Omeka is a web-based publishing tool for digital collections. It shines with images, sound, video, and rich metadata. Because it's not something you install on your computer but rather a web server, it provides a platform for groups of people to work together on the same resources at the same time, requiring only a web browser. Omeka is a great tool for group instruction activities in the classroom.
Omeka comes in three "flavors":
Add the phrase "Proudly Powered by Omeka" surrounded by quotes to your search query to find Omeka-powered sites which touch on your search topic.
Websites such as The Days of Walter Harding and Open Valley show how omeka can be integrated into a classroom learning project. ReEnvisioning Japan is a large digital archive of thousands of postcards, books, sheet music, film, and ephemera relating to Japan in the first half of the 20th Century. It shows how Omeka can be customized to show films, sheet music with play-along recordings, and other features. The Sibley Watson Digital Archive integrates images of letters alongside interactive transcripts. Searching for Ward's includes three-dimensional models of scientific specimens produced by Ward Scientific at the turn of the 20th century. The Dene Speech Atlas shows how Omeka can be used to create a book-like interface with a searchable index. For the Dene Speech Atlas, the items being cataloged are sound recordings collected by a researcher out in the field.