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Translation: Educational Software Covering 3 "flavors" DOT ORG .

Web 2.0

Hey, guess what? The "Web" (and Internet) isn't a "fad" and it didn't "go away"! (so Bill Gates and some "influencial" persons within Region 3 ESC's boundaries) were wrong!) Not only is the Web "not a fad", it's now "evolving" into what is now being coined as "Web 2"!

Currently, Web 2 seems to revolve around a few "new" applications: RSS, Blogging, and Podcasting.
Quick definitions:

  • RSS - Really Simple Syndication
  • Blog - is short for "weblog" - actually the first was described by Berners-Lee - the "founder" of the web - back in the 1990's!
  • Podcasting - is really a mis-nomer because it may or may NOT involve an IPod - consider it to be "talk radio" via Internet via audio files and blogs!
There's a great deal of discussion about what that term (Web 2) really means! Rather than confuse the issue, you decide. Please take the time to read and digest the following:

Your first resource: http://blogs.zdnet.com/web2explorer/

What is it?
Many definitions: http://blogs.zdnet.com/web2explorer/?p=5
The "mesh": http://www.oreillynet.com/lpt/a/6228

THE Journal posting entitled: "20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have" (June 2005)
http://thejournal.com/magazine/vault/articleprintversion.cfm?aid=5387

Follow up posting to another article that discusses the above article:
"Turner is describing Web 1.0 technologies. For a helpful guide to Web 2.0 technologies, you might look at Will R.'s list "New Internet Literacies" at http://www.weblogg-ed.com/2005/07/25#a3810 ."

Resoures that will help explain even more:
The read/write web in the classroom: http://www.weblogg-ed.com/
Feed: http://blogs.zdnet.com/web2explorer/wp-rss2.php

Web-based Office:

Writely - "The Web Word Processor" (note that for creating documents, it uses an HTML editor and then converts to Word format) http://www.writely.com/
FCKeditor is also an MS Word-like web app. It's open source too. http://fckeditor.net/
gOFFICE - "a browser-based online word processor and desktop publishing program" http://www.goffice.com/
Num Sum - web-based spreadsheets - except only the author of a spreadsheet can edit it. http://numsum.com/
Kiko - Online calendar solution powered by Ajax. http://www.kiko.com/
Gmail and now the new Yahoo! Mail (Microsoft is rumored to be working on a Hotmail upgrade, codenamed Kahuna) http://gmail.google.com
S5 - web-based Powerpoint http://www.meyerweb.com/eric/tools/s5/
Webnote - web-based version of Microsoft's OneNote http://www.aypwip.org/webnote/
thinkfree - online Office suite http://online.thinkfree.com/
Openomy - online file-system http://www.openomy.com
Zimbra - collaboration suite - EMail/Calendar and more to come! http://www.zimbra.com

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