During my 5710 Telecommunications Class at CU I learned about many applications which are free and can be used in education. Here is a brief list of free Web 2.0 tech application resources you can use. All of these tools can be used to benefit learning in our classrooms.
o Use Google docs or a new program called Open Office which is for creating docs such as word, interactive wikis, and other open source applications (free online): http://openoffice.org-suite.com/index.asp?aff=101&camp=gg_oo_us&se=google This application would be great for student use because it is free and offers kids the opportunity to create wiki websites online while developing tech skills and collaborating with each other. It is very user friendly, and easy to access.
o Web app to use called Zotero or http://www.dipity.com/ (to make a timeline actively while online). This site is wonderful for those who teach history such as myself because you have the chance to create a timeline using historical data, while working collectively online with any subject area.
o Try www.searchme.com is a great resource to gather info and search a very large data bank while online which is similar to wikipedia.
o Visit www.yacapaca.com to create free tests, assignments, portfolios for teacher to students assessment usage. It is fast, and reliable for online test handout purposes.
o You can use www.zoho.com for creating spreadsheets, collaboration group work for in or out of the class, making presentations, slides etc. (Looks similar to Google Docs & PowerPoint).
o Check out slideshare.com as a resource, or www.glidedigital.com for quick online creation of digital voice and illustration media.
o Click www.voicethread.com for slides, pics, sharing ideas with students, and creating great voice over presentations (This would be wonderful for students or teachers to use to create presentation which have both verbal and nonverbal teaching messages).
o Check out www.googlenotebook.com (for great text editing, writing, and other quick publishing feature tools).
o Copyright laws offered to you online http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses. With this site you can create and copyright your work, and then have it published online being protected by law. This is a wonderful feature to protect an author’s work. If your production is not protected by law, anyone can use that work against our wishes, and even claim it as their own… This site offers a solution to copy right your publications.