Board 800

Board800 allows users to collaborate via online whiteboards. This is currently a free service that allows the user to generate a code to begin a whiteboard session. The code can be shared with the participants whether they be in the room or across the continent. (middle, high)

Use the site to create shapes, draw freeform, and insert text or pictures. You can even work with multiple boards at once.

Slideshare

 

(no-filtering, at least 13,  middle, high)

Slideshare is a fantastic website that allows the user to upload and share PowerPoint & Keynote presentations and documents. Users can include speaker’s notes, live hyperlinks, and even relevant YouTube videos to play within the presentation. Slideshare automatically will create a presentation transcript for each upload.

Users can also set privileges for downloading presentations and even schedule live zipcasts. There is great potential for this tool for teachers to use to house class materials, presentations, webinars, etc…).

See example for how Slideshare can be used in the classroom:
Slideshare rules.

Thumbscribes

 (no-filtering, teacher-use-only,  middle, high, 
parent-permission-required-under-13, )

ThumbScribes is a platform for creating collaborative writing pieces.

Co+Create haiku, poems, short stories, flash fiction, novellas,  and songs, real time or asynchronously with your computer, tablet, cell phone or even IM.

Numsum

Numsum logo

(13+, no-filtering, middle, high)

Numsum allows users to collaborate through web-based spreadsheets by tracking records, lists and data online. Spread sheets can be saved public, private and/or shared with specific users. A maximum of 2 private spreadsheets can be shared at a time. Classroom use is cross-curricular. Share checklists, budget analysis, charts & graphs, rosters, schedules, etc amongst each other. Public spreadsheets are searchable by tags and can be copied for personal use.

Example will take you to NumSum website.

Spread sheet
Character Costume Changes



Slidestaxx

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Slidestaxx is a slide show program, like Animoto, that allows for the upload of pictures, movies, bookmarks, or information, then creates a slide show.  It requires that photos be smaller than 1 mb.  It is designed to embed easily into web pages, shared via Facebook, etc.  Some classroom applications include presentations and video logs. The site states:

Slidestaxx enables you to gather social media from various sources and produce a beautiful slideshow you can post on your blog, website or directly on slidestaxx. It’s fast, easy and free! Add pictures, videos, websites and more into your slideshow and then embed the slidestaxx into your own website or blog.

(13+, no-filtering, middle, high)

Examples of slidestaxx will take you to their website to view slide show:

Space Race slide  The Great Depression

The site allows for individual account creations only.

Nota

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(13, no-filtering, elementary, middle, high,
parent-permission-required-under-13)

Mash your ideas and media together with friends in a dynamic whiteboard wiki. Using photos, videos, and other web content you can instantly create brainstorms, presentations, scrapbooks, and enjoy an interactive chat with more than 50 friends.

Using Nota

It’s your whiteboard.

Nota is an online place where you can create documents, and instantly add to them almost anything you like. You can drop in pictures from Flickr. Videos from YouTube. Text, drawing, you name it. It’s all in Nota. If you can imagine it, you can do it – in seconds.

Here are some examples made by Nota users.

Study notebook

Nota is a perfect tool for learn new topic: with Nota, you can insert photos or videos related to the topic easily from the web, and then you can edit your own notebook on the web. For more about educational use cases, visit our educational usecase page.

Recipe book

You can make your own recipe book with photos and drawings, or even with cooking video. With Nota, it’s easy to place photos anywhere you like, and decorate them as you like.

Message board

Let’s make a surprizing card for your friend who is moving out. You can co-edit Nota site with your classmates together in real time. After gathering messages, let’s send it to your friend.

Scrapbook/Photo Album

Let’s keep your trip in memories with Nota. Nota helps you to create your own trip diary in no time. You can paste your own photos and videos in your PC or in your web album (such as Picasa, Facebook, Flickr), or paste free-licensed photos and videos very easily. Then you can write or decolate as you like.

Drawing

How about to enjoy free graffiti on the web? With Nota, you can enjoy drawing with your friend simultaneously, even if the friend lives far away from you.

Aviary Education

(no-filtering, elementary, middle, high,  
parent-permission-required-under-18)

Aviary Education provides easy to use photo editing tools that can edit photos, overlay images on top of existing pictures, and apply special effects to photos. With the use of this education side of Aviary, teachers can create class and student accounts to allow for privacy and manage assignments and projects. In addition to the image editor, vector editor, audio editor and music creator are available.


Flashcard Machine

(no-filtering, elementary, middle, high)

Create, study and share at Flashcard Machine. This a free service for creating interactive web-based study flashcards that can be shared with others.

Students — Create flash cards to help study for an exam. Share them with classmates or the entire community.

Teachers — Create flash cards for students. Build customized pages for each of your classes to better organize your cards.

Study flashcards on an iPhone®, iPod touch®, and iPad® with the app available on the App Store. (At the time of this post, the app was free of charge.)

Study flashcards on an iPod®  with iStudyToGo (there is a fee to purchase).

Features include: 

  • Creating folders for organizing cards
  • Synching favorites to the iPhone® app
  • A multiple choice quiz feature
  • An import feature to support XCL and XLSX files
  • Move/copy cards between sets
  • Auto-flip
  • Printing options to support six cards per page and 5×8 index cards
  • The ability to include international characters
  • Alphabetize cards by term or definition
  • Flagging cards for future review
  • Audio flash cards.
  • Visually rich flash cards

Fotobabble

(no-filtering, elementary, middle, high,
parent-permission-required-under-18)

Fotobabble  allows users to upload a picture from either a web page via URL or from a desktop or laptop, and add audio to the picture. Classroom applications include using the site to present on a person, place, or concept.

Users are required to sign up for a free account before they can make a “fotobabble” but once it is made, users may share the photo on social networks, send a link in an email, or embed the photo.

There is also a free Fotobabble App for iDevices!

Click the photo to view one of my “fotos”:

You may also click here to see an example of a “foto” embedded in teacher web.

Timetoast

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(elementary, middle, high, no-filtering)

Timetoast allows users to create online timelines that can contain single events and time spans. Timelines can be embedded into other sites. Each event or timespan can contain photos, weblinks, and/or descriptive paragraphs. Some classroom applications include biographical information on important historical figures, a Country’s history, historical  Presidents, music through the decades, how technology has evolved, and many more.

Text View of Women's Right to Vote timeline
Text View
Timeline View of Women's Right to Vote
Timeline View

Embed code cannot be obtained until a timeline is published and made “public” on the site. Once the embed code is obtained, the user can make a timeline “draft” form again, timeline is not publicily visible, and the embed code still functions. There is an “Uncategorized” category that does not list projects on the website, so if a user wanted less visibility, uncategorized would be the preferred method. Flash 9 or higher is needed for site to work properly.