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Popular Technologies

Tried, True and Tested

We know these technologies are no longer emerging as they have emerged! They are likely here to stay, so it's a good idea to become familiar with what they do.

Broadcasting, Social Networking, Collaborative Writing and Collecting Resources... that's Web2.0! Want to know what some of these tools are or how to integrate them into your lessons? Here are some tidbits to get you started. We will add more information and resources in the future, so keep your eye on this page.


Tool Description
Podcasting Easy audio and video broadcasting over the Internet.
Realtime Chat Tools for instant text chatting.
Videoconferencing Real-time voice and video conversations over the web.
Media Streaming Instant streaming of audio and video.
Blogs Personal online journals and news streams.
Wiki An information site easily editable by a large group, or even the general public.
Social Bookmarking Keep track of, and share, interesting sites you find online.
RSS Really Simple Syndication - get listed summaries of headlines from your favourite sites, instantly.



Web 2.0
Social Networking
Social Networking Websites
Social Software
List of Social Software


Common Collaborative and Shared Community Sites:

Flickr: Photo sharing
YouTube: Broadcast to see and post
Facebook: Social Networking site, largest in Canada
My Space: Social Networking Site
Second Life: Online Virtual Reality Game
MSN Live Messenger: Real time text chat in Mac, video and text on PC
Skype: Real time video, audio and instant text chat
Blogs: Online interactive journaling
Wikis: Collaborative writing and web spaces
RSS: Where external information is aggregated for you automatically
Dabbleboard: an online, collaborative whiteboard tool
Doodle: easy, automated event scheduling for groups
Google Calendar: online shared calendars
Google Docs: an online sharing and collaboration tool for word processors, spreadsheets, and other documents