Web 2.0 in Education

Great tools are always popping up, it’s hard to keep track of them all.  Having many tools under one roof is great for the busy teacher.  Web 2.0 in Education, a  UK created wiki has everything any ICT teacher would ever need. It has over 295 tools with a review and screenshot or example of the tool as well as suggestions on how they might be used. Definitely worth a visit.

Please share it with others and send a note of thanks to its creator.

Here is a list of its contents:

  • mindmapping tools
  • website builders
  • timeline makers
  • comics and cartoons
  • drawing tools
  • photofun
  • mapping tools
  • presentations/slideshows
  • scrapbooks
  • multimedia
  • electronic books/writing
  • quizzes and games
  • video and screencasting tools
  • graphs/charts/databases
  • music tools
  • discussion/debate tools
  • surveys/polls
  • Read/Write/Think tools

Have Fun with Phun

Have some fun over the holiday playing with  Phun which is a great free download for Mac and PC operating systems that facilitates creating simple 2-D animation.  The program playfully combines science and art using physics terms, which is a great way to introduce  students to concepts and language such as torque, velocity, density and so on – where they can see the effects of their applications.    I certainly learnt a bit about physics in my play around. There are some excellent tutorials which enable the creation of motor cars crashing, building and destroying, rockets, catapults and the likes.  I think this could be used with middle to upper primary students as well as high school students as well as teachers!  Experienced users are creating  elaborate mechanism using Phun, as well as games, comics and contemporary art.

To get started, download it go to file and apply one of the built-in  themes already designed and click on the green ‘play’ button to set your theme in motion. Then take a look at the tutorials and see what you can create!  Note: it is somewhat addictive.

From the creators of Phun:

We want to keep Phun freely available for non-commercial use, since we think and hope that Phun can make a difference in promoting science and art to the masses, in particular children and young people, through a constructionists learning paradigm. Contact us for sponsorship agreements, or for commercial licenses of Phun. We are also open to R&D collaboration, including pedagogic use of Phun.