New Ways of Thinking

Web 2.0 - an expression first used in 2004 - is one of the buzz words associated with educational technology at the beginning of the 21st century. It signifies a trend in Internet design and use, which emphasizes the Internet as a platform for action - collaborative creation and sharing of content using web-based services - rather than simply as a source for information. It has spawned on-line communities and hosted services such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies.

New Ways of Working and Teaching


  • WebTools4U2Use is a wiki created for school library media specialists by Dr. Donna Baumbach and Dr. Judy Lee, University of Central Florida. The purpose is to provide information about some of the new web-based tools (Web 2.0) and how they can be used and are being used by school library media specialists and their students and teachers.
  • 25 "Core" Tools for Learning, a list of Internet-based tools for educators, compiled by Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning and Performance Technology (UK). Each tool is linked to a set of short, simple tasks to help you find out more about the technology behind the tool, the tool itself, and why it is so popular, how to try out the tool and reflect on its use for your own teaching and learning and for productivity and performance support.
  • Sue Walters' wikispaces page is an excellent source of information about how to use e-learning and Web 2.0 educational tools.
  • The Edublog Awards, best of educational, corporate, and personal blogs and wikis from 2004-2007: a great way to learn the many ways blogs and wikis can be used.
  • Classroom 2.0 is a wiki that is devoted to building resources for the classroom and professional-development use of Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies.
  • Bloggers to Learn From is a great list of educational leaders, teachers, and students using wikis, blogs, social networking, and social bookmarking for educational purposes - – - the list, on a wiki, is being made by teachers for teachers. Well worth the visit!

The Video Explanations have been moved to their own page.


Blogs & Blogging

  • EduBlogger is a fully-featured blogging system, which has many of the same features as any existing blog system, but is structured specifically for use by teachers and students.

RSS Feeds

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Social Bookmarking

  • Diigo - Bookmark, highlight, and add sticky notes to any web page; organize your bookmarks and annotations by tags or lists; access and search your bookmarks anywhere, by tags or by full-text. Create a personal learning network; share your bookmarks and annotations in multiple ways. See examples and further details here. View Diigo's getting started videos as well as helpful videos by others.
  • edutagger is a social bookmarking service for K-12 learners and educators, allowing them to store web links online and share them with others.
  • Grazr - Grazr is a great tool for anyone who needs to monitor online sources and share the results, It allows you to combine online sources into a convenient package; gather items from these sources as they appear over time; collect feeds, blog posts, news stories, Wikipedia articles, pictures, podcasts, video clips; any form of online data can be put into Grazr; share your results in a form that is automatically updated; perfect for teachers, students, librarians, financial analysts, marketers, ...

Show and Tell

  • VoiceThread - an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world. Learn more about VoiceThread here.
  • Jing – cool, always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video…from your computer to anywhere. Create examples and instructions on-the-fly. The Jing weblog shows a variety of ways that Jing can be used, and how they used it themselves as they develop new features.
  • SharedCopy is a simple annotation service that allows you to annotate and collaborate on any web page. Here's an example.
  • ProfCast enables easy publication of enhanced podcasts directly from PowerPoint presentations

Creative Commons (copyright)

  • Creative Commons – Share and reuse legally! Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry.
  • Creative Commons in your school - a slide show and links that explain Creative Commons, which allows us to use the many great resources on the web in a legal and ethical way.

Personal Networking

  • An introduction to Personal Learning Networks
  • Ning – free service for creating online social networks. Used by organization, like CUE - Computer Using Educators.

Voice/Video Conferencing

  • Skype – free audio/video computer-to-computer telecommunication, conferencing
  • Yugma – makes possible sharing or showing of computer desktops for collaboration or instruction; can be used with Skype.

Data Collection


  • Backpack - free, easy-to-use, flexible personal and group information manager from 37 Signals. Share info, schedules, documents, and to-dos across your company, group, or organization.
  • Writeboard - an easy-to-use online writing tool that permits collaboration, comment, and comparing of multiple drafts. Write together as teacher and student or colleagues.
  • Campfire - real-time group chat for business, education; like instant messaging, but optimized for groups. Especially great for remote teams.
  • Basecamp - powerful web-based project management and collaboration.
  • Highrise - powerful online contact manager.
  • Note: all of the above are from 37signals. They are free at the basic level and provide significant functionality; additional capabilities are available on a subscription basis.

Helper Apps

  • Leap and Yep from Ironic Software offer Mac OS users new and more productive ways to organize and discover information that you have on your hard drive. Now you can throw out the hierarchical file system that requires multiple clicks to drill down to the information you're looking for, if you remember where it was. Now you can, if you want, throw everything into one folder and add tags that are meaningful to you. When you want something, click on one or two tags and have the information at your fingerclick! Yep organizes pdf files, and Leap extends Yep-like functionality to all files in the Mac OS Finder.

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  • AWL tools / Nottingham –
  • An example that shows the benefit of word sets for content-based language learning is the Academic Word List (AWL) for English, developed by Averil Coxhead. The 570 words on the list (sub-divided into ten categories) were compiled from a corpus of 400 written academic texts. It excludes the most common 2000 English words. The list targets students entering an English-speaking university and provides an efficient base on which to create language learning exercises such as matching or cloze. The AWL Highlighter offers a nice example of the benefits of having such a list: it allows users to enter an arbitrary text, which is then parsed for AWL words and returned as a new document with the AWL items in bold, allowing students to work with the words in context. This helps guide the students to focus on vocabulary likely to be found in the text repeatedly, rather than learning items that are unlikely to be encountered again.