When speaking with a colleague about a project idea for her new unit on “Comparative Religions” and “Islam”,  two web 2.0 sites came to my mind.  Both have educational uses and both are free.

The first web site is Wordle.  Wordle creates a word cloud from text.  The  idea my colleague shared with me was modeled on an alphabet book, thus the thought of  students using Wordle to create the cover of the book seemed perfect.

Below is a video showing how to use Wordle.

The second site is Glogster. This website will require you to register all of the students in your class before they are able to create a poster. The “EDU basic” Glogster is free. Glogster provides everything for a student to create an online interactive poster with pictures, podcasts, text, music and videos. The Glogster “poster” may then be embedded in a class blog, website or wiki. While Glogster takes some time to set up, it is a very creative educational tool.

Below is a video showing how to use Glogster.

If you are interested, check out the Wordle and Glogster sites. They are easy to use.


About Donna

Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology as well as the admirable work of others who integrate contemporary research on how people learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will expedite the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century 'true north' of his or her own.

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