web 2.0

There are many ways to define Web 2.0.  It can be viewed as a move from the static nature of Web 1.0 to an architecture of participation where users have more control over their own experience as well as be presented with a more contributory, application type interface.  This is where the social aspect of the web takes hold.

The concept of Web-as-participation-platform captures many of these characteristics.

 Tim O'Reilly, who helped coin the phrase "Web 2.0" offers a simple definition:  "Web 1.0 was about connecting computers and making technology more efficient for computers. Web 2.0 is about connecting people, and making technology more efficient for people."

Below you will find links to Web 2.0 tools and resources.  I provide these here as tools that, I believe, have instructional use and can be harnessed to engage and motivate students as well as to provide access to information in new and powerful ways.

Although I do my best to review these resources and make sure they are "safe," they are constantly evolving.  I encourage you to look at them, experiment and make your own decision regarding how appropriate they are in practice.

Tools and resources

VoiceThread

A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world.

 

Tokbox is a free service that lets you talk with people over live video. The service provides an embed link so that you can have the utility on a blog or webpage.  You can also video conference with multiple participants, leave video messages and send video email.  See my Tokbox below and feel free to leave me a message!

 

 

Simply put, xTimeline is a website that allows you to create, share, and explore timelines.  It is a dynamic tool that allows you to include multiple forms of media in a truly engaging way.

From floor plans and landscape designs to process flows and technical drawings, Gliffy Basic's shape libraries and intuitive interface will help you create diagrams instantly.

Sketchcasting is a new way to communicate something online by recording a sketch, optionally with your voice speaking. Any sketch can then be embedded on your blog/ homepage for people to play-back, and you can also point people to your sketchcast channel here (or let them subscribe to your sketchcast RSS feed). 

ToonDoo is a cool, comic-creating tool. ToonDoo was the happy result of brainstorming session that was aimed at creating a new way of expression for those who do not have the talent to draw. You can now just drag-drop or click to create comic strips that express your views, opinions, angst or to just have fun, loads of it!
 

 

Every photo is a story - an adventure, a piece of solitude, a relationship, or a tall tale. BubbleShare's mission is to help you tell your story using fun Web-based tools that make your photo sharing experience easy and entertaining.

Just upload your photos, and if you care to, remix them and add comments or your own voice to them. BubbleShare generates a private link or you can embed your final product in a webpage or blog.

Pageflakes enables you to easily personalize the web and make it your own.  Create a page using Flakes; they're small, movable versions of all of your web favorites that you can arrange on your personal homepage. There are Flakes for thousands of uses and interests, including news, sports, e-mail, local events, search, photos, music, videos - even interactive tools like a calendar and a to-do list - and just about anything else you do on the web at work and at home.


This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way.  Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place! (You will need to download Google Earth to take advantage of these resources).

Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.  Also be sure to check out Google Mars, Google Moon, Google Lunar Xprize and Explore the Sky with Google Earth..... among many more Google projects!

Google maps allows you to view Street, Aerial and Terrain imagery through the Google Maps interface.  Where this becomes useful for education is the ability to create your own maps and save them to share or embed them into webpages and blogs.  The example below is of the Iroquois tribes in New York.  You can also create tools.  Take a look at these examples:  GMap Pedometer, Google Planimeter, Your GMaps and Earthquakes in the Last Week.... to name a few!


  

Imagine how valuable it would be if your entire campus community — students, faculty, and staff — could share information and ideas more easily. With Google Apps Education Edition’s free communication, collaboration and publishing tools, including email accounts on your school’s domain, you can start bringing that vision to life. 

You can select any combination of available tools and services and customize them with your school's logo, color scheme and content.  This includes: Google Docs, Page Creator, Start Page, Gmail, Google Talk and Google Calendar.

Google supports teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge.  This link will provide you with a variety of tools provided by Google as well as contests for students and resources for the classroom.  For example, you will find: Tools for your classroom, suggested classroom activities by grade level, some great posters for the classroom and a teacher community to share ideas and resources.

Perhaps one of the easiest Wiki creators available, wikispaces is now giving away 100,000 FREE "plus" accounts for education that normally cost $50/year.   Collaborative essays, group study guides, online lesson plans, and classroom notice boards all come alive on Wikispaces.

Blogs are great for one-to-many communication, such as one person writing about personal finance.  Forums are good for letting many users ask questions and letting many people answer.  Wikis are excellent for collaboration. If you want to let students collaborate, add files, suggest links, and create a document that's comprehensive and up-to-date, pbwiki might be for you.

The web is a fantastic tool when it comes to distributing resources - all you have to do on your edublog is upload, or copy and paste, your materials to your blog and they’ll be instantly accessible by your student from school and from home. What’s more, you can easily manage who gets to access them through password and plugin safety measures.

A new way of organizing, sharing, and presenting web content...

Kerpoof is meant to be fun, but we're serious about its educational value. There are many ways that elementary and middle school teachers can use Kerpoof to enhance their classroom activities and meet educational standards as well.

SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations on the web.  Easily upload presentations for easy sharing and the ability to embed!  This is a powerful "must-have" for teachers with their own sites!

Mindomo is a versatile Web-based mind mapping tool, delivering the capabilities of desktop mind mapping software in a Web browser - with no complex software to install or maintain.  Create, edit mind maps, and share them in dynamic ways.

Ning is the only online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds.  Ning offers the latest social networking features, all infinitely customizable to meet your unique needs.   Email and tell them that you are an educator and they will remove the ads from your network!

This service allows you convert a Flash Video / FLV file (YouTube's videos,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online.  It converts FLV to MPEG4 faster and less lossy than a typical transcoder.  When you submit an url, it will download and convert to the video format. Then you can download the converted file.


Flickr is the WD-40 that makes it easy to get photos from one person to another in whatever way they want.  Many other web 2.0 integrate with Flickr making it even easier to create dynamic content! 

Social bookmarking at its best, delicious uses tags to track important pages.  A tag is simply a word you use to describe a bookmark. Unlike folders, you make up tags when you need them and you can use as many as you like. The result is a better way to organize your bookmarks and a great way to discover interesting things on the Web.

The Comic Creator is an interactive tool that invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts.

Widgets are small utilities that you can embed in blogs or webpages. Some of them are just fun, but others can add value to education.  This is a site you can get lost in!

ProgrammableWeb is where you can keep-up with what's new and interesting with mashups, Web 2.0 APIs, and the new Web as Platform.  The core of the site is the news blog and the 4 dashboards: Home, Mashups, APIs, and Members. New updates every day, 365 days a year.
 

The number of information sources we all need to follow keep multiplying. There are blogs, news sites, social networks, photos on Flickr, videos on YouTube, and podcasts from all over the world. Reading lists are the solution to this information overload. A reading list is a collection of feeds from multiple sources that have been organized into a convenient package. Grazr.com makes it easy to create, share, and publish reading lists on any number of subjects. It's all online for easy access and completely free.

Wetpaint powers websites that tap the power of collaborative thinking. The heart of the Wetpaint advantage is its ability to allow anyone — especially those without technical skill — to create and contribute to websites written for and by those who share a passion or interest. To do this, Wetpaint combines the best aspects of wikis, blogs, forums and social networks so anyone can click and type on the web.

Animoto is a web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using patent-pending technology and high-end motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced on a widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer.

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Be sure to also check out TwitterVision in 3D (hope you have some free time).

iSquint is an iPod video conversion app for Mac OS X.  It's many times faster than QuickTime Pro, works with almost all popular video formats, and it's infinitely free-er.
It's also really easy.
 

Well... its Youtube.  If you don't know what it is, you might be in the wrong place.

TeacherTube officially launched on March 6, 2007. Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator.

Zoho is an Office Productivity Suite that easily rivals Google Apps.  They provide everything that Google Apps does and a WHOLE LOT MORE! 

Included in this powerful online suite is: Writer, Sheet, Show, Meeting, Notebook, DB & Reports, Planner, Projects, CRM, Creator, Wiki, Chat, Mail, Business and more.

A free online collaborative whiteboard that requires no registration, and..... its fun to use.  The whiteboard tools include free draw, lines, shapes, stamps, and text, and even though collaborating with this thing would be KILLER from a tablet PC, it's still pretty useful as an instant collaboration space from any computer.

A swicki is a custom social search portal on the topic of your choice. With every search, vote and click, your swicki generates more relevant results and turns into a valuable asset for you and your community.

Grab this swicki from eurekster.com

 

Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames.  It's fast, easy, and fun.

Bloglines is a window to a whole new world of dynamic content that is being created and distributed over the new "live" web. You can make your own personalized news page tailored to your unique interests from our index of tens of millions of live internet content feeds, including articles, blogs, images and audio. And it's FREE!

Create your podcast for FREE!  So easy your grandma could do it!

Provides simple, intuitive tools for managing your digital life and expressing yourself on the web.

The HotChalk Learning Environment is community software for teachers, students, and parents. It includes curriculum management, lesson plan development, automated assignment distribution, collection, and grading in a web-based environment. Teachers can find, create and share standards aligned resources and best practices. HotChalk is accessed through an Internet browser and is available wherever the internet is.

If creating a video and publishing it to the web seems like a challenge, we think you'll find that Jumpcut makes it easy and fun.  If video isn't your thing just yet and you just want to make cool slideshows with your pictures, Jumpcut is still the best place.
Finally, a free online location where you can use all your media, create great looking movies and publish to anyone you choose.



Use LetterPop to create eye-popping newsletters, actionable presentations, irresistible invitations, beautiful product features, sizzling event summaries, informative club updates, lovely picture collages, and a whole lot more.

MediaMax gives you a private and secure place to upload, store, access, and share your personal videos, photos, movies, music, and files.

Netvibes is about having web the way you want it. Exactly the way you want it. Delivered to you.  Ever wish you could get your all of your favorite websites, blogs, news, weather, maps, address books, to do lists, email accounts, social networks, radio stations, search engines, instant messengers, video and photo networks - all of your favorite things in one place and share them with your friends?

Photobucket is the most popular site on the Internet for uploading, sharing, linking and finding photos, videos, and graphics. Your free Photobucket account can store thousands of photos and hours of video. Photobucket also offers free tools for making slideshows of photos, videos with music.

Doodle on Google’. Or, alternatively, ‘Maps for the Masses’. Allows site visitors to annotate Google maps using an interface reminiscent of simple paint or image editing applications. After annotating a map, users may save the maps for later editing, share the map by way of a URL, or post the map to any website. All without knowing a lick of JavaScript.
 

Scriblink is a free digital whiteboard that users can share online in real-time. Sorta like pen and paper, minus the dead trees, plastic, and the inconvenience of being at the same place at the same time.

Team resources for online collaboration. Powerful new features designed to let you work better together. Share resources with your team, co browse the web, annotate shared documents, video phone, skype calls ... share ideas, communicate & sync like never before. 'team-skrbl' is the next best thing to being in the same room.

With Skype you can make free calls over the internet to other people on Skype for as long as you like, to wherever you like. It is free to download.

Don't forget to learn about Skypecasts!


Customizable Internet Dashboard that overlays 15+ Web 2.0 applications in a webtop.

Spresent is a free Web-based alternative to PowerPoint. Create and edit high-quality Flash presentations online. You can send presentations via e-mail or publish on your web site or blog.

Vyew is a FREE online meeting service that brings people and content together.
Use Vyew to host LIVE conferences or collaborate over time, asynchronously.

Adobe Labs provides you with the opportunity to experience and evaluate new and emerging innovations, technologies, and products from Adobe.  They are working on some very interesting stuff! 

Bookr is a dynamic tool to create your own photobooks using Flickr.  A neat litte tool and they also provide a bunch of other resources.

CircaVie, or "times of your life," is a place to celebrate your events in an exciting new way ... chronologically through an interactive timeline.

Some great resources for the ELL, ESL, Language Learner environment.

CommunityWalk is a website that is dedicated to providing a powerful yet simple and easy to use interface for creating informational, interactive, and engaging maps.  With the ability to show photos, add comments, display interactive media, hide and show categories of locations, explore hundreds of fantastic maps of anything and everything, and so much more, CommunityWalk is fast becoming the destination site for creating and exploring the most interesting maps on the Internet.

Engrade is a free online gradebook that allows teachers to manage their classes online as well as post grades, assignments, attendance, and upcoming homework online for students and parents to see. Engrade is free and easy to use.


Free esl video quizzes and resources for ESL / EFL students and teachers.

Create, share, publish flashcards.  Flashcard Friends is a website focused on education. It enables people to create, learn and test themselves using the proven method of flashcards…except that these are online, not printed. 

Fleck allows you to interact with pages on the web just as if it were pages in a magazine. You can save your annotated page for yourself, send it to friends or colleagues or use it in your blog.

FlockPod is about adding social interaction to any web page to serve a dual purpose - facilitate informal learning and augment the content itself!  The central idea of FlockPod is to provide a space on any web page for you to collaborate and learn right on-the-spot, to share ideas, opinions, experiences, anecdotes or sometimes even to question, reason or debate.



Footnote.com is a place where original historical documents are combined with social networking in order to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past.

The Footnote.com collections feature documents, most never before available before on the Internet, relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents.

Footnote.com is more than just an online repository for original documents. In addition to hosting millions of records, Footnote supports a community of people that are passionate about a variety of topics relating to history.

Footnote.com creates an environment where members can share their content and insights, ranging from major historical events to personal accounts and family histories. Footnote.com, together with its members, is revealing a side of history that few have seen before.

Lunapic is a fantastic online photo editor with a huge variety of effects and options.  You can fetch images from your computer, flickr and a number of other sources!

Create books collaboratively!  Mixbook.com allows you to create books with your friends and family about memorable events, the everyday moments and all the things that are important in your life. You can collaborate with others to design custom books that we will print and ship right to your door - for you to keep or to give as a gift! Mixbooks can be shared online or as coffee-table quality printed books.

Neulio is a free online course creation and hosting tool.  Many folks have already created and shared course content.  I have not had much time to look at this tool but it looks interesting.

Our mission is to empower you to express yourself in new and creative ways with the media that matters to you most - your own - and to share your creations with your most important network.

Quintura for Kids is a visual and intuitive search engine for children.   Looks like it has some interesting functionality!

 

Showbeyond is a multimedia slidecast creator, online publishing platform, and story sharing community. With Showbeyond, you can easily grab your images, then add your sound and text to create multimedia stories.

Slide is the largest personal media network in the world, reaching more than 134 million unique global viewers each month and 30 percent of the U.S. Internet audience. We help people express themselves and tell stories through personalized photos and videos created on Slide.com and viewed anywhere on the web or desktop.

SuTree is a knowledge community and an aggregator of instructional & educational videos.  Watch thousands of free video lessons and tutorials from all over the web.  Join or create video-based courses and invite people to your course.

Tumblelogs have to be one of the easiest ways to share content.  To make a simple analogy: If blogs are journals, tumblelogs are scrapbooks.  You can also look at tumblelogs as slightly more structured blogs that make it easier, faster, and more fun to post and share stuff you find or create.


Ustream.TV is the live interactive video broadcast platform that enables anyone with a camera and an Internet connection to quickly and easily broadcast to a global audience of unlimited size. In less than two minutes, anyone can become a broadcaster by creating their own channel on Ustream or by broadcasting through their own site, empowering them to engage with their audience and further build their brand.

Youfig is currently in invite-only beta.  It looks like something that will be the next generation of they way the web will be.  At youfig small groups of 8 collaborators are assembled into groups and are given a dedicated workspace to discuss any topic. Starting a discussion is quick and easy. After creating the topic youfig will suggest other knowledgeable collaborators to help you out with figuring, planning or brainstorming your topic.

Channel surf the internet with the StumbleUpon toolbar to find great sites, videos, photos and more based on your interests. StumbleUpon learns what you like and makes better recommendations.

Eyejot is the first, comprehensive, client-free online video messaging platform ideal for both personal and business communications. It offers everyone the ability to create and receive video messages in a self-contained, spam-free environment. With no client to install, you can start using Eyejot immediately with any browser, on any platform. It even features built-in support for iTunes™.

A tool for learning vocabulary:
You enter a vocabulary list of any words or data you want. Quizlet gives you a specialized learning mode, flashcards, randomly generated tests, and collaboration tools for classmates to help you study those words. Quizlet keeps track of the words you know and only retests you on the ones you don't. You can share your vocabulary sets with classmates and get email notification when others make sets for you.  Quizlet works in any language. If you can type it into your keyboard, you can study it on Quizlet.

Kaltura is a free online site for group video making. For the first time, users are given the ability to CREATE RICH MEDIA TOGETHER. Like the Wiki platform that enables users to collaborate on the creation of texts from any browser, Kaltura enables a group of users to collaborate on the creation of a video.

Asterpix enables users to easily create hypervideos and share them through websites, blogs and email. Analogous to hypertext, hypervideo provides an interactive experience by allowing viewers to select objects of interest to get more information or navigate the video.

Trailfire rewires the web to your interests. It guides you as you browse, suggesting where you can find information related to any page you're on at anytime. It also lets you make your own connections on the web - to link pages that relate to a topic from your own point of view.  The basic building block of Trailfire is the trail - a collection of web pages on a subject or concept, hand built and annotated by a trail creator (we call them "guides") on each page. Trails run the gamut from practical to evangelical to whimsical.

Vaestro is audio forum software that you can use on your web site for free. Talk to your friends, host interactive podcasts, or use it like an audio blog. Use it anytime you need to communicate with groups of people small or large.

Photo Sharing, Online Photo Albums, Digital Prints, Image Hosting, Photo Slideshows. 

PictureTrail's Flash-based slideshows - called "Photo Flicks" - are customizable from dozens of unique designs, with options for captions, speed control and color selection. Its "Bling Maker" offers online stylizing of images. Its "Adopt a Pet" offers a custom, interactive "virtual pet" for member accounts.

Use Vimeo to exchange videos with only the people you want to.  Similar to YouTube, Vimeo allows you to upload and share videos, but Vimeo has a whole bunch more privacy options. 


Adobe Systems has opened up Photoshop Express, its long-anticipated Web-based image editor aimed at the millions of consumers that want a simple way to touch up, share, and store photos.

Photoshop Express, available for free with 2 gigabytes of storage at, is a significant departure from Adobe's desktop software business.

The application, which needs Flash Player 9 to run, pushes the limits of browser-based applications and will likely ratchet up the competition on the dozens of free and online photo-editing products available now.

The Earth at Your Fingertips
You've heard about global warming with its subsequent impending ecological disasters, but what's the real story? By connecting you with scientists in the field, current news and visual representations of data from NOAA and NASA, Earth Live will explore climate change and its consequences. The layers that spin across the globe are gathered over the latest 30 days giving you a near-real time glimpse of the state of the earth.

Experiment with new approaches to user interfaces that you will likely see more widespread in the future as the web further matures.

Coghead is a 100% web-based system that allows knowledge workers to create their own custom business applications. There’s never any software to install or servers to maintain. Just think it, build it and share it!

Springnote is a service that has captured the essence of wiki. It works as a representative service of the web as a platform and the writable web. It has an easy Springnote editor with plug-ins and templates and it's simple to create various mash-ups using the Open API.

Google Sites, a new offering from Google Apps, makes creating a team site as easy as editing a document. Use Google Sites to centralize all types of information -- from videos to presentations -- and share your site with just a few people, your community.  This leverages with use of the other Google applications and provides a great platform for collaboration.

Never edited video before? Never fear. With Adobe® Premiere® Express, make videos that rock in minutes. All you need is a web browser and Adobe Flash® Player, which you probably already have on your machine. And best of all, there's nothing to pay or download — it's online and free to use on partner websites. Reorder, split, and trim your video clips; add music, transitions, and titles; and then make it all your own with a mix of favorite photos, graphics, and animation. Be the director with controls so simple, your grandma could do it. Go on — express yourself. Mix and mash away with Adobe Premiere Express.

We love to see people do great stuff with their photos. In our world, everything can be professional, yet free to use. Advanced and yet easy. Powerful enough to do cool things, yet simple enough to be used everyday. Move your photos in and out of this world from any other place on the net, and use flauntR to make them feel special. In our world, everyone gets to be a pro.

You can use LiveJournal in many ways: a private journal, a blog, a discussion forum or a social network.
 

Similar to UStream... Create LIVE video shows and chat with your audience. All you need is a webcam and an internet connection.

Yahoo! For Teachers is the product of Yahoo! listening to teachers and delivering what they wanted - access to more resources and the ability to connect with other educators, the site provides (or will provide) access to State aligned resources and complete lessons. 

Hypertextopia is a space where you can read and write stories for the internet. On the surface, it looks like a mind-map, but it embeds a word-processor, and allows you to publish your stories like a blog.  It's designed to facilitate the writing of axial hypertexts by making a distinction between the fragments (essential elements) and the shards (minor, but enriching elements) of a story.

Lulu.com lets you publish and sell print-on-demand books and e-books, online music and images, custom calendars and books.  It also allows you to market and sell your works.

Web-based timeline software for creating, collaborating on, and sharing history and project planning.  A very dynamic and interesting timeline tool.

Stream live video fast to the world. Right from your phone.

Seesmic is a video micro blogging web application in pre-alpha stage being developed by French entrepreneur Loic Le Meur[1] to make video uploading easier for those using webcams.


VUVOX is an easy to use production and instant sharing service that allows you to mix, create and blend your personal media – video, photos and music into rich personal expressions. VUVOX reflects your life. It gives you the ability to:

- Share your personal media with your network of friends.
- Personalize and customize your media to your heart's content.
- Locate and establish always-on feeds to your personal media.
- Take visual blogging and personal expression to the next level.


The Digital Vaults, an online interactive exhibit for the National Archives Experience, was launched in February, 2008. The Digital Vaults web site is conceived as a portal into the heart of the National Archives, and can be reached from the home page of the National Archives Experience. To enter the site directly, visit www.digitalvaults.org. This new site uses visual records such as documents, photographs, and popular media, and illustrates how these materials can come together in unexpected ways to tell the story of our country.

Librarians, teachers and parents have told us how hard it is for students to understand web searching. Boolify makes it easier to for students to understand their web search by illustrating the logic of their search, and by showing them how each change to their search instantly changes their results.

It's simple, immediate and is easy and flexible to use with your class, no matter the subject matter.

Search results are presented through Google's "Safe Search STRICT" technology, so we're confident that the results your students receive are safe.

Dipity is the easiest way to make and share interactive timelines about the people and things you care about.

Eyespot provides video editing and sharing software that can be easily embedded in any website. Unlike other video editing solutions, Eyespot technology is easy-to-use, intuitive, and accessible for all end-users. Our solution includes next generation video sharing technology, enabling users to share not only via email and embed codes but also to mobile phones, portable players, and other connected devices.

Movie Masher is free software that can be installed on any web server to enable advanced video editing features for end users.

Photophlow is a fun way to share flickr photos in real time. invite your friends, search together, chat and comment all at once.


Tikatok™ is where kids channel their imagination into stories – and publish those stories into books for you to share and treasure.

 

Graffiti is a demo of some of the vidavee technology. We hope this helps people think about video in a different way, an interactive way.

This wiki was created for school library media specialists by Dr. Donna Baumbach and Dr. Judy Lee, University of Central Florida. The purpose is to provide information about some of the new web-based tools (Web 2.0) and how they can be used and are being used by school library media specialists and their students and teachers.

With Issuu anyone can convert their documents into interactive online publications. It only takes a minute and it's free. Forever.

Glogster is a revolutionary way of expressing your mood, feelings and ideas, and it goes miles beyond text or video! Creating a Glog lets you express all those things you haven’t been able to describe by words. It opens the door to a whole new world of communication – just choose a background, throw in some shapes and characters from our galleries, add text, your own videos or photos and perhaps a pinch of music and there it is! In just a few minutes, you can make a digital poster, a colorful medley of ideas, reflecting your own special style.

A great way to quickly add your own video comment to virtually any web page.

CoveritLive's web based software takes your next live blog to a new level. Your commentary publishes in real time like an instant message. Our ‘one-click’ publishing lets you drop polls, videos, pictures, ads and audio clips as soon as they come to mind. Comments and questions from your readers instantly appear but you control what gets published.

Free Web Meeting, Free Web Conferencing, Meetup, Open Source, Net Meeting, eLearning, web conference, Unified Collaboration, Online Meetings, etc...

Drop.io is the simplest way to share files online.  Simply set up a private space to drop any files by phone, email, web, widget or fax and then share them with whoever you want via a variety of outputs.


Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.

Famento is a place for you to record personal and family history. Famento lets you keep in touch with people you care about, and tell them about your life using photos, videos, stories, and more.

FotoFlexer is the world's most advanced online digital photo editor. It performs advanced effects previously only available to professionals using expensive software.

Furl is a free service that saves the important items you find on the Web and enables you to quickly find them again. Furl archives a personal copy of every page you save. When you want to recall it, you can find it instantly by searching the full text your archived items.

Ever wish you could create a personalized, customized search engine that searches only across sites that you specify and displays results that you know will be right for you or your students? Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) allows you do do just that. All you need to do is choose the websites and pages you'd like to search, then follow a few simple steps to create a CSE. Think of it as putting the power of Google web search to work for you.

Let's say you're a grade school teacher and you want your students to access only child-safe sites. You can pre-select the sites, list them in the settings of your new search engine, and then let your students use it -- knowing that they're searching the web safely. And because you choose the sites to search, they'll get a limited number of highly relevant search results, making the time they spend online more efficient and rewarding.

Use LetterPop to create eye-popping newsletters, actionable presentations, irresistible invitations, beautiful product features, sizzling event summaries, informative club updates, lovely picture collages, and a whole lot more.

Lotus Symphony was voted office productivity software product of the year for 2008 by Datamation Magazine readers. In what can only be described as an upset, relative newcomer, Lotus Symphony, beat out Microsoft Office, OpenOffice 2.3.1, ThinkFree Office and other nominees.

Make Beliefs Comix is an online comic creator designed to be used very easily.

Mogulus is the most powerful live broadcast platform on the internet. Producers can use the Mogulus browser-based Studio application to create LIVE, scheduled and on-demand internet television to broadcast anywhere on the web through a single player widget.
 

Omnisio was founded with the goal of drastically improving your online video experience.

Transform your browser into a full-screen, 3D experience for online photos and videos.
 

PicLens Publisher is free software that helps you create full-screen, immersive slideshow gallery. It brings the power of PicLens and PicLens Lite to your website.

Pixlr is a online image editor, that means that you can upload your images and edit them in your browser. It is built in Flash and you need to have a Flash plug in to get it to work.


Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary hardware-based response systems with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere.

SchoolTube is a safe and fun way for students to view their work online and share it with their peers and family, both near and far away.


We created Scrapblog because we wanted to go beyond sharing our photos and videos online. We made Scrapblog drag-and-drop-easy so that everyone can tell their stories and create beautiful multimedia scrapbooks.

Quickly integrate iPaper into your website.

Create your own tag cloud from any text to visualize word frequency.


Viewzi is a new and highly visual way to search that brings all your favorite stuff together in one place.

AuthorSTREAM is a platform for sharing PowerPoint presentations on the Internet. authorSTREAM makes it easier to share your PowerPoint slideshows through blogs, websites, on YouTube and even via iPOD. What's best is that it's all FREE! Just sign-up, upload presentations and start sharing...

Aviary is on a mission to make creation accessible to artists of all genres, from graphic design to audio editing.

Combine your videos, photos, blogs and mp3s into rich, multimedia storylines.

CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. Using an open-content, web-based collaborative model termed the "FlexBook," CK-12 intends to pioneer the generation and distribution of high quality educational content that will serve both as core text as well as provide an adaptive environment for learning.

Curriki is more than your average website; we're a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world.  Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them.

We created Fliggo to let anybody create their own video sharing websites. Whether you want to create a place to collect niche videos of your favorite hobby or you need to privately share training videos with your company, we have strived to make Fliggo an easy solution for any of your video needs.

Glubble ensures a safe environment for kids to enjoy the Internet because parents can pre-approve all the sites their children visit. After all, only parents know what’s best for their kids. New sites can be added at any time… so Glubble grows with your children.

A substantial offering from Microsoft,  Live@edu provides a simple, practical way to provide advanced online communications and collaboration for everyone in your campus community. At no additional cost to your institution, we provide: hosted email, calendars, online workspaces, mobile alerts, document sharing, instant messaging, blogs, videoconferencing, mobile access and address books, all accessible on Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile devices.

Livescribe is fundamentally changing the way people capture, use and share information with pen and paper, ensuring people will never miss a word.

Producers can use the Livestream browser-based Studio application to create LIVE, scheduled and on-demand internet television to broadcast anywhere on the web through a single player widget.

pptPlex uses Plex technology to give you the power to zoom in and out of slide sections and move directly between slides that are not sequential in your presentation.

Prezi allows anyone who can sketch an idea on a napkin to create and perform stunning non-linear presentations with relations, zooming into details, and adjusting to the time left without the need to skip slides.

Soshiku is a simple but powerful tool that manages your school  assignments. Soshiku keeps track of when your assignments are due and can even notify you via email or SMS.

...allows people to capture - both as individuals and in collaboration with their family and friends - meaningful Moments in their lives, and to sequence those Moments on a personal timeline, creating a “digital reflection” of their real-world life. The site combines photo- and video-sharing, blogging, media and social networking with a slew of never-before-seen features to create an experience that is as fresh and unexpected as it is easy and fun to use.

With TinyChat you can create your own chatroom and invite people through one simple link. You can also embed your chatroom.

WiZiQ is a web-based platform for anyone and everyone who wants to teach and learn live, online. Teachers and students use WiZiQ for its state-of-the-art virtual classroom, to create and share online educational content and tests, and to connect with persons having similar subject interests.

The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

An innovative online community for learning languages.

A free and easy way to teach and learn online.

Jaycut is an innovative, online video editor with unique capabilities and social networking abilities.

Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara, meaning 'think' or 'thought' in Te Reo Māori, is user centered environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed. Mahara also features a weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.

Collaborative Documents with a spin.  Interesting....

MyStudiyo is the place to create professional looking quizzes for your website, or blog. It takes just a few minutes to make a quiz and seconds to add it to your site.

Award-winning click-and-drag comic creator
Customize everything right on the page
Move characters into any pose
Use in any web browser, Mac or PC
Certified for use on interactive whiteboards

Take and create free online quizzes.

Xtranormal’s mission is to bring movie-making to the people. Movie-making, short and long, online and on-screen, private and public, will be the most important communications process of the 21st century.

Our revolutionary approach to movie-making builds on an almost universally held skill—typing. You type something; we turn it into a movie. On the web and on the desktop.

 

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