Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Web 2.0 can knock your socks off!

I participated in a great online talk yesterday by James Falkofske, Director of Online Learning, St. Cloud Technical College (here's a link to James' blog). His talk was titled: Easy Steps for Expanding Desire2Learn with Web 2.0 Tools. In general, I love talks like this. There is always some little gold nugget that I can take away and use. Well, in this particular talk, I took away two:
  1. A web application index that catalogs all kinds of examples of Web 2.0 tools: If you go to that page you will see that each application indexed has a short description, is tagged with key words for searching and has a link to the site where the application resides. even has an RSS feed so that you can keep track of recently added applications. Nice! There are lots of goodies here and with the increased pace of appearance of Web 2.0 tools, the RRS feed gives you a great way to stay informed.

  2. A slideshow application that will knock your socks off! Seriously. It’s called Animoto. Using the photos you provide, it will make a 30 second professional looking slideshow (with fancy transitions) and a soundtrack. It has a few ways to output the video for you – including automatic export to YouTube! Slick! It even has an iPhone App so that you can build your video on your iPhone instead of your computer. Neat. For a fee, it will let you make much longer videos. It’s a great application to add to your digital storytelling toolbox for you or for your students – the production value is high. Want to see a demo of a video I made myself using Animoto? Check it out here.

    Also, Animoto itself keeps a small collection of case studies showing Animoto videos being used in education to give you some ideas.
Do you have a favorite Web 2.0 app, or do you have experience with Animoto? If so, let us know by leaving a comment below.


Anonymous said...

Interesting stuff. I think Animoto has some practical uses. One comment about Gotoweb2, it's very Flash oriented and might end up being a bit inaccessible. As well, it's a good laundry list of tools, but I think it would be a more useful service if it provided more metadata about the tools, maybe even key capabilities. Using a keyword like 'blog' delivers a lot of stuff that isn't really blogging software.

Anonymous said...

This is a nice blog ,i have been using some web 2.0 tools in the classroom like flashcards,videos and photos,which makes the classroom interactive and students also are keen to learn more and i have alos noticed that they find e-learning more interesting.I am definitely play around with animoto and use them in my classroom.Thanks!! :)