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Are you a Web 2.0 Educator?
What is Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 Tools for Educators
Websites
Blogs
Podcasts
Feed Readers -- RSS
Wikis
Online Word Processors, Spreadsheets, and Presentations
Social Networks
Links to the Web 2.0 Tools
Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators
References



Are You a Web 2.0 Educator?


In the Web 2.0 educators' classrooms, students do not "spend much of the day as their great-grandparents once did: sitting in rows, listening to teachers lecture, scribbling notes by hand, reading from textbooks that are out of date by the time they are printed." How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century

The Web 2.0 educators incorporate into their teaching the Web 2.0 tools: dynamic websites, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, photo and video sharing, feed readers, wikis, social networks, online word processors, spreadsheets, and presentations.

The Web 2.0 teachers:
  • have RSS feed readers
  • subscribe to news and blogs in their fields
  • have their own blogs, wikis, and websites
  • share their best practices with others via podcasts, photo or video sharing
  • effectively supervise their students through RSS
  • use wikis and online word processors, spreadsheets, and presentations to collaborate with their colleagues and students
  • adding new technologies to their curriculum.

What is Web 2.0?

"Web 2.0 is the term used to describe a second generation of the World Wide Web that allows people to collaborate and share information online.

Watch a video clip What is Web 2.0?



Watch another video clip "Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us" created by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University.







Web 2.0 Tools for Educators


Web 2.0 tools for educators include dynamic websites, blogs, podcasts, feed readers, wikis, online word processors, spreadsheets, presentations, and social networks.




Websites


The complete Web 2.0 Directory is a website with a comprehansive index of logos of the latest Web 2.0 applications and services.

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Blogs


Read about blogs here.



Podcasts

Read about creating a podcast with GarageBand here.

Listen for the podcast examples at UC Berkely, Harvard



Feed Readers -- RSS


Read about RSS here.



Wikis


Read about wikis here.



Online Word Processors, Spreadsheets, and Presentations


In 5-10 years, our computer desktops will look different. For example, instead of Microsoft, many schools will be using web-based and open-source software.

Educators can create documents and spreadsheets by using Google's free web-based software Docs & Spreadsheets . While Microsoft Word documents usually are saved on a hard drive, Google docs & spreadsheets and Zoho Office are located on the Web and can be accessed from any computer around the World. The teachers can invite colleagues and students for collaboration.

Watch a video "Using Google Docs and Spreadsheets:"





" Zoho Office and Google Docs and Spreadsheets are part of an emerging suite of options, more commonly called Web 2.0 technologies or web-based services. Driven by the same philosophy of sharing and collaboration that has fueled the expansion of open-source software in schools, these technologies stand to alter forever the role that software plays in education, their advocates say." A paradigm shift for school software?




Social Networks





Links to the Web 2.0 Tools



Aggregator: NetVibes -- collects RSS feeds on a single Web page.
Aggregator: Pageflakes -- a Web-based aggregator that includes "flakes" to add in, such as a calculator.
Blog: Blogger -- one of the best online blog-creation sites.
Blog: Class Blogmeister -- designed specifically for educators and students with many privacy controls built-in.
Database: Zoho Creator -- an online database application for surveys, inventories, and data collection.
Social Networking: del.icio.us -- save your bookmarks online, share with viewers.
Social Networking: Flickr -- a social networking site for photographs.
Social Networking: FURL -- saves a personal copy of any page on the Web and lets the user easily find it.
Wiki: Wikispaces -- create a public, online wiki; great for class collaboration.



Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators


A Day in the Life of Web 2.0
Terry and Elaine Freedman (UK) audio interview on Web 2.0
Education 2.0: The next evolution of school software has arrived
If A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words, What Is A Video Worth?
Web 2.0 Presentation at Jordanhill College
Flat Classrooms
Podcast with Alan November & Will Richardson about the "Read/Write Web"
Will Richardson's presentations
Applied Math 40S Wiki Solutions Manual
Photo-blogging for peer assessment
Tell a story in 5 frames




References


Shedding Light on Web 2.0 -- presentations, articles, and links about Web 2.0 tools.
Wiki Collaboration Across the Curriculum – Presentation Notes
Bryan Alexander, "Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning?". EDUCAUSE Review, Volume 41, Number 2 (March/April 2006).
O’Reilly, “What is Web 2.0?”, September 30, 2005.
How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century
Web 2.0 in Education at shambles.net