Digital Wave 2014

Gone are the days when it was necessary to install software on a computer's hard drive to do real work. Nowadays almost all tasks can be done from right inside of a web browser. Instead of installing an application, the software lives on the internet.

Participant's at New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education's Digital Wave 2014 conference experienced some fantastic web-based tools that can empower teachers and students to create and collaborate on their PCs, Macs, and Chomebooks.

Scan QR Codes

If your laptop has a web cam, you can use webqr.com to scan QR codes. It's not as easy as scanning with a mobile device, but for times when you want to scan a code using your PC, Mac, or Chromebook, it can come in handy!

Public Domain Images

Chances are what you create will use images. Be sure you're using copyright-friendly clipart and photos. Tony  Vincent shared two of his favorite places for public domain licensed images.


Combine images and text into a collage at Fotor. One thing that is nice about Fotor is that you can use it without creating an account. To get started, select Collage and then choose Montage from the left sidebar. 

Collaborative Walls

Padlet is a free website where you can create a wall. You can open the wall up for others to post. Posts can have text and allow for uploads and links.

Suggested Padlet Wall Settings

  • Log into Padlet.com.
  • Click the Modify Wall button.
  • Under profile, give your wall a title and description.
  • Under Layout, change from Freeform to Stream.
  • Under Privacy, checkmark Moderate posts.
  • Under Address, give your wall an easy to type web address.
  • See the QR code under the Share menu.

Our Padlet wall where we posted our collages about some of our favorite things.

Google Spreadsheets

You can create collaborative spreadsheets using Google Drive. Spreadsheets can have multiple sheets, allowing different groups to work on different parts of the same document.

  1. Click the blue Share button in the top-right corner of the window.
  2. Change the Visibility options to Anyone with the link.
  3. Change Access to Anyone (no sign-in required) Can Edit.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Copy the link that appears.
  6. Paste this link on your webpage or use a URL shortener to make it easier to type.

Our spreadsheet where we brainstormed advantages and disadvantages of using web tools.

Online Flyers

Create one-page flyers online using Smore. Smore is easy to use and makes some really nice-looking web pages. See Tony's example Google Presentation Sharing.


Create simple slideshows in your web browser using Haiku Deck. Each slide has a large image as the background and a small amount of text is overlaid on top of the image. Haiku Deck has integrated Creation Commons image search, making it easy to find great images to illustrate your slides. You can also upload your own images.

Here's an example: Infusing Technology into the Common Core

See Tony's example on how to take screenshots on various kinds of computers and devices.

If you want slideshows where students can simultaneously collaborate in real-time, use Google Presentations, which is part of Google Drive. Tony's Smore flyer explains how to set up a Google Presentation for sharing.

View the presentation we made about our favorite web tools.

Record Audio

At recordmp3.org you can record audio. The beautiful thing is that it saves your recording online and provides a URL. This URL can be pasted into other projects, like a Google Presentation or Smore flyer.

Crossword Puzzles

Create and share online crossword puzzles at crosswordlabs.com. No email is necessary! Simply give your crossword a password so you can edit it later. You will be provided a URL that you can share with others. 

More Web Tools

EdShelf has lists of web tools and you can filter by operating system.

Check out Tony's going list of bookmarks that he's tagged "web app."

Search for sites similar to another at similarsites.com.

Download Tony's chart Show What You Know Using Web and Mobile Apps.