WEB 2.0 RESOURCES / LINKS FOR ART EDUCATORS

This entire wiki really grew out of a presentation I gave back in 2009 at RISD on implementing web 2.0 resources in teaching. Technology has always been a major focus of mine and this list has steadily grown over the last few years (along with the rest of this wiki).


WEB APPS

Why should schools be using Google Apps for Education? Check it out.

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If you haven't tried Google Docs (www.docs.google.com), take a look. It features pretty much the same functionality as MS Word / Excel / Etc. but without the clunky software. As an added benefit, everything's automatically saved online, which means it's immediately accessible from any device as long as you're connected to the internet. This leads to another great feature, which is the ability to collaborate. Multiple people can share / view / edit the same documents and a chat window opens when you're all logged in at the same time.



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www.dropbox.com Dropbox is one of my new favorite resources for sharing and archiving files. You can get up to 16GB of storage space for free! Dropbox automatically syncs your files across any device you've installed it on (mobile apps are also available for the ipad, iphone and android phones). You also have the added ability to share folders and files. This is turning into a much easier way for me to work on collaborative projects, especially those that have very large file sizes. I simply upload the files, invite collaborators to the folder and I'm done. You also get nice 500MB bonuses of extra storage space every time someone you invite joins.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

As I'm sure you know, there are many social networking sites. Among them, just a note about twitter and now google+, which can be great professional development tools. You can easily find and follow any number of teachers, administrators, advocates, etc. On twitter, look for hashtags related to education, technology, edreform, etc. Specifically, #edchat is a weekly education twitter chat on Tuesdays at noon and 7pm EST.

You can also find me on: Twitter twitter_favicon.gif and Google+ google-favicon.png

In addition, here are some very active art education ning communities to check out:
http://naeaelementarydivision.ning.com NAEA elementary art teacher network
http://naea-secondary-teachers.ning.com NAEA secondary art teacher network
http://arted20.ning.com/ Art Ed. 2.0


PODCASTS

A multimedia (audio / video) file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player - phone, ipod, computer, etc. Students can easily create and upload these. Podcast Directories:
http://epnweb.org
http://itunes.com
http://podcastdirectory.com

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iTunes U is a great place to find some amazing educational content from some of the world's leading schools, museums, etc. Just log into the iTunes store and you'll see it listed up top next to podcasts.



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Legal Music to use for Videos / Podcasts ( from: creative commons)
Free Music Archive
Jamendo
*I really like these top two, haven't tried the rest yet
ccMixter
Magnatune
Simuze
BeatPick
CASH Music
SectionZ
Opsound
AudioFarm
Internet Archive’s Netlabels Collection



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BLOGS

I'm sure you've heard of blogs. Here are some tools to create them:
www.blogger.com
http://wordpress.org
http://edublogs.org


Some additional definitions of other resources + links.

RSS Feeds - RSS is used to publish frequently updated content in a standardized format (such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video). Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content quickly and automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to organize feeds from many sites into one place using an aggregator.

Aggregators – a service that gathers published information from a variety of online sources and organizes it in a common location.
http://bloglines.com
http://www.google.com/reader/

Content Publishing
http://www.google.com/sites
http://pageflakes.com
http://netvibes.com

Social Bookmarking - A Web-based service where shared lists of user-created Internet bookmarks are displayed. Social bookmarking sites are a popular way to locate, classify, rank, and share online resources through the practice of tagging. Social Bookmarking Services:

http://del.icio.us
http://www.stumbleupon.com/


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Wiki - A type of Web site that allows visitors to easily add, remove, edit and change available content, allowing for collaborative authoring of online content. Examples of Classroom Wikis:http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis





Some educational tech people to follow:
Will Richardson - http://weblogg-ed.com/
David Warlick - http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/

And if that isn't enough... this site has more resources than you could probably ever use:
http://web20guru.wikispaces.com/Web+2.0+Resources