Google docs
Online documents--word processing, spreadsheets, presentations. Students can edit these from ANYWHERE they can access the internet. They can work on projects outside of class. Up to ten students can edit the same document simultaneously so students can work collaboratively on projects.

Jog the Web

this website will allow you to put together tracks that lead students from one webpage to another. You can include page descriptions, or instructions for tasks you want students to complete while on the page. You can also use tracks put together by others. Try mine

Voice Thread

a free online program that allows you to voice record and annotate (draw) over an image. This can be used to record directions or have students explain a process they are using in class. Check out an example here.

This website is a place where teachers can share, search, and review currcilum. There are lesson plans, unit plans, activities, simulations, multimedia presentations, labs, assessments, etc. There are also groups where you can connect with other teachers (or start your own groups).


You can use this website quickly and easily create rubrics. Use default catagories and criteria, or edit and modify as you go. Rubrics can be made available online and/or printed for students.

Free Sound Effects
Here's a list of 55 websites where you or your students can download free sound effects.


This is the site used to create this wiki. Wikis have lots of classroom uses, including dynamic classroom discussions, student web publishing in a safe and controlled (and private and restricted) environment, and the ability for teachers to post assignments and URLs. Students can also post their work (so they don't have to worry about not being able to email it). For more info on what a wiki is, check out

PDF Undo
Convert PDFs into Word documents online--no registration.

Web Quest
Search for resources, existing web quests, or even create your own. This site includes of short videos explaining concepts and definitions and a webinaron using web quests and web 2.0 tools.

Another great resource for web quests.

This is a firefox browser extension that allows students to document and take notes on internet resources right on their computers. It can only be used with firefox. Check out the online tutorial.

Easily share your files online. Simply select a file, decide when it will expire (online only--your original file will stay on your computer/jump drive, etc.) click upload, and share the URL with anyone you want.

This easy to use, four line process, allows students to send a file directly to their home email--allowing them to work on a school project from home when they don't have access to email or a jump drive. However, you will still need to figure out a way for the student to get the file back to school if there is not access to portable media at home (but SendUIt might be an option here).

Survey Monkey
A site that allows you to create surveys--that can be used for quizzes, test, feedback, or anything else. The free account limits each survey to ten questions. There are 15 types of questions to chose from including multiple choice, matrix, scale ranking, and free response (long or short).

Contest Machine
Widget that you can put on a blog or wiki or other class sites. Students can use this as a comment board. It will then select a winner--randomly or you can select based on specific criteria. You can set the prize yourself. Use this to encourage online studen participation with prizes such as extra credit points, homework passes, etc. You get two contests a month for free.

* CircaVie

This is a great site for creating timelines. Here you can create your own timelines to share with students or have students create their own timelines. Can include pictures, text, and give them dates. Timelines are easily created, edited, and saved to the site. To access service you will need to create an AIM account. In my classroom, will use this technology to create a timeline for the Cold War decades project. Timelines will have important political people, events, inventions, sports teams, famous people, and music. Additionally, can be used as a visual blog, diary, or even digital portfolio showcasing the students progress through the class/school. Many possiblities for this site, explore the site itself to see how other people are using the service.

* Discovery Streaming

( Formerly UnitedStreaming) - This is a great resource for finding and using discovery channel videos. Aside from being able to show videos, you can create assignments where your students can view assigned videos from either home or in the classroom. For my classroom, I've used the videos to debunk the history textbook, expand my cirriculum, introducing a unit/lesson topic, etc...