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  1. 1. Whatʼs Web 2.0?Web 2.0 can most easily be defined in relation to what the web originally was ( Web 1.0! )Originally:•Text basedʻhtmlʼ with some images - The early web was largely driven by textbased content formated with a simple programming language calledʻhtmlʼ.•Broadcast medium - Most web sites were owned or controlled by companies orindividuals with web skills. The content was added by web masters and the ownerof the website decided what would go on the website. This was aʻtop downʼprocess, readers had no choice and little input into the content that went on thesite.•Slow connection speeds - Most visitors were using slow dial up connectionswhich made downloading large files such as video or audio incredibly slow.•Limited interactivity - If there was any interactivity on websites it was almostcompletely text based and usually took the form of sending in an email, basic textchat or posting a message on a text based bulletin board.•Expensive software - Most creative work being done on computers was done using expensive softwarewhich was complex to learn and had to be bought on discs and installed on the hard drive.•DotCom bubble burst - Some largely misguided attempts by many companies tomake money over the internet using outdated business models end mostly infailure.Web 2.0 is different:•Speed - Broadband connectivity and high speed wireless and mobile connectionshave enabled much of the changes that have occurred.•Web based software and applications - The development of more complexprogramming languages combined with more sophisticated web browsers haveenabled users access software tools online without downloading and in many caseswithout paying for them.•Platform based services - Instead of providing content, many web companies nowprovide platforms such as YouTube, Digg, Blogger , etc.•User generated content - Users of these services create and share their owncontent.•Rich media content - Connection speeds have enabled the web to deliver audio,video and fast interactive games of a high quality without wait time.•Complex social interactions - Interaction through websites and web serviceshave become much more complex and users can now share a vast array of contentand information and collaborate for more rapidly and easily.•New business models - Most successful web 2.0 products and services are freefor anyone to use.•Democratisation - This has been described as theʻdemocratisationʼ of the web. Itis no longer a broadcast medium controlled by website owners and web masters.Now anyone can contribute what they know and share it with anyone else.YouTube
  2. 2. Random Name Picker Picking from The Hat Word Web WordWeb is a free download that when installed will allow you to display the definition and synonyms of any word in any document (on or off-line). Simply hold the Control key + right mouse click the word and the WordWeb Window pops up with the definition.WORDWEB FREE* VERSIONWordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words inalmost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as theWikipedia encyclopedia. Features of the free version include: Definitions and 150 000 root words synonyms 120 000 synonym sets Related words Look up words in almost 5000 audio any program pronunciations 65 000 text pronunciationsMillions of people from all over the world use this top-rated software Math On-line Grapher Create a Graph
  3. 3. On-line Calculator Abacus Stopwatch visible Body Dictionary ArtsNewspaper Cliplet Generator Penzu is a simple online tool for creating a personal journal. Entries are automaticallydated and students can add titles and text as well as images which appear in the margin ofthe page. They need to register to save their entries but this is quick and simple and onlyrequires an email address. The journal entries can be shared by email or can be printed upand brought into class.If you email an entry to someone they receive the text in an email and a link to the journal page yousent. The journal page can only be edited and changed by the author not by the person who receives it.2. Voxopop is a web based audio tool that enables users to record their speaking for othersto listen and respond to. It allows teachers and students to build up threaded audiodiscussions online similar to those on a text based bulletin board.4. Dvolver Moviemaker Moviemaker is a simple tool that enables you to create your own animatedcartoons by selecting from a range of characters backgrounds and scenarios and addingyour own dialogue text bubble. The movies can then be sent by email or embedded intoblogs or websites for others to enjoy
  4. 4. 5. 280 Slides Slides is a web based presentation tool similar to PowerPoint. It enables you to create presentationswith a series of slides and embed rich web based media into the slides such as video, audio and images.You can then deliver the presentations online, embed them into blogs or websites or download them toa computer hard drive7. Wordle is a simple tool that enables you to create colourful graphic representations of textsbased on word occurrence from any given text. You just feed in the text either by copy andpaste or by specifying a URL and then Wordle will analyse the text and create a colourfulrepresentation with more frequently occurring words appearing much larger than lessfrequent words. You can adjust colours and designs to suit your taste.8. TokBox is a free video communication platform that works in the browser without requiringdownload of any additional software. It enables a number ofʻmodesʼ of communication.These include 1 to 1 live conferencing, many to many live conferencing, recorded videoemail messages. TokBox is also partnering with EtherPad to provide shared work spacesfor creating and editing text.9. Forvo is a multilingual user generated pronunciation dictionary. You can search and findthe pronunciation of words from a vast range of languages. You can also add wordsyourself and record the pronunciation or add words that you need the pronunciation forand wait for someone to record the word for you. Most of the pronunciations haveadditional information about the nationality, ethnicity, geographical origin of the speaker, sowhere words have more than one pronunciation example itʼs possible to compare differentaccents.Free On-line Text to Speech Reader Studio
  5. 5. OfficeFaststone Picture resizerEusing Registry CleanerEusing Free Registry Cleaner is a free registry repair software that allows you to safelyclean and repair registry problems with a few simple mouse clicks. The WindowsRegistry is a crucial part of your PCs operation system.Problems with the Windows Registry are a common cause of Windows crashes and errormessages. Registry problems can occur for many reasons, including references leftbehind after uninstallation; incorrect removal of software; missing or corrupt hardwaredrivers; or orphaned start-up programs. This will significantly increase the Registry sizeand slow down your computer, because Windows will need more time to load, search,and read data from the Registry. Free window sweeperFree Internet Window Washer is a free internet tracks eraser and privacy cleanersoftware. As you work on your computer and browse the Internet, you leave behindtraces of your activity. The Windows built-in functions will not protect you, most of thetracks can not be erased with them. Therefore, anyone else can see what you have beendoing on your computer. Furthermore, much of your activity information takes upvaluable disk space, and recovering this space can be very beneficial. Photostory – Sonic plug-in Search EngineWatch the Introduction first:
  6. 6. save the Site in your favorites: the Introduction first: save the Site in your favorites: of Web 2.0 Tools – free / not free 2.0 Tools for Teachers Free Downloads eg. Radio Time - – must sign up on MySpace – continually add songwww.makebeliefscomix.comMicrosoft free tools
  7. 7. WT.mc_id=freetools_googlecanada–photosynth–songsmith – write and sign lyrics for any genre – adapts music to any voice!–Micosoft Mathematics -–bing – researcher / translator–Microsoft worldwide telescope–skydrive – online storage 25 gigs - - online flashcards for studyingpresentation software - - use pictures/videos/specialeffectsphotopeach – - slideshow creatorshwup - - slideshow with special effectswordsift – - text visualizermakebeliefcomix - - online comic creationgo!animate - - create animated cartoons / share etc.penzu – online journal writinghotpotatoes - - six applications, enabling you to create interactivemultiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercisesfor the World Wide Webwriteboard - - collaborative writing server – share etc.artrage - – students can draw with oil, pencil,crayons etc. - - create short collaborative storiesXtimeline - – create historical timelinesgeni - - family tree makerschrocks guide to Web 2.0 tools Worksheet makers - -To Add from TomGoogleFor Related Search – mention that it is more than what appears on page 2Show a regular search for cnn newsDemonstrate: Google Search and then demonstrate
  8. 8. related:www.ottawacatholicschools.caMention no spaces in the search titleDemonstrate: Wonder Wheel – mention that there are differences between andGoogle.comGo to and type in teaching and then selected wonder wheel – nothing differentGo back to google main page and select goto google.comNow type teaching and wonderwheel and see the differenceSelect Teaching – Lessons – Lesson plans – etc to demonstrateGo back to Google.caType in quotes “Canada Confederation” (ask the difference between two words in quotes and not inquotes”Select timeline and then explain how it shows chronology related to the searched terms(make sure you have gone back to standard view after looking at wonder wheel)Go back to google.comMention that they have been asked to prepare a presentation on differentiated instructionDemonstrate search advanced – “differentiated instruction” and then select filetype and drop down toppt for powerpointNow demonstrate the dropdown for pdfGo back to main page and demonstrate use of filetype:wmv in the main search engineprincipal filetype:wmvNow provide time to practice these types of searchesGoogle search tips - = hoverGetting Organized = copernic desktop searchfree technology for teacherswww.freetech4teachers.commotivational posters http://diy.despair.comnewsclip generator – discussions meetings etc. = group resources and networks
  9. 9. explanations on most topics – Common Crafthttp://www.commoncraft.comGoogle labslivebinderswww.livebinders.comreading motivation etc.www.readkiddoread.comInternet safetywww.netsmartz.orgsharendipity = game creations www.sharendipity.comtramline – virtual field trips www.tramline.comor dan100/hfree reader –