Monday, May 3, 2010

20 Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

20 Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers is the title of a nice slide presentation created by Simon Ward. Ward's presentation contains some very familiar sites like Delicious and also includes some lesser-known sites. In fact, there were a few sites in the slide presentation that I don't recall ever seeing before. Take a few minutes to go through the presentation and you might find a new-to-you tool too.

Wolfram Tones - Experiment With Sounds

From the same people that brought us the great computational search engine Wolfram Alpha comes Wolfram Tones. Wolfram Tones uses algorithms, music theory, and sound samples to generate new collections of sounds.

Visitors to Wolfram Tones can experiment with sounds and rhythms to make their own sounds. Wolfram Tones allows visitors to choose samples from fifteen different genres of music on which to build their own sounds. Once a genre is selected visitors can then alter the rhythms, instrumentation, and pitch mapping of their sounds. When satisfied with their creations, users can download their sounds or have them sent directly to their cell phones.

Applications for Education
Wolfram Tones might be a nice little resource for a music theory lesson. Wolfram Tones could be a fun way for students to experiment with rhythms and instrumentation to make unique sounds.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Arts Edge - Podcasts and Lesson Plans
Classics for Kids - Classical Music Lesson Plans
Keeping Score - Study the Symphony - Maps, Timelines, and More

One of my students sent me an email this morning with a link to He really like the site and thought that I would too, he was right. has a lot of good resources that students can access.

At its core is a mash-up of timelines and maps. The map allows visitors to search by location and date for people, events, and artifacts (images). To use the map first find a location then choose a range of dates on the timeline. Icons then appear on the map to represent people, events, and artifacts. Click on any of the icons to learn more about each person, event, or artifact.

If you don't want to use the map, you can simply choose to individually search the categories of people, events, and artifacts. Select a category from the top menu on then use the timeline slider to search or simply enter a search term in the search box.

People who register for an account on can upload their own information about their families' ancestories. Users can then map their families' ancestories.

Applications for Education
I'm a big fan of timeline and map mash-ups because they provide students with a geographic context for events and biographies. The map could be particularly useful for a class on state history or regional history.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
US History Animated
World War I Video Map

Free Guide - Making Videos on the Web

Creating videos is one the activities that my students really enjoy doing. They enjoy it, in large part, because the finished product is something that looks good and can easily be shared with classmates, parents, and other teachers. Often when other people see the videos my students make, they're impressed and wonder how they can do a similar activity in their classrooms. This guide was created for those teachers who would like to have their students make videos but don't have access to editing software and or video equipment. All of the resources in this guide are completely web-based.

View the guide in Yudu form below.

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Publishing Software from YUDU

View the guide in DocStoc form below.

Making Videos on the Web - A Guide for Teachers

Whenever I publish a guide like this I get questions about reusing it. In short, yes you can share it with others. Feel free to embed it on your own blog or website provided that you don't require users to register for a fee based or free membership or subscription to access the content. Please leave all links to Free Technology for Teachers intact. You may also print this guide and distribute it for professional development purposes. Again I ask that you do not charge anyone for the guide and that you distribute the guide in its entirety.