A demonstration of various free web 2.0 tools and how they can be used to tell a story or support a project. This site has been updated as of June 2011 and now showcases 65 ways to use Web 2.0 tools.
Type of Material:
Graphics, text, audio and video in addition to links to presentations using a variety of Web 2.0 tools.
Language classes, history classes, business classes any type of class that will share information with groups of learners.
Basic understanding of software applications. Some tools may require flash or other plug-ins.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
1. Design a basic story concept that can be created in a web 2.0 tool using images, audio, and/or video. And then create it quickly using one of 50+ different web tools that are free to use.
2. Share in this wiki site your example and observations on the value of the tool.
Target Student Population:
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic understanding of graphics, sound, and software applications.
The content is varied and many different examples and samples are provided so potential users can see how others have used the same tool to create their story. Links to additional examples are also provided. The site has been moved to a wiki so contributors and viewers can also make comments and add their own content.
Some concerns regarding tools that may no longer be available. The site is a tad bit cluttered but tips are provided for finding the appropriate tools.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
For instructors (or students) who are willing to take the time to explore the variety of Web 2.0 tools and have constructed a plan for using these tools, the site serves as an excellent resource. Material is provided on how to create a story concept, how to be sure the images being used a appropriately licensed and how to quickly create a story.
The main concern is ease of use in finding the materials needed to create the story. The site is somewhat cluttered.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Right side navigation bar that allows the user to sort by specific concept or alphabetically if they already know the name of the tool they wish to use. Additionally, tools can be searched by the type of media used. There is a link provided for tools that no longer are available.
The only concern is that the website might be overload for a person new to Web 2.0 tools.
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