Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Web 2.0

Last week we had the opportunity to talk a little about web 2.0 tools. For those of you that may not be familiar with the term web 2.0, well then maybe you should look it up!! Haha Just kidding. Web 2.0 tools basically refers to information that is added by numerous authors in a collaborative manner. The best example of web 2.0 is Wikipedia. Users from anywhere in the world are able to add information, without being the site creator.

I find these different web 2.0 tools to be extremely interesting. I quite often find myself surfing from one site to another clicking, playing, and trying to figure how each site or tool works. This usually ends after a couple of hours playing around on the net and saying to myself "Where did the last 2 hours go?" One of my biggest challenges to date has been keeping track of useful sites when I find them and organizing them in a way that I will be able to find them again. I have been using Diigo with some success. I have only begun to use Twitter this year, but don't find it to be very good at organizing the sites when I find them.  Am I missing something? Any suggestions on this?

Mike posted a link to a public Google Doc that was created by Alec Curos -
This Doc has a pile of great web 2.0 tools that can be used for your own personal use or in a classroom. You have to check them out. They will keep you busy for hours. Some of the tools you will already be familiar with, but many others will be new to you. Many of these tools essentially do the same thing or are quite similar to others. The key is to find one or two tools that work for you. Keep is simple and don't try to use them all or your brain will end up like scrambled eggs.

There are literally thousands out there. Any favorites?? 

1 comment:

  1. I agree there are some many interesting web 2.0 sites out there that are captivating and make you wonder where the time went. I remember doing some interesting tasks with these sites last year and they do offer a wealth of resources in teaching and documenting work. The internet is really a lot more useful than I had previously used it and the way in which it can assist our teaching and the engagement with students is incredible. It offers so many different strategies. You are right though, keeping them organized is sometimes a feat of its own, but there are good sites out there to help with that too. There are people thinking of these things everywhere!