This tools on this page will help you to communicate more efficiently and effectively with those you serve.

Audacity – Phenomenal, free software you can download and use just like a tape-recorder. Great for creating information sound bytes from student activities, interviews, meetings or professional development sessions that you'd like to distribute to others. You can also use it to edit, layer, or remove background noise from audio tracks. Save the files as MP3s that can be exported to iPods! - chericem1 chericem1

Blogger - Use a variety of pre-made templates to create your own blogs that support the uploading of media-based content for free. Blogs can function as particularly effective tools for communicating with colleagues, parents, and other community members about what is happening in elementary language classrooms and programs, as well as about more encompassing policy and funding issues. - chericem1 chericem1

Brochure Creator - Communicate with students, parents, and community members by designing brochures and flyers that advertise your program and advocate for early language learning. In just a few clicks, you can select themes and templates, edit the text, add your own images, and print them! - chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg

BubblePLY - Allows you to add speech and thought bubbles to any online video, which means that you can now add a layer of commentary to existing videos in ways that allow you communicate something new by means of something with which viewers may already be familiar. - chericem1 chericem1 - Easy-to-use, online, colorful graphic organizer that is shareable. Great for visually communication curriculum, program articulation efforts, project timelines, or the factors involved in complex decisions in a way that is easy for others to quickly absorb and understand. - chericem1 chericem1

Chat Creator - Lets you add a chat window to your site so that others can communicate with you when you are online - chericem1 chericem1

Cmap - Free, online collaborative concept mapping. Useful for brainstorming, curriculum mapping, helping teachers to see the "big picture," organizing large projects, and planning events with large groups of people. Working groups can attach documents to individual bubbles, making it an especially valuable tool for tasks like mapping curriculum or planning interdisciplinary projects. - chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg

Comeeko - Free, well-designed software that lets you create your own comic strips (using photos or images) and save them for others to view. Sometimes the messages of leaders have more impact when they are communicated in a light-hearted way! - chericem1 chericem1 - This free social bookmarking site allows you to create, organize, and share an annotated list of online bookmarks to your favorite websites with colleagues, students, parents, and community members. This is a non-intrusive way to exchange resources with individuals in your network and allows you to "feed" a running list of your latest discoveries into your professional blog, class website, school home page, or organization website so that others can learn from you! - chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg

Evite - This site allows you to design custom invitations for various kinds of events, draft a guest list, send the invitations, and track the responses automatically. You can choose from pre-made themes and templates, or create your own. - chericem1 chericem1

Flickr - Allows you to create libraries of images that you can share with others and is a particularly good place to "store" a shared collection of photos for a group. - chericem1 chericem1

Generator Blog - A fantastic blog that contains links to all sorts of free, interesting generators (such as cereal boxes, insurance cards, money, etc.) that would be great tools for students to use in creating creative advertising campaigns. - chericem1 chericem1

Go2Web2.0 Directory - A handy directory of Web 2.0 services, many of which are devoted to facilitating communication. - chericem1 chericem1

Google Docs - Free, online spreadsheet and word processor like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word that lets multiple users on different computers edit a document simultaneously and save it online. Great for collaborative authoring among various group members. Combine this with Skype for voice features too! - chericem1 chericem1

Google Notebook – Lets you copy snippets from online articles, or create your own running notebook on the topics of your choice online. The notebooks can be kept private or shared, making them a great place for you to take notes and share them with colleagues. - chericem1 chericem1

Google Reader - After creating a free account, you can use this service to keep track of the webpages to which they have "subscribed" (for free and very easily) using RSS technology. Teachers can "subscribe" to their students' blogs and easily keep track of who has posted new content. - chericem1 chericem1 - Allows you to create free quizzes, polls, and surveys that you can use on your blog, MySpace, etc. - chericem1 chericem1

Meebo - Lets you manage chat/IM from multiple services all in one window. Also lets you create a customizable chat widget to add to your blog. - chericem1 chericem1

Meeting Wizard - A free, online tool that allows you to negotiate a date for an event, send out invitations, collect responses, and send reminders . . . all automatically! - chericem1 chericem1

Scrapblog - Combines the purposes and multimedia features of blogging with the visual affordances of scrapbooking. Comes with built-in templates and can accommodate music and video too - chericem1 chericem1

Scribd - Allows you to upload documents to share with others - chericem1 chericem1

Singshot - American Idol meets You Tube in a Web 2.0 sort of way . . . record and upload songs just like you might do with photos to Flickr. People can vote on them, etc. - chericem1 chericem1 - Use premade themes to create slideshows from your photos that you can embed in your blog or website. A great way to show parents what is going on in your classes. - chericem1 chericem1

Skype – Free software that allows you to talk to anyone in the world (up to 4 people at once) through your computer for free with a cheap headset mic (like the telemarketers wear) as long as the other person also has the software. Great for group conversations about projects, conference calls with small groups of parents or students, etc. You can also call landlines or cell phones, but there is a charge for that - chericem1 chericem1

The Amazing You Tube Tools Collection - A collection of tools to help those interested in using/publishing materials to You Tube. - chericem1 chericem1

Tubes - Allows users to drag and drop content (audio files, bookmarks, documents, e-mail contact lists, spreadsheets, videos) into a "tube" that can then be accessed by all those who have been invited to share it. Invitees can also upload content to the tube, making project collaboration easier. The latest versions of content in the tube synch up when the user is online. Click on the Download link to see a 30-second demo. - chericem1 chericem1

Webnote Wiki - Allows users to collaboratively take color-coded notes in a space they create and organize them graphically. People can subscribe to your RSS feed. - chericem1 chericem1

Wikispaces - Allows you to set up collaborative work spaces where multiple people can collaborate. Allows uploading of documents, files, images, and multimedia in addition to basic text, and includes discussion boards for every page, editing histories, revert options, RSS subscriptions, and the ability to review recent changes. - chericem1 chericem1

Yugma - Free Web 2.0 videoconferencing software that is incredibly easy to use and useful for communicating with up to 10 people at a time. (Read more about Tim Lauer's experiences with it here: - chericem1 chericem1