Two main characteristics of the Web 2.0 phenomenon are the ease of publishing content to the Web and the ease of sharing that content with friends, family, students, and the world.
The collaborative technologies usually associated with Web 2.0 include blogs, podcasts, wikis, videos on YouTube, collaboration spaces such as SharePoint, Blackboard, Facebook, Flickr, and Del.icio.us.
Blogging: Creating a blog is as easy as choosing a host and starting to write. Blogs can be used for a variety of purposes in instruction. Originally designed as a one way communication tool, blogs are frequently used in journaling.
Podcasting: Podcasts are mini episodes of audio files on specific topics. Fashioned after the radio shows of the old days, they are brief, to the point, somewhat entertaining, very informative and given a microphone and a simple audio editing software relatively easy to create. Educational value of a podcast is best when it concentrates on one topic to illuminate a muddy concept or to share a quick note. Once a podcast is created, it needs to be linked with a “feeder” such as RSS, in order for the listeners to subscribe to its content.
Vodcasting: Podcasting’s fancy cousin, vodcasts work exactly the same as podcasts except that they contain video as well as audio.
Wiki Space: Most famous wiki is Wikipedia. Wikis are an easy way to create a collaborative environment for a class. A creative idea for wiki use is the creation of a textbook by the students in a class.
SharePoint: SharePoint is Microsoft’s platform for document sharing. It provides workflow and versioning services for collaborating with students and/or colleagues.
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