“I Did Not Know You Could do THAT with Free Web Tools”

Alan Levine
Phoenix, Arizona
Twitter: @cogdog

Presentation Title
“I Did Not Know You Could do THAT with Free Web Tools”
….. a web dispersed presentation of unleashed potential for the 2006 K12Online Conference

Alan Levine is the Director of Member & Technology Resources for the New Media Consortium (NMC, ( Before this, he spent 14 years evangelizing technology for the Maricopa Community Colleges, where he first hosted a web server back in 1993 on a Mac SE/30. While at Maricopa, Alan was a key contributor to significant efforts such as Ocotillo, a faculty-led initiative that promotes innovation and drives change, created the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX), a virtual warehouse of innovation that pioneered the use of RSS in syndicating learning object content, and developed Feed2JS, an open source software shared for allowing people to easily incorporate RSS content into web pages. Alan works from home in Phoenix, Arizona and publishes his work on CogDogBlog (

There are more than enough blogs, conference presentations, and Big Name EduPundits, extolling the future of the Read/Write web tools like blogs and wikis (hey, they are almost “old” technologies in internet time!). Here, I am trying to demonstrate some lesser known things that you can do with common web tools or some specialized web tools that do things that would perhaps spark the interest of an educator. The only requirement is it must be completely free to use. The bits I have cooked up include:

All of these will be intensely interconnected. Each one actually uses the tool of the topic as the presentation platform (flickr is demo-ed in flickr, content is hosted in a tag set…) While billed as “Advanced/Basic Training”, rather than providing 1-2-3 recipes for these sites, this “presentation” assembles a varied collection of what is possible, with the examples and linked resources where available. I tend to aim for a more exploration mode of presenting than just showing and nothing shown requires advanced technical skill.

Finally, for each section, I am linking to an open WikiSpaces site where I invite you to add more examples, ideas, etc. Let’s see what we can build.

To get started, my intro about web video tools is of course… sitting in a web video site, YouTube: I Did Not Know You Could Do THAT With Free Web Tools!

For the YouTube-less, a QuickTime version is now available at

You can find the next step in the presentation there, or from the presentation wikispace:

On this day..

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

“I Did Not Know You Could do THAT with Free Web Tools””

  1. Youtube is blocked at our district. Is there another place I can download the presentation?

  2. Robin M says:

    Great ideas. Thank you for posting them. I added you to my list.

  3. Hi Michelle,

    Unfortunately not. The YouTube portion of the presentation is embeded on the wiki (link above) but your district filter will likely filter it out of there as well.

    Three thoughts:
    (1) Wait until you get home and access it from there.
    (2) If you don’t have broadband at home maybe your local library does?
    (3) Talk to your admin, tech or ed tech dept/consultant. Explain the situation. Maybe this is an opportunity to get greater access for your entire building ….

    Let us know how it works out. You can email me or any of the other conveners.

    My email: dkuropatwa [at] gmail [dot] com


  4. lloutback says:

    I learned a LOT this morning going through your presentation! We have work to do regarding blocking of free tools sites in many schools.

  5. Brad Niessen says:

    A very creative presentation!! These are great examples of Web 2.0 tools and the best of all….they are engaging and FREE. I am not sure if you have seen this nifty tool yet, but it is : It is an online video mixer that allows you to edit and combine your videos, photos and music online. Of course the effects and editing are basic…but powerful.

  6. Alan Levine says:

    For the blocked from You-Tube crowd, I am putting a QuickTime version on my site at:

    I should have thought about that, so thanks for the nudge.

    Brad — I’ve not seen Eyespot first hand- I was hoping to do a segment on these kinds of tools, similar also is and there are another handful. Please ad examples like these to the open wiki at

    And then there is a whole series of web-based tools that allow you to do story-like slideshows, creation of content from various sources.

    And then there is Dandelife, where you can create timeline-based media content:

    All/most of these I did tag under

  7. Geoff Sheehy says:

    Eyespot is pretty cool, and it’s unknown enough not to be blocked. Our district has axed YouTube (so I haven’t seen that part of the presentation), but eyespot has proved useful.

  8. Here is a very cool idea loosely related to the five picture story in Alan’s flickr section –my wife call that “The 5000 Word Essay.” ;-) — of his Keynote.

    Check out the Bluebonnets Writing proiject for the “Six Word Story.”

    I thought it was very cool … and I loved the wiki. ;-)

  9. […] k12online06, Microblog, Web 2.0, wiki.   Add to EdBloggerNews    Print This Post The K12 Online Conference has kicked off! Today sees the keynote for the ‘Basic/AdvancedTraining’ strand by Alan Levine entitled I Did Not Know You Could do THAT with Free Web Tools, the keynote for the ‘A Week in the Classroom’ strand by Bud Hunt entitled Journey through the Week as I Journey Up (or Down) the Road, and Vicki Davis’ Wiki Collaboration Across the Curriculum (in the ‘A Week in the Classroom’ strand). I still haven’t watched David Warlick’s pre-conference keynote (Derailing Education: Taking Sidetrips for Learning), so I’ve a bit of catching up to do! Bookmark:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  10. Alan Levine says:

    Yikes, I tossed a bunch of links into a response and its holed up in spam control.

    For the YouTube-less, a QuickTime version is now available at

  11. Wow–very cool stuff. I had no idea you could do so much with flickr! I am a newbie-level user of flickr and I can’t wait to play with these toys (um, I mean tools!) and start using them with my classes.

  12. John Patten says:

    Enjoyed the presentations on the Web 2.O tools, especially tweaking Flickr and the presentation tools. FWIW, I put together a collection of Web 2.0 links each month for my technololgy leadership committee,, …I’ll be adding a few more to the list ;-)

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  14. Alan,

    I had quite a bit of fun exploring your flickr presentation – that was pretty cool!

    I posted my very first video to YouTube. I figure I will not learn anything new, if I don’t push my comfort zone a little bit, so I thought I would give it a shot. :-)

    I also added an rss feed for the responses to the youtube video intro to the wiki, to keep it up to date and added a few questions too.

    This was a really great session!!

  15. Alan Levine says:

    Thanks Quentin- I think you have the right strategy about aiming to be stretched! And thanks for doing the video response.

  16. WOW…I learned something new today and that’s always cool.

  17. I really enjoyed how you put this presentation together. I had fun exploring and learning new things about tools I love to use. Thanks for an outstanding session!

  18. I was showing my students how to use today in class. We’ve been doing this each semester going on 2 years now. But after Alan’s overview in this presenattion is far more comprehensive in terms of the educational uses that can be made using They’ve bookmarked this workshop and will be exploring your presentation … hopefully a few of them will also leave comments here.

    Thanks for a great resource Alan … for teachers and for students. ;)

  19. […] I posted my first online video to youtube as a response to Alan Levine's keynote address at the K12OnlineConference. That lead me to start using google video to post a clip for the Google Earth open weekend course. Push your comfort limits and you never know what you can do. […]

  20. EdCompBlog says:

    EduFlickr: Goodnight Mr Tom and Hello Mr CogDogBl…

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    Imagine that you are going to teach a lesson that you know will be observed by your headteacher and the chair of the board of governors…

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    I must admit that I only dip in and out of Alan’s blog but his re….

  21. […] I don’t think I am providing much training (still working on getting the dog to site , and more of the web 2.0 firehouse. But here it goes… one launch point is from the conference web site itself. […]

  22. […] Last year I presented a session on mobile learning. While it went alright and got some positive feedback, I’m thinking that I could have done so much more. The most impressive presentation of the conference to me was Alan Levine’s session on new web tools. He did an incredible job of using those tools to teach people what’s significant about them. It really made me reconsider just how valuable a standard video really is, when there are so many other tools available. While the format I used was iPod compatible, it wasn’t the most effective for conveying the information I was sharing. […]

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  25. Alan,

    Thank you for showcasing some great tools teachers can use. Just to keep the conversation going, are there schools out there that block I think the power of video on the Internet is an important way to document student achievement and we can’t keep blocking it in fear.

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