Web 2.0

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For lots and lots of resources about Web 2.0, check out the wikispace designed by my EDT654 class. Here's the link:

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DEFINITION per Wikipedia: "The term "Web 2.0" is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design and collaboration on the World Wide Web. Examples of Web 2.0 include web-based communities, hosted services, web applications, social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups, and folksonomies. A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with other users or to change website content, in contrast to non-interactive websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them."

The possibilities of Web 2.0 are virtually endless. There are so many different tools and applications available, they are too numerous to share on this wiki. Below is a small listing of a few tools and applications available through Web 2.0.

Web 2.0 has changed the way people use the Internet. No longer are web pages just for viewing. Web 2.0 allows users to participate in the sites they are viewing. This opens up the doors of imagination for educators. Here are few ways some of the tools available on Web 2.0 can be used in the classroom.

Social Networking.
The first social networking sites that became popular were Myspace and Facebook. Now there are more refined sites available for teachers that are safer and more focused. Groups can be fored on many of these new sites that allow teachers to form a group, invite members, limit the members who join, and monitor conversations on the site. With Web 2.0 designed these types of sites, schools no longer have to be afraid of web predators stalking students because those predators will not be able to join the specialized groups. A few new social networking sites available are:

Social networking site combining Twitter and talkin'.

Social networking site. With SendFlow you can design, build and test interactive text and voice messages then broadcast them over virtually every communications platform in use today from land lines and mobile phones to Internet transports like G-Talk.

Social networking site that matches your profile with others based on visual responses to questions. Discover your VisualDNA™.

Ning "Ning lets you create and join new social networks for your interests and passions." This specialized is great for schools because it has the following policy for moderation and privacy: "Choose to make your Ning Network public or private for members only. Moderate members before they join. Moderate photos, videos, groups, chat and events before they're posted. Set up multiple layers of administrators. Ban members from your Ning Network. Enable members to close their profiles to others. "

School Specific Web 2.0 Sites.
Besides social networking sites, there are many sites located on the Web that cater to schools and educators. These tools help teachers design lesson plans that technology-based.
- A good site for Web 2.0 Tools and Applications.

Web 2.0 Cool Tools for Schools Resources for many Web 2.0 Applications and Tools. Categories on this useful resource wiki page are as follows (with links):
Presentation Tools
Video Tools
Slideshow Tools
Research Tools
Collaborative Tools
Quiz and Poll Tools
Convertering Tools
Creativity Tools
Image Tools
Drawing Tools
Audio Tools
Mapping Tools
Writing Tools
Music Tools
Organizing Tools
Storage Tools
Graphing Tools

Just a taste from Web 2.0 Cool Tools for Schools - These examples are a sampling of items under the category "Creativity."


Class Tools

Create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash!
Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!


A physics-based drawing game inspired by Crayon Physics. Guide the red ball or square to the flags by drawing shapes and dropping them.


Free video game / creation tool for Mac & PC. Design mode lets you create enormous 3D platforming levels filled with fun gameplay elements like power-ups and fireballs, while Play mode lets you explore through the thousands of diverse user-created challenges being uploaded every day.


Brain Teasers, Riddles, Trivia, Brain Exercises, Games, Forums and more... *use for demonstration "Should you be institutionalized?"


A lot of games including jigsawce, dinglepop, blockers, tracism and a really great one called draw my thing which is like online Pictionary.


Quests, games, activities.


Maths and problem solving game


Physics puzzle game


Create your own games.

The Lure of the Labyrinth

A digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet - and save the world from monsters.


Additional Resources.
Other sites that might be helpful when learning new Web 2.0 tools and applications are as follows. Educators....Take note of the article from about using Web 2.0 in the classroom.

Listio Web 2.0 Directory Listio for Web 2.0 is a directory and product review website. We cover web 2.0 applications, services and new media.
Web 2.0 for the Classroom Teacher An Internet Hotlist on Web 2.0
Virtual Karma This blog is an alphabetically sorted list of popular Web 2.0 applications.
- An article by Donna J. Baumbach about educators and Web 2.0