If you’ve followed the Friday 5 for awhile, you
probably already know that I am a fan of an internet phenomenon known
as Web 2.0. According to Wikipedia, Web 2.0 is, "a phrase coined by
O’Reilly Media in 2004, [that] refers to a perceived second generation
of Web-based services—such as social networking sites, wikis,
communication tools, and folksonomies—that emphasize online
collaboration and sharing among users." The second coming of the
Internet includes web sites that you might have heard of, such as
Flickr, Blogger, del.icio.us, You Tube, and MySpace. Each of these
sites serves a different purpose; what they have in common is that they
depend on user generated content. This content is easily shared with
others using something called RSS feeds, and interaction with others is
encouraged via comments, tags, ratings and linking to other sites. Web
sites that fit this Web 2.0 genre bring people to together, allow
others to collaborate, and help distribute content that can be used in
new and different ways. I encourage you to try out one of these
services to discover the power of Web 2.0. Flickr, a photo sharing
site, is a great place to start.
This week’s Friday 5 contains
a few sites that are new to me. If you are really into these kind of
web applications, make sure you check out this comprehensive list of other Web 2.0 sites.
allows users to upload data, make charts and graphs, and share it with
other in multiple ways. I first read about Swivel in Wired magazine,
and it appears like it’s not quite perfect and still in beta testing.
Because it is so new, there’s not a ton of data to look at, but I
imagine this will change over time. Here’s some data
on Chicago Public Schools that can be viewed in different charts and
graphs, for instance. It will be interesting to see how educators adapt
Swivel for classroom use.
Quimble lets you develop online polls that can be made public or private. I heard about this service recently on the EDTECH listserv.
Kathy Shrock recently blogged about Scribd,
which lets you upload PowerPoint presentations and other files. I like
the nifty feature that reads this material to the viewer. Other similar
sites worth checking out are SlideShare and ThinkFree.
This site was mentioned on Steve Hargadon’s new Classroom 2.0 Ning
site, where educators are discussing how to incorporate Web 2.0
technologies into classrooms. ToonDo allows users to create and
share cartoons using a bank of clip art. It’s definitely nifty, but I’d
hold off referring kids to this site as I ran into a cartoon that was
not particularly kid friendly that was featured in the archive section
of this site. As with any site where material is shared, it’s wise to
take a look around before deciding whether something is appropriate for
kids. ToonDoo, however, is very handy for teachers looking to create a
graphic for a newsletter, web site, presentation, etc.