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Since this is a unit I teach every year - I only wanted to focus on new web 2.0 
tools that I had not shown before.  I did mention facebook again this year as I am 
still finding students who do not realize that everything they post on facebook can 
come back to haunt them if they are not careful.  I have two teenagers at home who 
have facebook and I also have an account.  I am amazed sometimes on what some of 
their friends are continuing to post.  So - I started the lesson with a review of 
good post ethics on facebook as well as on other sites such as blogs, chats, ect.   

After that, I showed them a few web 2.0 tools that they can use and we spent the 
remaining 5-10 minutes of class "playing" with some of the sites.    Thanks to 
everyone who helped!  It was great!

Web 2.0 in 2009

Hot New Trends in Web 2.0

Social Networks: These are programs that combine the best of all the above into one 
site.  You can add blogs, photo-sharing, podcast, or a variety of tools into your 
own “network” or “space” that you then share with others.  <> : the most popular one at our 
high school <> or  
Twitter: <>:  Twitter is a free 
social networking service that allows you and your friends to send “update” (up to 
140 characters long) to the Twitter website via text messages from a cell phone, 
instant messaging or a third-party application such as Facebook.

Plurk: <>  This site is very similar to twitter.  
It lets you follow the people you are closest too giving you updates on what they 
do throughout the day.

Social Bookmarking/Tagging:  Social bookmarking is a program that lets you bookmark 
specific websites for future use.  It is like using the regular bookmarks/favorites 
button on your web browser with one main difference - a social bookmark lets you 
access your bookmarks on any computer or share them with friends.

Online Programs/Open Source: This term generally means a software package that was 
composed by several different technical writers (software code writers) and is free 
to be used by anyone.  Examples include Spybot, Firefox and AVG.

PhotoSharing/Creating and Editing:

Animoto:  Animoto is a free open-source software program that lets you download 
pictures, music, and video from your camera or phone.  You can then edit them to 
create your own one-of-a-kind video that you can share with others.  A new way of 
doing powerpoint presentations!

 <> : A VoiceThread 
<> is an online media album that can hold essentially any 
type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 
5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, 
or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread 
allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere 
in the world.
Examples: Grade K-2 <>
                              Grade 3-5 

        Glogster: <>  This is a great way 
to create one-of-a-kind posters that again you can send to all your friends.  

        Bighugelabs: <> is part of a 
photo-sharing site called Flikr.  Bighugelabs takes photos you download onto flikr 
and turn them into cool designs and posters.  A great way to be creative and spend 
an evening designing.


        Wordle: <>.  Wordle is a great poster 
site that lets you type in all the words and have it arrange them into an 
interesting pattern or word cloud.

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