I just added all fifteen tools to my library but thought I should probably add the article where I got them all from as well. I think the article is a little overly supportive but at least the sites are interesting. I do like the premise of creating instructional routines that can be supported as paperless. I would like to see the conversation about how to create the entire routine from getting students to the site, letting them do their thing, get feedback to/from the teacher, reflect, repeat/progress... I think that is an area that teachers need help in thinking through.
"Welcome to Shelfari! Shelfari is the premier social network for people who love books. Create a virtual shelf to show off your books, see what your friends are reading and discover new books - all for free!"
Second time in a week that I've come across this site, it's growing on me. I think it has great potential for book studies/sharing.
Nice organization tool for sign ups. I think it has the potential to help teachers organize students who are signing up for activities/field trips. But will districts take electronic signatures for permission slips?
"LiveBinders is your 3-ring binder for the Web * Collect your resources * Organize them neatly and easily * Present them with pride Best of all, it's free!"
Now we are talking not only an organization tool but a creativity tool. In the process or organzing my materials, I'm creating those connections and webbing of links to where and why I post material in multiple places (3 ring binder tabs). I like it. I also like that it's drag and drop. I need to play some more with this one!
"Knowtes is a flashcard-based learning community." Students can design their own flashcards routine. I like this spin on the drill and practice idea for several reasons: I can customize how I interact with the material and MOST importantly of all I can create my own flashcards. I think the creation of the flashcards is critical for a number of reasons.
Another interesting spin on drill and practice. I see this as an interesting tool for students in a 1:1 laptop setting. It runs from your desktop so it's not functional for mobile devices (as far as I can tell).
Not sure it's the most impressive site I've seen for vocabulary instruction, but it is an alternative if you are looking. Primarily focuses on drill and practice, but using the engagement factor might help students stay with it short term.