Top 100 Sites of 2012
12/28/2012 By: David Kapuler
It’s that time of year again when I get to write my favorite post. This year instead of doing just my top
favorite sites, I’m going to include apps, due to the shift in education to mobile learning and the “flipped
classroom.” While last year’s post included lots of educational networks, this year’s has lots of curation sites,
as well as writing and grammar sites*. I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.
MentorMob: This is probably the coolest site I’ve
come across this year. MentorMob is a place
where teachers can curate the Web into learning
playlists and then share them with their students
via a link or embedding into a site.
Pinterest: This is the most popular site on my
list and another great site for curating the web.
Many educators use this site to share and “pin”
great sites for education.
Nearpod: This terrific, free iPad app allows
teachers to create interactive presentations
and then share them on students’ iPad devices.
Students then use their Nearpod apps to submit
responses that teachers can then assess on their
own Nearpod apps.
Edshelf: This is one of my favorite sites of the year.
This site is ideal for educators to find educational
technology sites or curate them into shelves.
ClassBadges: This is a fantastic new site that
allows teachers to award digital badges to
students for accomplishments.
FluencyFinder: This iOS app gives teachers an
innovative new way to assess students’ reading
fluency. This is a very simple app to use and get
instant real-time results for assessing a student’s
PowToon: This is one of the best sites I’ve seen for
making stunning animated presentations.
3D Toad: This is an amazing site for finding
interactive educational images that a person can
zoom into and out of and rotate 360 degrees.
SendHub: This site provides a fantastic way to
send free text or group messages to parents and
BeeClip EDU: This is a great site with an
educational portal (i.e., no student email
necessary to register) that is ideal for students, to
help them create digital scrapbooks.
The Answer Pad: This is a great site and iPad app
combo that allows teachers to create answer
sheets online and then assign them to students.
The students then use a free app to fill in the
answer sheets, show their work, and then submit
their work to their teacher. The teachers will give
them instant real-time results and graphs.
WatchKnowLearn: This site reminds me a lot of
Discovery Streaming and is great for finding
educational videos for K-12 students.
Nanoogo: This is a wonderful new site that gives
students and teachers a digital canvas to ignite
creativity and share lessons, ideas, and work in a
new and exciting way.
Class Dojo iOS App: This is a wonderful, free iOS
app that interacts with the fantastic behavior
management site. Teachers can award or discipline
students via a mobile device without having to be
worried about being tied down to a desktop machine.
iBooks Author: This is a free iPad app for creating
interactive digital books. This could be a game
changer in education as more textbooks are
being phased out.
SideVibe: This is a great way to take any content
from the Web and turn it into an activity for
OuiBox: This is a great site for writing. It allows
users to cite sources, annotate text, and more, as
Flocabulary: This is a neat site for finding teaching
lessons, songs, and videos through the use of
Remind 101: This is a great and safe way to text
parents and students.
PicMonkey: This is an excellent, free online photo
editor where users can upload photos to edit,
create collages, and more.
GoClass: GoClass is an excellent, Web-based
app for the iPad that works a bit like Nearpod. It
allows teachers to manage their classes on the
Web and then create assignments that students
take home on their iPads. Teachers can then
assess student’s work via the Web or the iPad app.
NoRedInk: This is a terrific site for helping
students with their grammar and writing skills.
Teachers can assign lessons and quizzes as well
as track student progress.
MeoGraph: This is an innovative new site for
four-dimensional storytelling that includes an
Inklewriter: This is a fun site that allows students
to write creative stories online for free. It works
by adding to a current story or starting your own
and then branching off to where you want to go.
It’s great for collaborating with others. Once it’s
finished, the story is published online and can be
shared with others.
9 Slides: This is a fantastic site for adding
narration or video to slideshows. This is great for
professional development or for explaining and
introducing a new concept or subject.
Winged Sandals: This is my favorite site for all
things Greek Mythology. It’s also great for
finding out interesting facts, images, pictures,
and games about this era.
theLearnia: This is a nice, educational, social
learning network that is great for students and
educators to share and learn knowledge through
Playfic: This is a site after my own heart that
allows users to create, play, and remix online
text-based games. (Zork anyone?) This is a great
way to interact with others and strengthen your
writing and grammar skills.
Teachers Tech: This is a wonderful iOS app
for finding “how-to” videos on all things Web
2.0-related in the classroom.
Trash Chaos: This is a fun, original iPad app
for learning about recycling. This app,
created by top-notch company Yogome,
is ideal for younger kids and has excellent
Humanline: This is one of the best new sites
around for finding free educational images.
Hello Slide: This is a very cool site that
provides narration to slides by simply typing
what you want it to say.
Moms with Apps: This is a great place for
finding educational apps as well as learning
about other great mobile programs such as
InSkilled: This unique site allows users to track
and share what they learn online through a very
useful, self-paced interface.
Musicshake Edu: This app allows students to
create music online that can then be downloaded
or used anywhere.
List.ly: This app provides a great way to curate
the Web into lists and then share with others or
embed into a site.
Knowmia: This app is a nice place to find
educational videos on thousands of lessons for
every subject and is ideal for high school students.
Nulu: This is an innovative site for learning
Spanish by reading related articles on a wide
variety of subjects that have been translated into
Spanish. A user can then select which words are
difficult to help guide his or her learning.
Storyboard That: This is an excellent Web tool
for students to visually tell a story through a
storyboard. This is ideal for digital storytelling as
well as brainstorming new ideas.
Snip.it: This is a fun site for curating the Web into
thumbnails similar to Pinterest.
Educreations: This is a wonderful site and iPad
app for creating a lesson on a digital whiteboard,
then recording what’s happening.
QR Voice: This app provides a neat way to add a
voice to a QR code.
Backpack TV : This is a
nice site for educational
videos on a wide variety of
SpellingCity iOS app: This
is a great, free iOS app
that goes hand in hand
with the SpellingCity Web
site. Students can access
hundreds of word lists and
lots of popular games and
MinecraftEdu: The popular
game is now being used in
education to build creative
worlds and geographical landmarks and buildings.
ClassPager: This app turns your mobile device
into a classroom clicker for text messages,
responding to polls, and more.
CubertsCube: This is a fun site that allows
students to polish their writing skills by working
with and getting feedback from others.
ACMI Generator: This is a great place to find or
create writing prompts to build a story.
GradeCam: This app allows you to use any Web
or document camera to scan in assignments
and have them graded instantly with real-time
Toontastic: This is one of my favorite iPad
apps for digital storytelling. Kids select their
characters and backgrounds and add their voices
to create a story.
Knowit: This is another nice site for curating the
Web and saving all sorts of resources to share
Google Cloud Print: This is an amazing way to
print from any device anywhere, as long as the
printer supports GCP.
Alien Buddies: This is a fun app for young learners
where they can take part in many activities such as
matching, puzzles, stickers, and connect-the-dots.
History Engine: The History Engine is an
ambitious project that puts the student in the
role of a historian to create stunning projects.
Teachers with Apps: This is a fantastic site
for finding detailed
reviews with images of
Understoodit: This site
allows teachers to create
a page where students
click on topics that they
understand or are confused about (in reference
to any subject the teacher is teaching) and the
teacher gets instant real-time feedback.
Literacy Shed: This is a great place to find
resources for literacy on a wide range of topics.
United Classrooms: This is a global social learning
network that connects classrooms around the
AnMisH: This is a fun site for digital storytelling
where you can use your own image as one of the
Every1Speaks: This is a great way to harvest
an idea by collaborating with others and
introducing into a school setting.
Essay Tagger: This is a stunningly simple way to
grade essays through a Web-based tool.
Famigo: This is a fun site to find and download
Flash Card Maker: This is a cool iOS app for kids
to create flash cards using their own images and
QuizSlides: This app allows users to create
quizzes from PPTs or PDFs and view results
Learnist : This app is just like an educational
version of Pinterest with the ability to curate
videos, audio, etc.
myHistro: This is a terrific site and app for
creating interactive timelines that integrate with
WikiBrains: This is a great site for social
brainstorming that is very easy and fun to use.
Chegg: This is a great site for renting, selling,
or buying textbooks. It also has an educational
portal which is great for finding step-by-step
help on homework problems.
Maily: This fantastic, free iPad app is geared for
younger kids to teach them how to email in a safe
KidzVuz: This is a fun site for kids to find reviews
of videos by other kids.
Share my Lesson: This is a great site for teachers to
find educational resources developed by teachers.
Avatar Classroom: This innovative site shows a
Web-based classroom hosted in a virtual world,
similar to MyLife.
I Tell a Story: This is an excellent, free iOS app for
digital storytelling that reminds me a lot of the
way Garage Band is used to create a podcast.
Tioki: This app provides a nice network for
educators to collaborate and share resources.
DuoLingo: This is a neat site for learning a foreign
language by translating different articles on the
Web with others.
LyricsGaps: This is a very fun site for learning a
foreign language by filling in missing gaps of a song.
Quick ScreenShare: This is a very handy Web tool
that allows people to share their screens with
no registration needed. This is a great way to
help troubleshoot or explain things to people by
showing them your computer screen.
Moo-O: This is an entertaining site that puts kids
right in the middle of the story and helps nurture
their love of reading.
Teach with Portals: This is an interesting site for
gamification that uses the award-winning Portal
PC game for teaching. This site has a nice help
forum as well as lesson plans on how to integrate
the games into classroom lessons.
Miracle of Life: This is one of the most beautifullooking
iPad apps that I have ever seen. This
app is provided in both English and Spanish and
focuses on the human growth cycle.
EdSurge: This community is great for educators and
has excellent articles as well as product reviews.
Grammar Bytes: This is a great site for all
things grammar such as handouts, definitions,
presentations, videos, and more.
Problem-Attic: This is a nice site to find and
customize educational resources based on
Regents exams in math, science, social studies,
Power my Learning: This is one of my favorite sites
for finding educational activities on a wide range
BusyTeacher: This is a terrific site for finding free,
printable worksheets as well as resources for
Lingt Classroom: This is a cool site for learning a
foreign language by creating voice-based lessons.
Storybricks: This is a great site for digital
storytelling that uses MMO and gamification to
develop a creative, unique story.
C-Fit: This program consists of a series of iOS
apps designed to keep kids healthy by engaging
in exercise via walk-through videos.
Story Patch: This is a fantastic iOS app for digital
storytelling that goes through the step-by-step
process of telling a story.
Kindertown: This is a great site and app for finding
educational apps for pre-schoolers and young
Creating Music: This is a nice site for learning
different terms and composing your own music.
Google Course Builder: This is a new project by
Google to help users build their own online
courses using Google tools.
ESL Library: This is a wonderful site for ESL
teachers looking to find lesson plans and
Scribble Press: This is an excellent site and iPad
app for creating digital books and stories. This
app is ideal for teachers with an educational
portal for creating student accounts.
Teachem: This is a cool site for creating an online
course by adding flashcard-style questions to
Infuse Learning: This is a nice student response
system that works on a wide variety of mobile
Doodlecast: This is a great iOS app for kids that
allows them to create drawings while recording
Scribblenauts: This is one of my son’s favorite iOS
platform games. It allows him to work on his
spelling while creating objects.
Mobento: This unique site allows users to search
for spoken words inside a video.
SnaPanda: This is a great Android and iPhone app
that uses a mobile camera to scan a word and
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with
more than 10 years of experience working in the
*Any site on the 2011 top 100 list will not appear on this list.