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Best of the Best: Handy Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom and Beyond. Presented by Catherine Murphy and Dawn Sudduth June 14, 2011 at the Upstate Technology Conference in Greenville, SC. All rights reserved.

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UTC Best of the Best

  1. 1. Best of the Best Web 2.0 Tools<br />Catherine Murphy and Dawn Sudduth | 2011 Upstate Technology Conference<br />
  2. 2. Why These Tools?<br />These tools are among those selected in recent years by the American Library Association as the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. <br />
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  5. 5.<br /><ul><li>Flash-based tool with very easy to use interface
  6. 6. Presents inter-related concepts in a graphical manner that users can manipulate
  7. 7. Completed nodemaps can be shared via URL or a page embed</li></li></ul><li>Why are teachers using it?<br /><ul><li>As students become enamored with the presentation of their ideas, they increasingly focus on the quality of their work and develop critical thinking skills.
  8. 8. SpicyNodesis an easy way for students to learn grasp nonlinear topics. Its richly visual and interactive interface captures students’ attention, while their motivation is fueled by the desire to clearly convey ideas and publish them online.</li></li></ul><li>Why are teachers using it?<br /><ul><li>Because SpicyNodesis a publishing platform, and nodemaps are designed for sharing information, students become both authors and teachers.
  9. 9. SpicyNodestakes the concept of hyperlinks and short messages to the classroom, allowing students to display ideas, events, and facts in concert with one another.
  10. 10. SpicyNodes is free for any use, including the classroom. </li></li></ul><li>
  11. 11. How to organize and present your students’ nodemaps?<br />
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  13. 13. Why are teachers using it?<br /><ul><li>Highly visual means of presenting collections of links
  14. 14. Useful for constructing personal learning environments</li>