Web 2.0 Tools
This list is by no means extensive -it is just a sample for you to think about the options that might help to engage users. Most of these web 2.0 tools are free or have free options that you can test out.
Note: Generally most of these tool do require a broadband connection and the latest flash plugin.
an online cartoon creator which is very easy to use
an online movie maker where the user is the director again very easy to use
This site will allow you to create simple online slide shows, funny pictures or movies from your own photos to preview online or share via email, blogs, wikis or sites such as myspace and facebook. It also provide space for digital photo storage
Wiki's are websites or similar online resource which allows users to add and edit content collectively. They are an effective tool to keep notes and share ideas among a group of people. They are generally available to be views by any one but only editable by those who have been allowed to be "members" of the wiki by the person who originally created the wiki.
Weblogs or ‘Blogs’ are personal Websites consisting of regularly updated entries displayed in reverse chronological order. They read like a diary or journal, but with the most recent entry at the top. And can have links to other sites or other blogs. They have become popular in the last few because of their ease of use and the the social aspects- linking to your friends, colleagues etc.
Educational blogs http://edublogs.org
An online site where you can store all of your bookmarks online so no matter what computer you are on once you login to the del.icio.us site you have all your bookmarks available. Social bookmarking site also rank sites based on who and how many people have bookmarked them so they actually work like a search engine except based on human rankings rather than a computer algorithm -- interesting concept indeed :)
Flickr is a site where you can upload your photos to and organise, store and share them. You can control access and usage within your own account for all of your photos.
Silde.com also allows you to upload and share photos as well as make slide shows and "funPix" photos which can be shared via email or added to wikis, blogs and sites like MySpace and Ebay.
These tools I've listed as personal productivity tools because they will combine all your RSS feeds into one page so you don't have to keep going back to sites to see the new content - the content headings will appear in either the netvibes or igoogle page. There are other sites that allow you to do but these are good examples.
A project management tool which allows users to manage a project via the internet including setting milestones and allocate resources.
Set up a collaborative project that a class must plan, manage and complete together and use
My Fabrik http://lite.myfabrik.com/
This site allows you to add a widget to a web page, wiki or blog that allows users to send the recieve a link to where they can download a large file that some one is sending them. So if your email account is always "over it's limit" then this can be a very useful tool.
This site allows you to add upload a pdf or word document which it them converts to a flash object that can be embedded within a wiki, blog or web page so that users can view it online without needing to download it.
Scribd also allows the user to download the file as either a word document, pdf file or MP3. It is completely free you just need to sign up for an account to start using it.
Eyespot allows you to embed videos into a wiki, blog or webpage. It does also allow you to mix and edit videos, I haven't tested this functionality I have only used it to embed videos that I have created in Windows Movie Maker into blogs and wikis but it looks like fun. It is very similar to youtude.com.
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