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Web2.0 Tools

Web2.0 can be defined as "a web-based platform for applications and services."

Web-based means that your software and files can be accessed from anywhere at anytime. They exist on servers "in the cloud," so this Web2.0 concept is now often referred to as "Cloud Computing."  Nothing is dependent on a local computer.

Applications and services include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, audio and video productions, communications, tech support and other new applications added to the list every day.

"It is my prediction that within the next several years the majority of all major software applications will migrate into a fully web-based computing environment."

Cloud computing: quick 3-minute video to get the big picture.

Cloud Convert: 
  • CloudConvert supports the conversion between more than 100 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats. Works seamlessly with Google Drive and Dropbox.  There is no need to install any software on your computer! Upload your files to CloudConvert and we will do the job for you.

Web2.0:  Nothing to download, and most of the products are free.
  • Resources to help setup a Twitter, Facebook and YouTube account:
  • Incredible web-based graphing calculator.
  • Web2.0 Chart (list of categories and tools)
  • Our Chat Rooms (Adobe Connect).
  • Personal Productivity
    • TinyURL.com (Convert those long nasty URL's into tiny URL's in a few clicks)
    • Delicious.com (your favorites and bookmarks on the go. Social bookmarking for everyone). They travel with you.
    • DropBox (Have files, will travel. Sync your local folders & files anywhere. Also, share folders with anyone). Not fully Web2, but absolutely essential.
    • 4Shared.com (fully web based, 5 gig free storage for video, images, docs, any filetypes)
    • TeamViewer.com (Remote computer access for support and training)
  • Screen Recorders (fully web-based video recording software)
    • Screenr (Record a video from your screen. Upload to Youtube; download to PC/Mac; embed into Blog, websites)
    • Voice Thread (Upload your Powerpoint or Photos, then record (annotate) to make them come alive).
    • UStream (audio and video recorder & live broadcasting)
  • Miscellaneous
    • TeamViewer.com (Remote computer access for support and training)
    • Vimeo (upload and share large video files). FERPA and copyright addressed!
    • Scribblar.com (live interactive white board, including audio and chat, and free)
    • Dabbleboard (live interactive white board --- sketching, annotating, visualizing, collaborating)
    • Quizlet (also, view this short video)
    • OnlineVideoConverter.com (prev. called catchvideo.net). Converts any type of audio/video files. 
      • Also captures/downloads YouTube videos or soundtracks to your local computer (in case YouTube is blocked in school).
    • Doodle.com (easy tool for scheduling meetings, events, etc.)
    • Yodio (use your cell phone to record audio; instantly uploads to the Internet).
    • Podcasting in Plain English (3 minutes)
  Web2.0 Hybrids: Small, free download, then access from anywhere, anytime.
  • DropBox (Have files, will travel. Sync your local folders & files anywhere. Also, share folders with anyone).
  • Skype (Talk with anyone worldwide, free. Includes Chat/Text, web cam support, and file transfer).
  • $80 Smartboard (Digital Whiteboard). This is awesome!

Addition Tools (not Web2.0) that you may desire in your tool kit.

Most students love and embrace technology.
Consider using some of these Web2.0 tools to tap into their world to address their learning styles.
Consider using some of these tools to create the relationships, relevance, rigor and results  necessary to prepare today's students for their future.