Applications for Learning

Tools Purpose URL



Classroom 2.0

Allows you to find and work with similar educators worldwide - more resources than I've found anywhere relating to areas that are hard to locate (e.g. people sharing ideas on how to use electronic boards effectively.


Diigo takes social bookmarking to a whole new level. Highlight specific content on web pages, write notes, create groups to combine bookmarks with others, and access your bookmarks from mobile devices. Diigo accounts for Educators are also available, which provide access to students with safeguards in place and without the need for student email.


Over 11 million students and teachers from 191 countries are building skills and enhancing learning.


Make calls from your computer — free to other people on Skype and cheap to landlines and cell phones around the world.


Twitter is microblogging. Tell the world what you're doing in 140 characters - and learn a ton in the process (whether you wanted to or not).


Online, collaborative classroom environment.

Google Earth

Explore the World


Helping show relationships between words as a visual thesaurus

Mango Languages

Mango is an online foreign language learning web site. Learn different languages at your own pace through simple tutorials on the web browser, or download MP3 tutorials and listen to them offline.


Mathway guides you through solving math problems step-by-step. Everything from basic math to calculus can be evaluated. Mathway even has functionality to show graphs from equations. This is a useful tool for teachers to show students how problems are solved, and a useful tool for students who are having a tough time figuring out a problem and need a nudge in the right direction.


(my favorite site)

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. Its objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media.

Science Search

Great resource to identify science resources based on concepts.


View a realistically-mapped starry night sky with this planetarium software. With catalogues of over 210 million stars, constellations, and nebulae, Stellarium is truly an exciting way to introduce your students to astronomy.


Allows you to convert a picture into an image made up of words - great visualization tool

Visual Thesaurus

Great way to visualize relationships between words - any subject!


Produce your own beautiful musical slideshows. Upload images and music and Animoto does the rest, creating a dazzling video. Use this to showcase pictures from a field trip, an end-of-year collage of student photos, a vacation, and so on. Full site access is free for teachers and their students by special request.


Software for recording and editing sounds.

Comic Life

Lets you create astounding comics, beautiful picture albums, how-tos... and more!


Fun mixing of images to use in classes or just for FUN!


eMedia contains hundreds of educational videos and related media items.



Upload and share your photos or browse the community's collection of over 3 billion photos.


Allows user to easily find and download photos. Can search for photos tagged with correct CC license



A place to host videos that doesn't necessarily show them to the world.



Online image editing program

Garage Band



Allows users to create animations quickly and easily. Users can choose from a wide range of images or upload their own.

Hue Test

Helps in determining how well you can identify differences between different colors


Capture images, record video, share online.

Photo Story 3

Create slideshows, add audio. Free, but Windows only.


Online Photo editing program


SchoolTube provides students and educators a safe, world class, and FREE media sharing website


The Internet camera: Snap, draw, share


YouTube, but for education. And with tons of ads. And blazingly slow speeds.

Windows Media Encoder

Screen capture, video conversion and broadcast software.

Windows Movie Maker

With Movie Maker 2.1, you can create, edit, and share your home movies right on your computer. Build your movie with a few simple drag-and-drops. Delete bad shots and include only the best scenes. Then share your movie via the Web, e-mail, or CD.


Don't know what YouTube is?

Atomic Learning

Web-based training and support, thousands of just-in-time tutorials


Auto-fills citations for you - MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian.


Allows users to create bibliographies without the need for usernames/passwords. Bib can be exported to Word doc. Both MLA and APA.

Google Earth Gallery

Google Earth itself is an immensely useful tool for showing students the world, but you're only scratching the surface if you neglect the vast library of educational resources the Google Earth community has made. Visit the sites of ancient Rome, map world population or human settlement patterns, track global earthquake activity in real-time, chart continental drift over millions of years, view the historical expansion of conquering nations, and so much more.

Interactive Whiteboards in the Classroom

This site compares a number of different interactive whiteboards and provides resources for their use in the classroom.

Jeopardy Archive

Allows you to search among previous Jeopardy questions - find something related to your topic:)

Read Write Think

Has many tools that are associated with learning to read, write, and think better

Technology Tips 

Offers 15 hours of free computer training in 180 easy to follow 5 minute lessons.

VoiceThread for Education

A wiki containing examples of how educators are using Voicethread in their classrooms or for professional development. Learn how other teachers are using VoiceThread in foreign language classes, drama classes, English classes, and more.


Search for a quote that you remember, but do not have reference to


Enlarge PC Screen for Presentations


A weblog (usually shortened to blog, but occasionally spelled web log or weblog) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles, most often in reverse chronological order."

Web 2.0



Google Notebook

Clip and collect information from the web.


iPod Notes

Use website to create ebook for your iPod. Can upload text files from computer Or drop in a url and it will convert all text from file or website into iPod format in a .zip file. Works great and very easy!

iTunesU and iTunes U K12

Find K-12 podcasts for content core curriculum for teachers and students

iTunes Store> iTunes U > K-12


Podcasting is the distribution of content (which is often audio, but can be video or even PDFs or other content) using the enclosure tag of an RSS feed. 



Does your classroom not have clickers yet? Poll Everywhere may be an alternative. This is a good way to actually put your students' cell phones to good use in the classroom. Create a poll, post it up on the screen, and let your students send text messages for instant response and feedback. Poll Everywhere can be displayed in a web browser, and integrates with PowerPoint. Standard text message fees and school mobile usage policies apply, so work with your school administration and parents before you incorporate this useful tool into your classroom.


RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and is what makes Web 2.0 so powerful. With RSS, content can be delivered to you without you needing to go retrieve it.



Broadcast live from any webcam and post a video feed on your web site or blog. Use this to create live video and/or audio podcasts from your classroom. Set privacy settings so only users with a password can view your stream. Archive options allow you to save your stream for later viewing.


Create your own book and collaborate with others. Work with classmates, friends, and add a few lines to someone else's story. The very best work gets published.


Create a free website and blog


A Wiki is an easy-to-use webpage that anyone can edit. This site itself is an example of a "wiki." Invented by Ward Cunningham, wikis are a read/write web technology that allow for easy, fast, and collaborative websites to be built without the need for special software or a lot of training. Adam Frey, from Wikispaces, calls a wiki: "a web page with an edit button."

Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking managers - Save your bookmarks online and share with others.


A powerful way to talk about images, documents, and videos - globally. Educational discounts are provided.