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Dr. Alice Christie's Using Web 2.0 in Education Resources

Web 2.0
Setting the Scene
Teacher Resources

A blog (short for Web Log) is an online journal or diary where individual users post thoughts, personal news, comments on news events, graphics or video. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic.


The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Updates are often frequent and done on a regular basis. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order.


The collective community of all blogs is known as the blogosphere. Discussions "in the blogosphere" have been used by the media as a gauge of public opinion on various issues. Read More and Go to Blog Resources

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A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable any user to contribute or modify content. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites or to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia™ is one of the best-known wikis.


A wiki enables documents to be written collaboratively, in a simple markup language, using a Web browser. A single page in a wiki website is referred to as a "wiki page", while the entire collection of pages, which are usually well interconnected by hyperlinks, is "the wiki". A wiki is essentially a database for creating, browsing, and searching through information. Read More and Go to Wiki Resources


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Podcasting offers a tool for today's students to creatively share ideas. It's also a way for students and educators to explore and discover educational content. Podcasts are audio or video files that are automatically delivered over a network, then played back on any Mac, PC, or iPod. When students create a podcast for class, they not only learn the content in a creative way, they learn 21st-century communications skills at the same time.


The term "podcast" (from iPod and broadcast) like the term"radio" can mean both the content and the method of delivery. Read More and Go to Podcasting Resources


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Text Messaging/Instant Messaging

Text messaging, or texting, is the common term for sending short (160 characters or fewer) text messages from mobile phones or personal digital assistants. Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. The text is conveyed via computers connected over a network such as the Internet.

Both usually use slang or text speak to abbreviate common words or expressions in order to quicken conversations or to reduce keystrokes. The language has become universal, with well known expressions such as "lol"(laugh out loud) translated over to face to face (f2f) language. Read More and Go to Text Messaging/Instant Messaging Resources


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Teacher Tube/You Tube

YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. YouTube was created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees. In October 2006, Google Inc. bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in Google stock. View the YouTube video: What is YouTube?


TeacherTube is a video sharing website that is very similar to YouTube in layout and function, with one crucial difference: it's entirely devoted to educational videos. The site monitors inappropriate materials, so it's safe to use in the classroom.

TeacherTube has thousands of videos, many of them student-made, covering diverse topics. Because anyone can upload videos to the site, the videos vary, and not all of them are straightforward educational videos. Some of them are student projects or classroom demonstrations, and many of them are amateur presentations. However, students and teachers can see what students around the world are working on. Read More and Go to YouTube/TeacherTube Resources


Introducing our YouTube Ethnography Project by Kansas State University


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Productivity Tools
  • googledocs: create and collaborate on any files
  • LibraryThing
    Catalog your books online and connects with people who read the same things you do! Amazing site!
  • editgrid: collaborate and save spreadsheets online
  • lulu: self publishing online
  • spresent: collaborative powerpoint
  • swivel: share data online with graphs
  • Remember the Milk: Online to-do list and task management

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Mind Maps/Thinking and Organizing Tools
Mapping Tools
  • GoogleEarth
    Satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings put the world's geographic information at your fingertips
  • googlemaps: collection of maps and satellite images

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Photo Sharing
  • flickr: social photo-sharing service
  • phixr: photo editing
  • Picasa: Google’s photo sharing service
  • slide: slide shows and photos
  • picnik: online photo editor
Social Tagging and Bookmarking
Online Surveys

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  • Hybrid services using content and ideas from many different services to create something new. Examples:
    • Buzztracker shows you the world news through maps
    • OpenWorldCat provides access to 18,000 libraries
    • MoreMap A GoogleMaps Mashup that lets you perform Package Tracking, check Weather, track Earthquakes, view Traffic, find Movies, Banks, and Radio Stations on a Google Map
    • Dewspot combines satellite maps, photo-galleries, video-resources, weather information, and lets you share your results with your friends and create your own communities
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Other Web 2.0 Tools
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Other Web 2.0 Tools

Google Tools | Social Networking/Sharing | Video & Audio | User-Created Content
Survey/Polling | Thinking/Organizing | Alice's Examples | Colleen's Examples


Google Tools:

Social Networking/Sharing Tools:

Video and Audio Tools:

User-Created Content Tools:


Survey and Polling Tools:

Thinking/Organizing Tools:

Examples from Alice's Classes

Examples from Colleen's Classes



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Dr. Christie's Web 2.0 Presentation (PDF)