The purpose of this site is to support new non-traditional modes of publishing one's creations. Existing work and creations by others, using these same technologies, can also be used to support teaching and learning. These technologies fall under the broad definition of the "Read-Write-Web" or Web 2.0. There are many procedures, sites and services where you can create, modify and upload your own content, whatever it may be. Below is a summary of the most popular ones.

This work is targeted to Connecticut College faculty and students.
It is meant to supplement, not replace, our Moodle course management system. We are in a rapidly changing field, material is constantly being updated. Suggestions for improvement can be made to Michael Dreimiller, <mcdre@conncoll.edu> or 860-439-2093, or in the comments below, which may be moderated.

Web Sites and Wikis

Google Sites can be used to create both individual web pages and wikis. A wiki is a collaborative website that allows more than one user to easily add, edit and update content and is especially suited for collaboration. Google Sites enables documents to be written collectively using a web browser.

Generally there is no review before modifications are accepted. Edits can be made in real-time, and appear instantaneously online. Wikis have excellent versioning control. Every change is documented, you can see who made the change, when, and what was changed.

Examples of web sites and wikis created by Connecticut College Students:








        More on Wikis


A blog is a website with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in one page, in a long list, in reverse chronological order. This is different from the "many pages" view of wikis. Individual posts in a blog, however, can also be linked to as independent pages.

Blogs can provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A blog can combine text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and 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, photographs, videos, music, and are part of a wider network of social media.

There are  more than 100 million blogs on the web. Blogs can be authored by individuals or groups, and can be made public, or private to a select group of individuals.

We have been using and support Blogger for curriculum-based activities. For other types of blogs, contact College Relations, Development (includes Alumni), CELS, and Admissions.

Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts. Twitter is the most popular microblogging client. An example (not Connecticut College) of a Twitter feed is here

Example blogs: http://triptorussia2009.blogspot.com/  (Click on "Next Blog" at the top to see a variety of styles)

If significant more control is required for a complex blog, a better solution may be wordpress.com. Example here

        More on Blogging
        More on Twitter


RSS is an abbreviation for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, a technology that allows web users to receive simplified, but ongoing and constantly updated information, collected from many sources through a simple reader. This is supplied through an “RSS feed” that users can subscribe to with a Feed Reader or Feed Aggregator.  These can be either web browser based, or computer-resident applications.

Examples of web-based feed readers are Google Reader, Bloglines. Netvibes, and NewsGator Online.
Examples of computer-based aggregators are NetNewsWire for OSX and FeedDemon for Windows.
RSS feeds are usually specified by the RSS Feed symbol:

At this time, the easiest way of creating an RSS feed is to use Blogger, which has a built-in RSS publisher.
Clients can subscribe to your blog as an RSS feed in a feed reader.

Discussion Boards

Zoho Discussions

Ning: example started by Andrea Lanoux (Note: Ning can provide much more than a discussion board, but you can limit the portal to this functionality)

Google Groups, small test here


Podcasting is a method of publishing programs via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a collection of audio and video files, called a feed, channel or podcast. Any files added to the podcast, at a later time, are automatically downloaded to the user's personal computer, using podcast aggregator software like iTunes. These files, or episodes, can then be listened to later, at the user's convenience.

The goal of podcasts is to allow users to keep up to date with a range of different audio and video sources. Client software, like iTunes, maintains a list of content sources and periodically and automatically checks them for new file releases. Podcasts are not just audio or video files on a web page, though these can also be combined into a podcast.

A benefit of podcasting is that listeners can synchronize the content of iTunes, or their podcast client, to their iPod or other portable media player, and take the files with them to hear or view, whenever they want.

    Creating a Podcast for iTunes and the iTunes Store

    More on Podcasting

Audio Recording

Link to Sony ICD-SX700 Instructions

Link to Sony ICD-UX300 Instructions

Link to Audacity, simple but powerful Audio Editor for Mac, Windows, and Linux here, documentation here, helpful wiki here

Audacity tutorials and help: here and here (from Vassar) and here


Creating Videos

Easy to use video cameras, such as the Kodak Zi6 and Zi8, and video editing tools, such as iMovie, are now available to enable video production at the basic level. More sophisticated projects are enabled using more complex, and full-featured cameras, and editing software, such as Final Cut Express (Mac) and Premiere Elements (Windows)

Kodak Zi8 QuickStart

            Zi8 Testing

Shot with Zi6 in Vietnam by student

Final Cut Express Support

Video File Formats and Conversion

    (NOTE: This will work with any mp4 that will not import into an editing program)

Using the Canon XHA11 Camcorder

On-Line Video Editors

DIGITAL STORYTELLING is a broad category, still under definition. It is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. The most common examples are short videos that tell personal stories in an emotionally engaging manner. These can be created in simple software like iMovie, and can combine video, still images, music, and narration. At the basic level, a set of PowerPoint slides with corresponding narration or music is also a digital story. Digital stories can be web-based, and can also be interactive.

Digital Storytelling can include characters, situations, experiences, insights, and can includes fictional video productions.

Transcription service: Automatic Sync

YouTube and Web Video

These services allow one to publish one's videos on-line. There is usually no access control, the entire world can view your videos.

There are many varieties of video hosting services, YouTube is very popular. Blip.tv is a good alternative, as YouTube videos, unless you have a special account, cannot be longer than 11 minutes. Blip.tv example here

Examples of YouTube videos posted by Connecticut College students here and here

MIT has aggregated many of their institutional and campus community videos under one portal, MIT TechTV

More on YouTube and Web Video

Live web video

Live video streaming


Link to services comparison

Image Capture and Sharing

Nikon CoolPix P5000 Digital Camera guide


 These web services allow you to create an account, and upload your images. These can be organized in different albums that are under your control. Comments can be allowed for each image. Albums can be displayed as slideshows.
Flickr (Main Site), example of a Flickr Image Set  Basic accounts in Flickr are free, but limited in monthly uploads.
       Picasa Web (this requires a Google individual account, which right now is unfortunately different from a Google Apps for Education account)
        Web presentation of image collections

On-line Document Creation and Collaboration

It is possible to create and edit documents on-line, using only a web browser. No computer-based applications are necessary. Possible document types are word documents, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint-like presentations. You can select who can collaborate on or edit each document, and who can view it. PDF files can also be uploaded and shared, but not created or modified.

The most popular on-line document services are Google Apps. These can be used in an Educational account, or in an Individual account. If you have a Google Apps for Education account in this domain (conncoll.edu), select "My Sites" at the top right, then "Documents" in the top left to get started. Another popular on-line productivity service is Zoho.

Image manipulation for BIO103

Sliderocket, slide shows with animations and audio recording (there may be a fee for extra services)

3-D Worlds

Second Life (SL) is an entire complex virtual world. It allows you to control your "avatar's" (on-line) appearance and enables you to create your own buildings and objects. You need to download a free application to use SL.

Virtual Globe and Mapping

The best example is Google Earth. This requires a free downloadable application to use. SketchUp is a free program that allows you to create your own 3-dimensional structures, and export a file which can then be opened in Google Earth. This allows accurate geo-referencing of SketchUp models and accurate placement of those models in Google Earth. SketchUp can also import modeling context (photographic + terrain model) from Google Earth for modeling reference.

Social Software

These web-base applications allow you to create your own on-line social websites or networks, and personal identities, which you control. They allow links to other members, creating social groups, and are also called Social Networks. They allow sharing discussions, events, ideas, images, video and personal information. Others in your group can be informed automatically of any updates to your site. Access can be restricted to specific individuals or groups. The most popular are:

        Ning Nice example of Ning site here, if you want a test an account in a site already created, you can request one here

        Google Groups can also be used to create social networks, you can request to test this one

        Unfortunately, though free, both Ning and Google Groups display some advertising. This can be eliminated in NIng by paying $19.95/mo. Ning has a lot more features than Google Groups, but if all you need is a simple discussion forum, Groups may be a better choice. Groups has more control over access and visibility of content.

       Facebook, Simple Bulletin Board software (hosted, free, with ads)

There are hundreds of other social software services, many specializing in specific topics.

Social Software - from archive

Music Composition

Isadora is a graphic programming environment for Macintosh computers that provides interactive control over a variety of digital media including video and MIDI.

Isadora link.

Isadora tutorials on YouTube


To evaluate: Prezi (educational version available)

Multimedia - from archive

Personal Web Portals

These allow you to create a customized site, which can include a wide variety of assets, such as RSS feeds, widgets, links to other sites, images and videos. They can be typically shared with a selected group of others. Popular services are:


There are two types of mashups. The first are web sites or applications that combine content from multiple services into an integrated user experience. 
There is more information on these HERE, some examples are: a mashup of Google Earth and Flickr, of Google Earth and Wikipedia

A mashup can also be a media file, such as video or audio, that is a combination of two or more different sources,
such as THIS ONE
(Note: political satire). This combinations of different audio and video files to create a new product is also called a remix.

The Internet of Things

This is a concept that describes creating a wireless network between objects and the web. In a way, it parallels the current network of addressable web pages (aka the "world wide web"). More here

Copyright and Fair Use

        Fair Use

Good link

Good link

Portable Devices

Copyright-free image resources, here

Free sounds, copyright-free, at the Freesound Project

Visual Literacy information

Helpful Web-Based Technologies

Following are web-based applications and services that, while generally not used to create end-products, can assist in the process.

1. Real-time video and audio collaboration and messaging, some include shared whiteboards and presentation tools.

2. Bookmarking. delicious allows you to collect, organize, tag and share your favorite bookmarks. A major advantage is that the bookmarks are not associated with any particular computer, but can be accessed on whatever computer you are using. The aggregate or framework of delicious tags is sometimes called a folksonomy.

3. OpenID is a shared identity service, which allows Internet users to log on to many different web sites using a single digital identity, single sign-on, eliminating the need for a different user name and password for each site. OpenID is a decentralized, free and open standard.

4. Slideshare is a site where you can upload your PowerPoint presentation for all to see. Good ideas and information found here. Example


http://socialmediaclassroom.com/vircom08/, Social Media Classroom, by Howard Rheingold

http://briandigital.blip.tv/file/920630/, Video of above

Michael Wesch, Digital Ethnography http://www.netvibes.com/wesch#Digital_Ethnography

Social Media U: Take a Class in Social Media http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/social_media_u_take_a_class_in.php

Exploring Educational Technology http://thomcochrane.wordpress.com/

Visual Learning YouTube video

Campus Technology Videos

Link to Wesleyan's Web 2.0 spring 2007 workshop site HERE

Latest Web 2.0 News and Content

OriginalSignal is a "super-aggergator" of many services.

Openculture has some good links to podcasts and educational on-line videos.

Rhodes College Faculty Workshops

MPI104-210 Web 2.0 course

NOTE: Some of the above material has been "remixed" from many existing sources on the web. Credit goes to everyone that contributed.

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