“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” - David Warlick  


Teaching Technology

Mobile devices and technology tools are in the hands of most students today. Students  can swipe, text, blog, attach, and create in a flash and most do it every day, so educators should be challenging their student's technology skills.  Educators need to teach the technology tools by embedded them within the lesson.  The technology should be integrated into a project/content that is being studied.  Placing students in front of a computer and just have them follow a program is not teaching them the best problem solving skills. Educators need to give their students the necessary 21st century skills needed so they can be computer literate and can grow with their technology skills. Some of these skills include brainstorming, collaborating, problem solving, and creating projects with technology tools. To get us started, this web page will give several examples of good web 2.0 tools and how to use them.


Stykz is a free program that uses stick-figure animations that you can customize. A user can create and manipulate stick figures by using segments (limbs) and nodes (joints).  

Click here to access the Stykz website tutorial and learn to animate!

Find your inspiration by viewing some of these great examples.


Toondoo provides tools to create your own comic strips and then you can publish, share, and discuss them with others. Follow this how-to to publish your own comic. 

Podomatic is one of the many programs that allows users to create and share podcasts.  Users can customize a podcast page, share videos, and share photos. Follow this tutorial and find your voice.


Tagxedo turns words, speeches, articles, slogans and themes into a visually unique word cloud.  You can control the color theme, the font, the shape, and other attributes to make it uniquely yours. There are several handy tutorials available, like those found here and here.  Below is an example of the possibilities of a Tagxedo!


This web 2.0 tool allows students to record their voices and make a photo look like it’s talking with their own voice. Use this cheat sheet to get started! 


Glogster's website provides the tools for students to create interactive online posters using photos, images, graphics, videos and sound.  Links can be added to other websites and students can embed their work in web and wiki pages, and blogs. Follow this handout and make your own posters in no time!

This is a web application that lets you brainstorm and make colorful mind maps.  These maps can be embedded in a blog or website, e-mailed, printed, and shared collaboratively.

  • Navigate to
  • Sign up with a free account. 
  • Click Start Brainstorming and a new page opens.
  • Click Start Here in the middle of the sheet and type your topic into the yellow bubble. 
  • A toolbar lets you customize your text.
  • Next, press the TAB button on the yellow bubble to create a new bubble. 
  • Press the Command + Enter button to create a new child(sub-topic) bubble.
  • Pressing Control + Enter will also add a new bubble that is connected to the previous bubble.
  • If you need to connect bubble, hover your mouse over the bubble until you see a menu that includes color, size, connect, and delete.
  • Click Connect and drag until you hover over another bubble.  Release the mouse and the connection is made. 
  • You can change or delete an idea bubble by hovering over the bubble until the formatting pop-up appears.  Then make your changes.
  • Save your work.

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A web tool that allows users to create their very own interactive e-book. The writer is allowed to have several outcomes of their storyline. This allows the reader of the e-book to choose their path as they read the book. The website includes a helpful page to walk you through creating your own interactive story!