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May 13, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Versions of Etherpad Are Raining From The Sky…

Since Etherpad closed down and open-sourced their code, lots of new companies have created their own versions of this great web-based collaborating tool.

Here are two new ones:

Meeting Words

Titan Pads

They join Type With Me , Sync.in, and PiratePad.

All are on The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration list.

December 20, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Does PiratePad = EtherPad?

(Since I wrote this post, I’ve been told that EtherPad has indeed already gone open source. I hadn’t realized they had done it already)

As readers might remember, Etherpad, the great collaborative tool that is on both The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration and The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time , was bought by Google recently and they were shutting it down.

Then, after the negative response to that plan, they made some modifications to it. They said they were going to made their code available, but I didn’t think they were going to do it so soon.

Now, there’s a new web application called PiratePad that appears on the surface to be the same as EtherPad and, in fact, on its home page says it’s powered by EtherPad.

PiratePad looks good.

December 5, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Say Good-bye to Etherpad

(Because of the negative public reaction, it appears that Google and Etherpad are changing their plans now)

Etherpad, the great collaborative tool that is on both The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration and The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time , was bought by Google yesterday and they’re shutting it down.

No new accounts can be created, and the whole service will close-up by March.

It’s too bad…

July 23, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Etherpad Gets Even Better

Etherpad is on both The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration and The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time lists. It’s a very, very easy way to collaborate in real time. You just paste a bunch of text in a window and, without even having to register for the service, send others the url and everybody can edit it in real time. It also has a chat option.

You can go back to the url address at any time to make further, adjustments, too.

TechCrunch has just posted about some changes Etherpad has made to become even better. Instead of repeating what they say, I’d recommend you either read their post or just go directly to Etherpad and try it out.

November 19, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Etherpad For Collaboration

Etherpad is the latest very, very easy way to collaborate in real time. You just paste a bunch of text in a window and, without even having to register for the service, send others the url and everybody can edit it in real time. It also has a chat option.

You can go back to the url address at any time to make further, adjustments, too.

Because of these features, I’m adding the site to both The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration  and  The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time.

Thanks to the Read/Write Web blog for the tip.  Their post shares more information about the service and is worth a look.

November 17, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010

This annual post is always the most popular one of the year.

You might want to visit previous editions:

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2009

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2008

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2007

(You might also find The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2010 useful)

In order to make this list, a site had to be:

* accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users.

* free-of-charge.

* appropriate for classroom use.

* completely browser-based with no download required.

It’s possible that a few of these sites began in 2009, but, if so, I’m including them in this list because they were “new to me” in 2010.

You might also be interested in exploring the 530 other “The Best…” lists that I’ve posted over the past three years.

Finally, you might also want to subscribe to this blog for free.

Here are my choices for The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010:

Twenty: Sitehoover is a new application that lets you create a personal homepage showing thumbnail images of your favorite websites. You can also organize them into separate “folders. It can be very useful to students doing research, or identifying their favorite language-learning site.

Nineteen: Since Etherpad closed down and open-sourced their code, lots of new companies have created their own versions of this great web-based collaborating tool. Here are a few:

Meeting Words

Titan Pads

They join Type With Me , Sync.in, and PiratePad.

Eighteen: clp.ly lets you very, very easily take a screenshot of a webpage that can be embedded in a blog or website — plus, the screenshot is an active link to the original page. You can also include a virtual “post-it” note with a message on it. It’s similar to kwout (though kwout doesn’t have the post-it note feature). However, kwout doesn’t work on Edublogs, while clp.ly does! I’m not sure if kwout’s issue is with all WordPress sites or just on Edublogs.

Seventeen: Flisti is a new and extremely easy application that lets you create a very simple poll. No registration is required, and you can post the link to the poll on a teacher/student website/blog, or embed it there.

Sixteen: I usually don’t post much about web applications that require the use of a webcam just because webcams are problematic for school computers for safety issues, along with needing to dowload its required software. However, if you can use a webcam, Send Shots has got to be just about the easiest way to send a video message to someone. No registration or download is required — just record and send. There are no ads, and there’s no way to access other people’s video messages. You can post the url address of the video on a teacher or student’s website.

Fifteen: Simple Guide Tool lets you create a video/audio/text chatroom for up to four people, and lets you talk and show Google Maps and its Street View of different locations of your choice. Boy, if you had a sister class somewhere, it would be a great tool for students from each place to show the others their town or city.

Fourteen: Copytaste is a super-easy way to create a simple website. It joins several other apps that allow you to create sites without necessarily having to register, and also let you copy and paste photos directly onto the page.

Thirteen: Twextra is a new web application that lets people create a simple webpage with an automatically shortened link for sharing in something like Twitter. That purpose is fine, but it works great for another reason — and that’s why I like it. Some lessons I do include having students create Picture Data Sets — putting photos into categories with them writing a short description about each one. Students can use something like Wallwisher for this activity, but for students new to technology I prefer to have them just copy and paste the actual image instead of doing the extra step of getting the url address (which is what you need with Wallwisher). Twextra allows you to copy and paste photos directly onto it, and it’s very easy to write text under the image. This capacity also makes Twextra a very attractive option for teachers who are new to technology — it requires minimal tech knowledge to use. Any teacher can have students copy and paste their work on Twextra, which requires no sign-up.

Twelve: Mappy Friends is an easy place for students to write their reviews and impressions of places they have been — whether it’s cities or towns around the world where they have lived, or parks or attractions in the place where they live. It’s a nice place to write something for an “authentic audience.”

Eleven: Explorra is a new travel site that appears to be designed to compete with the many others that allow you to create your own travel itinerary. I’ve posted many of those similar sites at The Best Sites Where Students Can Plan Virtual Trips. I wouldn’t add Explorra to that list, though — the others seem to do a better job at that. However, Explorra does have one feature I really, really like — the ability for users to create an online guide to anyplace in the world. After sign-up, which only takes a minute, you identify a city, country or state, and then start listing what you think are the most interesting places there. Explorra will search the Web for images of each location, and you can write descriptions.

Ten: LIFE has unveiled a neat new feature that lets you search for any photos in its archives and create an online timeline/slideshow that you can share with a unique url address. Their Photo Timeline lets you use their original captions or you can edit them and create your own, as well as writing your own description for your whole creation. After you log-in (you can do so using your Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, or Google accounts — it would be nice if they allowed on site registration, but I guess you can’t have everything!), it’s just a matter of searching and dragging the photos to your timeline/slideshow.

Nine: Crocodoc is a super-simple application that allows you to annotate webpages with virtual post-it notes and drawings. You can also upload any document you create and immediate make it into a webpage.

Eight: WebKlipper lets you easily, without requiring registration, annotate any webpage with virtual post-it notes or a highlighter. You’re then given the url address of the annotated webpage. It’s quite easy to use. Students can use it to demonstrate reading strategies (visualizing, asking questions, making a connection, etc.).

Seven: ZooBurst, allows you to create your own “customized 3D pop-up books.” You can see a number of examples at their site.

Six: Fotobabble, is a neat application where people can post photos along with an audio description. It has gotten even better recently. Now, users can grab images off the web by just using the photo’s url address. Before, uploading images was the only option. It’s one of the best Web 2.0 applications of the year for educators, and is on The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English list. It’s a simple tool students can use to practice their speaking skills. It’s very easy to use but, just in case, Russell Stannard at the great Teacher Training Videos has posted a good video tutorial on how to use the app. You can see examples my students have created here.

Five: Tripline is a great map-making application. You just list the various places you want to go in a journey, or a famous trip that has happened in history or literature, or a class field trip itinerary, and a embeddable map is created showing the trip where you can add written descriptions and photos. You can use your own photos or just through Flickr. Plus, you can pick a soundtrack to go with it as it automatically plays through the travels. Here are examples of the ride of Paul Revere and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It’s super-easy to use, and the only tricky part is that you can’t add photos until after you create your trip and save it. That’s not a big deal, unless you couldn’t figure it out like me and had to contact the site.

Four: Story Jumper is a new site that lets kids create their own story books. Online versions are free, and you can pay for hard copies. Registration is quick and easy. You can create your books from “scratch” or use one of several templates they have (one or two of them didn’t seem particularly intuitive to me, but most were fine, and the “scratch” version was certainly easy). They offer lots of easy “props” to integrate into the stories, and you can upload your own photos and type your own text. Once you’re finished, you can email the link to yourself and post it on a student/teacher blog or website.

Three: TxtBear is a new and very useful web application that allows you to easily upload and document and immediately turn it into a webpage. A site like this is one is wonderful for students and others who are not very tech savvy. All they have to do is create a document in Word (including easily copying and pasting images into it), which they might be more familiar with, and easily turn it into a website. Students can upload papers they’ve written, as well. Then, they can just copy and paste its url address into a teacher or student blog. For example, now I have students type essays in a Word Document and then copy and paste them directly into the comments section of our class blog. With TxtBear, they use Word, illustrate it if they want, and then paste the link into the class blog. It makes the document much more readable that way.

Two: The Middlespot Search Engine has made previous “The Best…” lists. Their new version is like an even easier and embeddable Wallwisher. In other words, it’s a virtual bulletin board with virtual “stickies.” If you’re searching for an image, website, or video, though, you don’t necessarily have to copy and paste their url addresses (though you can) — if they are in the search results you just click on it to go into your “mashup” and it goes to it automatically. No registration is necessary, and you can collaborate with others.

One: Simple Booklet is a great new tool that lets you create online books and reports that can be embedded or linked to by its url address. It’s free, you can grab images and videos off the web, and extremely simple to use. No registration is required. What’s not to like? Coincidentally, it’s also designed by Middlespot.

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May 31, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PostRank’s Tops Posts For May From This Blog

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on.”

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. Post Rank uses a variety of ways to measure level of “engagement” that readers have with specific blog posts. I have a constantly updated “widget” on my blog’s sidebar that lists these posts, but I thought a monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of May:

Versions of Etherpad Are Raining From The Sky…

Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration

Very Important Study On Learning & The Brain

My Best Posts On “Motivating” Students

My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them

Guzzle

The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States

“Will we succeed? The science of self-motivation”

“More Simple Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology”

Here’s What I’m Doing For My Class Final Exam

Zoofs

This Is Why We Have To Be Very Careful With Error Correction

Fotobabble Gets Even Better!

MovieClips Gets Even Better!

Two Weeks Left To Contribute To The ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival!

“How Americans See Europe”

Zonkk

My Concerns About Charters

The Best Sites For Learning About The Mount St. Helens Eruption

Updated “The Best…” List On Different Religions

Here We Go Again: Private Foundations Have A Place (And Have To Be Kept In Their Place)

Will Doodling Help Students Learn Better?

Some Great New “TED Talks” Resources

Resume Companion

Literati Game

May 31, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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May’s Best Posts

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

These posts are different from the ones I list under the monthly “Most Popular Blog Posts.” Those are the posts the largest numbers of readers “clicked-on” to read.

This month’s list is longer than usual.

Here are the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

The Brain & Poverty — Upcoming New & Potentially Useful Study

“Will we succeed? The science of self-motivation”

Very Accessible Report On The Importance Of Home Libraries

Here’s What I’m Doing For My Class Final Exam

Will Doodling Help Students Learn Better?

Very Important Study On Learning & The Brain

MovieClips Gets Even Better!

My Concerns About Charters

An Analogy For Bloom’s Taxonomy

Creating A Jazz Chant

Teaching Students To Write “Hooks”

“Eliminating the Achievement Gap Is Educational Alchemy”

“Motivating Students Via Mental Time Travel”

“Using A Star Chart to Teach English Language Learners” (This Post Is Not About Astronomy!)

Fotobabble Gets Even Better!

Here We Go Again: Private Foundations Have A Place (And Have To Be Kept In Their Place)

Comparing Online Translators

Instead Of Encouraging Students To Skip College, How About If We Help Them Get There & Graduate?

Lazyfeed Looks Good

“All 23 of the “Interesting Ways” presentations in one place”

The Best Critique Of “Value-Added” That I’ve Seen…

Versions of Etherpad Are Raining From The Sky…

Now This Is The Way To Make Academic Talks Accessible — Great Examples Of Graphic Note-Taking

“Anger At Our Children” (Or Our Students)

Guzzle

Some Excellent Classroom Management Advice

This Is Why We Have To Be Very Careful With Error Correction

“More Simple Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology”

Some Great New “TED Talks” Resources

Nice Endorsement Of My ELL Book

What Does A Study On Voter Turn-Out Have To Do With Working With Students?

“How Americans See Europe”

Performance Assessment

ZooBurst Looks Super-Cool!

“City-Data”

May 22, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google Buys Ruba

Ruba is a travel site that is particularly accessible to ELL’s because of its emphasis on images. Users can write their own guides to places they’ve visited.

It’s on two of my “The Best…” lists:

The Best Sites Where Students Can Plan Virtual Trips

The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”

TechCrunch reports it has just been bought by Google.

I hope that this is good news and means that Ruba will be around for awhile. Of course, another alternative is that Google could just shut it down, similar to what they did with Etherpad (which they subsequently open-sourced).

April 23, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Sync.in For Collaboration

Sync.in is the latest site to use the open-sourced code from Etherpad, which was purchased by Google several months ago and closed-down.

You just paste a bunch of text in a window and, without even having to register for the service, send others the url and everybody can edit it in real time. It also has a chat option. You can go back to the url address at any time to make further, adjustments, too,

I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time, where it joins several other Etherpad clones, including NetherPad, PiratePad and Primary Pad

August 28, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“TokBox Adds Document Collaboration”

I’m just going to quote from TechCrunch on this new development, though I’d recommend you read their entire post:

TokBox, the web-based video chat application, has announced that it has partnered with EtherPad to bring document collaboration straight into TokBox. Now, all Tokbox users can simultaneously collaborate on one text document or “pad”, while chatting in a video call.

I’ll add new of this development to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

April 10, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time

'Collaboration?' photo (c) 2006, Lars Plougmann - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Last month I posted The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration. I was exploring those tools more for my own professional development and professional relationships since, because of time zone issues with our International Sister Classes Project, it seemed unlikely any real-time collaborative work was going to work with my students.

At some point, however, I can see how our classes might consider doing joint projects not in real time (I believe that type of relationship is also called asynchronous. However, if I can’t spell it or pronounce it without a dictionary I’m not going to use it!).

I using the word “Best” hesitantly. I suspect there are quite a few other online tools out there, and I haven’t experimented extensively with any of them. If you have some suggestions, I’d be happy to hear it and put out a revised version in the near future. That’s one reason I’m not going to be listing sites in any kind of ranked order.

In order to make it on this list, the web application had to meet a number of criteria. They had to…

1. …be free.

2. …be accessible to English Language Learners.

3. …have specific collaboration tools. Most Web 2.0 tools, of course, have collaboration potential if you just email your password to somebody else. In order to make this list, however, the online application had to have a specific “value-added” and simple process to invite and work with others to develop shared projects.

4. … not require any downloads.

A number of sites on the “real time collaboration” list are also useful for working together not in real time. Rather than share them again here, I’m going to suggest you just explore that list on your own.

Also, wikis are online tools that should probably be included on this list. However, I still have not gotten around to using them, and still don’t really know how. I’ve posted in the past, though, about some good resources sharing how to use them in the classroom. You can check them out if you’d like.

While you’re at it you might want to review all of my other “The Best…” lists.

Here is my very tentative and unfinished list of The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT in Real Time:

Mixbook allows you create a slideshow with collaborators. It seems fairly similar to Fliptrack — without the music — but I might be missing some differences.

Google Maps has a neat feature so you can create maps with others. The fine blog Free Technology For Teachers has a nice video showing how it works.

Zee Maps is another simple tool for collaborative map creation.

Shutterfly seems to have a special collaborative feature that allows you to make joint photobooks.

There are a number of online word processors that invite easy collaboration, and not the least of these is Google Docs. You can find others by looking at the list of sites I’ve made for real-time collaboration.

And here’s yet another application I’ve added to this list. It’s called Panraven, and I’ve posted about it here.

I’ve added one more site — it’s called Dipity. You can read my post about it here.

Etherpad is the latest very, very easy way to collaborate in real time and not in real time. You just paste a bunch of text in a window and, without even having to register for the service, send others the url and everybody can edit it in real time. It also has a chat option.  You can go back to the url address at any time to make further, adjustments, too, which is why I’m also adding it to this “The Best…” list. (Etherpad was bought by Google and is shutting down in March, 2010. They’ve open-sourced their code, though, and you can use Sync.in, PiratePad or Primary Pad instead now))

Here are a couple of site that I haven’t really tried yet, but appear to have some potential:

Protagonize is going to be a wonderful site for student collaboration, but not until they create a feature that allows private groups to be created. The site’s owner says that’s going to be coming soon. The site allows you to write basically collaborate in writing “choose your own adventure” stories that take you on different paths. ESL teachers also call them Action Mazes.

Kaltura is another site that seems to have some possibilities, though appears a little complicated to me. It’s a collaborative video-creation site, and you can either modify videos that are already on the web, or ones that you upload.

(Note: I’m adding The Broth to this list)

Yack All is a new application that lets you create a private chatroom.  In one way Yack All is less convenient than most of the ones I’ve mentioned because it requires registration and sign-in (though it’s extremely easy to do so).  One nice feature, though, that Yack All has but many of the others do not is that it saves the chat indefinitely.

Zoho Discussions is a super simple way to create “chatboards” that would work well for “sister classes.” There are a lot of alternatives, including ones that have the ability for users to participate in a chatboard by leaving audio messages.  But I’m including it here just because it’s so easy.

Threaddie lets you create private chatrooms that you need passwords to enter. It could be useful for teachers who want to have some privacy protection. It’s very easy to set-up and to use.

Stroome is a nice online editing tool that’s on Not The “Best,” But A List… Of Online Video Editors list. They’ve added a feature called “groups” that lets you work with a….group of people to collaboratively edit a video. Because of that additional feature, I’m adding Stroome to this list. Thanks to 10,000 Words for the tip. Their post also explains other new Stroome features.

Folder Boy is a new site that lets you make notes and collaborate with others if you want. One of the nice things about it is that it allows you to copy and paste photos directly from the Web.

Draft is a new free collaborative word processor that looks pretty useful. You can read a lengthy post about it at TechCrunch.

Penflip seems like a fairly easy collaborative writing too. There may be better ones on this list but, with District filters, you can never have too many options.

Richard Byrne has written a good post about a new tool called Poetica. Read his post about it before you go to the site. It’s a word processing tool that seems to have the ability to more clearly give written feedback on a document than Word does.

Please share reactions and other suggestions!

March 2, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration

'Friday Mornings . Tuttle at Centre for Creative Collaboration' photo (c) 2010, Tony Hall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

I’ve been experimenting with a variety of online tools for collaborating in “real-time.” I really don’t have much use for them in the classroom, since the different time zones of our various sister classes don’t make it logistically feasible. I’m more interested in exploring their use for possibly coordinating work with teachers of those sister classes if that project continues to expand, and for use in some collaborative writing I might be doing in the future.

Even though I’m thinking about these tools for my own professional reasons, since I’m still not particularly technically proficient, and because others might be able to think of other classroom purposes, I’ve used criteria similar to my other “The Best…” lists in deciding which ones to include here. They include:

* No software download is required.

* It’s free.

* No equipment is required other than, in some cases, a microphone. A webcam needs to be optional.

* Multiple users can collaborate at the same time.

* English Language Learners can use the tools easily.

* I can think of it having an education use.

Unlike my previous lists, I haven’t tried-out all of these applications extensively. Therefore, I don’t feel I can rank them the way I usually do. However, I have had a pretty decent, though limited, experience with all of them.

Also, in this list, unlike my others, instead of including links to the actual application, I’ve mainly included links to my original posts about the sites (that is, I’ve done that for sites I’ve already written about). I thought people might find the additional information they can find there useful.

There are quite a few other online collaborative tools, but I didn’t include them because they just seemed too complicated.

The ones I’ve found that meet my criteria include:

Neat Chat, Stinto and Chatzy are easy ways to create private online chatrooms. Wire Club Chat Room and Meet are similar sites, though Meet has a much more attractive interface.

Here’s an online word-processing applications that allow multiple users to work on the same document simultaneously Zoho Writer

Scriblink is an online whiteboard that can be used by up to five people at one time.

Skrbl is another online whiteboard. Skrbl lets you copy and paste text and documents — Scriblink does not.

Zoho Show and Google Presentations let you work with others on PowerPoint-like presentations in real-time.

MeBeam is an online video conferencing site. It allows you to just use microphones for audio if you don’t have a webcam. MeBeam lets up to eighteen people participate.

Mind42 is a “mindmapping” tool that has tremendous collaborative features. I’m still having a hard time, though, figuring out more than one or two minor educational projects that students could create with it.

I’ve used the Authorstream web application to post several slideshows on my website. It’s quite easy to use. Now they’ve added a new feature called Present Live. You can quickly upload a PowerPoint presentation and then show it in real-time over the web. A chatboard is connected to it so you can communicate instantly. You can read more of an explanation on how it works over at Mashable. Authorstream itself also has a nice screencast about it.

Scribblar allows you to create a virtual “room” in seconds — without having to register — where you can collaborate for writing or drawing, with the ability to have a text chatboard or audio/webcam communication. It couldn’t be easier to use. If, and when, we can ever coordinate time zones, it would be a neat tool to use for collaborating with others in the International Sister Classes Project.

Show Document couldn’t be much easier for uploading a document and then having multiple people — in real time — editing it and using a chatboard to communicate. No registration is necessary — just upload, get a code number, send it to others, and then you’re all working together.

I’ve just added CoSketch to both The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration and The Best Art Websites For Learning English.

It’s an easy way for English Language Learners and anyone else to collaboratively draw a picture. There’s no real registration necessary, either. You just go to the site, are given a private “virtual room” in which to begin drawing, and then you email the link to whoever else you want to participate. While you’re drawing there’s also a text chat feature to communicate. You can then save the image and either link to it or embed it in a student/teacher blog or website. You can also upload a photo for and discussing.

Students can develop their English skills by communicating via the chat room (for example, mine could do this project with other students in our International Sister Classes Project) and/or posting their image with a description.

The Broth is a similar application. The advantage with The Broth is that the chat messages remain permanently, while it appears with CoSketch that they disappear after you’re done. With CoSketch, though, since you don’t have to register it’s easier to use.

Twiddla is basically a whiteboard that allows text and audio chat for real-time collaboration. You can review websites within the application, and no registration is required.

Etherpad was a great way to collaborate in real time. You just paste a bunch of text in a window and, without even having to register for the service, send others the url and everybody can edit it in real time. It also has a chat option. You could go back to the url address at any time to make further, adjustments, too. Etherpad was bought by Google and was shut down in March, 2010.  They’ve open-sourced their code, though, and you can use Type With Me , Sync.in, or PiratePad now, instead. QikPad is a similar nice online collaborative writing tool that has an embedding feature.

Tiny Chat is the latest addition to this list. It lets you, without registering, immediately create a private chatroom. You email the url to others, who can then participate either in real time . There are other similar tools already on this list, including ones that allow you to participate with audio and/or video messages. But Tiny Chat deserves to be here just because of its ease of use. They’ve also recently added many features, including a video capability. You can read more about the new features at Read Write Web.

Flash Meeting looks like a very impressive free application for video conferencing. It’s designed specifically for school use, and you can participate even if you don’t have a microphone (you can text) or a webcam.

Let me know if you are aware of other collaborative applications that would meet my criteria. Links to these sites, along with 8,000 others, can be found on my website.

Big Marker lets you create an online conference, and is free. It seems pretty straight-forward and usable.

Slideshare, the popular online slideshow site, just added a new feature called Zipcast. With a simple click, it allows you to create a public or private video and text chat next to the slideshare presentation you’re viewing.

I posted about Corkboard Me in January. It’s very similar to Wallwisher, but even simpler to use — and with fewer features (you can’t embed videos, nor password protect your content). You can, however, easily post images by just pasting its url on one of the virtual post-it notes. Corkboard Me recently announced some additional features, including real-time collaboration and a chat room for the people collaborating. I’ve certainly noticed a lot of quirkiness lately with Wallwisher, and I know quite a few others have experienced the same problem. So, I’m going to start having my classes use Corkboard Me.

NOTE: New Development: Wallwisher, the great virtual “corkboard-creator” tool, has just announced some nice improvements. They include making it even easier to create a corkboard and having immediate real-time collaborative abilities by seeing what people you invite are doing on it as they do it. They say there is more to come in the next few days. I’ve tried out both of those improvements, and they work very well. Wallwisher went through a period when it was very buggy, but they’ve come on strong over the past year to become a top-notch tool.

Meetin.gs is a new site that lets you organize virtual meetings that also let you documents and media. It’s looks pretty simple and easy to use. It’s not open to the public yet, but I received an invitation very quickly after I requested it.

AOL has just begun AV By AIM, a super-simple video chat room. You just go to the site, say you want to start a chat, and you’re given a unique url that you can use to invite up to four people to join. No registration is required.

Buddy Meeting lets you easily create an online conference room for up to twenty-five people where you can also your desktop. It seems pretty simple and it’s free.

Concept Board is very easy to use screensharing tool. After registration, you can create up to twenty-five Concept Boards for free. You click on “new Concept Board” and you have one — you can upload presentations, make comments, draw on it, etc. All you have to do is its url address to others so they can gain access to it, too.

Join.me lets you your screen with up to 250 people and provides text chat (they seem to be having some technical troubles — at least during the last update I’ve made to this list).

Any Meeting is an online meeting tool that also records the audio. Up to 200 people can participate.

I posted last year that Skype In The Classroom was going to begin soon, and it apparently has. You can read more about it at Read Write Web’s post “Skype in the Classroom” Launches to Connect Teachers & Students Worldwide. And you can join it directly, too.

And, speaking of Skype, Sra. Spanish has written a helpful post titled Classroom Skype: Do’s & Don’t's .

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers is an article in the School Library Journal describing a new program Skype has for teachers (thanks to Justin Baeder for the tip).

Draw It Live lets you create virtual “rooms” where you can collaborate with people of your choices to draw. It also includes a chat window. You can save the image to your desktop, but it doesn’t appear to let you save it on the web. Thanks to The Center For Applied Second Language Studies for the tip.

AWW lets you draw with others or on your own, and does let you save the creation on the web. It doesn’t have a chatboard, however. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

Live Minutes is new online conferencing app that is entirely browser-based and it doesn’t even appear you have to register in order to use it. You’re immediately given a unique url address for your conference that you with the people you want to connect with — and you can audio, a virtual whiteboard, documents, etc. You can’t video right now, but they say that feature is coming.

Keep The Record is an online audio-conferencing tool which can include up to ten participants and provide a permanent recording. I learned about it from Nik Peachey.

Simple Meet Me is another in a long line of easy tools to quickly stet up online chatrooms.

This is how Read Write Web describes Spreecast:

Think of Spreecast like a multi-person video chat service mashed up with a traditional, text-based live chat feature. It allows up to four people to appear on camera at one time and invites an unlimited number of viewers, all of whom can make comment and ask questions of the participants. Alternatively, sessions can be held privately.

Screenleap “allows as many people as you like to see your computer screens at once without needing to set up an account.”

Three Ways To Watch Videos and Discuss Them In Real Time is a useful post from Richard Byrne.

Speek lets you very simply organize conference calls. The number is unlimited, but they say the quality begins to deteriorate after ten people. You quickly register and then you’re given a url address for your call. You email that out, people click on it and enter their number, and that Speek immediately calls them. It’s pretty easy. They say you can upload files to , but that didn’t seem to be working for me. I suspect they’ll work out that kink quickly.

FlockDraw, with no registration required, lets you create a virtual room where up to ten people can draw in addition to being able to “chat.” You can save your drawing on the Web. It can’t get much easier than what they’ve set-up.

Vidquik is a new tool that lets you easily make a video call to someone. It’s free and, after registering, all you have to do is type in the email of the person you want to call. They click on the link and the two of you are in a web-based video call. For now, at least, you can’t record the call, and it appears to only allow two people on at the same time.

RealtimeBoard is a new online whiteboard that seems like a decent tool for real-time collaboration. It’s easy to use, and lets you upload images from your computer or by its url address.

Watchitoo has created a “Playground” video service that lets you have up to eleven people on a video call at one time for free. You can pay for expanded services.Unfortunately, all the participants actually have to register on Watchitoo in order to be on the call, as opposed to other services which just require the initiator to be registered, but it’s still a decent service.

Meeingl is a super-easy tool for creating online conference calls. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

Reflap is a free tool for online video chats. You can have up to five people on the same chat.

MashMe TV lets you create a free video conference with up to ten people. In addition, you can all watch a video and/or draw together.

Quip is a new online word processing tool that is free to non-business users, adapts its look to the kind of device you’re using (tablet, desktop, smartphone), and lets you collaborate with others on your document. You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

Mighty Meeting is a free site that lets you create free online meetings where a slide presentation or documents can be . It seems to work quite simply, which is always a plus.

Whiteboard Genie is an online collaborative virtual whiteboard.

Face Flow lets you create a video chatroom for up to four people. It’s free to use, and registration is fast.

Editorially lets you collaboratively create documents.

Talky seems like a very easy video chat site where you can create private rooms.

This list includes quite a few tools that let you create documents with others, including some that allow instant text chat.

Notepad is a new tool that has both of those features and, unlike most other sites, also provides an audio chat feature. No registration is required to use all its features.

There are lots of sites out there that let you create virtual “corkboards” and you can see them at The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”). Padlet (formerly known as Wallwisher) is probably the most well-known tool of this kind.

Richard Byrne recently shared about a new site that might end up being the best of the bunch. It’s called Stoodle.

Like the best of the other sites, you can create these bulletin boards easily without registering and you can collaborate with others to create them.

Two features, though, that Stoodle has but, as far as I can tell, others do not, are:

* the ability to search and find images on the Web within the application itself. With the others, you have to find an image in another tab and then paste the url address into the site. Stoodle gives you that option, too, but searching within the site makes it a lot easier.

* The chat feature between collaborators is text and audio. I don’t believe any other similar tool as the audio chat feature.

The only two negatives that I see are:

* unlike Padlet, you can’t embed a Stoodle board.

* Using Stoodle the first time isn’t as intuitive as Padlet. It would be nice if they had a short video or just some screenshares identifying how to use the icons. One can figure it out in a minute or two by playing with it, though. Just note that in order to move around the virtual “post it” notes, you have to first click on one of the icons on the left.

Appear.in seems like a super-simple video conferencing site for up to eight people that doesn’t even require any registration. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

Of course, Google Hangouts does the same thing and more.

And Skype just announced that they are making their up-to-ten person video-conferencing feature free now. Here’s a video about it:

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June 2, 2007
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Websites of the Month

If I get behind updating this page, you can always see the months that are missing by going to the category “Best Posts Of The Month”

I regularly highlight my picks for the ten or twelve best posts for each month. Here you can find a collection of them all. I also use these in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see back issues of those newsletters here.

These posts are different from the ones I list under the monthly “Most Popular Blog Posts.” Those are the posts the largest numbers of readers “clicked-on” to read.

The ones here are the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written.  These don’t include my “The Best…” lists

MAY 2010 TOP TEN LIST

The Brain & Poverty — Upcoming New & Potentially Useful Study

“Will we succeed? The science of self-motivation”

Very Accessible Report On The Importance Of Home Libraries

Here’s What I’m Doing For My Class Final Exam

Will Doodling Help Students Learn Better?

Very Important Study On Learning & The Brain

MovieClips Gets Even Better!

My Concerns About Charters

An Analogy For Bloom’s Taxonomy

Creating A Jazz Chant

Teaching Students To Write “Hooks”

“Eliminating the Achievement Gap Is Educational Alchemy”

“Motivating Students Via Mental Time Travel”

“Using A Star Chart to Teach English Language Learners” (This Post Is Not About Astronomy!)

Fotobabble Gets Even Better!

Here We Go Again: Private Foundations Have A Place (And Have To Be Kept In Their Place)

Comparing Online Translators

Instead Of Encouraging Students To Skip College, How About If We Help Them Get There & Graduate?

Lazyfeed Looks Good

“All 23 of the “Interesting Ways” presentations in one place”

The Best Critique Of “Value-Added” That I’ve Seen…

Versions of Etherpad Are Raining From The Sky…

Now This Is The Way To Make Academic Talks Accessible — Great Examples Of Graphic Note-Taking

“Anger At Our Children” (Or Our Students)

Guzzle

Some Excellent Classroom Management Advice

This Is Why We Have To Be Very Careful With Error Correction

“More Simple Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology”

Some Great New “TED Talks” Resources

Nice Endorsement Of My ELL Book

What Does A Study On Voter Turn-Out Have To Do With Working With Students?

“How Americans See Europe”

Performance Assessment

ZooBurst Looks Super-Cool!

“City-Data”

April, 2010 “Top Ten” List

“Finishing The Dream” Is Impressive

Admongo

Crocodoc Becomes Number One!

Nice Review Of My ELL Book

More Test-Prep Hints

“The Hubble Telescope’s Greatest Hits”

Let’s Write A Book Together!

“Top 40 Nature Photographs Of All Time”

Getting Students To Talk About What They’re Reading &”Book Talks”

Here’s Yet Another Possible Self-Control Strategy — And I Really Like It…

Another Self-Control Strategy?

Talking With Students About Standardized Tests

Test-Prep Tips

EducoPark For “Life Lessons”

“100 Places To Remember Before They All Disappear”

Advice On Giving Advice

The Problem With “Bribing Students”

What Can Teachers Learn From Terrorists?

BBC News Globe

Rethinking Schools Article On Teach For America

Bookemon

Concerns & Questions About The “Talent Transfer Initiative”

“Getting English-Language Learners to Thrive”

The First Review Of My New Book!

“Read A Children’s Book” Form For Students

Great Interview With Diane Ravitch

What Can Students Learn About Self-Control From President Obama?

Why Haven’t I Posted About Palm Breeze CAFE Before?!!?!

More On The Problem With “Bribing Students”

My Book On Teaching Engish Language Learners Is Now Available

New Study Shows That Paying Students For Higher Test Scores Doesn’t Work

Gratitude Letters & Student Achievement

Would Arne Duncan Have Eaten The Marshmallow?

“Disadvantaged students reap most financial return from college education, study finds”

“Mental Imagery” & Success

Make Your Textbook Come Alive!

Better Self-Control = Better Grades

Encouraging Low-Income Students To Go To College

Now You Can “Search Inside” My Book On Engaging Parents In School

“Timelines: Sources From History” Is Pretty Impressive

“Scientists find how relaxed minds remember better”

Interview Of The Month: Carrie Rose From The Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project

“Book Discussion Group Guidelines”

“Be Niiiiiicccccceeeee”

“Home Libraries Provide Huge Educational Advantage”

March, 2010 “Top Ten” List

Giving Students “Reflection Cards”

More On Test-Day Brain-”Priming”

Another Way For Students To Strengthen Self-Control?

“Connect With English” Video Series & Worksheet

Packing Away Your Troubles…

“Is Education on the Wrong Track?”

NY Times Launches Great Way For Students To Write For An Authentic Audience

“What Can You Do To Finish The Year Strong?”

Jeopardy!

“Requests Work Better Than Orders…”

One Way To Help Students Who “Shut Down”?

Crocodoc Gets Even Better!

“Self-Control As A Limited Energy Resource” In The Classroom

“Can The Brookings Institution Really Be That Clueless?”

Why I Oppose Teach For America Coming To Sacramento

More On Drinking Water & Test Scores

Drinking Water Helps Students’ Brains (& Their Test Scores)

“On The Importance Of Being Unprincipled”

“What Does It Mean To Be Human?”

Asking Questions Improves Your Memory

DocsPal

What Are The Oldest Living Things On Earth?

“When You Expect Rapid Feedback, the Fire to Perform Gets Hotter”

“High Learning Leads To High-Earning”

“How Do You Think Your Mother Felt When I Called To Say You Were Doing Well In Class?”

“To Hell With Good Intentions”?

How Do You Think Working Hard & Learning Everything You Can In This Class Might Help You Now & In The Future?

Make A Monster

“Prizing English Language Learners”

Why I Write This Blog

Nominate A Blogger For “Blog Of The Month” & A Twitterer For “Twitterer Of The Month”

Did You Know That THE Key To Saving American Education Is Firing Bad Teachers?

Display The Letter “A” On Test Days & Your Students Will Do Better?

The Importance Of Good Endings

What Snacks Do You Give Students On Test-Taking Days?

“Are You Going To Have A Good Day Or Bad Day Today?”

“Gotta’ Keep Reading” Is A Not-To-Be-Missed Video

“What’s Your Reading History? Reflecting on the Self as Reader”

Two Ways I’m Using Our School Library

Helping Students Who Are Grieving

Very Interesting NY Times Magazine Article On Teaching

“Rebuilding Destroyed Cities”

Movieclips Is Now Available “Globally”

“Should Have, Could Have: What Parents Regret About High School”

More Results From Students Visualizing Success

“How The Average American Spends Their Day”

What Does The Navy Seals Training Program Have To Say About Students Visualizing Success?

What To Look For In A Classroom

February, 2010 “Top Ten” List

“Languages smarten up your brain”

I Like Fotobabble

Third Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

“Myths of Independent Reading”

Crocodoc

A Question On Teacher Attire

The Power of “Touch” In The Classroom

A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits

Have You Ever Felt Like You & Your Students Are “Enduring” Class Instead of Enjoying It?

The Saddest School-Related Statistic I’ve Heard In Awhile….

“Brain-Priming”

TIME Magazine Can Do Better Than This…

“Idolizing Just One Person Undermines The Struggle”

Students Annotating Text

If You Teach ELL’s In Grade Six Or Above, These Are “Must-Have” Resources

Call Me Cynical, But I Just Don’t Think This Workbook Is Going To Help Us “Close The Achievement Gap”

Useful Writing Exercise For Helping Students Develop Self-Esteem

Story Jumper Looks Good

I’ve Never “Motivated” A Student

“School Secretary Fired For Translating For Parents”

Persuasive Essays, Low-Income Communities & The Census Count

A Really Nice Online Writing Exercise

“Will Sleeping More Make Me Smarter?” — A Lesson I’m Trying This Week

Universcale Looks Pretty Amazing

On Rewards & Classroom Management

Are Some School Reform Technocrats Using Failed Urban Renewal Projects As Their Blueprint?

Interview Of The Month: Marvin Marshall On Positive Classroom Management

“A History Of The World”

“If it is familiar, it has not eaten you yet”

Excerpt From My Upcoming Book On Teaching English Language Learners

January, 2010 “Top Ten” List

“Giving Classrooms a Purpose”

More “Fun Theory”

“Point, Quote, Connect”

Updates On Some Classroom Lessons & Research I’ve Been Doing

Update On My ELL Book

Newscred Looks Good

1 Cast For Video News

A Growth Mind-Set For Educators

“How to have more self-discipline”

How Do You Use Photos In The ELL Classroom?

How Much “Content” Knowledge Do You Really Need To Be An Effective Teacher?

Update On My Website For Students

How Do Students Feel About Using Computers To Help Learn English?
Newest Assessment Results From Family Literacy Project

TinkrBox

Interview Of The Month: Jim Burke
My Thoughts On Seth Godin’s Post “Without Them”

Class Blogs

A Few Reflections On Daniel Pink’s New Book, “Drive”

Thanks, Thomas Edison, For The Light Bulb, Phonograph and…the SAT?

More On Saying “I’m Sorry” To Students
I Love This Quote From Education Secretary Arne Duncan

“Dumb Arguments for Stupid Ideas”

“How Not To Communicate With Parents”

More Research On Self-Control

If You Drop-Out Of High School, You’ll Be Less Healthy

“William And The Windmill”

I Like Sprixi

Academic Research Has Its Place, But It Also Has To Be Kept In Its Place

Intriguing Study On Self-Control
Helping Students Respond To Writing Prompts

How I Organize My Classroom Library

Students’ Personal Space

Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes

December, 2009 “Top Ten” List

What Are Small Learning Communities?

Want To Know What’s Happened Since My “Marshmallow” & “Visualizing Success” Lessons?

“Looking At Every Problem As An Opportunity….” Lesson — More Advice Needed

Creating A Lesson On “Blaming Others” & Need Your Help

Interview Of The Month: John Norton From The Teacher Leaders Network

Kngine Might Be An Excellent Search Engine

“Earning Power: A Visual Survey of 80 Occupations”

Student Goal-Setting Lesson I’m Trying Out On Monday

Report On How Goal-Setting Lesson Went

Thinkmeter Looks Neat

“Shake, Rattle And Slide”

English Central Gets Even Better

The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry” To Students

“Movieclips” Is A Real Find!

Improvisation In The ESL/EFL Classroom — At Least In Mine


Evaluating Teachers In Order To Fire Them?

A Not To Be Missed New Website: Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People’s History”

Is Figuring Out How To Make Schools Better A Puzzle Or A Mystery?

November, 2009 “Top Ten” List

The Best Piece Of Classroom Management Advice I’ve Ever Read

Mugurdy Search Engine

“Be A Martian”

What Alice Mercer Saw When She Observed My Class

Do Teachers REALLY Come From The Bottom Third Of Colleges? Or Is That Statistic A Bunch Of Baloney?

The Difference Between Praise & Acknowledgment

“A Parent Engagement Model That Works”

Meeting Testing Goals By Lowering Standards

“Bracey Report on the Condition of Public Education”

A Few Simple Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology

“I just thought it would end differently this time”

“I Notice”

Neat Lincoln Memorial Interactive

When You Have A Sub…

Compasses Or Road Maps

October, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

“Blinded By Reform”

“Planet Quest”

Great Picture Book Maker

“I Like This Lesson Because It Make Me Have a Longer Temper” (Part One)

Update On My Books

“Funniest videos about teaching / learning English”

Interview Of The Month: Claus von Zastrow From The Learning First Alliance

What Would Paulo Freire Do If He Was A School Superintendent?

Linklist Is A Winner

“I Made My Agreement With Mr. Ferlazzo And Kept It…”

Want To Talk About Classroom Management Issues?

“I Was Disappointed With What Happened Yesterday…”

Getting Our Students & Their Families Thinking About College

“The Fun Theory”

Incredible New Site On Cave Of Lascaux

“Audience Sounds”

You Need To Check-Out “English Central”

When Are Teenagers In The “Flow”?

“One Survivor Remembers” Available For Free

“What Would You Tell Your Parents You Learned In Class This Month?”

“I Know My Brain Is Growing…” Slideshow Of Student Work

“Why Rising Test Scores May Not Mean Increased Learning”

September, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

“ELL 2.0: How to Make the Most of the Web”

My Book On Teaching English Language Learners

“This Is Your Brain On Learning”

What Is School Leadership?

Job Voyager Is Very Cool!

“The Ten Worst Teaching Mistakes”

“Now I Know My Brain Is Growing When I Read Every Night”

“How Much Is A College Degree Worth?”

“State’s exit exams deserve a failing grade”

Reading Logs — Part Two (or “How Students Can Grow Their Brains”)

Shamans In Hospitals — Wow!

The Hopes And Dreams Of My Students

“Seeing The Forest Through The Trees”

Scribble Maps

Concerns About Book “Leveling”

The Best Part Of The President’s Speech & How I’ll Use It

Use Storybird To Create A Story

Great New Website From The BBC For Math, English & Science

The United States (& The World) As A 100 People

“Test scores poor tool for teacher evaluation”

August, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

New Blog Reminder

Paying Students For Increased Test Scores

The League Of Scientists

“Fifty Stimulating Classroom Starters”

What Do You To Make Sure Small Groups Work Well In Class?

Do You Want To “Build Influence”?

When To Teach Vocabulary

Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

“The Truth About Grit”

The “Wizard English Grid” Is A Nifty Teaching & Learning Tool

New Article On Teachers Making Home Visits To Parents

What Kind Of Feedback Should We Give Our Students?

“How Different Groups Spend Their Day”

Why I Support The Cellphone Ban At Our School

My Thoughts On A Very Intriguing Video On Motivation & Incentives

“Next Generation Learning”

“Data-Driven” Versus “Data-Informed”

July, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

Make Neat Geography Games With “Map Battle”

Some Great ESL/EFL Resources

Google Voice & English Language Learners

PinDax Is Similar To Wallwisher

What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?

ProProfs Does It Again — This Time With Polls

“Rooh It!” Looks Good For Webpage Annotation

“Newsy” Is Neat!

Where To Find The Most Popular News Stories On The Web

Student Evaluations Of Summer School Class

Exceptional New History Site

Results From My Year-Long U.S. History Tech Experiment

Flash Meeting Looks Great For Real-Time Collaboration

“EFL Teaching Recipes”

My Entire U.S. History Curriculum Is Available Online

Bloom’s Taxonomy For Language Learners

“How To Use Leftover Class Time Wisely”

I’ve Begun A New Blog — “Engaging Parents In School”

June, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

Most Popular Education Articles On The Web

Solar Symphony Game

“Raising Walls”

“Does Slow and Steady Win the Race?”

“Interesting Ways” Series On Using Web 2.0 Apps In Schools

PhotoPeach Gets Even Better

The 200 Most Popular Museum Websites

“Welcome To The Web” Is An Exceptional Site

“New” Color Photos Of Hitler

Hypercities

What Do You Do On The Last Day Of Class? (Part Two)

I Like “Yarp”

May, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

“Playing History”

“Tools For ESL Lesson Planning”

More On Engaging Parents

“The Last Day Of Class”

The “Most Popular” Blogs That Might Also Be Useful To Educators

“The Best Teacher I Ever Had”

TED Talks With Subtitles

My “Verdict” On Twitter

Blerp Is A Winner

Sketchcast Is Back!

Digital Research Tools

“The Seven Secrets Behind Great Teaching”

Ben Franklin Timeline

Kindersay Is Back

“I’ll Work If You Give Me Candy”

“How David Beat Goliath: When Underdogs Break The Rules”

Culture Crossing

“Fascinating Egyptian Mummies”

April, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

Titatok & Tar Heel Reader For Student Writing — Again

Wallwisher Is A Winner — Big Time!

“Come On, Our Schools Aren’t That Bad…”

I Really Like “Next Stop” For Student Writing

Note Pub Might Work Great For Publishing Student Work

Intriguing NASA Interactive

PodOmatic

Mindopia For Career Exploration

Extraordinary Photos

Word Ahead

“The Art Of Storytelling”

What Do You Do To Keep Students (And You!) Focused Near The End Of The Year?

NASA At Home & City

March, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

Updated Multilingual Glossary Of Academic English Vocabulary

Excellent Immigration Graphic

MapBuzz Is An Easy Tool To Use

Accessible Multiple Intelligence Test

Two Hundred “The Best…” Lists!

National Curriculum? No Thanks

Not Bad Advice For Teachers

February, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

* Awesome Stories Has Just Gotten More “Awesome”

* Virtual Grammar Lab

* Favthumbs Could Be Very Useful To Teachers

* I’m Adding “Themes” To Several “The Best” Lists

* Citizenship Quiz

* Simply Box Might Be A Winner For Research

* Kid Rex Search Engine

* USA Today Weather & Climate Interactives

* Top Notch Citizenship Resource

* Superb English Site Back Online

* A Good Collection Of Clozes

January, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

* Dictionary Added To Best Reference Site

* Screentoaster Is Now Open To The Public

* Mel Zoo Is An Excellent Search Engine

* Simple Technology Guides

* Pixcetra

* Pete’s PowerPoint Station

* FinAid For College Help

* Capitol Words

* Miniature Earth

December, 2008 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

Two Excellent Sites For Beginning Readers

Classroom Management Article

Grapevine Is Great For English-Speaking Practice

Gizmoz Is Good For Speaking Practice

Qitera

School Content Filters

Living Wage Calculator

ELL/ESL/EFL Carnival Is Up!

November, 2008 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

* “The Best…” Lists Reorganized

* Wectar Adds Nice Feature

* Voice Of America Special English — From China

* A Good Question For Classroom Management

* Incredible Website Launches Today!

* Tar Heel Reader Update

* Smhoop

* Another Neat Online Spelling Bee

* Screentoaster Is Excellent For Speaking Practice

October, 2008 “Top Ten” List

In addition to the most recent “The Best…” lists, my choices for the “Top Ten” posts of this month (not in order of preference) are:

* More Great Resources From Oxford Press

* Open Road TV

* Wectar For Recommendations

* An Exceptional Reading & Writing Site

* Messianic Arrogance?

* Bay Bridge 360

* Your Disease Risk

* Tizmos

* Excellent Flowgram On Web Tools For Language Learners

* “Why Do You Let Others Control You?”

* What A Great Way To Write A Book Review!

* Scribblar Is A Cool Tool

September 2008 Top Ten List

Apart from recent “The Best…” lists that I’ve written, here are my picks for September (not in order of preference):

* One Of The Coolest Online Music Tools Ever

* Know How 2 Go

* Great Environmental Teaching Tools For California Students

* “Web 2.0 For Dummies”

* iKnow! Has Extraordinary Potential

* Cambridge Ventures Arcade

* Listen & Read

* Lessons For Living Well

* Communicating With Students

* Pic-Lits

Summer 2008 Top Ten List

Here are my picks for the best posts of the summer so far, excluding my many new “The Best…” lists:

Reach The World Geo Games

Human Footprint Interactive

After The Deluge

Talking Pets

Green Planet Search

Planet Science

The Broth Is A Great Find!

English Interactive

Upcoming Student Technology Projects

Embedded Learning Portal Again

June 2008 Top Ten List

Here are my picks for June, excluding several new “The Best…” lists:

Extraordinary U.S. History Site

“Seven Secrets Of Student Learning”

Wordle

Tox Mystery

280 Slides

Mingoville

May 2008 Top Ten List

Here are my choices for May (they’re not in any order of preference):

Tutpup Math & Spelling Games

More About Maintaining A “Good” Class

Beat The Clock

Listen And Write

Webon

Middlespot

Mapdango

Splashcast & Qlipboard

Interested In Joining Our Sister Classes Project In The Fall?

Gut Instinct

Explore A Pyramid

April 2008 Top Ten List

This month, I wrote quite a few “The Best…” lists. Instead of listing all the new ones here, I’d encourage readers to just go to Websites of the Year to find them.

I’d like to list five additional posts, too:

YAKIToMe Converts Text To Speech

Tikatok Is Great!

Zip Code Census Dashboard

Play The News

“Burbank Students Use Blog To Learn English”

March 2008 Top Ten List

Here are my choices for March:

I’ve written several new “The Best….” lists. I won’t list all the new ones here, but you can find all of them at Websites Of The Year.

Here are my other favorite posts for this month:

ESL/EFL Sister Classes Project

Hospital Connection

Visual Geography

Article About Our School Getting Out of School Improvement

New “Best Search Engine” For English Language Learners

Home Computer Project Update

The “Digital Vaults” Are An Incredible Find!

The Goals Of Education

February Top Ten List

This month includes several of the newest “Best of…” lists I’ve compiled. I won’t bother listing them here, but you can check them all out on my Websites of the Year.

The others include:

What Are You Doing In That Computer Lab?

Pixton Comic Strips

Plagiarism

Teacher Book Wizard

Breathing Earth

Create An Online Scavenger Hunt With Zunal

January Top Ten List

This month includes the five newest “Best of…” lists I’ve compiled. I won’t bother listing them here, but you can check them all out on my Websites of the Year.

The other five are:

Make My Face

Spelling City

Scribble States Game

TechLearning Article on ESL and Video Games

Traveler IQ Challenge

December Top Ten List

Excellent Web 2.0 Guides

Wordmaster

Physics Life & Instructify

Daft Doggy Does It Again!

Animated Idioms

Show Beyond Audio Slideshows Again

Flashback History Movies

Neat Music Sites

To Filter, Or Not To Filter? Is That The Question?

Best November Posts

* Browser Books Again

* Translating and Listening

* Kid-Friendly Simon Sez Santa

* Another Fantastic Service From Daft Doggy

* Newspaper Article On Our Home Computer Project

* One True Media

* Does Using Technology Add Value To The Classroom?

* Tumblr

* Maps Of The World

* Launchball

Best October Posts

Amazing New Webquest Tool

Free Rice Game

Problem/Solution Essays

Kindersay

“In Practice” Post

News For English Language Learners

Another Ecological Footprint Calculator

Everyday Life

Create A Talking Picture

Wonderful Panoramas

Sketchcast

Excellent Online Language Program

Top Twelve” Posts In September

* Home Computers & English Language Learning

* Extraordinary Research Site

* Trading Cards

* Online ESL Journals

* A Zillion More Talking Stories

* What Do You Do In The Computer Lab?

* Wordbuilder

* Bite Size Math and Literacy

* HippoCampus For History, Government & Math

* Another TechLearning Article

* Fantastic Cambridge Sites!

* Awesome Stories

August Top Ten Posts

* International Reading Association Award

* Using Online Video Games For ESL

* More Talking Stories

* Computers and Relationships Article

* The Best Online Slideshow Creator Yet!

* Great New Slideshow Creator

* Top Ten Tools

* Nishi School Games

* Embedded Learning Portal

July’s Top Ten Websites

* Great Site For U.S. History Projects

* Musical Game Room

* Amazing Karaoke Site

* ESL Listservs

* Back-up Storage

* New TechLearning Article

* Literactive

* What Was There?

* Twenty Questions Game

* Create Video Quizzes (this is actually from a few months ago, and I just realized that I’ve never put it on a Top Ten list)

Top Ten Websites For June

* Talk Dog

* Screencasts & ESL

* Another Online Video Game

* Favorite Game Sites

* Create a Medieval Tapestry

* E-Cards

* Online Talking Stories

* Picture Sentences

* Be a Detective

* Student Trips

May Top Ten List

Make a Slideshow Online

Making Faces

Create Video Quizzes

Temporary Student Email Addresses

Make a Virtual “You” (three websites are highlighted in this post)

Profile America

Free E-Mail Newsletters on Education

FOSSweb Online Science

April’s “Top Ten”

* “Creating” Online Videos with English Language Learners

* Hello World English

* Easy Online Film-Making

* Two Best Beginning To Read Sites

* Easy Geography

* Face Match

* Many Math Activities

* Citizenship

* English 180

* Talking Stories

* Samuel L. Jackson, My ESL Students, And Me

March Websites of the Month

Photo Books

International Reading Association Award

Phrase Builder

English 180

Spelling

Talking Stories

Science Translations

The Learning Edge

Intriguing Way To Learn Vocabulary

Talking Dictionary