Web 2.0 - The Lightning Round!

Web 2.0 Roundup

This Eighth Floor workshop is a lightening quick overview of Web 2.0 . Topics include blogs, wikis, digital storytelling, presentation tools, podcasting, social bookmarking, social networking, and much more.

"The water's always cold when you first get in, but, you know, it feels fine after you get used to it."

Trent Batson, Ph.D., is a researcher, author, and speaker, specializing in ePortfolio research and development. He is also editor of Campus Technology's Web 2.0 e-newsletter. .

Course Objectives:

Whole lot of show, hopefully not too much tell, and as much play as we can fit in.
  • Define Web 2.0
  • Discuss how Web 2.0 tools can enhance 21st Century Skills
  • Discuss categories of Web 2.0 tools and their functions
  • Look at as many tools as we can fit into 3 hours
  • Play with at least one tool of your choice
Wordle.net Word Cloud


Social Media Revolution
Prezi: Web 2.0 Tools
Web 2.0 for Education
The Book
5 Web 2.0 Tools in 5 Minutes
What is Web 2.0?
The Machine is Us/ing Us
Ask A Ninja - What is Podcasting?
Common Craft - Explanations in Plain English
Twitter in Plain English
Web 2.0 Description as Collaborative
British Conference on Web 2.0 in Education


Animation: Goanimate, Animoto
Assessment and Evaluation: Quizlet, SocrativeKahootQuizalize
Blogging: Wordpress, Blogger, Weebly
Desktop Publishing: Tween Tribune; MakeBeliefs; Read, Write, Think; Wordle; Tagxedo; Glogster, PowToon
Digital Storytelling: Animoto, PhotoPeach, Voicethread, ToonDoo
Games: SuperTeacher ToolsKahootQuizalize
Image Editors: Pixlr, PicMonkey
Learning Management Systems: Moodle, Coursesites, Edmodo, Schoology, Haiku
Newsfeeds: Feedly.com
Networking and Online Learning Communities: Edmodo, Schoology
Note Taking, Graphic Organizers, Concept Maps, & Flow Charts: Evernote, StudyBlue
Open Education Resources: CK12; NetTexts
Polls/Surveys: SurveyMonkey; Polleverywhere
Podcasting: Audacity, Podomatic
Portfolios or eBooks: LiveBinders; Wix
Presentation Tools: GoogleSlides, Prezi, Sliderocket, PowToon
QR Code Generators: Kaywa
Research: NoodleTools, Google Scholar
Social Bookmarking: Diigo, Delicious
Social Platforms in Education: Facebook, Google Groups;
Storage: Dropbox, Google Drive
Video Channels: YouTube; TeacherTube, View Pure
Virutal Field Trips: Google Earth
Web Design: Google Sites; Weebly; Glogster; Wix
Wikis: Wikispaces
Word Processing: Google Docs, Open Office, Zoho


(Maybe the only link you'll ever need.)

Web 2.0 Guru

100 Best Education Sites for 2015





The Eighth Floor
Eighth Floor Wiki about Wikis
Just One More Book
Free Technology for Teachers
Ask a Ninja
Will Richardson (Weblogg-ed)

Lee Anne's Delicious - podcasting
Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Steve Hargadon - Educational Technology

Support Blogging (it's a wiki!)

Lee Anne's Delicious - blogs

Nings & Social Networking


Eighth Floor Ning
Lee Anne's Technology in the Classroom VoiceThread

Ning Sites - explaining with Animoto!
Maggie Ertl's Webkinz VoiceThread

Classroom 2.0
VoiceThread 4 Education

English Companion Ning
Voice Threads on VoiceThread



Edmodo - Edmodo Networking

ARTICLES and other thoughts

Can We Trust Students to Learn in Web 2.0?
"Social Media is Here to Stay . . . Now What?"
10 Alternatives to YouTube
Social Media as a Learning Community: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Tagxedo word cloud.jpg


Web 2.0 Tools for Students

Tons of Web 2.0 Tools I Have Saved to Share!!
101 Web 2.0 Teaching Tools
Teachers' Favored Web 2.0 Tools
Discovery Education Web 2.0 Tools
Web 2.0 on Pinterest

While it's easy to get swept up in the hype around new technologies, consider these five recommendations for using Web 2.0 tools effectively.

1. Select Web 2.0 tools based on learning objectives, not because they are cool.
2. Establish relevance for students.
3. Define clear expectations for participation.
4. Model effective Web 2.0 tool use.
5. Recognize the limitations and possible drawbacks of using Web 2.0 tools.


  • How can you use Web 2.0 tools to enhance your own learning?
  • What one tool do you think you will try to use and why?
  • How do you see these tools changing communication?
  • Would you call these 21st Century skills: empathy, pluralism, multitasking, collaboration?


Web 2.0 Technology Selection Criteria

Evaluate your possible tool choices using these criteria to eliminate poor choices quickly. Then, do more extensive testing to find that ‘perfect' Web 2.0 technology.

Criteria 1: Access

  • Is the tool accessible by Windows and Mac users?
  • Is the tool / product of tool viewable in a variety of web browsers?
  • Does the tool work well for those with dial-up connections?
  • Does the tool provide options that support ADA compliance?
  • Is the tool free?
  • Will the tool be around for a while?

Criteria 2: Usability

  • Do you have to create an account to use the tool?
  • Is the tool easy to use?
  • Does the tool have a robust and easy to use Help section?
  • Does anything have to be downloaded and installed on the computer to use the tool?

Criteria 3: Privacy & Intellectual Property

  • Does the tool allow you to restrict access of your work/your students' work?
  • Does the tool protect your personal data (e.g. email address given when account created)?
  • Does the tool allow you / your students to retain sole IP rights to the content you create?
  • Does the tool allow you to determine the copyright status of the content you've created?
  • Can you save a copy of the product to your desktop for archival purposes?

Criteria 4: Workload & Time Management

  • Does the tool make it easy to track student work (for grading purposes).
  • Does the tool support private and public commenting (for individual and group feedback)?
  • Does the tool provide for an RSS feed to track work via email or an RSS reader?
  • Is it possible to embed the tool into the LCMS you're using?

Criteria 5: Fun Factor

  • Does the tool allow you to be creative during the learning process?
  • Does the tool allow you to demonstrate creativity in the learning product?
  • Does the tool provide opportunities for different types of interaction (visual, verbal, written)?
  • Does the tool increase the perception of connectedness?
  • Does the tool encourage collaboration?
Feel free to use/distribute this checklist to other educators who may find it helpful.