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Wonderful World of Web 2.0 Tools

Web 2.0 - Definition From Wikipedia
The term "Web 2.0" is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with each other as contributors to the website's content, in contrast to websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them. Examples of Web 2.0 include web-based communities, hosted services, web applications, social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups, and folksonomies.

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Hosted Services - An application or service that is maintained on, or access through, the internet. Hosted on a remote server provided by the service, applications can be stand alone or embedded in a webpage.
Web Applications - an application that is accessed over a network such as the Internet or an intranet. The term may also mean a computer software application that is hosted in a browser-controlled environment
Social-networking Sites - A social network service essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services. Most social network services are web based and provide means for users to interact over the internet, such as e-mail and instant messaging.
Video-sharing sites - a service that allows individuals to upload video clips to an Internet website. The video host will then store the video on its server, and show the individual different types of code to allow others to view this video.
Wikis - a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser with a simplified markup language used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems.
Blogs - a type of website usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.
Mashups - a digital media file containing any or all of text, graphics, audio, video, and animation, which recombines and modifies existing digital works to create a derivative work.
Folksonomies - A folksonomy is a system of classification derived from the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content.. Tagging, which is one of the defining characteristics of Web 2.0 services, allows users to collectively classify and find information.
Things to think about
Web 2.0 tools frequently need usernames and passwords to access services.  Some sites allow you to create usernames in bulk, while on others, students must create their own.  Be sure to build time into your lessons to allow them to create logins, profiles, and any other tasks required by the hosting service.  It is always a good idea to check out all tools first by trying them yourself.  Look for costs, ease of use, and adaptability.  This also allows you to create exemplars to show your students; sample work gives your students a goal to work towards as well as eliminating some common questions about how to start and what to do. 



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