The Read / Write Web - Web 2.0

Today we will be looking at the Read /Write Web. I will introduce you to the tools that make Web 2.0 and you will learning how many of them work.

The Web 20 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

What is Web 2.0?

What is the difference between the web you've been used to (web 1.0) and the new web (web 2.0). Although the term suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to Web technical specifications, but to changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the web as a platform. We are use to doing our work on our desktop computers and then using the web to send it to someone or posting it as a personal web page. Now we can do our work ON the web. The platform changed from our desktop computer to the web. The web no longer just links information but it is now linking people. The Web 2.0 is people sharing, trading and collaborating. The Read /Write Web is about building networks and facilitating collaborations and sharing between users. We will examine many of these sites in this presentation. If we don't get through them all, remember that you can always come back to this wikispace to check them out on your own.

Obstacles and Opportunities Rational for Web 2.0 Tools
Keynote at the K12 Online Conference by Brian Crosby
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A wiki (sometimes wiki wiki) is a piece of software that allows multiple authors to edit web page content. Ward Cunningham originally described a wiki as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia created and maintained by the masses. But of course you knew that, didn't you? No matter how you feel about it, wikipedia is a great site, if only for the external links you can find in it. It's true that sites are valuable not only for their own content but for the links they provide.

Teachers go here to start your free wiki:

Wiki link to this presentation:

Here are some other wikis to check out:
  1. Wikihow
  2. Wikispaces - They're giving away 100,000 FREE wikis! Get one before it's too late
  3. Wikibooks
  4. Using wikis in Education
  5. World Wikia
  6. Wikipedia linked to Google Earth
  7. AmbientLibrarian - DO check this out!
Wikispaces lets you create simple web pages that groups, friends, and families can edit together. This presentation today is a page in my wikispaces and I am using it as an interactive presentation tool.

Alan Levine's Wikispaces - Incudes 50 Ways to Tell a Digital Story
Aristotal Experiment - Example of how this school in California are using wikis in the curriculum.
The Continuing Tennis Ball Story - elementary
Flat Classroom Project- Award winning global classroom project.


A blog is a website where entries are written in chronological order and displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) , and are part of a wider network of social media.

Blogging Workshop free from Atomic Learning for the month of February
Pedagogy of Blogging
Library of Congress Blog


The Caucus: The New York Times Politics Blog

In May 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 71 million blogs.

Blogger is one of the easiest blog spaces available.
Interactive Classroom on Blogger

Bloglines a way of tracking your favorite blogs.

Social Bookmarking is a social bookmarking site. Users post their favorite websites as links and tag them with words such as education, space, music, art, etc. Each tag has an associated RSS feed so users can subscribe to the categories to be notified when new links are posted. You can subscribe to my page here:
And, if you set up an account try saving a bookmark and tagging it with for:csiwins. That will put it into a place that *I* can see and I can even subscribe to. What a great way to share bookmarks directly with someone. Go ahead. Give it a try.
Here's an excellent article about social bookmarking: Wikipedia article

Photo Sharing

Flickr allows you to post and tag your photos and make them publicly available. Check out Mashups, too. VERY cool stuff! Webmonkey
Oh, and check this out: Qoop . Now you can get your Flickr photos published in a book for only $15.95. What a great way to keep your classroom pictures around for future classes to see - or for YOU to keep.
The Commons - Flickr's collaboration with a civic institution to facilitate giving people a voice in describing the content of a publicly-held photography collection. The key goals of this pilot project are to firstly give you a taste of the hidden treasures in the huge Library of Congress collection, and secondly to show how your input of a tag or two can make the collection even richer.

Browse my trip to Italy

To post SlideShare, or Toondoo to a wiki you must first make your creation public then you can see the code to embed. On Toondoo I used the non Flash code because the Flash code didn't allow me to see the entire cartoon.
Once you have the code, go to edit the wiki page and use the TV icon and select other HTML and paste in your code. You won't see it work until you save the edit.

Slide Share -

SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations on the web. And it's free.
You can keep presentations private and only share with colleagues and business contacts.
Sample powerpoint from Slideshare

Digital Storytelling In the WEB 2.0 Era

Alan Levine's Wikispaces - Includes 50 Ways to Tell a Digital Story

Toondo Create your own 1, 2, or 3 panel cartoons using a library of cartoons, text bubbles. Images can be uploaded and manipulated with simple tools. Created "doos" can be combined into "ToonBooks", embedded in blogs, etc.


VoiceThread - Weave uploaded or flickr imported images into a media presentation. Record audio/add text annotations. Others can add voice and comments as well. See also VoiceThreads in the Classroom.
My voice thread Bodhi
Sample VoiceThread

Animoto -

Welcome to the end of slide shows
Here is a sample Video - Family

Gcast -

Another new Web 2.0 tool. Gcast is making personal boardcasting simple. This site will allow you to record a podcast by using your phone to record. The recording will then be host by the site on your own podcasting channel. As you record and upload new episodes they will update your feed. Your can also embed your latest episode on your personal blog, wiki or facebook by copy the HTML code .

Beside recording through the site you can also upload a recording that you have created with your computer and they will host it for you.
Here is a sample

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Create from uploaded images, clip art library, records 30 second audio/video captions for each image. Overlay comic bubbles with text. Code to embed in blogs, web site. Options to have prints made as books, posters, etc. username=cogdogroo @


  • Upload images from computer or flickr or upload PowerPoint files. Select from animated templates. Publish to blog or MySpace. RSS, comments. username=cogdogroo
  • Dominoe (embedded version)
  • Japanese Nature by davedavai (note film effects)
  • My Family by busygee

One True Media

"With One True Media, effortlessly combine photos and video clips with words and music to personalize your story. Quickly share with our Online Slideshow or get as creative as you want with our Video Montage." Upload images and audio for story track. Embed in blogs or directly post to YouTube/Google video, mySpace, Google Groups. username=cogdogroo @

A blabber is a talking picture.

This web tool that will create word clouds from text you provide. The more frequently a word appears in your source text, the larger it will be in the cloud. With this clever tool you can even change fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

Tagxedo - a word cloud with style

All Things Togxedo** - a support blog that discusses 101 things to do with Yagxedo
!01 Ways to Use Tagxedo - Somwthing for everyone with examples.

Golgster a new fun tool that allows you to create right on the browser. You can create your own interactive glog on which you can incorporate text, images, animations, sound, hyperlinks and video.

JING - another fabulous new app. This will screen capture what ever is on your computer. You can also open your web cam and it will capture the video. The final product is a flash file. They give you the embed code so it can be embedded on most web sites like wikispaces and blogs. In then free version you get 2Gs of storage space on screencast.

You need to go to the web site given above to down load the app to your computer. The flles you make are stored in screencast as swf files. If you upgrade to the pro version the files will be MP4 and therefore a lot smaller in size.

XtraNormal free web 2.0 tool that allows you to make your own 3d animated movies. You select the scene, you pick your characters, you write the script, you and effects, sound, animation,etc. You can edit your movie by rendering it as you go along. When you are finished and you tell it it's a wrap it post the movie to your xtranormal account and gives you the embed code so you can share.
Below is my first attempt.

JayCut Like the best things in life JayCut is simple and free. You don’t need to download any additional software – all you need is a browser, a JayCut account and a broadband connection. Whether it is from your camera, mobile phone or webcam – upload all the clips, sounds, and photos you want, in over a hundred different file formats. When it is on JayCut you can make many clips into one file, a mix, trimming the boring parts out, adding captions and music – making it a creative masterpiece. When you are done editing, it may be time to share your mix with others. You can share with family and friends directly on JayCut. You can download the new mix to your PC or iPod. Or you can embed them directly on your MySpace page or your blog. is a neat site. It allows you to upload files you would like to share with others or with your self. It will allow you to upload almost all formats. Once there you can make the documents private or allow them to be viewed by anyone.

The feature which I like the most is the phone recording. With each account you receive a phone number and an access code. Once you call, yo can make a recording and it is posted to your account as an MP3. You can then listen to it there, download the MP3 or even embed it as I am doing below.

Discover Simple, Private Sharing at

Remember the MIlk - Managing tasks is generally not a fun way to spend your time. We created Remember The Milk so that you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand. Remember The Milk makes managing tasks an enjoyable experience.

Evernote - It allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere. Did we mention that it's free?
We are all constantly bombarded by information, much more than our brains can handle. So, we end up forgetting all sorts of things.
With Evernote, you can start capturing all of those experiences, ideas, and memories, from both your real and digital life that would otherwise slip away.

It will also digitize your hand written notes through OCR.

SlideShow creators

Kizoa - add photos, edit photos, add text, music, transitions and share

SlideSix -upload and share your PowerPoint, Keynote and OpenOffice presentations. Record audio and video narration and attach external videos without leaving our site.

Snag Films - view films that you missed from PBS, National Geographic and more for free. You can also embed them into your blog or wiki for students who missed the class viewing.

Watch more free documentaries

Quizlet - the best way to study language,vocabulary or most anything else. create your own or find one on your topic and alter it to meet your needs.

APPS on the web

Text Apps
Google Docs is another perfect example of web 2.0 technology. Create (by typing or pasting) a word processing document and then invite others to collaborate on it - all in real time. Collaborate with others in real time on word processing documents and spreadsheets
And, did I mention that it's free?
See also:
Here's another online office tool. Remember, Web 2.0 means the web is becoming a platform rather than the medium. The read-write web. Websites as TOOLS!

Audio Apps

EVOCA Empower your voice! Record 15 mins of free or buy a professional account to get 180 mins. . You can use your internal microphone, or your personal phone to record. You can also upload previously recorded files in MP3 format. Once you record you can automatically post your recording to your wiki or blog to share with the world. All EVOCA recordings can be download as an MP 3 and saved to your desktop by selecting the recording and selecting download n the next page.
Sample posted EVOCA recording

VoIP uses your dial-up or broadband connection to make free calls over the internet. The acronym VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and is the technology for transmitting voice conversations via the internet - it’s what’s under Skype’s hood if you will.
VoIP has been called a few different things in its colourful past such as internet telephony, peer-to-peer, P2P, IP telephony, broadband telephony, voice over broadband and many, many other names. At Skype we much prefer using the simpler term free calls over the internet than the geeky VoIP.


Next to blogs, podcasting represents web 2.0 technology as its best. Kids are now publishing podcasts on the web with ease. Listen to these examples: and

Use iTunes a cross platform app to find podcast by searching the iTunes store. All podcasts are free!
Creating a podcast is fun and students of all ages can create a podcast with a little guidance from a teacher. The easiest application to use to create a podcast is Garageband. There are four distinct parts to create a podcast.
Preproduction - this is where you spend most of your time. It is here that you identify an idea; earmark your audience; write the script; assign rolls, practice, practice, practice.
Recording - Once the script has been written and practiced it is now time to find your podcasting voice. Using the internal mic of the computer is not a good idea becasue of the background noise of the computer. You are better off purchasing a USB headset microphone like those made by logitech. It will eliminate background noise and students will not have to worry about the distance they stand from the mic as they read their scripts.
Postproduction - it is here that you will fine tune your podcast. You will edit you audio files for glitches and interruptions and make sure all files are in the correct order. You will then add music and sound effects. If you use music, be sure it is "podsafe." Podsafe music is the term for music that can be legally used in a podcast and freely distributed online for others to download. There's actually so much podsafe music online, that you can spend hours sifting through it. Here are some sites for podsafe music:
Creating Podcast with Web 2.0 apps
PodOmatic - Create, Find, Share Podcasts
MyPodcast.Com free web2.0 podcasting application
Podpoint - $19/month Podcast feed, podcast manager, iTunes submission, sermon notes

Publishing - Publishing is perhaps the most technical part of the entire process. You must first convert your file to MP3 and then you need access to a web server. You'll copy the MP3 file to the server. Also, a podcast needs a web page and an RSS feed. For the web page, use your favorite HTML editor (like Dreamweaver or FrontPage) or put the podcast information into a blog posting.
You might need software that creates the RSS feed if your web server doesn't create one for you. Feeder ($29.95) for Macintosh and FeedForAll ($39.95) for Mac and Windows are great pieces of software for making the RSS feed. It's somewhat complicated, so be sure to use the help menus or read the user manual. Once you input the information for your podcast into one of these software applications, it will have you upload the RSS feed to a web server. A free alternative for the RSS feed is to use the Blogger and Feedburner method for publishing the web page and RSS feed for a podcast
Submit the web address of your RSS feed to podcast directories, including iTunes, to tell the world about the podcast!

Here are some excellent links to help you make your own podcasts:
1. - THE Education Podcast Network
2. Learning in Hand
3. - all you'll need to get started except a mic
4. - open source recording and sound editing software
5. - an excellent series teaching podcasting basics - from Appple
6. - make GREATly enhanced podcasts using this free tool