Web 2.0 Tools


One very cool and interesting Web 2.0 tool I found is called Fakebook. It is a website that enables students to make a social media page for a fictional or historic character. Students need to know how Facebook works (the site formatting is based off of Facebook), and the information about the character they are describing. This website has high interest for students, and has them think about what they are working on. I don’t see too many limitations for this website, except for the fact that the site seems a bit cluttered at first. A good age group for this site would probably be middle to high school.

Another useful Web 2.0 tool I came across is called Lifty. Lifty enables users to read classic literature, and annotate and read it and save it to their account. The site is good if you don’t have a book you want to read in class, but you want to read it. The site itself is fairly confusing and would take some time getting used to. A good age group for Lifty is high school.

Easelly is a tool that enables students to make clean and fresh looking infographics. Before using the site, the students need to know the information they are writing about, and how to use it in an infographic. This site is good to have students summing up their information in a concise way. The site seems fairly difficult to master, though. A good age for this tool would be middle to high school.


One thought on “Web 2.0 Tools

  1. I’m really liking the idea behind Fakebook. Thanks for sharing the site.

    I like your step by step process of evaluating these sites. Internalizing these steps is a good way to quickly and accurately decide whether a particular Web 2.0 tool is worth the precious instructional time to use in a classroom.

    However, I would recommend you include to your evaluative process the connection between your sites and the ISTE-S standards. As a classroom teacher, you’ll have to justify why a particular technology tool is appropriate for a specific learning goal (which often doesn’t include using digital tools). Those ISTE-S standards help you to connect the two.


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