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Web 2.0 tools

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There tends to be another new Web 2.0 tool out every other week. I usually have a play with some and cast them aside but here is an interesting list of  7 new Web 2.0 tools which I have found useful.

Making an Infographic – http://piktochart.com/

The first generation of infographic generators – expect to see many more of them with additional sophistication

Screen-o-matic http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ 

On screen video recording with option of using camera, making subtitles and adding sound. You can download the file as mp4 or leave it on the site or upload to Youtube

Quipper http://www.quipper.com/

Mobile phone app. Lots of quizzes related to GCSE and you or even students! Can make their own. You could make money selling yours possibly?

Socrative http://www.socrative.com/how-it-works

Student response system, quizzes, games etc to support learning and revision. Massive interest in this on Twitter at the moment – nothing to do with Bill & Ted though

PicMonkey http://www.picmonkey.com/

Online photo editing – THE replacement for picnic – some awesome graphic tools including the “thinner” and “teeth whitener”

You Tube Create http://www.youtube.com/create/

NINE online video/animation editing tools including Xtranormal, Stupefix, GoAnimate and WeVideo – AMAZING!

 Jargon Generator http://www.sciencegeek.net/lingo.html

Extend interdisciplinary initiatives combine transition innovative functionalities and recontextualize over-arching engagement structures – need I say more

Wallwisher – Now Padlet

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I’m sure many have already been introduced to wallwisher.  (http://www.wallwisher.com/)* Now Padlet (http://padlet.com/) It’s an excellent Web 2.0 application, (hosted online) which is the equivalent of a giant sticky board. It is useful in a number of different ways:

The teacher creates a page topic in wallwisher, as in the history example below, and asks students for contributions on the topic. This can be a timed exercise during class, or can be used as preparation during homework. The full version of this one is at

http://padlet.com/wall/isthistory

Alternatively, a group of students create a page in wallwisher and discuss their contributions with the rest of the class, as well as asking for further opinions. The one below is at http://padlet.com/wall/rainforestfacts

The beauty of the application is that one simply double clicks on the page to insert information and this can be in the form of a comment, a URL, an image or a video clip.

For further excellent ideas on how to use Wallwisher in the classroom, see Tom Barrett’s Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher. To create your own wall, follow these instructions.