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> Web2.0 Applications

Here is a comprehensive collection of Web2.0 applications for teachers and students. The collection is part of Jennifer Dorman's Online Connections class wiki . This is undoubtedly a best practice wiki and has been awarded a Cool Cat Teacher Award .

> Video Blogging

1. Digital camera
2. Blogger.com
1. Prepare script for narration
2. Record video and narration
3. Upload as a new post to Blogger.com
4. Enjoy

> The Future of Work

BusinessWeek.com's editor-in-chief, John Byrne, talks with chief economist Michael Mandel about how we will master technology, manage companies, and build careers in the world of tomorrow. This is a good podcast for a discussion session with students. Click the player to listen or go to the podcast

> New Web Searching Tool

Here is a good tool to aid in WWW exploration for visual thinkerswho don’t like paging through lists of search results? You enter a URL, it crunches a bit, and returns a node map with lines to sites that are “similar”. If you double click any of the nodes, they expand for the network around that node. You can use the sliders to zoom or change the spacing of the graphic, and drag around nodes to re-arrange them. And there are some graphic tools for colouring, annotating, etc.

> Digital Chef: Students' Slidecasts

1. Key points from discussion
2. PowerPoint
3. Audacity
4. Free Slideshare.net account
5. Free Internet Archive account

1. Create PowerPoint slides of key points
2. Record narration to enhance key points
3. Upload slides to Slideshare.net
4. Upload narration to Internet Archive
5. Synchronise slides and narration at Slideshare.net
6. Serve using a wiki or blog

> Student Word Tools

A great site to assist studentswriting reports and assignments. On one page students can access Google, Wikipedia, a dictionary, thesaurus, acronym search, citation builder, text translator and more.

> eLearning Guest Lecture

Stephan Ridgway, eLearning Coordinator, TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute presented a guest lecture to my Digital Media students on developments and trends in elearning. Here is the wiki that Stephan developedto support his presentation. There are lots of links and Stephan's podcast highlighting the impact of Web2.0 on elearning. A GREAT RESOURCE FOR TEACHERS

> Create Polls For Students


>Map of Future Forces Affecting Education

PollDaddy is an online tool, which allows you to create free polls and place them on your wiki, website, blog. Polls can be used as a quick and easy way of generating questions for students and enabling language learners to practise their English. As the poster, students can zip in straight away and post answers. One advantage of the poll as a question is the ability to have threads running from the question which allow for more than one correct answer or room for doubt. They can also spark off considerable debate. Polls provide a great opportunity to get feedback from students, without asking for the commitment of writing a comment (with the often lengthy form to fill in). It also means that students can get a feel for how other students responded. This automatically brings your students into a communal activity, and gives both you and them valuable feedback.
The KnowledgeWorks Foundation and the Institute of the Future have come up with a fascinating interactive map of the future forces affecting education. It shows the significant overlap between technology and physical community spaces, and their interplay with schools. Clicking on each element reveals more detail and an invitation to a discussion board. A relatively simply but rich visualisation for a complex set of issues and, while it's designed for a US education system, there are valid points for TAFE. USER TIPS• Hold your mouse button down over an empty area in the map to drag the map around within the main view.• Get more information about Drivers and Impact Areas by clicking the purple bars.

>Drawing Tool

Draw Anywhere is an excellent tool (free and online) that enables you and your students to draw, modify and share flowcharts and other diagrams, with the look & feel of a desktop application. It runs on any browser with Flash 9 installed. There is no need to download and install any custom software. It runs entirely on the web, and thus it is an always-on-access-anywhere solution. It meets all your diagramming needs without installing, maintaining and purchasing expensive software.

>Screen Capture Software

Here is a great tool for teachers and students for capturing and editing images from your screen. It's shareware software, try it and you will want to buy it (approx.$20). It allows you to capture anything on the screen including windows, objects, full screen, rectangle / freehand-selected regions and scrolling windows/web pages. It has innovative features such as a floating Capture Panel, hotkeys, resizing, cropping, text annotation, printing, e-mailing, screen magnifier and many more.

Learning Toolbox


Top 100 Tools

The Learning Toolbox offers recommendations and suggestions for tools to use for different learning activities. The Learning Toolbox consists of two parts::
1 - Personal Toolset: tools to access and view content as well as communicate with others (for your own personal learning/working)
2 - Producer's Toolset: tools to develop and deliver content and other learning solutions (for yourself and others)
This list has been compiled from the Top 10 Favourite Tools lists of a growing number of contributions from e-learning professionals. The tools they mention could be used for your own personal learning/working or for creating learning resources.

Find Web2.0 Applications

Simple Spark is a place to find and share in the new world of web applications. It has a comprehensive catalogue listing of all of those really cool apps that keep popping up in blogs and news articles. Entries in the catalogue are tagged and there's also a browsable catagory list so it's easy to search for things that might interest you. Try a search using "education".

7 Things You Should Know About.....

7 Things You Should Know About...pieces provide quick, no-jargon overviews of technologies and related practices that have demonstrated or may demonstrate positive learning impacts.

Hot Wiki

An example of the great work being done in the North Coast Institutute. Click the image to visit the wiki. Highly recommended
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About... series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices. Each brief focuses on a single technology or practice and describes: What it is, How it works, Where it is going, Why it matters to teaching and learning.
"The Learning Technology Team is a group of enthusiastic teachers at North Coast Institute of TAFE NSW. There are at least 20 of us working hard to implement and support the use of new and emerging technologies to make teaching, learning and assessment experiences more exciting and motivating for our learners. We are the WeLC's and FeLC's."


This is a great development for teachers....you can now add audio narrations to your SlideShare PowerPoint presentations...it's called SLIDECASTING.
1. Create your PowerPoint presentation
2. Record your voice narration as an .mp3 file and upload to a host service e.g. MediaMax and get the file's URL
3. Upload your PowerPoint to SlideShare...select CREATE SLIDECAST and link and synchronise your presentation to your audio file.
4. Embed the SlideCast in your blog/wiki for your students.
Here is more information including a screencast to get your started and examples.

Timeline Development Tool

Here is a great free tool to enable students to develop timelines at http://xtimeline.com/
Students are using it in
my classes to display the results of research projects. For milestones in their project they are required to gather text, graphic/photo, audio resources and embed them in their timelines.
The example below is for "Web Browser History". I was in the states (working for the Digital Equipment Company) when the Mosaic browser was launched in 1994. It created great excitement among teachers and we could see that this was going to herald major changes in education. I don't think that any of us thought it would take this long. - tonywh tonywh Jul 21, 2007

Wikis in the Workplace

Nice slideshow (from SlideShare) about the use of wikis in the workplace.
For all the companies Saikore and I have been working with (Go to our web site and check out the Customers and Solutions pages), wikis are now essential tools for use in project management, meetings management and reducing emails.
The concept used in this slideshow of personalising the presentation with a presenter and using the "first person" to present text is interesting. I think I will use it as an exercise for my students. - tonywh tonywh Jul 21, 2007

Cartoons and Creativity

ToonDoo is a cartoon generator. A great tool for storyboarding, creativity exercises and developing conceptual skills. The cartoon below is by Sue Waters a Perth based teacher. Check out more of Sue's cartoons here and visit her wiki from here**.

Blogs, wikis