Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Revisiting Web 2.0 [LNL]


The first Lunch 'n Learn of the 2011-2012 school year went very well! Those that attended, thank you for coming and we hope we provided interesting, informative, and useful information on some great web 2.0 site for you. For those of you who have not, feel free to check out these great web 2.0 resources!

Sharing:

Delicious is an online bookmarking site so all of your bookmarks are in one place.  On top of that, there is a social element mixed in.  You can also see the most popular or "trending" bookmarks from all users of delicious.  Tagging is also a feature that in essence places your bookmarks into virtual "folders" based on your tags.

Fav7 


Fav7 is a great site for compiling related website links.  For example if you had your class researching George Washington and you wanted to provide them up to 7 links, you could simply input the web URLs into fav7 and end up with just one link instead of multiple.



Academic:
web2.0calc.com is a very simple yet extremely powerful resource.  If, for example, your class or some of your students do not have access to an expensive graphing calculator, you can use this  site to fill that need!  Simply put this website has all of the same functionality of a graphing calculator.  The only difference is that it's online!




The Khan Academy is an extremely useful and robust solution for students that need extra tutoring or even a full class.  With the online video tutorials they provide, students who are struggling in certain areas can become honors students in a matter of weeks.  The Khan Academy provides videos on all areas of math, science, history and much more.















Health/Science:
This is an awesome online 3D rendering of the human anatomy.  It allows you to focus on certain body systems by simply sliding the tab on the left-hand side of the screen.  This is simple yet extremely useful and powerful.
"BodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D. With easy-to-use navigation, users can search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works."
This is a free online medical animation library that shows animations of body functions, body systems, body problems, and equipment uses.  
At "you will find exemplary digital resources, tools, and online services" all about chemistry. "A collaborative, community-driven effort, ChemEd DL is the place for sharing your work and benefiting from what others have done."

Personal Finance:
Commoncraft is an amazing resource that provides super-easy-to-understand sheet videos on many different topics.  Not only do they focus on explaining technology items such as blogs and wikis, they also focus on topics like borrowing and investing money.

English:
Visuwords is an online graphical dictionary that lets you "Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate."
This is currently under construction for a new look but this is a wonderful resource that provides a video dictionary.  Videos are created and submitted by people around the world explaining, defining, and using the word in real-world scenarios.

Wordtamer is a great resource for creative writing.  Using an arcade-style layout this site will step a user through the writing process and also provide them with simple writing prompts and much more.

Presentation Tools:

Prezi
Prezi is an amazing alternative to the bland format of PowerPoint presentations.  This site provided a "3D" presentation and keeps users engaged and interested.  It's an awesome resource so check it out!

Check out a previously used Prezi that also talks about some great web 2.0 resources below.



WeVideo is a new and powerful online video editing site.  WeVideo allows you to add your own video clips, edit them and add built in transitions and music from their online library.  Take a tour  and sign up for a free account!

Learn Tech skills:

Think Tutorial
Think Tutorial is a how-to site that has hundreds of how-to videos on technology related topics.  This includes such things as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office and even the Android smartphone platform and of course there are tons more videos!

"At Learn it in 5, you'll learn what is Web 2.0, and strategies for using Web 2.0 technology in the digital classroom - all in 5 minutes or less.



Learn it in 5 is a powerful library of how-to videos, produced by technology teachers, for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom strategies for today's 21st century's digital classroom. These step-by-step how-to videos walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more."

Other:

Mastery Connect
Mastery Connect is a site that provides resources and a social network platform for teachers to find and share resources.  Click the link to find out more: http://files.masteryconnect.com/intro.m4v

Teachers are always looking for timers for their classrooms for group projects and much more.  Check out some of these great resources compiled by Free Technology for Teachers.


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