Many new, FREE web tools are emerging that allow for new approaches to fostering interpersonal interaction in the online learning environment. While many of these new Web 2.0 tools are designed for integration within blogs or other social networking applications, they may also be embedded within a learning management system like Blackboard or Moodle to extend its existing collaborative capabilities. This session will explore various free Web 2.0 tools and discuss how these new free tools can be integrated within or utilized in conjunction with a learning management system of choice.
What is Web 2.0?
What is RSS?
Introductions to Web 2.0 Technologies
Web 2.0 Technology Concept Diagrams
Web 2.0 Tools
All examples provided below are FREE tools that can either be embedded within a leanring management system or used in conjunction with a learning management system.
free blogging host/tool powered by Google
free blogs for educators|
basic blogging tool; creates RSS feed of misc. items (text, photos, quotes, links, chat, video) | sample |
free blogs for university and college students
hosted Elgg service for walled-garden blogging
free, easy-to-use social bookmarking service
social annotation: seamless integration of social bookmarking, web highlighter, sticky-note & clipping
social bookmarking / listing combined with ranking / voting of resources
free social bookmarking tool from Blackboard
discover and bookmark sites, videos, pictures and more — all according to your interests
Collaborative Authorship / Wikis
Concept Maps / Diagrams
free web application that lets you brainstorm online
draw and share / embed create diagrams | examples |
online mind mapping tool supporting all the standard features of a classic mind mapping tools; allows unlimited simultaneous users
Web-based mind mapping tool, delivering the capabilities of desktop mind mapping software in a Web browser - with no complex software to install or maintain.
- Yahoo! Pipes
powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.
- Google News
search and browse news sources; create custom news RSS feeds
- Yahoo! News
aggregated news feeds from Yahoo!
free service that allows college students in the same classes to share notes with each other
upload photos to share online or embed; RSS feeds for photo collections
- Picasa Web Albums
online photo sharing, hosted by Google
Presentations / Slidecasts
free online service to organize academic papers
free online reference management for clinicians and scientists
free web-based research tool
free, easy-to-use Firefox extension for collecting, managing, and citing your research sources
free service for generating code to publish RSS feeds to your site
social network for those interested in all aspects of education
open source social networking platform allowing community and individual blogging in either a public or a walled garden environment | c4lpt.net | uticked |
private microblogging environment for education
discover and create your own social network | Classroom 2.0 |
free video conferencing with up to 6 people simultaneously
free VoIP calling and one-to-one video chatting
- Google Video
free online video viewing and sharing service; videos can be downloaded for viewing offline
asynchronous video conversations
online video sharing and viewing service oriented toward education
platform that provides live interactive video for everyone; anyone with a camera and an Internet connection can use Ustream to broadcast to a global audience.
upload, enhance, and share video
free online video viewing and sharing service
Last Updated: 5/19/2009
Cite this session/handout as:
Rhode, J. F. (2009, May 20). Web 2.0 gizmos and gadgets. Presented at Faculty Summer Institute on
Technologies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.