This page has been created to allow all of us to share any great links, resources, tutorials and examples of the various Web 2.0 tools. This includes blogs, podcasts, wikis and much, much more! Since so many of these tools are new to us, this will help us to learn not only what they are and how to use them, but how to make them powerful learning tools for teachers and students. Please add any resources you have found or created that will support our learning. Please don't just add a URL--provide a brief description of it and let us know what it is and why you like it.

Fall, 2010

http://www.piclits.com/compose_dragdrop.aspx
Inspired picture writing

http://www.screenjelly.com/
Screenjelly records your screen activity with your voice so you can spread it via Twitter or email.
Use it to quickly share cool apps or software tips, report a bug, or just show stuff you like.
To start recording, click on the red button. No need to install or download anything!

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/mmsb/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/index2.html
Mind mapping software



http://www.boxoftricks.net/?page_id=29
Some of the best free Internet Resources for Education.





February, 2010

http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/listweb20s.html
Web 2.0 for the classroom teacher- An Internet hotlist on Web 2.0



January, 2010


http://www.befunky.com/
Create your own avatar with your photos, turn your photos into artwork and more

http://www.xtranormal.com
Turn text into movies and more

http://www.wallwisher.com
An electronic Post-it! Create a wall for any topic- can be used in all subjects for many purposes. Students can edit at the same time.

http://www.wordsift.com/
A tool similar to Wordle but with more bells and whistles. Check out the thesaurus and other great ways to sift the words for different content areas.

Suggested Interactive Websites (from Thumann Resources)
Create Music Collaboratively - http://www.muxicall.com/
Make Your Own Flash Activities - http://www.classtools.net/
Virtual - Collaborative Whiteboard - http://skrbl.com/
Create a Talking Picture - http://blabberize.com/
Convert Lists to Mind Maps - http://www.text2mindmap.com/
Comic Strip Generator - http://www.pixton.com/home
Free Flash Resources for Teachers - http://www.sandfields.co.uk/games/games.html
Visual Search Engine - www.searchme.com
Periodic Table - http://www.dayah.com/periodic/



December, 2009


Slideshow Tools- Generate content that allows linear playback of a series of images, some with ability to add audio. But these are primarily organized around photos or graphics.
1. Joggle
http://www.joggle.com/ Upload images or search/upload flickr or Google for images by tag. Create slideshows with transitions and attach background audio. Share via email, embed code. Still listed as beta.

2. ImageLoop

http://www.imageloop.com/ Upload images from computer or flickr or upload PowerPoint files. Select from animated templates. Publish to blog or MySpace. RSS, comments.

3. One True Media

http://www.onetruemedia.com/ "...effortlessly combine photos and video clips with words and music to personalize your story. Quickly share with our Online Slideshow or get as creative as you want with our Video Montage." Upload images and audio for story track. Embed in blogs or directly post to YouTube/Google video, mySpace, Google Groups. Great template choices.

4. RockYou

http://www.rockyou.com/ "RockYou! creates and distributes the most popular self-expression widgets on the web" where widgets are slideshows, image effects, and more. Publishes to MySpace, Facebook, blogs.

5. Slide

http://www.slide.com/ "Slide lets you use photos and other digital content to publish and discover the people and things that matter to you." Import from many sources, has a good library of templates, backgrounds, effects. Can add music from library but not your own audio.

6. SlideFlickr

http://slideflickr.com/ "SlideFlickr will help you create and embed Flickr slideshows in less than 10 seconds" for putting slide shows in your own site. Generate from flickr users, sets, groups, tags. Attach audio via mp3 url is a featured that goes beyond what flickr offers.

7. flickrslidr

http://flickrslidr.com/ Embed a slideshow created from a set, group, or user in flickr. No audio. You can now do this directly from flickr's slide show interface.

8. Slideoo

http://www.slideoo.com/ Creates horizontal slide shows from flickr sets ) no text or audio. Very, very easy to use. Thanks to Tim Lauer

9. pictobrowser

http://pictobrowser.com/ quickly and easily turns flickr sets, tags, or group photos into lovely embedded slide shows

10. PhotoShow

http://www.photoshow.com/ "turns photos into musical slideshows" - wide range of elegant templates, add captions, optional video effects (film grain, etc). Audio only from music library on site.

11. Slideroll

http://www.slideroll.com/ Create slideshows via a movie timeline- add transitions, Ken Burns like effects, titles, captions, music. Direct import photos from flickr.

12. Picasa

http://picasaweb.google.com Google's free site for storing and sharing photo serves a similar service as flickr, but it also offers the ability to create slideshows with captions, and to associate images with a location on a map.

13. PhotoPeach

http://photopeach.com/ A very easy to use slide show maker tool. Import photos from flickr, picasa, Facebook (or upload), arrange, select music from library (or find from YouTube videos). Creates Ken Burns like pan and zoom effects. Add captions. When published, you can also post to Facebook or twitter.

14. Tikatok

http://tikatok.com/ Designed primarily for kids, the real purpose of Tikatok is to allow children to create their own story books, which can be shared or ultimately printed as a real book. Images or drawings can be uploaded, arranged, and placed within text. The site provides as an option story prompts to help guide the process. Final products can be viewed on the site or embedded.

15. Tar Heel Reader

http://tarheelreader.org/ Developed at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, this tool allows creation of a captioned slide show for beginning readers, with features designed for accessibility (text to speech, reader selected font and background colors) and offers downloads of stories in PowerPoint, Flash, and Impress Format. Pictures can be used directly from flickr, and the tool tracks the photo credits.


November, 2009


http://museumbox.e2bn.org/
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. Students could use this tool in all content areas.

http://tagcrowd.com/
This site could be used as an alternative to Wordle even though it doesn't have all of the features of Wordle

Use these tools if you want to share a You Tube video without all the advertisements and reviews.
http://www.universaloscillation.com/youcube/
http://quietube.com/v.php/http:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEaaLFzEXhI
http://quietube.com/v.php/http:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oiLfTnrC40

Voki
http://www.voki.com There are so many possible uses for this tool with students!

Voicethread
http://www.voicethread.com
Glogster- educational version
http://edu.glogster.com
Wordle
http://www.wordle.net




Web 2.0 Tools and Project based learning

Tempe Union Web 2.0
3 Challenges to Wiki use in instruction


Another great, thought-provoking resource for introducing Web 2.0 and the idea of an online social network shared by Scott McLeod on his blog "Dangerously Irrelevant."

We Think (YouTube video)

Here's a nifty video by Charles Leadbeater, author of We Think: The Power of Mass Creativity.


Wikispaces for Teachers

Great wikispace site for teachers who want to get started using wikispaces. This site explains how K-12 teachers can get access to all of the wikispace features for FREE including accounts for students and no advertising. There are "getting started" handouts and PowerPoint presentations that can be used to introduce wikispaces to teachers. Click on the wikispaces image below to find out more about it and to see video tutorials and a growing collection of examples of teacher wikispaces.

Do I qualify for the free Plus spaces for K-12 education offer?

The offer applies to any space that is used exclusively for K-12 educational use. K-12 means kindergarten through secondary school. It is available worldwide to teachers, students, and other educators. This offer is not available to universities and higher education. Our regular pricing is designed so that our service is accessible to higher education and non-profits as well as individuals and companies.

I am already using Wikispaces and am a K-12 teacher. Can I take advantage of the free Plus space offer?

Sure. Go to your space, click on `Manage Space' then `Subscription'. At the bottom of the page, you can request a complimentary upgrade to our Plus plan. Certify that your space will be used exclusively for K-12 (primary and secondary) education, and we will notify you when we process your request.


A new CommonCraft video by Lee Lefever-Podcasting in Plain English


A "Must-Read" blog post for all school administrators and technology leaders!

http://www.ed421.com/?p=453
This article was written by Stephanie Sandifer on her blog "Change Agency: Advocation a Better Education System for the 21st Century" and cross-posted on Leader Talk. The article is titled "Shift Happens, Now What?"
Just a couple of brief excerpts from a powerfully articulated article that provides some excellent guidelines for change (do's and don'ts), and some great links to other resources.
"So what should we do when we realize that the world has changed for our students?
Rather than immediately engage in a technology purchasing frenzy, take some time to begin discussions on your campus about how to transform your school into a place where teachers see themselves first as LEARNERS who are invested in improving their instructional practice through reflection and inquiry, and where students are more globally connected in a way that enhances and supports their individual learning. Collaborate with your faculty and staff — your learners — to learn more about how the world has changed and what that means for our profession…"
Remember that the most important thing is a change in behaviors and practices — a change in pedagogy — NOT just buying new technology…
Finally… when you do make technology purchases — provide support… provide support… provide support… AND provide training… but provide training that is a model of effective instruction and learning practices
Take the time to read it and share it with the leaders in your school/district. It confirms everything I believe to be true!
Peggy

Vid Snacks-Great social networking forum organized by Tim Holt for educators interested in learning more about using video in the classroom

www.vidsnacks.ning.com
Tutorials, videos, web resources, groups organized around commonly used tools such as Photo Story 3, Garageband, Video Podcasting, Final Cut, iPhoto and people willing to help you solve video problems and answer questions. Check it out.

Visit Vid Snacks




Need/want ideas for ways to use cell phones for educational purposes?

Liz Kolb has created an amazing video shared on TeacherTube which she prepared for a presentation at the MACUL conference in Grand Rapids, MI on March 6, 2008. Her goal was to give a perspective of educational history and technology, where common technology tools (such as a chalkboard or pen or even Internet) were once banned and labeled "harmful" as we are doing with cell phones. Liz also has an awesome blog where she shares her thinking and resources for Web 2.0 tools which is well worth checking out. "From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning. http://www.cellphonesinlearning.com/
Link to video on TeacherTube: http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=394c77e00daa945bf935



New "Plain English" video -- Twitter in Plain English

Have you discovered the fantastic networking opportunities among educational technology folks who are using Twitter to share their latest projects, videos, VoiceThreads, blogs, and other professional learning experiences? This video does a nice job of explaining how to get started on Twitter, but it doesn't begin to capture the ways educators are using it for professional development. Just asking a simple question always brings a response within minutes. A search for resources on a specific topic often brings multiple responses for applications, tools, blog articles, research articles from people who have found them to be valuable. The key to it's effectiveness as a professional learning experience is following the people who share common interests with you.



This is an excellent blog post by John Evans, IMYM Tutorials on Alternative Sources for images, music and videos for teachers and students to use in projects. John Evans is the principal and technology teacher at St. François Xavier Community School in the Prairie Rose School Division in Manitoba, Canada. He provides a great YouTube video with a simple explanation about Creative Commons. NOTE: Since he is from Canada you will find some minor differences in the copyright/creative commons rules on his site. He also provides a link to his wikispaces where he is compiling a list of alternative sources. While you're there, be sure to check out some of his other postings. He is an invaluable resource for educational technology in schools.
http://tinyurl.com/2tk2q8

John's Blog: IMYM Tutorials: Literacy with ICT is a blog about technology integration and infusion in the K -12 classroom.
http://nlcommunities.com/communities/joevans/default.aspx


Here's a great book for young people on internet and computer ethics. I purchased it through Amazon.com for $5.00. Although it was written in 2001 it has very relevant information for current issues with technology. It is very kid (teen) user-friendly, great sense of humor and very easy reading.
Shared by Peggy George

Internet & Computer Ethics for Kids: (and Parents & Teachers Who Haven't Got a Clue.) (Paperback) by Winn Schwartau (Author), D. L. Busch (Illustrator)


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0962870056
A review from Amazon written by a college student:
We have to use this book in our Information Technology course, and we were all a little hesitant at first, but from the first page this book had us laughing...and thinking. It provides you with great resources and plenty of opportunities to flex your mind muscles with hypothetical situations and challenging questions. I actually enjoy using THIS text book! Everyone who has a computer should get it, if for no other reason that to laugh and think!

Free video upload site

If you are interested in uploading videos to your website, blog or wiki, this is a great site. http://www.vimeo.com
You can register for free and upload up to 500 mb. You can download your videos or you can get an embed code to post them on your site. You can also share them on your Facebook site.
This is a short, very unedited video I created on Vimeo to share some photos of the AzTEA Second Life Island (currently being developed for collaboration and professional development).

AzTEA on Second Life from

AzTEA on Second Life from Peggy George on Vimeo.

ICT Ideas in Education

SlideShare presentation by Suzie Vesper, New Zealand. An amazing compilation of ideas for Web 2.0 tools. They are not tutorials, but slides to capture and share the ideas. Tutorials, additional information and links are available on the site linked to her name above.

Ict Examples Presentation
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: ict education)


Del.icio.us


If you haven't discovered Del.icio.us, it is a fantastic, free site that allows you to save your bookmarks or favorites and access them from any computer.If you are interested in exploring blogs, this is a fantastic starting place. It is an online magazine just for educational bloggers. This is a great, informal tutorial prepared by Liz Davis (IT specialist in Wellesley, MA) on how to create a del.icio.us account. She demonstrates some of the great features that teachers can use to share sites with their students. This tutorial would be useful to share with teachers in your schools to help them understand how it works and to get started.


Diigo-a social bookmarking site that goes way beyond what is provided through del.icio.us!

Research and Collaborate

  • Don't just bookmark! Highlight the web! Add sticky notes too!
  • Access and search your findings from any PC or iphone!
  • Create groups to pool resources for specific projects.

Connect and Discover

  • You are what you annotate, creating a presence for you in the community.
  • Connect with friends effortlessly and non-intrusively through content.
  • Discover quality resources on any subject or get personalized recommendations.
  • Bookmark, highlight, and add sticky notes to any web page
    • Diigo highlights and sticky notes are persistent in the sense that whenever you return to the original web page, you will see your highlights and sticky notes superimposed on the original page, just what you would expect if you highlighted or wrote on a book!
  • Organize your bookmarks and annotations by tags or lists.
    • Tags and lists are two different ways to organize information. Tags are best for diverse and disparate information, while lists are best for focused information.
  • Access and search your bookmarks anywhere, by tags or by full-text
    • Since all your bookmarks and annotations are stored in your Diigo account on the web, you can access them from any computer with web access. Your web pages are cached so they will always be available. You can search your collections not only by tags, but also by full-text, including highlights, sticky notes, and the full-text of the web pages.
  • Multiple ways to share your bookmarks and annotations
    • You can publish your findings to your blog by using the one-click "Send to Blog" feature, by setting up automatic daily posting, or by adding linkrolls and tagrolls to your blog. You can send multiple annotated and highlighted pages at once by email, and the recipients will see exactly what you are referring to. You can also easily post to other websites such as twitter, facebook, delicious, etc.

Video tutorial/overview of Diigo features on YouTube: Diigo V3: Highlight & Share the Web! Social Bookmarking 2.0
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0RvAkTuL02A

An excellent blog post about getting started on Diigo by Kristin Hokanson.
http://khokanson.blogspot.com/2008/03/dig-ging-diigo.html
Kristin has also held a ustream.tv conversation with people learning about Diigo and it provides some great tutorial/startup information about Diigo.
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/openpd
Very helpful blog post by Ryan Bretag with chart comparing features of Diigo, Del.icio.us and Zotero.
http://www.bretagdesigns.com/technologist/?p=531


An outstanding overview of Diigo created by Jennifer Dorman for the Classroom 2.0 LIVE Workshop in Philadelphia, September 19, 2008.
Digging Deeper with Diigo (video from ustream.tv)
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/723597

You can also view the slides from her presentation here (shared on Slideshare.net)

Jennifer has also created a compilation of Diigo Tutorials on Google Notebook (many of which are already on our page) that are well worth checking out. It's great to have all of these tutorials compiled in one onace!
http://www.google.com/notebook/public/04712752710140234617/BDRqfSgoQquKe8MMj




The Edublogs Magazine

http://magazine.edublogs.org/
The Edublogs Magazine brings you the news, information, interviews, highlights, and techniques from around the Edublogs Network and the world of education. Contributions are welcome. For details about contributing click on the link on the site.

This article provides links and information to the educators who have been chosen as the top education bloggers or edubloggers based on Technorati's rankings. You can go directly to some of their best blogs with the links in the article. You can spend hours exploring these fantastic resources and get some great ideas for using Web 2.0 tools. The list is formidable and includes some of the top bloggers dealing with educational issues around the world, covering social media, online education, wireless technologies, Internet safety, copyright, challenging technophobia in education, and more.

Who Are the Top Edubloggers?

Published by Lorelle VanFossen on 28 Jan 2008
http://magazine.edublogs.org/2008/01/28/who-are-the-top-edubloggers/

VoiceThread

Exciting News! A new version of VoiceThread for Educators is available--as of January 22, 2008. It is a very safe collaborative site that is just for educators. Be sure to check it out and begin exploring ways your students can make use of it.

http://ed.voicethread.com/

You can view additional information about VoiceThread provided by Dave Beard, Westside AzTEA member from Dysart District at our recent Social Networking workshop. Dysart teachers are enthusiastic VoiceThread users. :-)

external image empty.png Creating a VoiceThread Account.pdf Handout for Creating a Voice Thread Account

external image msword.png Creating Identities for Students in Voicethread.doc Handout for Creating Identities for Students in Voicethread

Celebrate Educational Blogging (posted on Steve Hargadon's blog) On December 17th, 2007, the phrase "weblog" celebrates its 10th birthday (see Wikipedia).

Please share your ideas, stories, support, or celebration for the blog in education. Add a blog post comment, or record your audio/video/text on the VoiceThread below


If you haven't signed up for Terry Freedman's "Computers in Classrooms" publication you should do that. It's free and is always loaded with great things. :-) Terry lives in the UK. His latest edition has some of my comments on last year's NECC experience (short article at the end of the publication). Exciting for me. :-)
Peggy
Terry's Educational Technology Site-ICT in Education-Home page
<http://terry-freedman.org.uk/artman/publish/index.php>

Computers in Classrooms: December 2007 edition
In this extended edition we have news and views from around the world, and contributions from Peggy George, Fiona Aubrey-Smith and Dai Barnes.
As well as news and views it includes articles on:
  • All change in England and Wales: the new secondary curriculum. Flexibility and innovation are the watchwords now.
  • Just how much knowledge should a teacher have? An award-winning teacher looks into the issue of teacher expertise
  • Social networking from a teen's perspective: In this article I draw on original, and updated research, to look into questions like why do teens use social networking, and do they behave in a safe way?
  • Save kids' TV: Broadcast TV for children is facing a crisis in the UK, not least because of audience fragmentation -- an unintended consequence of the long tail phenomenon
  • The personal optimized learning environment: How do you evaluate your own professional development? This is a review of a proposed approach suggested by an American and a Canadian educator
  • Features of outstanding ICT lessons: How do you know when an educational ICT lesson is brilliant? Two educators give their views.
  • Boring the kids into submission: Ed tech lessons don't HAVE to be boring. Information on a book and podcasts about this important area.
  • An educational computing conference with a difference, and...
  • ....Some thoughts about NECC
Evaluations of last year's NECC conference in Atlanta.

Sign-up is free, and takes just a couple of minutes.
<http://terry-freedman.org.uk/amember/signup.php>


Here's another fantastic website your teachers and students could use to create wikis: http://www.wetpaint.com This is the link for information about using Wetpaint in education. http://www.wetpaint.com/category/education/?zone=module_a13i

Why Wetpaint?

  • Wetpaint wikis are free and easy to use — no IT help required
  • Wetpaint site templates make starting and building wikis so easy
  • Wetpaint technology gives you the power to control who sees and contributes to your wiki

View this video by Lee LeFever and CommonCraft that explains how easy it is to create a wikispace with Wetpaint.


October 10, 2007
Here's a fantastic wiki page created by Vicki Davis (CoolCatTeacher) for the K12online conference. It provides a wonderful summary of all of the different things you can do on a wiki space with links to examples and instructions.
Samples of Things That Can Be Added to a Wiki
http://k12wiki.wikispaces.com/Samples+of+things+that+can+be+added+to+a+wiki

October 3, 2007
A great new resource shared by Jennifer Wagner of Technospud and Women of the Web 2:
The ABC's of Web 2.0 (a compilation of Web 2.0 tools for every letter of the alphabet).
Jen's Comments:
I have started a collection of the tools I am using on the internet. Tools that I often take for granted — but also which make my daily work, life, relationships, and fun very much more productive (more productive than I ever could have imagined!) Some of these tools are tools I use DAILY and some are in my favorites for when I need them!! Some are free and some have trials — which usually gives me enough time to do what I need to before having to pay for them! Almost all are K12 friendly — but check them out first. You know your kids better than I do!
And feel free to share yours too!!!

A Vision of Students Today-YouTube video by Michael Wesch




Wiki resources

There were a couple of excellent video presentations on the K12online conference in October 2006 on wikis that I would encourage you to check out if you want to learn how to create and use wikis. You can access any of the K12onlineconference presentations here:
http://k12onlineconference.org/docs/k12online06-agenda.html

Basic/Advanced Training “Wiki While You Work (Basic)”

Mark Wagner
Irvine, California, USA
http://www.edtechlife.com/
Wikis: webpages anyone can edit! Powerful collaboration tools for students and teachers, wikis can be used for individual and group projects, teacher and class webpages, professional development, and much more. This session briefly introduces participants to the Read/Write Web, and to wikis in particular. A live demonstration of wikispaces.org and wikipedia.org will illustrate that… “If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki.” This will be supported by an overview of best practices and inspirational examples of actual student and teacher wikis. These will include wikis student wikis, group wikis, teacher wikis, class wikis, and wikis used for teacher collaboration and professional development. The session will leave participants inspired to take their next steps with educational wikis, whatever their level… exploring wikis for the first time, ready to implement new best practices, or ready to innovate and lead the way. The session will include creation of a wiki that participants can use to collaborate following the end of the session

Week in the Classroom “Wiki Collaboration Across the Curriculum”

Victoria A. Davis
Camilla, Georgia, USA
Blog: http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/
Presentation Title
“Wiki Collaboration Across the Curriculum”
Video Presentation Outline: (She provides an excellent graphic of a wiki-centric classroom.)
  1. Wiki Background
  2. Why students need to know how to wiki
  3. A brief overview of the active portion of this project
  4. The pedagogical use of wikis in the classroom
  5. Wiki assessment strategies
  6. Common questions from school administrators
"Wikis in the Classroom"-SlideShare PowerPoint presentation by Vicki Davis
http://www.slideshare.net/coolcatteacher/wikis-in-the-classroom/


TeacherTube

A great new site called TeacherTube is up and running. This site is very much like YouTube in that videos can be uploaded, viewed, etc. but the distinguishing feature is that all the videos are geared toward an educational audience. You'll find step by step instructional videos for a variety of topics like technology, mathematics, history, science and many more.
http://www.teachertube.com/

To get you started, here are some of the fun things you can do with TeacherTube:
-Upload <http://www.teachertube.com/upload.php> and share your educational videos worldwide.
-Browse <http://www.teachertube.com/video.php?next=watch> original educational videos uploaded by community! membe! rs.
-Find, join and create video Groups <http://www.teachertube.com/groups.php> to connect with teachers, students, and schools who have similar interests.
-Customize your experience with playlists.
-Integrate TeacherTube with your website using video embeds or links provided on your video page.
There's a lot more to explore, and more features are always in the works.

One of the featured videos I enjoyed is from Cool Cat Teacher Vicki Davis entitled Technology Fear Factor in Education. A compelling message in a unique format. Watch the screen closely as the video plays so you don't miss the important message it contains.
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=d9fe611d5a8e90fefdc9

Another really good video is called "Pay Attention" and does a great job advocating for the importance of using technology to teach students.
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=40c570a322f1b0b65909

Once you register you can save your favorites so you can easily find them again. There's a great series on Surviving Middle School that I really liked. (Survivor: The Middle School Classroom--Part I, II and III) http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=4bf8ce0ff2ec19b37151
If you're really brave and love a challenge, you could even upload your own videos. :-)

Did you know you could embed your TeacherTube favorites in a blog or wiki for easy access later or to share with colleagues?

(You can put your Video Album on your website. Works on PBwiki, PMwiki, Wikispaces, Friendster, Blogger, MySpace!)
Share your videos with friends!

Another TeacherTube video by "LearningisMessy" (Brian Crosby, 5th grade teacher in Sparks, Nevada) and a recent blog post about an interactive writing project using Skype.
Vidcast about how we include a 4th grade student in our classroom that cannot come to school because she has leukemia - we demonstrate how we use Skype video-conferencing software and a web cam to make it work. It's called Inclusion. (video is near the end of the above Favorites stream)

Collaborative Writing Via Google Docs and Skype

http://learningismessy.com/blog/?p=432
Today we experienced the best collaborative writing experience I’ve ever been part of. //Lisa Parisi// and Christine Southard’s 5th grade class in New York is involved with my class and a group of other teachers around the country in a writing project using the book “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.” I blogged about it the other day. Lisa’s class and mine are paired up for this project and today we had our classes collaborating in two innovative ways. Students discussing their shared story while co-editing it in real time via Google Docs. Lisa wrote a blog post describing her experience that included 3 Skype calls in one day for her students.

Best Day Ever!

Today was the best technology day ever in school! We had three Skype calls, all with a purpose.
http://lisaslingo.blogspot.com/2008/03/best-day-ever.html
(on the blog post notice how they shared the site through Diigo with highlighted sections and comments were inserted by others viewing the blog post.)

Twiddla

"Twiddla is a free web-based whiteboarding software, but also a complete online collaboration solution for every team that needs to communicate in real-time over the internet by chatting, talking, co-browsing pages, and whiteboarding." You can get a quick idea of what it is all about from the 4 minute video on this page.
http://tinyurl.com/5m53aj

This is the home page for the site.
http://www.twiddla.com/Home.aspx

Info from their site:
Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your friends or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo - it's all here, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly, mom-approved. Oh yeah, it does one-click audio chats too.

You can have an unlimited number of people viewing and collaborating on the same web page/picture at the same time. Anyone can change the webpage/photo you are viewing so you'd have to lay out some ground rules about how you want people to participate if you had a large group. It's a brand new site and I'm sure they will continue to refine it as they get feedback from users. It's only been available for less than a month and they already have 30,000 people signed up to use it.

Peggy George

What is Web 2.0?

Are you wondering what "Web 2.0" really means? Here is an excellent article written by Tim O'Reilly in 2005 that does a great job of explaining it. O'Reilly was one of the originators of the term, and he provides a great concept map of Web 2.0 principles and practices in this article.
What is Web 2.0
Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html

If you're really curious about what might be the difference between Web 2.0 and School 2.0 (I was) you might enjoy reading the discussion on Steve Hargadon's blog: http://www.stevehargadon.com/2007/04/web-20-and-school-20-connection.html
Tuesday, April 242, 2007
The Web 2.0 and School 2.0 Connection

An excerpt from one of Steve's comments that followed the original blog posting.
"Web 2.0 definitely feeds School 2.0. Actually, I see Web 2.0 as being the parent of many 2.0s (e.g. eLearning2.0, Classroom2.0, School2.0, Library2.0, etc.).

With the Old School [not even School 1.0] we have teachers lecturing and stuck in a rut. The teachers feed the students and the students regurgitate the knowledge.

With School 1.0 we have teachers using technology for the sake of using technology, but only basic technologies and only when its convenient (e.g. to do research papers or presentations). It's still a top-down feeding and regurgitating session.

With School 2.0 we have students contributing as much as they consume via blogs, wikis, podcasts, vodcasts, etc. Hence, they are more than just receptacles. They do more than just receive, they also transmit!"
http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html


Resource lists:

Go to Web 2.0: A collection of Web 2.0 resources

E-Learning Forum: Webtools A catalogue of interesting web tools and free software


Understanding Podcasting Cool, informative site that introduces podcasting and provides an iPod emulator that you can actually manipulate. You can even add your own RSS URL to the page and simulate listening to a podcast on the iPod. :-)

Moving Forward wikispace:
This wiki houses a collection of resources to help presenters as they help move schools and universities forward into the 21st century. If you have a resource to add, please do so!
This wiki is administered by Dr. Scott McLeod, Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE).
Categories include: Readings, Blog posts, 21st century skills, For Presenters (actual presentations), Administrators, Teachers, Students, Parents, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, Gaming, Other Web 2.0, Tech Integration and Great Quotes.

Quick Thumbnail : Free, online service to resize images.

IAE-Pedia : Information Age Education encyclopedia--great collection of documents including a digital filing cabinet with resources for teachers.

Shift Happens : Resource site for using the "Did You Know" YouTube videos for professional development activities. It includes suggestions for using the presentation, history of the presentation, various versions and source files, other similar presentations, and education bloggers. This is a fantastic list of bloggers selected because they were considered to be "thoughtful folks who are blogging about the changes they see - or want to see - in 21st century education."

SlideShare : SlideShare is now offering a new feature called SlideCasts. This feature allows you to upload your PowerPoint presentation (slides) and your audio. You can sync your audio with your slides so it becomes a self-running presentation. Very cool! This link provides a short example of a SlideCast that explains how slidecasting works.

Here's another great video from Common Craft that explains social bookmarking using del.icio.us. Excellent, short tutorial to share with your teachers! Common Craft is the creator of other great videos such as Wikis in Plain English and RSS in Plain English. He produces a new video each month.


Want to know how you can use Google Docs to collaboratively develop documents, spreadsheets and presentations? Today, Sept. 17, 2007, Google announced the addition of a presentation tool to it's suite of online Google Docs. It has a chat feature built in too so you can share the URL of your presentation, add audio using Google Talk and chat live while you take people through your presentation wherever they are in the world. Google has created a great YouTube video (probably a Common Craft video because it follows the same simple format) to explain how easy it is to do. Go to this URL to create your Goggle account if you don't already have one. The rest is explained in the video. No more sending tons of emails with documents attached where you can't figure out which one is the latest version.



Incredible presentation developed on Google Docs with the presentation tool (includes suggestions for enhancements educators would like to see in Google Presentations)
http://docs.google.com/TeamPresent?docid=ah4zsdj46b66_578cv4x7
Over fifty educators from around the world have been editing a slideshow presentation that has been viewed by now by hundreds and currently has well over 1100 edits. I am particularly impressed with the chat feature it offers so the audience can also share their views about what they are seeing. If you would like an invitation to edit, just email me. This tool holds great promise for collaborative sharing between classes. Particularly impressive is its ability to have an online presentation with chat built in for the “audience”. While Presentation does not have ALL the functionality of PowerPoint or KeyNote, it does keep an rss feed of changes by collaborators. Very cool! To find Presentation, go to the top left of your gmail page and click on documents, then you will see the option along with docs and spreadsheets.
Posted in Sharon Peters' Blog: Musings-Just Learning http://www.mtl-peters.net/blog/ (Sharon is one of the Women of the Web 2.0 podcasters)


Another great presentation by Lee LeFever on CommonCraft--Blogs in Plain English
If you're a blogger who wants people to understand why you have a blog and how it works, this video is for you.
http://commoncraft.com/blogs