Web 2.0Internet-based, user-centred tools that facilitate communication, information sharing, and collaboration.
Explore wonderful web 2.0 resources:
Encyclopedia Britannica Online A huge sum of information with three reading levels. Learning materials include English, Maths, Science and Social Studies resources, with interactive content. Available for free to schools in New Zealand, please ask your librarian for a login.
- School edition K-8 for primary and middle school levels, includes Britannica Learning Zone.
- College edition K-12, includes World Data Analyst
Digital New Zealand provides tools to find, share and use New Zealand digital content, much of which is not available from Internet Search engines. There is a lot to explore here and also to do: you can create your own videos, make a search box or other widgets…
Matapihi features moving images, photographs, drawings, paintings, sculpture, texts and some 3-d virtual museum objects about New Zealand geography, history, natural environment, people and events.
Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals from the years 1839 to 1932.
Press Reader Newspapers from around the world
Wikimedia a database of 9,766,928 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute
Wolfram Alpha is way to get knowledge and answers— not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods. Very interesting. Try it!
Carrot2 organizes your search results into topics. With an instant overview of what’s available, you will quickly find what you’re looking for.
Creative Commons content is re-usable (but still copyrighted)
- http://www.wordcentral.com/- a wonderful dictionary site for kids
- www.visualthesaurus.com create a mind map of the synonyms. Also a spelling bee game and cool other features.
Fun and useful Web 2.0 tools
aMap Argument mapping tool, critical thinking and all thing’s argument
Audacity free, open source software for recording and editing sounds
CreateAGraph Graphs and charts are great because they communicate information visually. Here you will find five different graphs and charts for you to consider. Younger students
Flickr 5 Frames Stories To tell a story in 5 Frames (Visual story telling) on Flickr
Glogster for kids To create great posters containing multimedia elements text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data. (Need to register)
www.gnod.net Gnod is a self-adapting artificial intelligence system, living on this server and ‘talking’ to everyone who comes along. Gnods intention is to learn ‘understanding’ its visitors. Even if you don’t know what you are looking for – gnod will find it!
Graphic Organizers, Mind Maps and Concept Maps are pictorial or graphical ways to organize information and thoughts for understanding, remembering, or writing about. Graphic organizers, mind maps and concept maps are powerful tools that can be used to enhance learning and create a foundation for learning. More advanced students.
Jing Screen-capture software, including videos and sequences.
Spell-Checker: Online spell check and grammar
Tagxedo Word-cloud with shapes etc
Voicethread: collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).
Wallwisher To create your own wall of post it. To share or to keep for yourself.
Wordle to create effective engaging posters
Wordsift to create a “cloud” from a full text
Yodio to add voice to your photos and share easily – free
More free web 2.0 resources on Joyce Valenza’s Open Source Resources
Keep track of what you like
Bookmarking services gather links from all and any subjects and have tools to help retrieve them easily: tags and bundles. They are available from any computer and you do not necessarily have to log in to access them.
Delicious propose tags and automatically import the links you shared on Facebook. It offers to create “bundles” of links.
Diigo: works “Towards your dream information management tool”! Diigo authorises notes and comments on links from various users.
Content curation organises a variety of content (links but also notes, images, docs from your computer…) under one specific theme. They are great to use in education, as a lesson one-stop-shop resource.
Pinterest, very visual with its clickable icons which contain clickable subchapter icons containing “pins”.
ScoopIt is very similar but less distracting with less “people” stuff.
Livebinder shows all the bookmarks/resources on the same page to give an immediate overview of the content. You can click on a tab to open a website while all the tabs stay on top.
Stich.It presents a slideshow of websites. Extremely easy to use, no login required, just paste the list of url and click Stich It to get a link you can use.
paper.li choose to stream content from twitter, youtube or any other internet source in a live online newsletter.
- Free, easy, dynamic, public and secure
- Creates a conversation, listening/answering to users
- Enhances writing (and thinking) because it is read by anybody: You write your best piece!
- Computers engages the youth. We use this tool to lead them to learning.
We have compared several blog servers, NZ ones, edublog, wordpress, blogspot… Blogspot is easier to use but wordpress allows you to create several Pages, which makes it look nearly like a website.
Find and follow your Favourite blogs
To find blogs you like, you can google it or use Technorati, a blog searching tool.
You do not have to be registered to follow blogs. You can add them to your Favourites to find them again.
Or you can receive their Feeds. Click on the RSS link generally provided to add to your Feeds list. To see your Feeds, choose the Feeds Explorer bar. You can also choose to receive the updates by email, if you select this option or in your Google reader if you have a Gmail account
Or you may get a dashboard, from blogspot to follow your blogs.
Some blogs will be “private” and you need an invitation from its administrator to be able to access.
To create a blog
Go to wordpress.com then Register your blog. Then follow the steps to choose your theme, your widgets, and write your first posts. Details and help with cool tutorials on http://support.wordpress.com/getting-started/
Hints: add one picture per post, add tags (keywords) for your posts.
When you have your own blog, you can add the blogs you like to your blogroll (=links) for easy retrieval.
- This one: “My” library’s blog http://mac-library.com
- In collaboration with Mt Aspiring College several Department, blogs were set up to support each different course taught in NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3. Example http://macyear9.wordpress.com
In club situation: Using a blog to reports club’s news and meeting minutes, sponsors links, resources and much more… Ex: http://macteamgreen.wordpress.com.
In business situation: Using a blog as a dynamic marketing tool, allowing to listen to customers.
If you need help
If you want a blog but do not feel confident to set it up, ask me!