The variety of tools available via the web is growing rapidly. I’d like to encourage Walden School’s teachers, staff and students to experiment with some of these in order to create a richer learning environment. On this page are links to information about the range of tools available.
Best Online Collaboration Tools 2010 – Robin Good
Jane Hart – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (UK)
Top 100 Tools 2011 – includes slide show and list of tools with ratings of each from past years
Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 – data from “Learning Professionals”
25 Tools: A Toolbox 2009 – with a slide show on 25 categories of tools
Tools Directory – over 2,000 free & commercial tools for learning organized into 12 categories
American Association of School Librarians (more on Resources page)
Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning lists tools that “foster … innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.”
Notes from someone making extensive use of web-based tools and their relation to teaching and learning.
The interface is busy and slow to load, but the information is extensive – Web 2.0: Cool Tools for Schools. While browsing the site, I came across a link to the Young Writer’s Project (overview), which covers VT & NH. From there I came across the Digital Teachers Project – “where teachers share best practices” and The Schools Project – “providing educators with digital writing classrooms.”
The Mission to Learn site has much interesting content – for instance, 15 Free Online Collaboration Tools and Apps, one of the site’s 10 Most Popular Posts of All Time. See also Great Learning Resources for 2010.
There are all sorts of resources for helping to learn about using all the new web-based tools. The Edina (Minnesota) Public Schools had a “Tech Camp” this summer that covered dozens of topics. One session with superb on-line resources was Tips for creating Google (web) Sites
Colleen Young, a Senior Tutor in the UK, has a site discussing Digital Tools that is similar to this site. Have a look at her Web 2.0 Tools page. She also has a Digital Tools site for students. She has 40 lists of links on Diigo, including ones on Web 2.0 Tools and a range of other subjects (see list on right), including many math-related.