The Classroom

Below are a range of internet resources that are often referred to as Web 2.0. By using these
resources as collaborative tools teachers can empower students and move teaching and learning
away from conventional methods and begin to negotiate with students what they learn and even
when, where and how.

1. What does is take to thrive in the 21st century?

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Slide Show presentation of 12 slides by David Brear at Online Educational Workshops:

2. Digital text

Digital text is no longer just linking information - watch the video below to find out more.

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3. Voicethreads

To find out more about Voicethread go to or watch the Voicethread below:

4. Podcasting

Learn more about podcasting by watching the video below.

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5. Online slideshows

There is a wide range of free slideshow makers on the internet. Below are five examples of these produced by Gail Casey for her ESL classes while in South Korea during 2007.

The slideshow below is from "RockYou" -

Educators need to be aware of the advertising that can appear on free online resources - links and icons such as "Buy Me!" above need to be checked if the resource is to be used with young students.

The slideshow below is from "Slide" -

The slideshow below is from "Slideshare" -

There are a range of different backgrounds and extras when making online slideshows. The two slideshows below have used the same photos but different styled backgrounds have been chosen from "Bubbleshare" -

BubbleShare: Share photos - Powered by BubbleShare

BubbleShare: Share photos - Play some Online Games.

6. Drawing, charting & mapping

Interactive Whiteboards - Scriblink is an online interactive whiteboard where you can invite users, upload files and chat in real time: Scriblink

7. Skype

Skype is freely available software online which when downloaded and installed will allow real time chat with video -

The video below was taken by Gail Casey while teaching ESL in South Korea in 2007 - an ESL Korean class using skype to video chat with an Australian school in Hawkesdale, Victoria.

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8. Diigo

Used for bookmarking and note-taking of webpages. Watch the video below to find out more.

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(A few words from Gail Casey)

It is crucial for teachers to encourage critical thinking skills, promote information literacy and nurture collaborative working practices to prepare children for entry into a world of work (Wheeler, 2001). The shift from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0, as discussed by Yuen & Yuen (2008), involves the shift from a tool of reference to one of collaboration, from passive to active, from consumer to participant-oriented. Teachers can use Web 2.0 tools to empower students and create exciting new learning opportunities.