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       Educational Technology and Mobile Learning


          Top 18 Web Tools for Teaching and
           A List of The Best Educational Websites of
         2011 for Teachers and Students as Featured in
                      School Library Journal


                           Mohamed Kharbach


About The Author
Mohamed ( Med ) Kharbach is a Canadian Certified Teacher working at
the Yarmouth Tri-county Regional Schoolboard. He has been teaching
for nine years now. He is also a master student in Mount Saint Vincent
University, department of education in Halifax. He is working on a
thesis about the educational use of emerging technologies in

Mohamed is also a SEO ( Search Engine Optimizer ) and web designer.
He is the editor and owner of two educational blogs. Educational
Technology and Mobile Learning is where he writes about web 2.0
revisions and provides tips for both students and teachers on how to
better implement technology in their classrooms. Educational Mobile
Technology is his second blog where he reviews the best free mobile
apps for both iOS and Android.
You can contact Med at or use the
contact form at his blogs.

Web 2.0 tools are ubiquitous online. It is probably thanks to these new
digital creatures that Internet is what it is now. They have created an
unprecedented digital revolution . Users now have free access to
knowledge wherever they are and even on the go. A major part of
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is devoted to the revision
and implementation of these tools into education. In this regard, and as
I was reading “ The Top 25 websites for Teaching and Learning “ which
is featured in the School Library Journal, I decided to review this list and
check the validity of the links and finally organize them in such a format
that you can easily download and bookmark . Anyway after I reviewed
the list I deleted some broken links and some other paid for websites.

This list is identified by the American Association of School Librarians
(AASL) during the American Library Association's (ALA) annual
conference in New Orleans.” The list is considered the "best of the
best" by AASL and is comprised of free, user-friendly sites that
encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. They also
provide a foundation to support AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century
Learner. The sites offer tools and resources in content collaboration,
content resources with lesson plans, curriculum sharing, digital
storytelling, managing and organizing, and social networking and
communication. Each Web site is linked to one or more of the four
strands of the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner: skills,
dispositions in action, responsibilities, and self-assessment strategies.”

Check out the list and use the links as you see fit. If you have any
questions    or      suggestions     please    reach       me     at


Aviary is a free photo editing tool. It is both available for the web and mobile version. Aviary provides a
set of awesome features that are hard to find in a free photo editing tool elsewhere.

CK-12 Foundation

CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for
the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. As a leading member of the OER movement, CK-12 is
using an open-content, web-based collaborative model termed the "FlexBook." With these free,
common core aligned and NSES aligned digital textbooks, CK-12 intends to pioneer the generation and
distribution of high quality educational STEM content that will serve both as core text as well as provide
an adaptive environment for learning through the FlexBook Platform™ ( )

Digital Vault

Digital Vault has more than 1200 educational documents for teachers and students. It is part of the where you can find more resources to use in your classroom with your students.


Dipity is a free digital timeline website. The purpose is to organize the web's content by date and time.
Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate
video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps ( )


Edistorm is an online brainstorming and planning tool. It allows its users to add, discuss, and organize
ideas from multiple locations before, during, or after meetings. ( )


Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and
educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications. The goal is
to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every

The Exploratorium

The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human
perception—a vast collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events that
feed your curiosity. ( )


Geocube is an attractive online resource about Geography. Geocube is based on the principle of the
Rubik Cube with six faces and 54 topics. It is a virtual and easily accessible website which is available
online for free. Move the Geocube around with your mouse and explore the faces and topics.Geocube
provides an accessible way to read, see and watch what Geography is and geographers do.
( )


This is a great tool for researchers. It has several awesome features such as saving PDFs,realtime search,
and collaboration. It has a trial period but the rest you need to pay for. ( )


iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than
130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet
and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in
collaborative project work worldwide. ( )

Khan Academy

With over 3,000 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of
skills to practice, Khan Academy will help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
( )

Myths and Legends

This site is for pupils, teachers and all those who enjoy stories and storytelling. The British Isles is rich
in myths, folktales and legends. Check it out it is great ( )


Mash your ideas and media together with friends in a dynamic whiteboard wiki. Using photos, videos,
and other web content you can instantly create brainstorms, presentations, scrapbooks, and enjoy an
interactive chat with more than 50 friends ( )

Spicy Nodes

SpicyNodes is a way to visualize online information that mimics that way that people look for things in
the real world. Bits of information — such as text, links, photos, and other media — are placed into
"nodes," which are then linked together in an appealing interface that invites exploration. SpicyNodes
can be used for everything from mind maps and content portals to organizational charts and lesson
plans. Visit our FAQ for more information. ( )


SymbalooEdu lets you gather all of your favorite websites into a webmix about the topics you teach.
These webmixes can be shared with friends, students, and parents.
( )


Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters --
into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of
occurrence within the body of text. ( taxedo )


yolink quickly scans search results, e-books, online documents, and web sites using key words, quotes,
and word relationships to find what you are looking for. What would probably take you hours now takes
yolink only seconds. ( )


ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books.
Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories can come
to life.

Here are some other free resources for teachers and students:

   80 Educational Alternatives to YouTube
   The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Skills
   The Ultimate Guide to Google’s Search Features for Teachers and
   Free Kids-safe Websites: Learning Tools for Young Learners
   The Comprehensive Guide To Google’s Free Tools for Educators
    and Teachers.
   A List of Free Educational Android and iOS Apps.
   21 Educational Infographics
   Free URL Shortner Tools
   Free Math Resources: Lesson Plans, Activities and Games.
   16 Free Typing Resources.
   Free Apps for Students with Visual and Hearing Impairment.
   A List of Free Graphic Organizers for Teachers and Students.
   Free Online Safety Tools for Teachers and Students

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