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These sites provide RSS feeds. Some will require that you
either RSS enable your browser, download and install an aggregator or podcatcher
(see: Aggregator and Podcatcher)
You may also be required to download and install
iTunes. Some of these
sites provide direct downloads.
The edition is providing the best Web 2.0 sites.
Blinklist: Real people with shared interests list the websites they use.
Blunny is a free tool for quick access to
your favorite web services via a bookmark toolbar.
del.icio.us is a social bookmarks manager.
Digg is a community about user powered content.
Furl on-line tool for creating web bookmarks.
Reddit is a source for what's new and popular online.
Spurl is a free on-line bookmarking service
and search engine.
StumbleUpon uses thumbs up and down
ratings to form collaborative opinions.
Techcrunch is a blog about Web 2.0 products.
Trailfire is a bookmaking sharing software.
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Web 2.0 for Education:
Web 2.0 is one of the latest buzz
word in education. If I ask, "What don't you understand about
Your answer would probably be, "What do you mean Web 2.0?" Regardless
of all the hype, workshops and conversations, for most teachers,
the question still remains, "What really is Web 2.0 and how can it be
used in education?"
The term and the concept of Web 2.0 began at a conference, during
a brainstorming session between Tim O'Riley and Dale Dougherty
(They really don't look like revolutionaries!). Over night, the
idea of Web 2.0 became the buzzword in both internet and in educational
circles. There are those, however, that still think it is nothing
more than a meaningless marketing ploy. Others, especially
in education, have accepted it, embrace
it and use it as the "New Way."
One major problem is there's still a huge amount of disagreement about
what Web 2.0 is or means — there is no clear definition and
any definitions can and will change according to whom you are
speaking. Most use comparative elements or a set of principles and practices
to qualify or quantify Web 2.0.
The Web As Platform
The first principle is "The web as platform." This is a
simple statement but is really the gravitational core. This
means that a browser, any browser that is used, is the desk
top. All applications now reside and are fully operable from
the internet rather than being installed on the computer's hard
Google is one of the standard bearers for Web 2.0 applications. It
is a specialized database, which operates on any Web browser. Itís totally
interactive, changing according to the userís parameters, giving rapid
access to images, videos, local and national news and products.
It also gives a host of other services such as g-mail, calendars,
groups and maps. Google purchased YouTube, another of the major
Web 2.0 applications. Now Google is adding a word processor
to its applications replacing some of the Web 1.0 applications
created by companies such as MicroSoft or Apple. Other Web 2.0
applications include eBay, Amazon, Napster, Flicker and Akamai.
The Web is and should be an integral part of education process. The
questions about its validity could be asked about any media,
including major TV news organizations or news papers news
organizations. The internet is the largest library, the largest
encyclopedia and the largest up-to-date text in existence,
which is an excellent case for Web usage in the classroom.
In Web 1.0, a very small number of writers produced the Web pages
for a large number of readers. This led to the creation of mega
Web sites for companies such as Microsoft, Apple or Sun Microsystems.
People visited these few sites to get information directly
from the source. Over time, however, more and more users began
to write and want to publish their informational content as
well as reading it. This had an interesting effect—there simply
weren't enough outlets for those who wanted to publish and
there wasn't enough time for everyone who wanted attention
to visit all sites with relevant content. Thus, the Blog was
A Blog is a personal or informational Web site. But in Web 2,0, once
the author places materials—ideas, ideals, assorted comments or
other information—on a blog, this material is open for additions,
subtractions or comments from anyone who would like to respond.
This action or reaction to the blog materials is social publishing
and it is not only requested but also expected by the original
Social publication goes much farther. Wikis allow
for collaborative creation of definitions and / or encyclopedic-type
information. Authors / writers can "share" audio and video podcasts (see:
Apple's iLife. Photographs and videos can be published on
You Tube, Flicker and iFilm. Social Bookmarking creates a
list of Web site links for people with similar interests.
Blog space is free in many instances, so every teacher / class
could have a blog. Students respond and publish more rapidly
to materials placed on a blog by either a teacher or other students.
The quality of student writing, audio podcast and vidcast is
much better as students realize that this work is published on the Web.
Wikis are an outstanding tool in the classroom. Students create a centralized
glossary of terms complete with definitions to be used in
the classroom. Any student can add, subtract
and edit this content or create a new term. Extra materials
may be added as needed, creating a class "wikipedia." Over a
few years, classes could create a very sizeable amount of
information for student usage.
Although this is not social bookmarking in the stickiest sense of the
word, here is a suggestion for bookmarking in a classroom.
Open MicroSoft Word and create a list of Web links for the
class. Allow students to add a link as they find sites
which should be added to the list.
Subscribing and Tagging
Publication does little good if no one can locate your content. Web
2.0 provides two methods for locating new or up-to-date information—
tagging and RSS subscribing.
A tag is a simple discriptive name which can be used to categorize
their posts, photos, videos or podcast. Any name may be used,
but it should be discriptive and relevant to the material being
tagged. The Technorati Tag pages are the most used.
Anyone with a blog can contribute to Technorati Tag pages. Most
blog software, (such as Movable Type, WordPress, TypePad, Blogware,
Radio), supports categories. Simply include the category system
and be sure to publish to the RSS/Atomic feeds and the categories
will be read as tags.
If the blog software doesn't support categories, you can still
participate. To tag your material, include this link
in the body of your post. Please note that two word tags should
be joined by a "+". For example:
<a href="http://technorati.com/tag/[tagname]" rel="tag">[tagname]</a>
[tagname]+[tagname]" rel="tag"> [tagname tagname]</a>
global+warming" rel="tag">global warming</a>
Your blog software should be configured to ping Technorati. If your
blog software does not support automatic pinging, you can manually
ping it at http://technorati.com/.
You do not have to link to Technorati. You can link to any web page that
ends in a tag, even if it is on your site.
RSS (Real Simple Syndication) subscribing is another method for locating
new material on the Web (see:
RSS-XML Information). Sometimes referred to as feeds, news feeds or web
feeds, it can be used on a Web site as well as on a blog. My Web site
A simple XML code (see:
RSS Code Made Easy) is added to the site. Using an aggregrator or
browser enabled or a podcatcher, (see:
Aggregrators & Pdocatchers) a viewer can subscribe to an RSS site.
When new materials are posted, a notification is automatically
sent to all subscribers.
For class blogs that want a larger, more mass appeal, tagging is a good
alternative, however, I feel that RSS offers the more useful tool set.
This summer, the iPhone hit the world with great fanfare. Evening news
reports showed Apple store employees cheering shoppers as they emerged
form the stores proudly displaying their iPhones. Imagining a cell
phone with total access to the internet including Google maps and YouTube
and all of this with a large touch screen. It was a fore gone conclusion
that touch screen iPod was in the works and would be coming soon. And
so, this month, the iPodtouch was
The most exciting new iPod release, however, was the new
iPod Nano. Its a colorful, somewhat
smaller verison of the original Video iPod (now called the
iPodClassic). As you can see
above it comes in five different colors. It has a fairly large,
bright display with the most pixels per inch of any Apple display. It
will play up to 5 hours of video or up to 24 hours of audio on a single
charge. The starting price is $149.00.
More importantly for the educator—this provides the possibility
for more students to access and use podcast and vidcast. If you have
been thinking about using or creating podcasts as an lternate way of
dilivering curriculum, now is the time to get serious.