MHS Professional Development SMART Goal: Technology
For the school year 2012-2013, Manhattan High faculty and staff will grow both professionally and personally by learning and applying technology for student instruction, communication, and management. Faculty and staff will integrate technology across the curriculum, an average of 50% of the school week, to assist students in becoming lifelong technology users.
What is Web 2.0? Web 2.0 has been recognized as the second generation of the World Wide Web. One of the most obvious differences in 2.0 and the www is the movement away from static webpages to dynamic and shareable content and social networking (AKA the Read/Write Web). Check out these great resources!

  • Animoto - Create your own music video, simply by uploading your own images and selecting music. Students LOVE seeing themselves on the video. Limit of 30 seconds - so just short & sweet! If you go to the website you can set up an education account and then you and your students can create videos longer than 30 seconds.
  • Art Pad - Create art as unique as you are.
  • BibMe - Online collaborative citation creator - great for use with a group of students working on one project. For other online citation creators, plagiarism resources, and information literacy go to
  • Big Huge Labs- Make motivational posters, movie posters, jigsaw puzzles, magazine covers, and lots more.
  • Big Jig - Jigsaw puzzle game for PC
  • Blogs - A weblog, daily journal, travel highlights, daily reflections. eSchool Blogs (through ePals on Kan-ed) is safe for students.
  • Brainstorming Toolbox - Everything you need to know about brainstorming - rules, software and free training including a random word generator.
  • Capzles - Users can create multimedia timelines using video, photos, music, blogs, and documents. Students can tell their own life stories, document a field trip, or share the chronology of a project.
  • Core Planner - plan, track, and report common core standards in your lesson plans
  • Digital Vaults - Browse through the hundreds of photographs, documents, and film clips and discover connections. Records are cross-linked by media type, time and theme. You can get lost here for hours — dusty, old documents have never looked so good.
  • delicious - A huge filing cabinet of resources for EVERYTHING.
  • DropBox - An online file storage service that allows you to upload documents, images, and videos and access them from any computer as well as a smart phone. This service gives you a 2GB library, with the possibility of upgrading for a cost.
  • - Use to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.
  • Edmodo - Secure social networking for teachers and students.

  • Enchanted Mind - Combining humor, inspiration, and special techniques to enhance creativity. Create flexibility in your brain and mind by expanding yourself daily.
  • Evernote - This cutting-edge tool helps you keep track of your complicated life—not just with words, but with images, sound, and video. Even turns handwritten notes into text.
  • Flickr - Photo Storage Site, share your photos with your family, your students, friends, or the whole wide world. As a member (free), you’ll be able to download others’ photos too. These are great to use in Google Earth or in presentations!
  • Glogster - Make posters or collages with links to really spiffy up your wikis or webpages. Teachers at East: The library has paid for the premium version, so stop in the library for the codes to use with your students.
  • Imagination Cubed - Want to draw with a friend? This site allows you and a buddy in another location to share drawing space.
  • iPiccy - online photo editor, good for making collages
  • - Instant screen sharing of documents and designs, demonstrate labs, and hold meetings online. Both free and pro versions available.
  • Learnist - "Pinterest" for education, more secondary based, higher order thinking
  • LiveBinders - an electronic 3-ring binder
  • Lulu - lets you publish and sell print-on-demand books and e-books, online music and images, custom calendars and books. Free self-publishing.
  • Mindbloom - Mindbloom Incorporated is a Seattle-based interactive media company that’s out to make life improvement accessible to everyone. By harnessing next-generation engagement techniques and focusing them on personal development, Mindbloom has created a new, powerful way for people to improve the quality of their lives. Utilizing behavioral science, personalized rich media, and fun social gaming techniques in their offerings Mindbloom makes the process of personal growth fun, simple and effective.
  • Mindmeister- online mind mapping tool where students can all collaborate on one mind map. For many choice of graphic organizers (online and printable), check out
  • My Corkboard - It's an interactive screen saver, note taking, picture hanging, memo minding, almost organizing, calendar keeping, interactive bulletin board and much more!
  • OpenClass - Person and Google have teamed up to create a fee learning management system that merges standare course management tools with advanced social networking and community-building. With its open architecture, teachers can import material from e-books to YouTube videoes. It has a Facebook-like news stream that captures activity and comments for each class, and a page that highlights who is taking a course, along with questions, problems, and solutions that they post online.
  • Personal Learning Networks (PLN) for teachers - "Connecting, communicating, and collaborating in the pursuit of lifelong learning." - Bev Novak
  • Picnik- Photo editing, make a collage. For a list of avatar sites and photo editing sites choose the Avatar category on
  • Poll Everywhere - Ask your students a question and they can text the answer or tweet it (through twitter). The answers show up through your power point or in your web browser.
  • Portaportals - Social Bookmarking but in a very organized form and not blocked. Ex. social bookmarking: diigo,, furl
  • Quia - Create your own educational games, quizzes, class Web pages, surveys, and much more! Explore millions of activities and quizzes created by educators from around the world.
  • Quizlet - All kinds of flashcards, lessons, and games on a variety of topics.
  • Read It Later - Saves what you come across on the Web to read or watch on any device, at any time.
  • Read Write Think - NCTE and IRA are working together to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.
  • Remind 101 - Free and safe texting for teachers.
  • Shockwave - Online games, some with potential for classroom usage.
  • Simply Box - Visual bookmarking! Set up a box with sites you want your students to visit, add your comments or instructions. Students can also comment back. Great for research - save the info from the web, rewrite it, link it to the site - virtual notecards!
  • Spell with Flickr
  • StumbleUpon - StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like and brings you more. Instead of searching for sites, the sites will come to YOU!
  • Symbaloo - organizational management tool
  • Tagxedo - word clouds with style (silverlight has to be installed on your computer to run; it does not work with iPads at this time)
  • ThinkFree Cloud Office - allows the viewing, editing, and sharing of documents anywhere - word processing, data management, and presentation applications.
  • Today's Meet - allows you to get instant feedback during a class discussion onsite or over a period of time
  • Tux Paint - Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children. Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.
  • Twitter & Plurk - Microblogging! You’re limited to 140 characters so you answer the question, “What you are doing?” very precisely. Educators constantly share websites, tips and tricks, advice, and ask questions.
  • Visual Ranking - Students identify and refine criteria as they assign order or ranking to a list. They must explain their reasoning and can compare their work with each other in a visual diagram. This tool supports activities where students need to organize ideas, debate differences, and reach consensus.
  • VisuWords - Online graphical dictionary. Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
  • Vocaroo - A simpler than simple online voice recording! Record yourself then send it to someone in an email! How about a short message of encouragement to someone? A song. A poem. Instructions. These can also be posted to the web!
  • Voki- Create a representation of yourself (avatar). Choose hair color, eyes, clothes etc. Then you can add your own voice to your avatar and embed it on your blog, wiki, or webpage.
  • Weebly - Create a free website
  • Wikis - Collaborative web pages with discussion forums.These are perfect for collaborative teams to keep track of notes, lesson plans, ideas, activities, video clips, etc. (wikispaces, pbwiki, etc.)
  • Wiggio - Helps when working with a group that finds it hard to meet in person - schedule conference calls, host a virtual meeting, have a calendar that multiple people can update, and so much more!
  • WolframAlpha - A computational knowledge engine, it searches for answers to questions ranging from the properties of construction material to the characteristics of circuits to medical test data. Students can also creat and output graphs and other visualizations.
  • Wordle - Generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Fun for kids: Guess the Wordle

  • Xtranormal - Create animated videos using text. This is a great tool for assessing student knowledge on simple to complex subject matter. (Robotz Movie for PLT Jan 30-Feb 3, 2012 ‍PLT video)
  • YouTube - Create your own videos then upload them to YouTube to share with others. Search YouTube for many curriculum connections and tutorials.Also check out SchoolTubeand TeacherTube.
  • Zamzar- Convert video files without downloading anything. Just upload the video, select the format you want to convert to, then wait for it to finish.
  • ZooBurst - digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books.