Connecting Learners using Web
Web 2.0 Tools
• Online resources that enhance student
learning include audio and
video, collaboration websites, mobile
broadband tools, and data mashups. These
types of Web 2.0 tools are organized to
encourage author access and design rather
than information presented in a designated
framework that has been determined by
Web 2.0 Tools
• Web 2.0 tools give learners different ways to
access information and share their knowledge.
Integrate these resources into your lessons to
ensure students are able to communicate and
share their knowledge and understanding
Open source resources
• Open source resources are designed to foster
collaboration and allow access to tools that
make work easier.
• Open source Web 2.0 resources include
programs such as word
processing, database, and image software that
are freely available to educators for use in the
Examples of open source resources
• One new direction for open source tools is called
cloud computing in which applications are
available through networked computers to
distribute greater access to processing power and
applications. Cloud based resources are free or
have a very low cost. The software and files are
stored in the cloud or network of computers
supporting the software application. One of the
most familiar types of clouds is a wordle: a visual
created out of words.
• Sites: www.wordle.net or www.tagxedo.com
• Collaboration websites are resources that provide
ways for users to interact with other users for
education purposes, most commonly in the form
of blogs and wikis.
• Blogs, short for web logs, are a set of personal
commentaries about a specific topic. (Examples:
Tumblr.com, Blogger.com, Blogtastic, http://teac
herlingo.com, and so forth).
• Wikis are web based resources that let users
engage in collaborative writing and editing.
• Blogs, which can contain text, visuals, and
links to websites, allow learners to share
information with each other and with the
teacher. The structure of a blog is arranged so
that the most recent posting is first, allowing
easy access to the most recent comments.
• Wikis are web-pages that permit users to
interact with a document that others have
written or edited. Wikis allow users to write
new information or edit the information that
is posted on a collaborative site. (Examples:
Wikipedia, Google Docs)
• Another type of collaboration web-based
resources, social networking sites are open to
anyone who wishes to create a page about
themselves and share that information with
others. (Examples: Twitter, MySpace, and
• Social networking sites are different from wikis
because the amount of text is limited to only a
few words, encouraging brief communications
when exchanging information.
• Data mashups create sites that are new and
different from the original sources. (Examples:
online news media sites combine
text, video, audio and real time information
updated about every 15 minutes).
• How can students take advantage of mashup
sites? They can combine mapping and satellite
information to identify specific locations in
cities around the globe.
Advantages of using Web 2.0 Tools in
• Web 2.0 Tools are:
• Portable-information can be accessed and used anywhere.
• Authentic audience-you can reach readers beyond the
classroom who can provide feedback.
• Connectedness: communication among students is
facilitated, encouraging collaboration.
• Social awareness: students become more sensitive to
others through social networking sites where they have
access to others’ information.
• Easy to produce: new types of technologies simplify the
process of preparing materials such as podcasts or online
Limitations of Web 2.0 Tools
Require sophisticated hardware.
Quality of messages.