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This section of the TPSI21 wiki will be used to explore various technology tools that can be integrated into teaching and learning with primary sources.  All of the tools are Web-based and free for educators to use.  Click on the name of the tool in the list below to navigate to a page with:

  • a description of the tool
  • basic instructions for use
  • suggested ways to integrate the tool with:
    • inquiry learning
    • 21st century skills
    • literacy tools
  • an example of how the tool could be used to teach with primary sources
  • a list of similar tools 


Before exploring the tools listed below, please review the article Technology Integration: Linking the Learner to Learning in the Teaching with Primary Sources Spring 2009 Newletter.


For a quick reference to how tools relate to Blooms Taxonomy which is interactive click on this link!





Create videos from collections of pictures
Blabberize Create talking pictures
Diigo  Online bookmarking and networking site for teachers and students
Edmodo  Classroom social networking site


Create posters using images, videos, music and text
GoAnimate   Animation Software
GoogleEarth Explore an interactive, 3D global map
Historypin  Compare old and new locations through the use of primary sources
Mixbook Collaboratively create virtual scrapbooks
PBworks Collaboratively create a website


Create presentations live and on the web
Scribble Maps Make and share maps
Spicynodes Mindmapping software
Tagxedo  Online word clouds in shapes that are downloadable

A community for creating and sharing rich images with music, video, sound, text and other media. 

Timetoast Create timelines and share them on the web 
Twiddla Collaborate using a group whiteboard


Talk about and share images, documents and videos


Create word clouds


Write online journals


Other helpful tools:

DropBox  Online file sharing and file storage
Evernote Capture Anything. Access Anywhere. Find Things Fast.
Feedly  Organize and share your favorite websites with RSS feeds
Google Docs  Create and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms while collaborating real-time with other users
IrfanView View graphics
Photoshop.com Organize, modify and share images
PollEverywhere  Online instant survey mechanism
TinyURL Create a shorter URL for any webpage
Tweetdeck Organize your twitter conversations and links
Twitter Follow and write real-time text and media messages

Convert most file types


Search Engines and Other Cool Tools

Tool URL Description
Finding Dulcinea  http://www.findingdulcinea.com/ Online search engine developed by a  librarian
Join.me https://join.me/ Webinar and screen share tool
netTrekker http://www.nettrekker.com/us  Educational search tool
PrintWhatYouLike http://www.printwhatyoulike.com Web page print tool
Qwiki http://www.qwiki.com
Immersive Encyclopedia
Schoology   https://www.schoology.com
Enterprise level learning management system and social network
Skype  http://www.skype.com
Online conferencing software
Sumopaint  http://www.sumopaint.com Online image editor


A search engine for students
Podcasting online
Wolfram Alpha http://www.wolframalpha.com/ Computational search engine





















For more information about Web 2.0 technology tools for the classroom see:

Website Link
Ten great sites with free teacher resources http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/02/18/ten-great-sources-of-free-teacher-resources/?
Effective Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom http://sites.google.com/site/educationalweb20tools/Home 
Box of Tricks Website www.boxoftricks.net
ISTE Wikispaces - Favorite Web 2.0 Tools http://sigilt.iste.wikispaces.net/Favorite+Web+2.0+Tools
Mary Zedeck's Tech Tools for 21st Century Teaching and Learning http://maryzedeck.edicypages.com/
Educational Origami Web 2.0 Tools http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/WEB+2.0+Tools
Free Technology for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com 
Web Tools 4U2Use http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/Webtools4U2Use
AASL Best Web sites for Teaching and Learning http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/bestlist/bestwebsitestop25.cfm
Blooms Taxonomy Tutorial Tutorial http://faculty.ccconline.org
Web 2.0 Tools and Applications http://www.go2web20.net
Information Learning Technology Workshop Project Wiki Technology Tool Ideas Page http://iltworkshop.wikispaces.com/Need+a+technology+tool+ideas%3F 


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