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Web 2.0

 

 

The term Web 2.0 refers to internet applications that are used within a web browser. These programs facilitate the sharing of information and collaboration among groups. Below you will find a list of Web 2.0 applications that we believe will help you in your studies. Please note that these websites are not supported by Saint Michael's College, though we have created several "Getting Started" guides to help with some websites.

 

Collaboration Tools


Documents

Image and Audio

Animoto is a website that allows you to make video slideshows similar to movie trailers using your photos, video clips, and music.

Find and connect with your Facebook friends and you can post documents and powerpoints online for others to view. You can download different files or e-reader files to your smartphone or e-reader. Connect with passionate readers and information-seekers through sites like Facebook and Twitter to share your wide range of books.

This is a web service that allows users to upload power points, videos, and photos and add voice narration to create a multimedia presentation. Viewers can add their own comments to the presentation via voice or text, attach questions or thoughts about a lecture, so the result is an integrated discussion on the lecture.
For help with Voice Thread, please see our Getting Started with Voice Thread guide.

Screen Capture Tools

This is an online collaboration application where you can draw on a whiteboard that is very easy and fun to use. Save your drawings online and send them to people for them to critique or add on to.

This is a free software that allows you to snap a picture of your computer screen, record a video on onscreen action, and share the screenshots and videos over the web, IM, and email. Add captions, highlights, and arrows to make your screenshot exactly how you want it.

Screenr gives you screencasts for Twitter so your followers will see your screencasts that you Tweet. All you have to do is clcik the record button and you will have your ready-to-tweet screencast in seconds!

Draw whatever you want on Sketchcast using any color you want. Choose to add voice to your drawing or not. Your drawing will be recorded and given a specific URL so you can embed it, add a description, email it, and people can comment on it.

Video Conferencing

FlashMeeting is an easy to use online meeting application, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Skype allows you to call or video chat with family, friends, and colleagues around the world. The free version supports one-on-one video conferencing, with a paid premium version available that supports up to 10 simultaneous video feeds.
For assistance with Skype, check out our guides for using Skype:

Getting Started with Skype
Skype Premium
Using Skype

Data Collection - Student Response Systems

Using a basic free online account lets you create surveys in any language with multiple special features. The Pro and Unlimited accounts can be purchased as well based on your needs of the features they offer. Collect important data for a classroom project.

Understoodit

During lectures, it's hard for every student to let you know if they understand or if they're confused. Understoodit addresses this issue by allowing students to anonymously, and in real-time, indicate if they understand or are confused. Understoodit runs on devices that you and your students already own: smartphones, tablets, netbooks and notebooks.

Educational

EasyBib makes citing sources incredibly easy. Simply in put a book's ISBN number or paste a web address and it will automatically gather information about the source for you.

Xtimeline.com is a website for anyone to create, share, and discuss timelines.

Yappr allows you to create flashcards and quizzes using pictures and video.

Miscellaneous Tools

Google

With Google Earth you can fly anywhere on earth to see satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore and save your toured places, and share them with others.

File Management System

Instructors can create an audio drop box for any webpage and have students record themselves using the tool and their recordings are placed in the instructors drop box automatically. Use this tool for oral quizzes or homework assignments.

This site allows you to share documents and files and post the files publicly. You can share files for a class or assignments, just use the specific URL they give you for that file or document.

An easy, secure and consolidated free online backup, sync, sharing, access & storage solution for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora & openSUSE) as well as Android and iOS. Ideal for users with multiple computers running on different operating systems

Other Links

Citelighter allows you to easily generate notes and references for research. A downloadable toolbar enables you to highlight text and copy it to a clipboard that can later be exported into Microsoft Word..

This site provides a very inclusive list of Web 2.0 tools out there on the internet. Sites are broken down into categories such as Presentation Tools, Research Tools, Graphing Tools, and so on.

Markkit is a useful computer based highlighting tool that can quickly and easily be brought up to make marks without having to print out any pages. There’s no need to copy a document onto word in order to highlight, because you can use Markkit to highlight directly onto a browser page.

PowerTyping offers free online typing lessons for Qwerty and Dvorak keyboards. Lessons are taught through stories, games, and other means that help the user enhance their typing skills.

Wordle generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.
For help with creating a Youtube account and uploading videos, check out our Getting Started with Youtube guide.

Social Media

This site is for networking people with common interests. Create public or private groups so you can network with people about things you want to talk about. Each group gets their own email, so when an email gets sent to the group, each member gets that email.

Google Plus is a new social networking site recently launched by Google. G+ is a blend between the private and public spheres of Twitter and Facebook.

Create your own social networking site. Create a design, profile, and invite friends! You can choose what language you want your site to be in, and you can have posts, pictures, interests and everything just like Facebook!

This is a service that allows Twitter users to form a group and communicate within that group. Send a private message to multiple users in your group so only they can recieve and view your message.

You can create your owen social netowrk with Ning for a specific topic or need. You can make your network public or private and moderate the information users put onto the site. Choose from many different themes, upload and share photos and videos, and chat with other people who are online.

Web Editing Tools

Audio Editing

Audacity is a free audio editing program available for download on personal computers. The LLRC also utilizes Audacity on computers here in the lab. The program allows you to record, edit, and save audio files as MP3s that can be used in a variety of other programs.
For help with Audacity, please see our Getting Started with Audacity guide.

Import your audio, record your voice on the spot, or use one of their supplied clips already on Myna and edit the sudio tracks. Add fade-ins and fade-outs, anything you want for free!

Blogging & Website Creation

Blogger is a free and easy to use blogging site powered by Google. The site utilizes a simple interface that allows you to quickly post whatever's on your mind with accompanying photos or video, if desired.
For help setting up your Blogger site, please see our Getting Started with Blogger guide.

With Google Sites, you can easily create and update your own site. Google Sites allows you display a variety of information in one place—including videos, slideshows, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text—and share it for viewing or editing with a small group, an entire organization, or the world. You always control who has access to your site.
For help setting up your Google Site, please see our Getting Started with Google Sites guide.

Weebly is an online, free, widget-based Web site creator. It uses a widget style format, allowing users to create pages with only a few clicks by dragging and dropping different page elements (images, text, or interactive content, etc.) onto a page and filling in the content.
For help setting up your Weebly , please see our Using Weebly guide.

This is a free software for bloggers. This site hosts the blogs that are posted and every blog is backed up automatically. They offer over 70 different themes and is incredibly easy to use.

Video Editing

Jaycut is an online video editor that you can use to edit your video and store all of yoru media online, all you need is internet. Create up to 20 movies per month for free and make them your own by cutting or adding transitions to yoru movie.
For help with Jaycut, please see our Getting Started with Jaycut guide.