At a recent conference I attended, I realized how much teachers are creatures of habit. While I love to incorporate technology, I have to make room for these new tools. These are a few of the Web 2.0 tools I have regularly incorporated into my teaching. They are free and have been successfully used by my JH and HS students. Give them a try and see if you don't make a habit of using them.
Edmodo --It is very important to have one place where students can access materials, ask questions, and communicate with each other. Edmodo does all of that and more in a user-friendly way. It has been especially helpful when we have mock-elections in Government class. I create a small, private group for each political party and they can connect easily.
Google Drive -- I love that I have all of my class documents with me wherever I am. Students have also grown to love it and find it to be a great way for students to collaborate group projects.
LiveBinders -- Allows students and teachers to create a three-ring binder of sources online. I have created binders that students can use for sources for a project (organize tabs and subtabs). I have also had students create their own binder of sources that they share with me.
Infogr.am -- This is awesome! Students can create their own infographics. They can drag and drop different visuals, inputting the numbers they need to customize it. Looks really impressive.
Padlet -- An interactive, online bulletin board. This is a great online space for students to share ideas and respond to each other. It is great if you are crowdsourcing facts and/or ideas because students can access it on the web as opposed to writing down ideas on a big piece of butcher paper and having to take a picture of any information you want.
Screencast-o-matic -- Students can create their own screencasts. They drag the recording area to be as large as they would like and then start recording. They don't even need to log-in and it easily uploads to YouTube. I especially enjoyed having students create a Renaissance Art Gallery Tour. Although, I recently ran into some problems trying to run it on my Mac.
Timeline JS -- As a history teacher, I usually assign at least one timeline. A few years ago I gave students the option to create one using this site. They were skeptical at first, thinking it would be impossibly complicated. They were pleasantly surprised when they simply entered the information into a Google spreadsheet and the program did its "timeline magic." Many have used this again in other classes.
Looking for more? These tools are all east to stumble upon if you are looking. Resources are always getting shared on Twitter. And the jackpot of all kinds of free, educational tools and websites is Richard Byrne's Free Technology 4 Teachers. You will not regret visiting that site!
What are some Web 2.0 tools you are in the habit of using?