Top 5 Cool Education Sites by David Kapuler

Part of the Cool Sites weekly series!

First off, I’d like to say how thrilled I am to be contributing to such an important and influential blog, which is a leader in cutting edge technology.  When trying to compile a list of my favorite Web 2.0 apps and sites for education, there were many factors I tried to consider such as: how user friendly is it, is it safe and filtered, and the “why factor” (what separates it from the rest of the pack).

That being said, below is a list of my top 5 Web 2.0 apps for education:

1. Google Apps w/ Gaggle -is such a great free resource for education that it’s hard not to place this at the top of my list.  Student’s can share, collaborate, email,  etc. all online, which makes it ideal for education.

However, with the purchase of a Gaggle ($3.00 per student) a student’s  gMail  account is then being filtered.  This makes it ideal when having to deal with swearing or online bullying, which is a must when facing CIPPA compliance.  Another great feature of Gaggle is the feature of filtered and safe blogs, message boards, and digital lockers for students.  More info can be found here.

2. Wiki – A wiki is a site that can be edited by more than one user.  I like Wikispaces for this because a educator can setup free user accounts for their students and no email account is required.  There are so many beneficial uses to a wiki that it needs to be on any person’s top 10 list. For more info on an educator account visit this website.

3. Mixbook – is a site where users can create online digital storybooks and share them with others in a safe secure environment.  I like to think of it as an online version of iPhoto picture books with a lot more features.  For a more detailed review click here.

4. Voicethread – I don’t think this comes a surprise being that it is probably the most popular Web 2.0 resource for education.  Create an interactive web page or story using this phenomenally easy educational resource.  For more info for educators, click here.

5. Glogster – is one of the newer Web 2.0 resources around, but also one of the best.  This is a place where users can create online and interactive posters for education.  There really is nothing you can’t do on Glogster and with student accounts it opens up a whole new world for collaboration.  For a more detailed review click here.

Just missed: Fliggo (video hosting), Time Rime (time lines), Diigo (social bookmarking)

All of these sites on my list have educational portals which means they have safe student accounts available.  This is ideal when things need to be monitored and approved in an educational environment.

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Screen shot 2009-10-30 at 10.32.21 AMDavid Kapuler has been working with technology and education for over 10 years in a school setting. He hopes to incorporate 21st century and Web 2.0 technologies into students teachings, while preparing them for future learning. He is currently looking to get his Mac OS/Repair Certification, as well as, a Masters in Technology Integration.  Also, he has a solid background in professional development, web design, and working with network/server support. On a personal note, he’s a proud father of 3 boys and has been married for 5 years. Read more of David Kapuler’s technology reviews for education by visiting his blog, Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero or following him on Twitter (@dkapuler).


Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

4 comments

  1. David,

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful sites! I like your criteria and I think it is tough to choose from so many! You are definitely a top contender in the edtech arena!

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