eTwinning Projects Through Web 2.0 Creativity Tools (4)

While working on our eTwinning projects we can use tools to foster your students’ creativity .
We can group and arrange Web 2.0 creativity tools in  ways based on your skills. 
Learning words and being creative with words can be achieved, for example,  using Visuwords, to show the structure and history of a word and its relation to other words.
Other Web 2.0 tools like Wordle creates word clouds from text you paste in a text box.
And Tagxedo allows you to create word images in different shapes. These tools are useful when you want your students to be creatively involved with words.
Working with visuals is another creative way to nurture learning. An English teacher can encourage creative writing in students through pictures using the Web 2.0 tool Bookr. Students look at given pictures or collect their own pictures, and write stories that connect each picture, and finally convert the story into a book.
Other Web 2.0 tools like Sketchpad, allow users to create their own sketches and drawings. Another tool, Graffiti Creator, helps students expand their creativity by using colours and fonts that look like graffiti.
There can be a combination of words, visuals, and sound. For example, using a tool called WeVideo  students can use pictures, texts, short video clips.
With StoryJumper, users can create stories that look like comic strips.
So as you explore more tools and use them in your class instruction, you will find creative ways to implement the tools depending on what you want to do and your level of expertise.

The Hour of Code is celebrated in classrooms every year in order to interest students and help them see the creative side of computer programming. But maybe the students are not interested, or they hesitate to take part because they can’t visualize what programming and codes can actually do. If we want to help  students to not only write the codes, but understand what each line of code means and how to translate that to what you can see and hear, we might need a specific Web 2.0 tool. Since students are not interested in programming due to the lack of visuals, sounds, and words, the type of instructional issue is related to creativity.

Scratch is a Web 2.0 tool that supports the creation of interactive stories and games and also helps students to understand the basic concepts of programming using building blocks of code. It’s a fun way to see and hear what the codes on the right side of the screen do to the objects and pictures on the left side of the screen.
 Etoys is another great web 2.0 tool that teaches programming through a media rich environment. Like Scratch, it fosters creative and critical thinking skills about programming through visuals, sounds, and words. Both these Web 2.0 tools provide the specific features you’re looking for and solve the instructional problem presented.

Tools Review

Evernote – A creative tool for note-taking and organizing notes. It is relatively like Microsoft OneNote. You can also try it to create class notebooks for collaborative purposes.

Thinglink – A tool to make images and videos interactive. The tool is like Genially which is another tool that can be used for the same purposes.

WeVideo – An online video editor and creator. You can also try Binumi which is a great video tool.

eTwinning Projects Through Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools (3)

Collaboration in eTwinning projects means working in diverse teams and understanding that flexibility and responsibility as a team member is an asset in real-life work.
 Really important parts of a project management are designing plans, creating calendars, managing schedules, and dealing with workflow for a group project.
 A useful Web 2.0 calendar tool is Assign-A-Day, which creates a class calendar that can be shared with students and their parents in order to keep them notified about latest assignments and due dates. 
Other Web 2.0 Tools like Doodle provide an easy way to set up group meetings dynamically. 
Todoist lets you manage task and then collaborate on setting and working on those tasks.
Collaboration is also about discussing new thoughts and brainstorming ideas together. For example, teachers can encourage their students to develop concepts for a group assignment using Concept Board
Other Web 2.0 tools, like Google Drive, allow real time collaborative editing on documents, presentations and spreadsheets. 
Web 2.0 tools like Mindomo allow groups to brainstorm ideas. These Web 2.0 tools focus on co-creation, collaborating to create, edit and develop ideas.
One of the critical parts of collaboration is for group members to be able to access communal storage space in order to share new resources and manage different contributions of group members. For example, a teacher can ask students working on a group project to share the links to the various resources they found on the web and use a social bookmarking Web 2.0 tool called Symbaloo. This way, students and the teacher are all able to see and access the final set of resources. 
Other ways to share and manage resources are through a Web 2.0 tool called Dropbox. Where various types of files and media can be stored as well as shared with a group of people. 
Web 2.0 tools like Wiki Dot allow users to create real time editing space for both text and multimedia files.

You may also want a large enough space to store the pictures. Google Drive allows users to store and organize various types of documents and multimedia files and gives users plenty of space in a free account. You can also share the files and folders as links. OneDrive is another great online storage service from Microsoft that allows users to store and organize various types of documents and multimedia files.

Tools Reviews

1-Creately – An online tool for drawing flowcharts and diagrams.

2-MeetingWords – A tool for real-time collaborative text editing.

3-Stormboard – An online tool for brainstorming and planning.

It’s crucial to understand the type and nature of a task in order to be able to choose a specific tool with just the right features that are suitable for you.

eTwinning Projects Through Web 2.0 Communication Tools (2)

In eTwinning projects it is crucial to have a good communication network between teachers and students participating in the project.
We communicate for a range of purposes and in many ways.  
When a user wants to only present or share information and not receive replies, it is one-way communication. For example, a teacher may use Google Sites to create a website of student science projects for a science course to share with students and their parents. Web 2.0 tools, like Google Sites, help teachers present and share information, mostly, in text and pictures, by creating websites.
Podomatic is another Web 2.0 tool that allows presentation and sharing of audio information. Feedly is an RSS tool that curates content based on suggested interest and field areas. These Web 2.0 tools provide oneway communication, where information is provided by the creator, and there is no specific interaction with users.
In two-way communication, a user can share information as well as receive responses from others. There is an interaction that is two-way in this type of communication.
For example, a teacher may use a poll, or a survey that’s embedded in her class presentation, using the Web 2.0 tool poll everywhere. Students in project can respond individually, using their mobile devices like cell phones. The poll can be displayed directly in the presentation so the teacher and the students can view immediate feedback. Other Web 2.0 tools that provide two-way communication are blogger, a blogging tool. And email tools like Yahoo Mail, Gmail or Microsoft Outlook.
When more than two people want to establish communication back and forth, it’s said to be multiple way communication. The communication could be in real time or asynchronous. For example, students communicating on an issue might use an online discussion board like BoardHost or an audioconferencing system on Skype so they can discuss a project at the same time. Some of the other Web 2.0 tools that support multiple people communicating together are Google Hangout and Google Docs. These tools provide interaction between multiple parties that could be synchronous or asynchronous.

 Tool Reviews

1- Remind– Online tool for sending text messages to students, parents and project partners.

2- Google Hangouts– A video chat tool from Google. Accessible across different platforms and devices.

3- Penzu- An online tool for journal writing with simple navigation, a clean layout, and a high level of security.

There are hundreds of Web 2.0 communication tools today, with lots of different features. Therefore, it’s increasingly important to emphasize the need to understand the type and nature of an instructional issue or task, in order to be able to choose a specific tool with just the right features that can help solve the instructional issue you’re having.

eTwinning Projects Through Web 2.0 Tools (1)

What are Web 2.0 Tools ?

How To Evaluate Web 2.0 Web Tools ?

Image based tools

Image sharing sites are designed to facilitate asynchronous public sharing of images. 
Flickr ( provides a large repository of publically shared photos (and more recently, videos) that people can use or share subject to the Creative Commons Licenses specified by the creators. Instagram ( also facilitates photo (and video) sharing through individual postings. 
Other sites support sharing of images via open repository, for instance 
Pics4Learning ( provides archives of pictures that can be used for education, 
Openclipart ( offers general purpose clip-­art, and
Wikimedia Commons( incorporates images (and videos) that can be reused under Creative Commons licenses.
Befunky (, PicJuice (, and DrPic ( provide simple online photo editing tool with cropping, resizing, colour mixing, directly through a web-­browser. 
Voxopop ( provides a voice based discussion forum, which is particularly useful for language classes.
Soundation ( offers users more sophisticated audio recording and editing functionality including the ability to mix different audio tracks and combine them with a library of free sound effects.

ETwinning European programmes

eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and to be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.
eTwinning promotes school collaboration in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by providing support, tools and services for schools.
 eTwinning also offers opportunities for free and continuing online Professional Development for educators.
Launched in 2005 as the main action of the European Commission’s eLearning Programme, eTwinning is co-funded by the Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport, since 2014.

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                           Last craft for 2018!  A Christmas card
full of geometric shapes (squares and triangles)!