors diction, identifying main ideas of a piece of writing, review guides, syllabus..and more. Most of so easy to use: identify shape, type words, and create.
We use this tool to create short videos that share various concepts with others. It's a fun way to see students use their imagination and creativity. You can sign up for a free account, but make sure you take note of which templates you use. Some use "coins" and once you run out of these coins they will ask for money and signing up for a business account.
The Online Multimedia Poster place! I was tired of having students turn in dull posters for class projects, so I turned to Glogster. There is an EDU version and regular. The nice thing about an EDU account is teachers can create classes that students sign in to - this way they only need one log in to use Glogster for multiple classes. Also, as a teacher, is keeps projects in one location versus finding them sporadically in my inbox.
A great collaborative space for students to create multimedia presentations using text, voice, or video. Students can pull videos and add commentary; or they can bring still images in and create a pre-recorded presentation. Great for students that do not like getting up in front of others. Another solid way to bring collaboration and creativity to projects.
Little Bird Tales
I consider this the baby bird of Story Bird. Students can create their own illustrations, upload them, write their story, and record the reading. This is a great way to work with different areas of literacy with younger children. Then share the little bird tales with others!