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Issue 11: WWW - Wonderful World of Wikis

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Issue 12: Why everyone's tweeting about Twitter

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Issue 5: Find it, Read it, Save it, Share it (Social Bookmarking)

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There are hundreds of different social media tools which are freely available to help you to engage and collaborate with your students.

Below is a list of some of the most popular, some of which we will explain and explore as this website develops:

  • Diigo - Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community.
  • Delicious - Keep, share, and discover the best of the Web using Delicious, a popular social bookmarking service.
  • Flickr - For online photo management and portfolios.
  • Google Docs - Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere.
  • Picnik - Online photo editing. No need for Photoshop to do quick and easy edits.
  • Posterous - Easy blogging via email.
  • SecondLife - Second Life is a free 3D virtual world where users can socialize, connect and create using free voice and text chat.
  • SlideShare - Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios.
  • Twitter - Check out the PD blog issue of "Why everyone's tweeting about Twitter".
  • Vimeo - Vimeo is a respectful community of creative people who are passionate about sharing the videos they make.
  • Wiggio -Wiggio is a completely free, online toolkit that makes it easy to work in groups.
  • Wordle - Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
  • Xtimeline - xtimeline is a free website that lets you create timelines and explore timelines about history, biography and more.
  • YouTube - YouTube is a place to discover, watch, upload and share videos.
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Learning in Networks of Knowledge: an ALTC Fellowship project

Curtin University Professor Matthew Allen, ALTC Teaching Fellow, released an extensive, practical guide to innovative uses of Web 2.0 applications for online learning in both distance and on-campus education.

Entitled Learning in Networks of Knowledge, the site is an invaluable aid for academic innovators who want to explore rapid introduction of new approaches that harness online technologies for pedagogically sound outcomes, emphasising authentic assessment and learning through practice and activity.

50 mostly free online applications have been reviewed, in terms of their strengths and how they align with pedagogic challenges.

Screen capture of websiteScreen capture of Tools menu from "Learning in Networks of Knowledge" website. URL:


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