Social Studies & Web Tools ~ January 2012 globe.png

  • Awesome Highlighter: this web tool allows users to highlight text on web pages and then gives a small link to the highlighted page. This tool works well for highlighting important information on a web page and for completing research.

  • Word Cloud Creators: these web tools are used to generate "cloud word clusters" from words that the user provides. The generated clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Users can add preferences for fonts, layouts, color schemes and language. Three such tools are given on this linked page.

  • Make Beliefs Comix: this web tool is used to create "comic strips" with students. It requires no login and can be used in a variety of ways to allow students to "creatively" apply their knowledge in a fun and interesting way. Students can also create comics in a variety of languages.

  • Prezi:This web tool allows you to make engaging presentations for your students, and for your students to use to create reports on a wide range of topics.

  • Google Maps: is an intuitive service for navigating global maps information. It enables you and your students to look up and study addresses anywhere in the U.S. and in many other countries and get point-to-point, draggable directions plotted on an interactive street map. You can also research public transit options and study Yellow Pages listings with reviews, business information and coupons. You can freely switch between map, satellite, terrain, and StreetView modes to gain various perspectives on a location. Best of all, Google Maps is an online application, so there's no downloading required, and you can access it from any computer that's connected to the Internet
  • Google Earth Companion to Google Maps which is a downloadable app for mac/PCs and allows for some amazing Investigations!

**Jim Sides attended a workshop given by Drs. Paul Clark and Bob Goeman and received permission for the use of content from the training wiki used for the workshop. Original content is available at: