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Learning 2.0 Resources and Tools


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This document provides a list of resources for selecting tools and technologies for training, as well as a list of Web 2.0 tools useful for elearning and employee development. These lists are available for download and editing as Google Docs at

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Learning 2.0 Resources and Tools

  1. 1. Just Because I Can, Should I? Choosing the Best Tools for the Training JobResources for Selecting Tools and Technologies for TrainingFor the most current list of resources, please visit Thisdocument is posted there as a collaborative Google doc. Please help us edit the list!Books and ArticlesSocial Media for Trainers: Techniques for Enhancing and Extending Learning, by Jane Bozarth. Publishedby Pfeiffer. © 2010 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds: How to Create Cost-Saving, Efficient, and EngagingPrograms, by Alex Heiphetz and Gary Woodill. Published by McGraw-Hill. © 2010 by Alex Heiphetz.“7 Things You Should Know About...” series by EduCause“Nuts and Bolts: 2011 Resolutions” by Jane Bozarth. Learning Solutions Magazine. January 4, 2011“App Fusion: Twaining in Twitter” by Terrence Wing. Learning Solutions Magazine. February 3, 2011“Nuts and Bolts: Too Many Tools” by Jane Bozarth. Learning Solutions Magazine.September 7, 2010“Can Social Networking Keep Students in School?” by Larry Abramson. National Public Radio. February 9,2011“The Virtual Classroom: Virtual Reality in Training and Education.” Science Clarified. 2010.“Using Second Life for Employee Training,” by Tom Werner. Brandon Hall Research. August 7, 2009. by C2 Technologies, Inc. 1
  2. 2. Just Because I Can, Should I? Choosing the Best Tools for the Training Job“Another Life: Virtual Worlds as Tools for Learning,” by Jay Cross, Tony O’Drisdcoll, and Eilif Trondsen.eLearn Magazine. 2007.“Second Life as a Learning Tool,” eLearning Technology“e-Learning and Second Life – How Viable Is It?” by Manish Gupta. 2008“Second Life – For This Life or the Next?” by Taruna Goel. 2008 and Available TrainingPublic Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County’s Learning 2.0 Programhttp://plcmcl2.blogspot.comPLCMC Learning 2.1 Discovery Explorations for Web 2.0 Tools Blogs and Wikis a Second Life Training Course Really Great Blogs for Learning MoreBozarthzone (Jane Bozarth) Visions (Cammy Bean) on Learning (Clive Shepherd) Change (Cathy Moore) by C2 Technologies, Inc. 2
  3. 3. Just Because I Can, Should I? Choosing the Best Tools for the Training JobThe Rapid eLearning Blog (Tom Kuhlman) by C2 Technologies, Inc. 3
  4. 4. Just Because I Can, Should I? Choosing the Best Technology for the Training JobWeb 2.0 ToolsFor the most current list of tools, please visit This document is posted there as a collaborative Googledoc. Please help us edit the list!The following is a list of some of the Web 2.0 Tools that could be useful for trainers, educators, and instructional designers. The list is notintended to be all-inclusive. Inclusion of the products in this list does not indicate endorsement by C² or the presenters. While an attempt hasbeen made to categorize these tools, many of them overlap and could feasibly be listed in multiple categories.Tools Description*Networking and DiscussionTwitter: Twitter is a real-time information network that connects users to the latest information about what they find interesting. Users post messages called Tweets that are limited to 140 characters each and allow for embedded photo, videos, and other media content.Facebook: Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. As of March 2011, Facebook had more than 500 million users around the world.LinkedIn: LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 90 million members in 200 countries and territories.Foursquare: Foursquare is a location-based mobile platform that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. By “checking in” via a smartphone app or SMS, users share their location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges. Foursquare guides real-world experiences by allowing users to bookmark information about venues that they want to visit and surfacing relevant suggestions about nearby venues.Google Groups: Google Groups provides a forum for group discussions online or via email.Online MeetingsSkype: Skype provides video calling, screen sharing, and file transfer services. Skype-to-Skype calls are free. Group video calls are included with a paid account (although a day pass is also available.)Mikogo: Mikogo is a free, easy-to-use cross-platform desktop sharing tool with audio conferencing (for up to 10 participants).Presented by C2 Technologies, Inc. 1Web links were current as of the date of this publication: March 8, 2011
  5. 5. Just Because I Can, Should I? Choosing the Best Technology for the Training JobTools Description*Campfire: Campfire is a web-based group chat tool that lets users set up password-protected chat rooms quickly and easily, with no downloads or installations required.$ GoToMeeting / GoToWebinar / GoToTraining GoToMeeting provides easy web conferencing and online meeting tools, with different options available to suit the users’ needs, from small meetings, to larger webinars, to live, interactive training.$ WebEx WebEx provides web conferencing that combines desktop sharing through a web browser with phone conferencing and video.$ Jigsaw Meeting: Jigsaw Meeting provides a secure and easy way to meet virtually, designed to provide real-time interaction between meeting participants.$ Adobe® Acrobat Connect Pro: Adobe® Connect™ is an enterprise web conferencing solution for online meetings, eLearning, and webinars.$ Microsoft Office Live Meeting Microsoft® Office Live Meeting provides interactive application/desktop sharing and whiteboard tools, multi-party video, VoIP audio, and other features for online meetings.BrainstormingTwiddla: Twiddla is a tool that belongs under multiple categories. It is a no-setup, web-based meeting and collaboration tool with audio conferencing (with VoIP) that allows users to mark up websites, documents, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. No plug-ins or downloads are required. Twiddla includes a LaTex editor for mathematical equation editing.MindMeister: MindMeister is a brainstorming tool that provides for real-time collaboration and mobile access. The free account allows users to create up to 3 mind maps, while the premium account allows unlimited mind maps.Mindomo: Mindomo is a collaborate mind mapping software tool that can be used for organizing ideas and work, brainstorming, project planning, and more. Mindomo allows users to search YouTube videos, add images, videos, or audio, upload attachments, and more. The free account is limited to three mind maps, and the premium plan allows creation of an unlimited number of maps (with 350 MB storage space) Mind42 is a browser-based online mind mapping application that allows users to collaborate on, publish, and distribute mind maps. Icons, links, and attachments can be added.Bubblus: Bubblus is an online brainstorming tool that is simple to use and allows users to create colorful mind maps to print or share with others.Presented by C2 Technologies, Inc. 2Web links were current as of the date of this publication: March 8, 2011
  6. 6. Just Because I Can, Should I? Choosing the Best Technology for the Training JobTools Description*Dabbleboard: Dabbleboard is an online collaboration application that allows users to draw, conduct presentations, and chat. Users can create and share items such as flow charts, organization charts, network diagrams, mind maps, floor plans, comics, and sports plays, and they can mark up photos. With a paid account, drawings can be opened with Microsoft Visio, Adobe Illustrator, and other applications.Document CollaborationGoogle Docs: Google Docs allows users to create and share work online, with real-time allows up to 16 people to work on a document online simultaneously. It synchronizes text as each user types, so everyone viewing the page sees the same text (color-coded to indicate the contributor), and a chat room enables collaborators to communicate quickly.$ TextFlow: TextFlow is an online document comparison tool for generating easy-to-read change reports from MS Word or PDF documents.WikisWikispaces: Wikispaces claims to be the “world’s easiest to use wiki service.” The service offers a variety of choices for creating and hosting wikis to suit any budget (including free basic wikis). K-12 educators can create free classroom wikis.Edit This: EditThis is a site where users can quickly create a wiki for free.MediaWiki: MediaWiki is a free software wiki package. While the software is used to create wikis, MediaWiki is not a wiki hosting service.File SharingDropbox: Dropbox allows users to share files with others and sync files online and across computers automatically. Free accounts offer 2GB of online storage space, with up to 100 GB available to paying customers.4shared: 4shared offers 10 GB of free online storage space for music, video, photos, or other files.MediaFire: MediaFire allows users to host and share documents, presentations, videos, images, and other files. All accounts come with unlimited storage space and allow for sharing of large files.BloggingWordPress (software): is open-source web software that can be used to create websites or blogs to be hosted separately.Presented by C2 Technologies, Inc. 3Web links were current as of the date of this publication: March 8, 2011
  7. 7. Just Because I Can, Should I? Choosing the Best Technology for the Training JobTools Description*WordPress (service): is the hosted version of the open-source software package provided by It provides a unique URL, a large selection of themes, and 3 GB of file storage for free. Users may choose to make their blogs public or private, and can view statistics on the number of visitors to the blog, most popular posts, and other information.Blogger: Blogger provides a variety of templates and a simple-to-use interface that allows users to post text, photos, videos, and more. Acquired by Google in 2002 (also known as blogspot).Tumblr: Tumblr allows users to post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from their browser, phone, desktop, or email, and allows them to customize features such as colors and theme.Virtual WorldsSecond Life: Second Life allows users to explore (via an avatar) a virtual world and interact with other users. Businesses and universities are using Second Life for training, distance learning, and virtual meetings.Tools that Integrate with Twitter, Facebook, or Other Social Media SitesBitly: Bitly allows users to shorten, share, and track links (URLs) creates shortened URLs that won’t break in email postings and never expire.GroupTweet: GroupTweet turns a standard Twitter account into a group communication hub where members can post updates to everyone in the group using direct messages. When the group account receives a direct message from a group member, GroupTweet converts it into a tweet that all followers can see.SocialOomph: SocialOomph is a productivity tool that allows users to schedule tweets, track keywords, save and reuse drafts, track URL clicks, and more – just with the free version. The Professional version provides many account management tools and integrates with Facebook, WordPress, Blogger, and more.TwAitter: TwAitter provides business and marketing tools that allow users to schedule twitterSoon to be messages, set messages to send on a recurring basis, manage messages via a calendar, translate tweets into other languages, and direct blog or business RSS feeds to twitter.TweetDeck: TweetDeck connects Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Google Buzz, YouTube, and more.Presented by C2 Technologies, Inc. 4Web links were current as of the date of this publication: March 8, 2011
  8. 8. Just Because I Can, Should I? Choosing the Best Technology for the Training JobTools Description*Brizzly: Reader that works with Twitter and Facebook.FriendFeed: Reader that works with Twitter and Facebook. Friendfeed was acquired by Facebook in August 2009.TwitPic: TwitPic allows users to post photos or videos from their phone, from the site, or through Provides a free internet radio station with access to millions of free songs that can be shared on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and other sites.Twtpoll: Twtpoll is a feedback tool that let users create online polls and surveys and share them via Twitter, Facebook, instant messenger, email, etc. More than 20 different types of questions are available.Izzui: Izzui is an application that allows users to create and share courses in the cloud.QuickLessons: QuickLessons is a web-based authoring tool that helps users create Flash-based educational content and share them via Facebook. Paid account holders have access to additional publishing options, including SCORM/AICC compliant LMS integration.Mixbook: Mixbook is an application that allows users to create photo books, calendars, and cards online and share them via Facebook (for free) or print them (for a fee). Users may choose whether to make their books public or private and can control who has access to it. Mixbook for Educators offers free collaborative classroom tools and a secure online environment for creating books.* Where available, the description is taken directly from the product’s website.$ Indicates that a subscription or software purchase is required (i.e., there is no “free” account available). Indicates open source software, which allows access to the source code and enables modifications and free distribution.Presented by C2 Technologies, Inc. 5Web links were current as of the date of this publication: March 8, 2011