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Web 2.0 Tools and Google tools!

Print Friendly

Print Friendly is a free web 2.0 tool that cleans and formats web pages for perfect print experience. PrintFriendly removes Ads, Navigation and web page junk, so you save paper and ink when you print. It's free and easy to use. Perfect to use at home, the office, or whenever you need to print a web page. If you want to save your file as a document; copy and paste the cleaned version into a word document and select SAVE. For left to right languages, you may have to format to the left after copying.

Socrative | Student Response System
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational games and exercises via smartphones and tablets. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to load and run. Teachers control the questions and games on their laptop, while students respond and interact through their smartphones/laptops. Run it as an app or on any web browser

It's a free online non-commercial resources for teachers and students, there are built in quizzes for math, science, language arts, and social studies, which are adjustable in both difficulty and length. The interface has not been limited by the pre-built and allows educators to make their own tests covering any subject and set of questions. It allows for multiple languages.

Interact with your audience - Free of charge and without registration!

is a free online file converter that supports all kind of documents, video, audio, images, e-books and archives like microsoft word (doc, docx), powerpoint (ppt, pptx), excel (xls, xlsx), open office documents (odp, odt, ods), pdf, djvu, postscript; avi, mpeg, mkv, mp4, mov, flv, wmv, as well as video for iPhone, iPad, iPod, HTC, PSP, BlackBerry; mp3, wav, wma, aac, ac3, flac; chm, fb2, jpeg 2000 (jp2), png, photoshop documents (psd), tiff; 7z, jar, rar, zip and many others. Moreover, it offers an online viewer that allows you to view documents and images online directly in your browser, without having to install anything else.

15 Free Google Tools for eLearning Professionals

  1. Blogger
    Blogger is Google’s free tool for creating blogs. It can be used for a variety of educational reasons. For example form simply engaging learners to record journal entries, and assess acquired knowledge.
  2. Google Calendar
    You can organize your Online Syllabus, online synchronous and asynchronous events!
  3. Google Docs
    With Google Docs your group of learners can collaborate online with each other in real-time right inside a web browser window.
  4. Google Earth
    You can use Google Earth to engage your learners with interactive activities for subjects like history, environmental science, geography, etc
  5. Google Maps
    How about creating a list of your favorite point of interests at MyMap?
  6. Google Reader
    You can use Google Reader and Google Customer Search Engine with the same way. The difference is that instead of searching a list of valuable websites (GSE), with Google Reader you can read and share the content by subscribing to the websites' / blogs' RSS feeds.
  7. Google Scholar
    Would you like to help your learners become better researchers? Nowadays our learners receive a ton of information. How we will help them create a critical ability to assess information?
  8. Google Search
    I am not going to talk about Google Search... However, I would like to talk about Google Custom Search Engine. Would you like to create a Custom Search Engine that displays only results that you know will be right? Would you like to have your learners create a list of websites and pages for a specific topic, field, interest, etc? Actually you are putting the power of Google search to help your learners achieve better learning outcomes.
  9. Google Sites
    One of the reasons that I like Google sites is because you do not need technical expertise. You create a website the same way you edit a document
  10. Google Sky
    Highly recommended for subjects such as astronomy. You can view millions of stars and galaxies.
  11. Google Talk
    eLearning facilitators and learners can call or send instant messages to their contacts for free. Highly effective for collaborative and synchronous learning!
  12. Google TranslateFor virtual global groups of learners Google translate is the ultimate solution. Do not stuck with resources only in English. Google's free online language translation service instantly translates text and web pages. Highly recommended for teaching languages!
  13. Google+ Hangouts
    Would you like to see, hear, and share information to your online learners. With Google+ Hangouts you can have a video group chat for up to 10 people for free! It is a powerful tool much better than a Web Chat.
  14. Trimble SketchUp
    Would you be interested to create, modify, and share 3D models? With Trimble SketchUp from Google you can do more than that!
  15. YouTube
    Tell me that you did not know that a wide range of videos with learning value is available on YouTube. I highly recommend you to use YouTube EDU for Free lectures from more than one hundred colleges and universities.