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A Smattering of Web2.0

Posted by mitchsquires on March 24, 2010

Web2.0 is a term commonly used to describe online applications that allow users to interact with other users or contribute content to the website. In Web2.0, the user’s experience is active, rather than passive. There is an ever growing number of Web2.0 applications available, with many being made freely available and encouraging a culture of sharing amongst users.

Web2.0 allows users to create, collaborate, contribute, connect, share and participate in a learning community (Yuen & Yuen).

There are many different types of Web2.0 tools, including blogging, media sharing, online communities, wikis, creative organisational and analytical tools.


blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.

Some free blog providers include WordPressEdublogs and Blogger.

Example Blogs

Audrey Nay – Teacher Librarian on North Coast NSW

Momo Time To Read – Margot Lindgren, Teacher Librarian at Avalon PS

The Blog Dogs – My class blog

Media Sharing

There are many different types of media sharing websites around. These include video sharing sites (Youtube, Teachertube, Vimeo,, photo sharing sites (Flickr), Podcasting websites (Podbean) and other file sharing sites (Slideshare).


My Flickr

My Podbean

My Slideshare


wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of web pages. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites.

Free wikis can be created at Wikipsaces or PBWorks.

Some example wikis:

Cuddie Cuddie – Cultural exchange between looking at Indigenous culture in Australia and Celtic culture in Wales.

Cool Tools For Schools

Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre

Creative Outlets

There are plenty of creative Web2.0 tools that are user friendly and let you create interesting and appealing products. These include storytelling (Storybird, Picture Book Maker, Myths & Legends) poster making (Glogster), video creation (Animoto), collaborative media (Voicethread) and presentation tools (Prezi)

Some examples:

The Scientist Who Wanted To Experiment On Me Storybird

Web2.0 Glogster

School Picnic Animoto

Year 6 Literacy Voicethread

Surviving DER Prezi

Online Communities

Online communities are places people share resources and ideas. There are a ranges of different types of online communities such as microblogging (Twitter, Edmodo) social bookmarking (Delicious, Diigo) Virtual Worlds (Second Life, Quest Atlantis) and social networking (, LinkedIn)

Some examples:

My Twitter

My Delicious

My profile


Many Web2.0 applications are designed around organisation. These include brainstorming/mindmapping applications (Mindomo, Mindmeister, MyWebspiration,, online notice boards (, Wallwisher) and page organisers/RSS (Pageflakes, Google Reader).

Some examples:

Video Conferencing Mindmap

Year 6 at Heathfield Wallwisher

Pip’s Pageflakes


A number of Web2.0 applications provide data analysis. There are visual information organisers (Wordle, Tagul) and a range of free survey tools (SurveyMonkey, SurveyGizmo, Zoomerang).

My Class Wordles

Where next?

For oodles of practical examples of how Web2.0 tools are being used check out The Amazing Web2.0 Projects Book by Collated by Terry Freedman. This book contains examples of projects with links to their websites, information on how they were set up, etc. Very Handy.

TaLe’s Web2.0 and Social Media page

Check out 20 Web2.0 Tools for Teachers and Librarians for some more Web2.0 Tools.

Pip Cleaves’ Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and Web 2 Tools Poster

Bloom’s Taxonomy & Web2.0 – Edorigami


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