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Introduction - What is Web 2.0?

See the funky intro in L2 ... playing loud right now :-)

1. Gmail
Having a free, web based email account is essential to anything Web 2.0. You can use this account to register with various tools and services around the net.

You can easily categorise things, label, create folders, search etc....and never delete anything. Gmail is one of the easiest, sturdiest and most useful web based email services but you can get eg Yahoo, Hotmail (warning: Hotmail will not work at school) & 100s of others.

If you are a teacher, it's a great way to (largely) avoid cumbersome DET email system while having a link to it.

Google up "Gmail" and go for it!

2. iGoogle
Have all your favourite web pages, emails & other bits and pieces on one page. All this stuff comes to you!

It operates on the thing called RSS. Here is RSS explained in Plain English -> http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english
Or one-sheet, printable 7 Things about RSS..__http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7024.pdf__

3. Blog
A great way to express yourself! The easiest way to start has got to be Posterous (http://posterous.com) .

See blogs explained in Plain English http://www.commoncraft.com/blogs
Or a one-page guide to blogs http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7006.pdf
7 things you need to know about blogs (link coming)
6 x 6 on Posterous eBook (link coming)

4. Social bookmarking
Ever wanted to keep your 'favourites' from different computers? Ever been overwhelmed by the amount of good sites you come across but then forget to find them? Ever wanted to share links to things online with your mates & colleagues?

Here is one cool and easy way to do that in Plain English http://www.commoncraft.com/bookmarking-plain-english
One page guide to social bookmarking http://www.scribd.com/doc/12858824/One-page-guide-to-Social-BookmarkingOne page guide to Del.icio.us http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/file/view/delicious+v2.pdf

5. Image and video sharing
Sharing a pic or clip is easy-peasy these days. If you have a Gmail account, you may want to sign up with Picassa (http://picasaweb.google.com) or go for the big one called Flickr (http://flickr.com)

Here is image sharing explained (the video sharing works pretty much the same...) in Plain English http://www.commoncraft.com/photosharing
One page guide to Flickr http://www.scribd.com/doc/12871747/One-Page-Guide-to-Flickr

6. Moodle
This is the place you can store, link, create all (well, most!) of this stuff in and with. And it's ours!
Here is a few Moodle intro bits to get you going.

What is Moodle (explained with Lego) http://www.vimeo.com/4955960eBCC Moodle Magazine (produced by our Year 11/12 students) http://www.openzine.com/aspx/Zine.aspx?IssueID=3094How Can Moodle Change a School (story & uses of Moodle) http://www.vimeo.com/49642772 Minute Moodles http://www.vimeo.com/channels/44004
Moodle Sandpit (link coming)