Web 2.0

Internet-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)



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

BibMe Easy and Fast Bibliography Maker or EasyBib, same tool, less graphic but more popular…

Create a GraphCreateAGraph 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!

      Gnod Music      
Discover new bands and artists. Let gnod find out what music you like and what you don’t like.
     Gnod Books : Literary Map    
Type in the first name and name of your favourite author and see the map of other authors you might enjoy too.
      Gnod Movies      
Discover new movies, travel the world of film and discuss it all in the forums.



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.

Prezi to create awesome and powerful presentations. Discover an information literacy prezi here.

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

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.

Online Publishing

paper.li  choose to stream content from twitter, youtube or any other internet source in a live online newsletter.


Blogs blogs…

 Why blog?

  • 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.

How to?

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.


In education:

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!

3 thoughts on “Web 2.0 tools

  1. Hello, I think your blog might be having
    browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks
    fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has
    some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, great blog!

  2. Thank you for letting me know. I have explored the WordPress documentation a bit and found that it does happen to other people with Internet Explorer. I can only advise to view it in Safari, Chrome or Firefox.

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