Introduction to Applications, Web 2.0 Tools: Cheryl
Learn about what is on the net for free.

Every time you sign up for web2.0 tools– keep a record of your passwords and sign-in names or else it’s a nightmare trying to recall them all.

Our backdrops: __

Displaying children’s Art: __
A great tool for displaying artwork, or a slideshow of your class at work or play. If you provide the details of your wiki/blog, this site allows you to make full-length movies for free by giving you an educational account. Google the site and sign on under “Education”. They should allow you to use this for a year. When the time is up, re-submit your request.


This is great for collaborative story writing. Choose pictures from Storybird’s collection and write your own script.

A story written last year:

This has to be my favourite program. It provides instant gratification for the children and they are enthralled by it. If you send your completed work to your e-mail address, it can be embedded into your wiki/blog etc. By using the “Lily Allen” option (scroll down and you will find it) it allows you to produce more than a sentence or two.
I have known it to be temperamental on occasion, but is usually very successful.


You may need to remove the full-stops because it converts it to the word “dot” This also applies to

Happy weekend __
This is another text-to-speech tool. This one is a little more advanced. It allows you to insert camera angles, expressions and sound effects. This is easy enough for older children to use themselves. You need to upload your “movie” to Youtube to embed it into your wiki/blog.


Everybody has seen Wordle in some or other place.

pic4.jpgUse it for:
  • displaying children’s names
  • presenting spelling lists
  • insert a published piece into Wordle. The more a word is used, the bigger it appears – a very graphic way for children to see where they have over-used words.
Try this link for some more ideas on using Wordle.

Use this program for making visual instructions for the children. Or take a photo of the children and get them to read their work to you.
You need to download it.


Once this has been done, when opened, it sits in the top, right-hand corner of your desktop (a tiny little sun)


When you want to use it, hover over the sun and it expands. The first button with the plus sign is to capture an image or a video.
The next button is the “History” button. This is where it saves your work.
The last button is for feedback or to urge you to upgrade to the pricey version.

If you want to use it in a blog/wiki you need to save, using the “screencast” button (it looks like three arrows all going off in different directions) There are very comprehensive instructions in the Help folder located in the last folder (with the cogs on it)