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Blog – A blog is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with periodic entries of commentary, descriptions of events, graphics, or video. The term blog is a contraction of weblog. Students can use a blog for a reflection journal.
Tools/software available for use:

  • edublogs
  • WordPress
Wiki — A wiki is a page or collection of web pages designed to allow anyone who accesses the pages to contribute or modify the content. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites. Wikis are great for group projects because the contributions are identified by user.
Tools/software available for use:

  • wetpaint
  • pbwiki
  • Wikispaces
Social bookmarking — This a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet.  These bookmarks can be accessed from any computer.  As a link is saved, a tag or tags may be used describe the item and allows it to be found again by browsing or searching.
Tools/software available for use:

  • delicious
  • diigo
  • digg
Podcasting – A podcast can be thought of as a radio program.  The difference is that the podcast can be downloaded into a media player, such as iTunes or Windows Media Player.  In addition, the media player can be portable, such as an iPod or mp3 player, allowing the user to listen to the podcast at their convenience.  A podcast can be created using Audacity and can be shared using iTunes.  A podcast can be used to record lectures, for evaluation and feedback, interviews, etc.
Tools/software available for use:

  • Audacity – for recording
  • Gcast – for recording
  • iTunes – for broadcasting and listening
  • iTunes U – for broadcasting
Microblogging – The process of sharing resources using short text messages (usually 140 characters or less).  The social network consist of people you follow and people who follow you.  The messages can be sent in various ways including text messaging, instant messaging, and the web.  People use microblogging for both personal and business purposes.  Posting of links are usually shortened to accommodate the limit of 140 characters.  Some uses of microblogs include capturing students’ questions and comments and making class announcements.
Tools/software available for use:

  • Twitter — for microblogging
  • Plurk — for microblogging
  • TinyURL — to shorten URLs
  • bit.ly — to shorten URLS


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