Virtual Backpack: Web 2.0 Tools to Help You Succeed at UA


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Presentation to a freshman learning group at the University of Alabama, September 15, 2010.

Note: The presentation was only 15 minutes long so I did not have time to do pros and cons for each tool. I hope to do that in the future :)

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Virtual Backpack: Web 2.0 Tools to Help You Succeed at UA

  1. 1. Your Virtual BackpackWeb 2.0 Tools to Help You Succeed at UA <br />Maegan E. Slaten<br />Doctoral Student in Instructional Technology<br />University of Alabama<br />
  2. 2. Today’s Presentation<br />What is Web 2.0?<br />Benefits of Web 2.0<br />Some examples of tools for:<br />Storage<br />Research & Organization<br />Collaboration & Sharing<br />Projects & Presentation<br />Resources to find more tools<br />2<br />
  3. 3. What is Web 2.0?<br />Web 2.0 refers to the second generation of web tools in which users can actually interact with the content rather than just view it.<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Benefits of Using Web 2.0<br />Inspires creativity<br />Encourages collaboration<br />Increases Productivity<br />Accessible from almost anywhere<br />Easy to use<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Tools for Storage & Backup<br />Usage: <br />To back up your documents and access them where ever you are.<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Tools for Storage<br />Examples:<br /> –<br />SugarSync –<br />DropBox –<br />All three are similar in that they are have both web and desktop components, allow you to make documents public, free (until you reach the file size capacity), and have mobile applications to access files on select mobile devices.<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Tools for Research & Organization<br />Usage: <br />To help you find the information you need and organize the information you have<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Tools for Research<br />Examples: <br />RefWorks – This online citation manager allows you to collect and organize all of your bibliographic information. Offered through the University’s Libraries (<br />Delicious – A social bookmarking site that allows you to bookmark favorite websites, tag them, share with others, and access them from any computer<br />Awesome Highlighter – Allows you to highlight sections of web pages and save them for later reference or send them to others<br /> – Online application for brainstorming and creating mindmaps<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Tools for Organization<br />Soshiku – This is a assignment management tool that helps you keep track of assignment due dates (it can even send a text message to remind you!)<br />Evernote – Allows you to collect your thoughts and ideas (even handwritten ones) into a searchable database.<br />SpringPad – A wonderful “virtual notebook” where you can collect web clippings<br />Remember the Milk – An interactive task list application<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Tools for Collaboration & Sharing<br />Usage: <br />To aid you collaborate with classmates and share files and information with others<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Tools for Collaboration<br />Google Docs – invite others to contribute to a document and make changes in real time<br />Office Live – Upload your documents and allow others to comment and make changes<br />Zoho – a suite very similar to Google Docs<br />Stixy – An online “bulletin board” where users can post sticky notes, photos, etc.<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Tools for Collaboration<br />Skype – A communication tool in which you can participate in a text chat, and make both audio and video phone calls<br />Wiggio – Lots of great tools to help you collaborate like a group calendar, task list, chat room, messaging system, etc<br />Wikis<br />PBWiki –<br />Wiki Spaces –<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Tools for Sharing<br />Media Sharing<br />Picasa – Edit your photos with the desktop application and share them using the online application<br />Flickr – Share photos online and search for photos from other users<br />YouTube – share your videos and watch videos created by others<br />Vimeo – very similar to YouTube, share your videos and create your own channels<br />Social Networking Sites<br />Twitter – Your thoughts in under 140 characters<br />Facebook – Connect and collaborate with friends<br />Nings – Create your own social network<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Tools for Sharing<br />Websites (Build Your Own)<br />Weebly –<br />Webs –<br />Google Sites –<br />Posterous -<br />Blogging<br />Blogger –<br />WordPad –<br />TypePad –<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Tools for Projects & Presentations<br />Usage: <br />To help you create effective and interactive projects and presentations<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Presentation Tools<br />Animoto – Produces videos from user selected photos, videos, and music<br />Prezi – Web-based presentation software that allows you to create a non-linear presentation<br />One True Media – Create animated slide shows with music and video elements<br />SlideShare – Publish and share your PowerPoint presentations online<br />16<br />
  17. 17. Tools for Projects<br />Survey Monkey – Collect data through custom surveys<br />Poll Everywhere – create live, interactive polls in which participants can send in their responses using mobile devices<br />Wordle – Create tag clouds using any text passage<br />Glogster – Create virtual interactive posters<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Want More?Check out these resources!<br />UA Technology in Motion’s Delicious Account<br />Go2Web20<br />Digital Research Tools<br />18<br />
  19. 19. Thank You!<br />If you have any questions about any of the tools discussed today, please feel free to <br />e-mail me!<br />Thanks!<br />19<br />