Welcome to esc3 DOT ORG ...
Translation: Educational Software Covering 3 "flavors" DOT ORG .
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.
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:
- 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!
Your first resource:
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)
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/
Writely - "The Web Word Processor" (note that for creating documents, it uses an HTML editor and then converts to Word format)
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