‘Miss, what’s my password?’ 14 Web 2.0 tools without student logins

I spend lots of time trialling new web 2.0 tools with my students, for all different learning purposes.

My grade and I often have a conversation that goes something like this:

Me: I have placed the link to —— on our blog for you to open and use.

Students: Miss, it needs a login and password.

Or

Me: If you’ve finished your writing/numeracy activity, you can log onto ——-

Students: But I can’t remember my password to ———-

As a result of my occasional frustration with web 2.0 tools that require the creation/ability to remember usernames and passwords, I’ve decided to start building a list of websites which can be used in the classroom without these.

It is not that I am against usernames/passwords – they can often be extremely useful for tracking student progress, online safety etc, but here are some links that do not require these for teacher and student use.

Collaboration, assessment, drawing tools

Padlet

Padlet (used to be Wall Wisher), for those that have not come across it yet is a great tool for students to record information on a ‘virtual board’.  The teacher creates the Padlet wall, provides students with the URL, and they can begin editing.

Aww

Aww, (A Web Whiteboard), is touch-friendly online whiteboard app that lets you use a computer, tablet or smartphone to easily draw sketches and collaborate with others.  You can save a copy as a .png to your computer.

artpad 

Beautiful drawing tool with the option of adding text.  Drawing may be saved or printed by students.

sumopaint 

Another easy to use drawing tool, that lets you save drawings.

 

Word It Out

Free, easy to use, no frills word cloud website.

Literacy tools

Make beliefs comix

This is an extremely simple to use comic/storyboard creator, which students can then either email to themselves/teacher or simply print (comics are never saved in the cloud).

Flipbook!

Flipbook! is a drawing game that allows students to create simple animations and share these.  It has the option of creating as a guest or by creating a logon account.  Proceeding as a guest means a 100 frame limit.

My Storymaker 

This storymaking website is wonderful for the early years, as it provides students with prompts to help them develop characters, plots etc.  Finished ebooks can be printed, downloaded or shared via email.

The peanut gallery 

From the peanut gallery website:

“PEANUT GALLERY is a Chrome Experiment that lets you add intertitles to old film clips using your voice, then share those clips with your friends. It uses your computer’s microphone and the Web Speech API in Google Chrome to turn speech into text.”

This site would be great as a fun and interactive language development activity.

Dvolver movie maker 

Relatively user friendly movie making website.

Boolify

Boolify aims to increase the ability to perform effective web searches, something which many students struggle with, using visual puzzles. Here is an example from Boolify’s website, showing how it can be used to help students narrow their results when using search engines.

Read write think 

Read write think is a resource that has interactive templates/graphic organisers for different writing styles.  It is extremely user friendly, with the students having the option of typing directly into the graphic organisers and saving or printing these.

Numeracy (Maths) tools

A Maths dictionary for kids 

Jenny Eather’s Maths dictionary for kids is extremely colourful, and filled with interactive examples for different Maths terms.  The definitions can be printed for placing on a Numeracy vocabulary wall, for instance.

scribble maps 

A useful tool for teaching and learning about mapping and location.  The maps can be saved or emailed.

 

What web 2.0 tools do you use in your teaching?

 

 

5 thoughts on “‘Miss, what’s my password?’ 14 Web 2.0 tools without student logins

  1. Hi,

    Thanks so much for this list. I don’t know how many times I have heard “but I can’t remember my password” and also the fact that often it comes with terms and conditions which don’t suit students. This will come in handy.

    Mel

  2. Hi There,
    Fantastic list!! I am looking forward to exploring the rest of your site it looks great!! I have used some of the ones you have mentioned above for the exact same reason that the students do not need to have a username and password.
    Here are a couple of others I use in my ICT lessons with primary aged students:

    1. Kerpoof: http://www.kerpoof.com you can become a member and sign up however I used it without signing up , I can still save and print any work the students used except for the animation section.

    2. ABC Ya: http://www.abcya.com has heaps of great sites for kids of all primary ages. Well worth a look, it covers lots of subject areas as well as general areas!

    3. As an introduction to computer programming I love using ‘Scratch’ it now has an online version. Yes it does have the option of signing up but to get started as an intro you can use it without signing up!
    scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=getStarted

    scratch.mit.edu

    4. Starfall Literacy for early learners: http://www.starfall.com

    5. Mr Picasso Head: great art site:
    http://www.picassohead.com/create.html

    6. My students also love using City Creator:
    http://www.citycreator.com

    7. Headsprout: introduction to using a computer. This is so cute, my younger students love it!! http://www.headsprout.com/code/launchMA.cfm

    8. Tux Paint: you need to download it onto your computer but the kids also love it!
    http://www.tuxpaint.org

    9. Word Clouds: I use this as an intro to word clouds then explore the other types like ‘Word It Out’ that you mentioned with other students:
    http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm

    I have some others: check out my student ICT blog
    mrsgrasso.global2.vic.edu.au

    Thanks Raff

    • Hi Raff,

      Thanks so much for the feedback and for sharing some additional resources – will definitely check them out as well as your own blog!
      Tal :)

  3. Hi!
    Great list!
    Socrative – is a classroom tool for visualizing and measuring student understanding in real time. Quick checks, exit tickets, quizzes, brainstorming, back channeling, etc.
    Enjoy!

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