List of Top Web 2.0 Teaching Resources
Apr 13, 2008
There are many different Web 2.0 products available to make teaching easier. Here is a comprehensive list of free Web 2.0 teaching resources that have been tested and proven effective.
Engrade is an online classroom community that gives teachers the ability to communicate with parents or students in a private and secure environment. This easy-to-use suite of tools offers a lot of great features, including an assignment calendar, an online gradebook and virtual progress reports.
Moodle is a revolutionary course management system (CMS) designed to help educators create effective online learning communities. Moodle software can be downloaded to any computer and is capable enough to handle a community with hundreds of thousands of people.
#3 Internet Classroom Assistant
Offered free courtesy of Nicenet, the Internet Classroom Assistant (ICA) is a communication tool for teachers, with features like conferencing, scheduling, document sharing and instant messaging. ICA is easy to use and takes just a few minutes to set up.
ATutor is a learning content management system designed for teachers and administrators who want to create a customized learning environment for students and conduct courses online. Users can import, package and distribute content with this open source system.
#5 Homework Station
From Waveside.com, Homework Station allows teachers to post homework assignments online and communicate with parents and students. The calendar interface is easy to use and requires no programming knowledge.
Haiku's Learning Management System is designed for teachers and educators who want to create a public website for their courses. The system utilizes an easy-to-use drop and drag method to organize everything from text and assignments to audio and video. Haiku's service is either free or nearly free depending on the features you want to use.
Backpack is an organizational tool that allows teachers to centralize and share information with their students. Special features include a group calendar, to-do lists and announcement templates.
#8 Quiz Center
Discovery Education's Quiz Center is a fantastic tool that teachers can use to create, administer and grade quizzes online. Quiz Center couldn't be any easier to use and is fully customizable.
Empressr is a user-friendly web app that lets you create, store and share media rich presentations online. Empressr's wizard will help you create a dynamic presentation in just a few minutes and will also provide you with storage on a secure server.