Web 2.0 Apps Useful in Education

Below are a few Web 2.0 applications which are very popular amongst teachers across the world in the classroom and helping to aid the learning process. This is just a starter which we will add to over the course of the program. I will try to ensure that the Web 2.0 applications which are listed are relevant to the program.

1) Del.icio.us – Is a very useful tool, which bookmarks varying websites depending on the interests of the individual. The site organises and filters the contents it bookmarks by description and by their freshness. - http://delicious.com/

2) Bloglines – This tool serves as an aggregator of different blogs from across the globe. There are several aggregators available on the web. But what makes this particular application standout from others is that it allows you to view who else has viewed the blog and what else they have read. A great way of connecting with people with similar interests as yourself and also finding other articles that you may find interesting. - http://www.bloglines.com/index.html

 

3) Flickr – Flickr is clearly the premiere social photo sharing site of the Web 2.0 world. There are many web 2.0 features built into this particular photo sharing site. From, RSS feeds, contact books, comments and geotagging. You can even search for photos that have been taken by a particular camera model. - http://www.flickr.com

4) Picnik – There are a plethora of image editing sites in the world of Web 2.0, but Picnik stands out for a few reasons. For one thing, it’s pretty. The site is well laid out, easy to navigate, and incredibly intuitive. You can use the website without even registering, making it incredibly education-friendly. It may not have every feature that Photoshop has, but it does allow you to crop, resize, eliminate red-eye, adjust colour and brightness levels, and save in a variety of formats. Throw in the ability to import directly from Flickr, and export to a variety of services including Flickr, Photobucket and Kodak Easyshare, and you have an app that integrates well into the rest of the 2.0 world. - http://www.picnik.com/

 

5) Jumpcut – There are many online video editing applications out there. What makes Jump cut really useful for students and teachers is that it allows students to work on their projects from anywhere in the world and then play them in class the next day or submit them to groups or directly to the teacher. – http://jumpcut.com

6) GCast – With Audioblogger gone, GCast is recognized as the most popular platform for MobCasts (podcasts created via cell phone). However, it is also a powerful solution for podcasters who don’t quite understand how the RSS piece works. Anybody can upload audio files to GCast, organize them into a single or multiple podcast feeds, and then generate a flash. - http://gcast.com

 

7) Google Docs and Spreadsheets – Simply a free answer to Office software, some argue that these applications are missing a great deal of features which are contained within Office, however it is challenging to find what features are missing. Docs and Spreadsheets also have one clear advantage over the desktop version: it’s collaborative. While editing a document, you can invite other people to work on it with you. Windows or Mac, Firefox or Explorer, Docs and Spreadsheets has everything you’d expect in a word processor and spreadsheet program. http://docs.google.com

8) WikiSpaces – WikiSpaces has a key focus on education. You can save you wiki as a PDF or even create a slide show from it which is not typical from wiki applications/engines. It has a simple editor that does support embeddable media (like from YouTube or Google Video). Wikispaces looks more like a typical wiki engine, and has a discussion tab like you’d find on Wikipedia. – http:// wikispaces.com