Top 100 Sites of 2011
The time is finally here for my annual list of favorite sites of the year. This year I decided to up my post to
the top 100 instead of 25 because of the number of sites that I reviewed and the popularity of the post.
I tried to cover a wide range of sites, from flash-card creators to digital storytelling, and of course social
networks, which really stood out in 2011. I hope everybody enjoys the list and has as much fun reading it
as I did creating it.
1. Conduit Mobile: Without a doubt
the coolest, most innovative site i
came across this year. ideal for bloggers,
Web designers, and schools in
one-to-one environments looking to
create a great-looking mobile app free
(could be a great way to share news or
homework in a mobile environment).
2. Gnowledge: One of the best collaborative
sites around. this excellentlooking
site should be a mainstay
for years to come.
3. Google+: A great social
network and alternative to
Facebook. It really shines
with its control and visually
stunning video-chat (hangouts)
4. WatchKnow: An excellent
place to find free educational
videos for students. An easy
site to navigate, as everything is categorized
by subject and rated for ageappropriate
5. muvee Cloud: A redesign of
the popular video/presentation site
shwup. easy to use, has a nice, polished
look, and is great
for creating projects with photos and
videos. Best of all, muvee Cloud is free
to educators and students.
6. StudyBlue: A great site for making
flash cards and notes. Also, because
of its newly designed mobile app, it
makes studying a treat because
you can study anywhere, anytime.
YouTube Teachers: A wonderful
site designed to help teachers
use educational videos in the
PrimaryWall: A site similar to
Wallwisher, designed and built for
A paid account filters the
“walls” (interactive bulletin boards),
which are easy to create. Also, there
are lots of free educational resources
to use for lesson plans and ideas.
9. Skype in the classroom: Designed
for education, this site brings together
teachers, projects, and resources from
around the world. It is also a free site
intended for videoconferencing and
10. TXTNLRN: An innovative site that
teaches through text messaging. Even
enrollment is done via a text message.
it’s great for those wanting to learn at
their own pace and try something new.
11. Webspiration Classroom: A wonderful
site designed for grades five
through 12 by the creators of
inspiration. Ideal for collaborating,
brainstorming, and creating
outlines with a Web 2.0 interface.
12. PikiFriends: A great site
where students can learn Web
2.0 skills through communicating
with online pen pals in
a safe, filtered environment.
Teachers have lots of control
over student accounts, and an
abundance of resources show
how to implement PikiFriends in
13. BoomWriter: A unique site on
which students can collaboratively
write online in a safe environment.
14. Sophia: A new (beta) social network
for education. Lots of great features
can be found here, such as free
lesson plans, private group (study)
creation, and online tutoring.
15. PlanbookEdu: A great site/app
for creating lesson plans on the Web.
More features, such as attaching files
and embedding in a site, are available
with a paid account.
16. Little Bird Tales: A site that has
been getting quite a bit of press lately
for digital storytelling. Great for elementary
students looking to create
a story, add their artwork, and even
record their voices.
17. SoundCloud: An innovative site
for creating, recording, and sharing
audio/sounds for free. An ideal way to
share, embed, and document lessons
18. Springo Kids: A fun visual search
engine for kids that gives results in
19. SlideRocket EDU: A great site
for creating stunning presentations for
20. GameUp: A fun site from the creators
of BrainPOp. Educational games
are focused on BrainPOP’s popular
21. APPitic: A terrific site for finding
educational apps. There are more
than 1,300 apps reviewed by Apple
22. UsefulCharts: A wonderful collection
of charts on any number of
23. Much Enough: An excellent site on
which educators can teach any subject
online via webcam and charge what
24. iCharts: A great site for creating
an online interactive
chart either from scratch
or from a spreadsheet.
25. Tabblo: A nice site
created by HP for digital
projects can be shared
with others or viewed in a
26. Studyladder: One of
the fastest-growing sites around,
this site offers lots of educational
resources, such as games, work
sheets, and lesson plans.
27. Story Something: A fun,
interactive storytelling site on
which kids can read along with
stories and interact with them.
28. NBC Learn: More than
10,000 current event and his
toric videos and resources
aligned to state standards and
mapped to K-12 curriculum.
29. ClassParrot: A safe way for teachers
to text students, allowing parents
to opt-in as well.
30. Study Stream: A wonderful site
for learning a foreign language by
using videos, articles, and blogs.
31. Paper Rater: A free site that
checks grammar and spelling, proofreads,
and looks for plagiarism.
32. WebSlides: A site powered by
Diigo that turns bookmarks into an
interactive slide show.
33. Kideos: Great for finding videos
that are safe for kids and abide by
COPPA, this site organizes videos by
34. WhoTeaches: A new (beta) network
designed to bring students,
parents, and educators together
through collaboration and the ability
to share documents and create
groups. Also offers high-level education
for online learners looking for
tutors or to study.
35. Weaving History: A new site that
is great for making timelines based on
36. Lesson Writer: A nice site for
teachers to use to create lessons and
save them online.
37. ProProfs: A great all-in-one site
for education that enables users to
create quizzes, flash cards, polls, etc.
38. SlimeKids: A fun site that has lots
to offer elementary students, such as
book reviews, games, and trailers.
39. Quicklyst: A cool site for taking
notes and studying on a mobile device.
40. EmbedPlus: An innovative way
to edit YouTube videos. It’s like having
DVD controls at your fingertips.
41. BetterLesson: A free social network
that is ideal for educators. Thousands
of resources can be found here, and
instructors can collaborate to find out
which teaching strategies work best.
42. Knovio: A great site for making
slide shows by syncing audio to a
PowerPoint. ideal for those who like
to create Pecha Kucha presentations.
43. Word Hippo: An excellent online
dictionary and translator.
44. Conceptboard: An ideal site for
creating an interactive whiteboard
with many features, such as screen
capture and mobility.
45. Mind Leap: A great site for finding
and reviewing educational apps for
pre-K through middles school using a
five star system.
46. Big Marker: A free Web conferencing
community that is ideal for
educators and students. A great place
to create a private room for collaboration
and document sharing.
47. Pikikids: A fun site for creating
online digital comics.
48. Quizilla: A terrific site where kids
aged 13 and older can create and share
quizzes, stories, poems, and polls.
49. StudyShuffle: A wonderful site
for creating flash cards that permits
50. Diipo: A wonderful new (beta)
social network similar to moodle and
gaggle. This network prides itself on
being social networking for “your” class.
This enables teachers and students to
not only “collaborate” with themselves
online through texting and blogging,
but collaborate with others as well.
51. Tutor Hub: A community in which
students can find online tutors who set
their own rates.
52. Fraboom: A free online museum
that has lots of fun features, such as
interactive books and games.
53. JellyCam: A free download for
making stop-motion animation on a
Mac or PC.
54. Study Stack: A excellent site for
creating flash cards and studying with
educational games. It has a nice mobile
app as well.
55. aMap: An interesting site to create
“argument maps” (debates) with a
simple visual format, and then embed
them in a Web site.
56. Everloop: An excellent social network
designed to teach students to network
appropriately. ideal for education,
as it is monitored by parents and supported
by organizations such as i-safe.
57. Photoshow: Create stunning slide
shows with this easy-to-use site.
58. WeVideo: A great site for creating
59. Learnboost: An excellent
free online gradebook similar to
PowerSchool. Not only can a teacher
complete grades online, but there is
student tracking, Google Apps integration,
lesson-plan creation, and more.
60. ClassDojo: Bring old-school verbal
feedback into the 21st century with
this nice online behavior-management
61. 19Pencils: An ideal site for creating
quizzes and web sites, along with
62. Popplet: A graphic organizer that
is great for brainstorming and creating
mind maps, outlines, etc.
63. StudyBoost: A great way to study
using a mobile device.
64. VuSafe: A wonderful way to
show pre-approved videos in a
safe environment. Also works nicely on
mobile devices and is CIPA-compliant.
65. Huffduffer: A great site for creating
podcasts from audio links from
around the Web.
66. Yacapaca: An interesting site free
to students and teachers. Ideal for
online assessments, it allows teachers
to create quizzes, surveys, and more.
67. slidestaxx: An excellent site for creating
beautiful social-media slide shows.
68. FreshBrain: A neat site on which
educators and students can create
technology projects, such as a game or YouTube video.
69. Watch2gether: A great way to
watch YouTube videos with others and
chat or share comments together
70. iGradePlus: A nice online grade
book that has lots of features, such as
attendance, grade management, and
parent notifications. Also, the price
varies according to which features suit
your needs best.
71. Desmos: A cool new site for creating
72. K12 Advantage: A wonderful site
for finding educational resources, built
on a social network for collaborating
73. Story Time For Me: an excellent
site for grades K–2 on which professional
actors read interactive stories to kids.
74. Webdoc: A cool new (beta) site
for creating multimedia-like blog posts
75. Faux Flash: A great site for creating
flash cards and studying. Also,
you can browse through lots of study
decks on a number of subjects.
76. Study Egg: An innovative site for
helping students learn a given subject.
77. edWeb: A wonderful social network
in which educators can browse
through webinars they may want to
78. Learn 360: A cheaper alternative
to Discovery Streaming. Ideal for
streaming/downloading videos, creating
digital content, etc.
79. FunnelBrain: A great site for creating
flash cards and quizzes and then
joining teams for studying.
80. ASCD EDge: Am educational
social network with more than
25,000 members. Members can
create their own blogs and share
news via a real-time news feed.
81. Memidex: An excellent free
online dictionary and thesaurus.
A nice place to find out the origins
of words and other interesting
82. Tiki-Toki: A wonderful new
web app for creating stunninglooking
83. CK-12: A great site for free digital
textbooks aligned to state standards.
84. PodOmatic: An excellent site for
creating podcasts and adding audio
85. Schoology: A content-management
system similar to moople and
moodle. While this is a free site, a paid
subscription gets users more features.
86. Fish Smarty: A terrific new site
for online learning through games,
digital comics, and coloring. there is
also an education portal that is ideal
for student tracking.
87. Plagiarisma: A great site for
checking to see if an item or document
is being plagiarized.
88. TeachAde: A social network
designed to enable instructors to share
89. Timesearch: An innovative site
for searching for events on a timeline.
A great site for history teachers and
students looking for specific events .
90. Grockit Answers: A cool new
(beta) site for interacting with educational
youtube videos. This is done by
creating a public or private questionand-
answer session on a video’s page.
91. Projeqt: A user-friendly site that
is great for creating nice visual presentations.
A wonderful site for
uploading a PowerPoint presentation
and then adding a narration. The finished
product shows both the presentation
and the narrator, in side-by-side
A nice site designed
to help educators and students with
online learning. Users of Moodle and Blackboard should have a feel for what
this site is all about.
94. Scrumblr: Create a fun interactive
whiteboard with online sticky notes.
95. Smore: A site for creating interactive
posters and flyers.
A new (beta) site
for creating collaborative digital stories
about a number of things, such
as poems, stories, and songs. Once
a piece has been created, it can be
voted on by other members.
One of the better
digital-art sites around. Lets a user
create a custom drawing and even
A social network
designed for students looking to collaborate
One of my favorite new
sites for taking notes. Enables a user
to capture anything on a site, such as
text, audio, and photos, and then share
with others. Ideal for those with mobile
A wonderful interactive
periodic table. Displays all the elements
and links them to wikipedia,
which makes it handy for studying.