Kumu2Kumu: Technology Integration

The following links and supporting information will be shared at our Kumu2Kumu: Technology Integration in-service on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. For a full listing of these shared resources and additional ones that might be of value to you, please download Smackdown Resources for Classroom Use (PDF).

*URL: http://www.voki.com
How it works: Enables you to create an “avatar” which can be embedded into your website. Avatars are created from a library of characters, record your voice through various venues (phone, mic, text to speech), then the avatar’s mouth syncs up with your recording to deliver your message.
Teacher/Student Use: Captures student’s attention
Shared by: Tim

*URL: http://www.worldofteaching.com
How it works: Website that includes PowerPoint presentations broken down by subject areas, including elective courses that are available to download. Teachers may also upload their own PowerPoint presentations to share.
Teacher/Student Use: This is a website filled with ready to go Powerpoints for anyone to use.
Shared by: Melia

*URL: http://www.netvibes.com
How it works: A free web service that brings together your favorite media sources and online services and everything that matters to you including blogs, news, weather, videos, photos, social networks, email and much more. RSS feeds are automatically updated every time you visit your page.”
Teacher/Student Use: Great way to organize and share classroom resources between teachers and students.
Shared by: Alan

*URL: http://wordle.net
How it works: Word/tag cloud application; type in different words, choose a shape, select layout, font, color to create your “cloud”
Teacher/Student Use: Good for students to create clouds based on a particular theme.
Shared by: Cy

*URL: http://faceyourmanga.com
How it works: Create your own avatar using different features; can download your avatar to use in different applications
Teacher/Student Use: Good for both teachers and students to use to create an identity that will be used on the Internet.
Shared by: Nate

*URL: http://viygo.com/
How it works: Vivgo is a free timeline creator where you create the events, select from current web sources, or both. It has can be used in all grade levels, in any discipline and published timelines can be embedded in websites.
Teacher/Student Use: Tool that can be used in all grade levels, across the curriculum to create timelines
Shared by: Lynne

*URL: http://fo.reca.st/surveys/home
How it works: Allows you to design online surveys, collect responses from the visitors of your blog or website, analyze them and finally present the survey results – all using only your web browser and for free.
Teacher/Student Use: Quick, easy and free way for teachers and students to administer surveys
Shared by: Mimi

*URL: http://www.keepvid.com
How it works: It’s a site that you type in a url of any streaming video (i.e. Youtube) and it allows you to download it to your machine in a mp4 format.
Teacher/Student Use: This enables the teacher to have a copy of the video on their computer without having to worry about Internet connection.
Shared by: Renee

Drop It Like It’s Hot….

….is a valuable web 2.0 app. It allows you to create a free 100MB drop box in a few seconds. No registration is required. In fact, make as many as you want.

A drop is a chunk of space you can use to store and share anything privately (pictures, videos, audio, documents, etc.), without accounts, registration, or an email address. Drops are not “searchable” and not “networked;” they just exist online as private points for exchange between individuals or groups. Create as many drops as you want in as little as two clicks and set things like a password, whether others can add to the drop, and how long you want it to exist (you can renew later).

Drops can be flexibly used in a range of ways from sharing family photos and videos to collaborating on group projects. Each drop has five primary input methods – the web, email, voice, fax and a FireFox 3 add on – in addition to a few secondary ones like “widgets.” Anything you input into a drop can then be retrieved on the web at that drop location.


A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways – using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) – and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world.


Here’s a handout…. voicethread.com