Keeping up with tools is an ongoing pursuit because of the amazing turn-around (or turnover) of web tools. Some are designed for the classroom, and those that aren't can be harnessed and adapted to use in the classroom, with the right amount of ingenuity. Today, instead of talking about web tools, I'm going to direct you to three great sites instead.
1. wikiHow: http://www.wikihow.com
This site has saved me from wasting time trying to find out information from technology to making scones. You put in a topic, and more often than not, wikiHow will have a step-by-step tutorial (along with images) to get you to the end. What I like about this site is that it isn't as bulky as Youtube, where trying to find out information can sometimes be like pulling a tooth. How many of us out there besides me gets frustrated with the length of time to watch it, only to find out that it's not the actual information you may need. And to top if off, I have to wait for adverts to pop in at the beginning...You can avoid ALL of that unnecessary waste of time by using wikiHow. Try it...you may find it's your first go to when you need a quick answer
2. Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014: http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/
I typed this in to search for new tools to try and lo and behold! The Brits have uploaded their top tools list! What's so great about this list is that it's a compilation of tools voted on by over 1,000 learning professionals from over 60 countries. That's what I call global collaboration!! You may know several of them, you may know a few. It doesn't matter which side you may rest on, it's the fact that these ARE amazing tools and ones educators should get to know on a more personal level
3. Discovery Education Web 2.0 Tools: http://web2014.discoveryeducation.com/web20tools.cfm
We all know the amazing abilities Discovery Education has had on education for years. The best part of Discovery Education is that it is constantly evolving right alongside the classroom to provide seamless integration. This particular site is all about web tools but in different categories:
Each of these categories only have three or four sites except Related links, which has more, but that's MORE than a mouthful for anyone who wants to use them individually or in a mash-up (using two or more tools to create a product).
So when you have some time (break is just around the corner!!) hop on over to these sites and stay awhile...you'll love what you see :)