Web Tools PMI

Web 2.0 Tool

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Writeboard

Collaborative writing tool

Students can create, edit and share information

Students need to be 13+ so teachers would need to set up group writeboards

Compares versions of text
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 7 Depth Study page of this wiki
Kidblog

Blogging tool

Teachers can create a class account which is easy to manage

Student can create, edit and share information

Private settings are easy to use and blogs are not searchable on the internet

Setting up a class blog can be time consuming if not setting up using the csv upload option

Students need to be 13+

Top notch tool for reflective writing which assists all learners

Moderation feature of blog comments allows teacher to become more involved with student input.
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 7 Depth Study page of this wiki
PIXTON.ORG.GIF/

Blogging tool

Teachers can sign up for a free trial

Students can use their creativity and knowledge to create cartoons and comics. Teacher sets up class account for privacy. Students use school activation code

After free trial will need to pay

Great tool for allowing student creativity

Students can create in other languages
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 7 Depth Study page of this wiki
Museumbox

File Sharing

Storage

Students can add images, videos, files and sound to their boxes. Students can critique others displays.

Teacher can create a class Museum box.

Students will need to have good ICT skills to collect and store images, Links, videos etc to include in boxes.

Teachers will need to spend time learning how to use this tool and perhaps initially set up sources for students to access.

Teacher must set up a school account which takes some time.

Layout is visually appealing

The potential of this tool is only limited by the teacher's imagination.

Class can view others work.
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 7 Depth Study page of this wiki
Popplet

Collaborative writing tool

Students can brainstorm, create mind maps, concept maps or storyboards.

Linking ideas is easy and colour can be also used as a connector.

Students need to be 13+ so would need parents permissions to set up login. Only 5 popplets for free.

Class can view others work. Great for teaching notetaking skills. Visually appealing. Easy to use.
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 7 Depth Study page of this wiki
Glogster

Creative Presentation Tool

A great range of tools and caters for presentations

With so many choices students could spend too much time making decisions.

Have a plan before starting!

Visually appealing

Could be used across many subjects

Something for everybody
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 7 Depth Study page of this wiki
Quizlet>

Creating

Class can create a display of words and definitions.

Students need to be 13+

Class could use as a revision of words and definitions.
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 7 Depth Study page of this wiki
Primary Pad

Collaboration

Teacher and students can share ideas on the one learning environment.

All students have an equal opportunity to present their ideas.



Easy to set up and can be used with large or small groups of students.
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 7 Depth Study page of this wiki
Bubbl.us

Mind Mapping

Different colours can be allocated to different branches of the map, making it easier to make connections

The linking tool allows the user to create links between different branches

Tip of the day helps orientate users with the resource each time the log in

Interface is easy to navigate

Maps can be exported as a JPG or PNG image file or embedded within a wiki or blog

Maps can be created and exported without signing in but cannot be saved without creating an account

Only three maps can be saved at any one time

Images and other file formats cannot be uploaded

Basic account is free

Appeals to visual learner
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 8 Depth Study page of this wiki
stixy

Collaboration

Bulletin board style format

Users can upload text, images, documents and calendar entries

Lock function locks a post into place; it cannot be moved or edited by other users

Allow guests or invited users to view and edit the board

Easy-to-use interface

Cannot add sound files

Does not work on an iPad

Free to use

Once an addition is made, it is automatically saved within 30 seconds
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 8 Depth Study page of this wiki
penzu

Online Cloud writing tool

Secure - pages cannot be shared unless user creates a public link

Pages can be emailed to another party (like a teacher) for comment

Able to upload images for your computer or flickr

Print function

Search and tag function allows users to easily find entries

Comments can be made on public links

Basic membership is free but extra functions require paid membership

Public links connect to one page only - a new link must be created for each page you wish to share

Aesthetically interesting and appealing

If using for a creative or reflective piece, penzu offers writing prompts
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 8 Depth Study page of this wiki
delicious

Social Bookmarking

Research

Explore pre-existing stacks or create your own

When adding sites, the description option allows you to add your own notes about the site

Follow other users to get updates when they add to their stack

Tag option to assist with searching

Share stacks with other users and make comments

Stacks are available on virtually any topic your can think of - easy to get distracted!

Option to add a 'save on delicious' button to your toolbar

When adding a site, delicious suggests tags you might like to add
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 8 Depth Study page of this wiki
Typewith.me

Collaborative Writing Tool

Simple Interface

Share the URL with users and start working

Share ideas in real time

Has a chat function inbuilt

Some colours are quite dark, making writing hard to read

Cannot clear chat history

No account needed
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 8 Depth Study page of this wiki
sitehoover

Research & Storage

Social Bookmarking

Students/teachers can create an online collection of websites that team members and students can access to share knowledge.

Easy learning curve - one click to cut and paste website URL in to create a new entry.

Each sitehoover page can be sub-divided into folders to help organise the collection of sites.

If a website address changes site hoover doesn't account for the change thus loosing the ULnk.

If a specific segment of knowledge on a very large page is all that is important sitehoover cannot draw your attention to that info - it only Links to the page in its totality.

There is a lag when collecting sites for the sitehoover page that can be annoying.

Without an account sitehoover collections are deleted after 7 days.

sitehoover is visually appealing

Accounts are Free
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 10 Depth Study page of this wiki
VoiceThread

Collaborating

Teachers can direct students to specific items/sources

Easy learning curve for both administers and participant.

A number of short, easy to understand tutorials are present to answer questions about VT set up.

Various input methods adds collaboration (text, voice, sms, & doodling tool).

Students can respond to each other and the teacher allowing for input from all regardless of time delay (Isn't a 'live' tool).

The editing tool allows students to edit their response before submitting thus if students aren't happy with what they have said they can redo their response.

The process of creating a VT works better if all the resources are arranged and prepared prior to starting - this can be time consuming.

There is a limited amount of time per slide to add comments so it pays to script and rehearse prior to recording - again, can be time consuming

The free account allows for 75mb which can be restrictive if teachers plan on using a free account for a number of VTs.

Not all file types are supported. E.G. to insert a Youtube clip, the clip needs to be downloaded to the users computer before being uploaded to VT. This can be time consuming and is questionable in regards to copyright.


An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 10 Depth Study page of this wiki
Scootle

Research

The Material contained within Scootle is of a high quality

The material can easily be aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

There are a number of different styles to the interaction - a learning pathway or a collaborative learning activity

Material specific to the needs of the research task can easily be selected for use

Access to Scootle needs to be made on a school level prior to individual teachers accessing the site

Material for research is generally teacher selected and there is very little opportunity for student decision making on the resources they are presented with.

When searching to add material to a learning pathway, often the search that aligns the search to the National Curriculum is extremely broad.


An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 10 Depth Study page of this wiki
readwritethink

Organisation

Research

Presentation

There is a wealth of online worksheets that can be saved and printed up or used in an electronic format.

There are a number of online lesson plans to help supplement or provide examples for activities

While some worksheets are interactive, not all are, thus a need to print may still be needed

The worksheets are often of an individual nature and thus activities that may be better completed in groups might have to be done individually.

This is not strictly a Web 2.0 app but a database of activities - some of which are Web 2.0 some are not.


An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 10 Depth Study page of this wiki
Scribd

Collaboration

Document Sharing

Documents can be uploaded in an easy to access cloud server

Documents can be embedded in sites easily through html code that is provided on the site.

The sharing of documents online is a great place to look for material that other teachers have created.

Documents permissions can be limited so that access can be restricted.

Scribd is an cloud server storage space with all the associated issues such as possible closing down of the service and then being left without the resources when you need them.

Scribd is an open site where anybody can upload anything therefore it might be restricted by some educational internet providers (i.e. schools may ban access to this site as it may be considered social networking on par with Facebook etc or the advertising that is associated with the site might be considered inappropriate for an educational environment.)


An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 10 Depth Study page of this wiki
Mindomo

Mind Mapping Tool

Visually appealing with multiple themes

Maps can be shared via email links or embedded with HTML code in wikis or blogs

Easy learning curve for users and viewers

Mindomo maps allow for viewers to interact with the mind map

Account required and on Free plan only 3 maps can be saved

There is a iPad app for this Web 2.0 Tool
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 10 Depth Study page of this wiki
Google Docs

Collaborative File Sharing

Word processing/spreadsheet that is not software dependant

Large storage space

Files can be worked on collaboratively in real time

Tied to a user's Google account which may be blocked in some schools

Other users upload templates that can be shared and used.
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 10 Depth Study page of this wiki
Diigo

Social Bookmarking with Collaborative Annotating

Stores and shares websites and allows members to highlight, add sticky notes.

Collects and stores almost anything and can be accessed anywhere

Sites can be annotated.

One bookmarked site can be easily shared in different ways.

Inconsistency of tagging in shared groups.

Need to create list as tags do not always work - doubling up of work.

Groups can be created for sharing sites.

Just part of a site can be bookmarked.

A great way to evaluate and share sources.
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 7 Depth Study page of this wiki
Timeglider

Curating, organising, sorting and presenting

Can be used to create interactive timelines on any event in history, or as a fun way of social networking.

Lots of options for how the final product will look.

Can zoom in to hourly, daily, three daily, weekly, monthly, yearly etc
You can add RSS feeds, links and updates from Wikipedia
Can add sources and links as desired in a chronological order for a time period that is long or short.



Users can set events to appear bigger or smaller depending on their significance on the event
Can allow other users to make edits to the timeline, which means you could have a class/group create one timeline
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 9 Depth Study page of this wiki
Prezi

Presentation

When you are ready to move on from PowerPoint, this is an online tool that allows you to create nifty presentations using paths which give a better flow of information than a basic PowerPoint, allowing you to create links and show bigger picture ideas as well as focussing in on details. Users can insert multimedia, including images and YouTube videos. It is very easy to use, edit and publish.

You can not add a recorded commentary via an audio clip, this also means that users can not add music clips to their presentations.

Won't accept all formats of images so need to convert.

If too much movement it can be difficult to watch, and extensive presentations require a bit of manipulation to get the paths right.

Limited design elements and templates.

PowerPoint is gaining a reputation as being a bit tired, this format challenges users to experiment.
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 9 Depth Study page of this wiki
Comic Life

Presentation, drawing

Students can create comic strip posters by uploading images, creating characters, inserting text, thought and dialogue

Requires a download of the software onto the computer. Trial is free, but you need to purchase the fully functioning version.

There are lots of templates, but no characters to choose from so users would need to rely on their own creations for this.
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 9 Depth Study page of this wiki
LiveBinders

Curation and Organising

Social Bookmarking

Students can bookmark the most useful sites they find

Sites can be organised by tabs and sub-tabs which is useful for sorting and referring back later

Livebinders create a live copy of the page within the binder so that the user can stay within the binder

The URL changes are not automatically updated
The tab layout can become tricky and confusing if sites have not been organised properly

The bookmarklet is very easy to install, and makes it very easy for adding sites to the binders
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 9 Depth Study page of this wiki

Social bookmarking and curation

Thumbnails of webpage for visual learning

Can add comments to describe pages

Bookmarklet is very easy to install

Can not organise within topics into sub-topics
The URL changes are not automatically updated


An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 9 Depth Study page of this wiki
Animaps

Curation, sorting, organising and presenting

Based on Google Maps
Users can create routs of simply illustrate/narrate maps in order

You can add images/video to the map

The route feature can be frustrating
The timeline can be difficult to negotiate and requires some experimenting to get the right amount of information to pop-up at the right time

There are lots of fun ways to individualise the map using different markers, icons and labels
An example of the above WEB 2.0 Tool can be found on the Year 9 Depth Study page of this wiki