Web 2.0 Tools

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

A wiki page is basically a web page hosted by a wiki group in which anyone can make contributions of any kind. Everybody can create a new wiki page and contribute in an existing one by editing it. A wiki is very useful in the sense that there are a lot of tools for editing. Most of them very simple to use. Another big advantage of using a wiki is that contributions can be made by anyone and permissions can be graded according to the needs of the creator of the page.

Why using 2.0 tools?[edit | edit source]

In this new era of new technological facilities, the use of the computer has become a paramount task for everyday life. Nowadays, we can see a lot of useful tools in the Internet that we can use for our own advantages. Several of those tools are for everyday uses and others can be very useful for educational purposes.

A web 2.0 tool is a site that allows users to interact and collaborate in a virtual community with the help of a website in which they can interact with the tools provided and create something on their own. In the classroom, a Web 2.0 tool can be very useful as it can help students to make a lot of collaborative learning

We will now present a task that uses several web 2.0 tools and combined can be can be very entertaining

Tools provided[edit | edit source]

Professor Garfield[edit | edit source]

http://www.professorgarfield.org/pgf_comics_lab.html

Professorgarfield.com is a website in which you can create comic strip using the well famous character Garfield.

In order to create your first comic strip, you have to:

  • Log in with using any name you want. Then, you can start working with the panels you have.
  • You select a panel, and then choose any character you like, in any way you want.
  • Finally, you just add speech bubbles and the text you want them to say.

You can add up to 9 more panels, and several more props, like cars, cakes and much more items!

If you want to share your comic, you can save it as a .jpg file in your computer and then send it to whoever you like.

You can see the edit pages here: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/836/garfieldedit1.jpg http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/803/garfieldedit2.jpg

You can see a sample here:

  1. Professor Garfield Sample [[1]]

Zimmer Twins[edit | edit source]

www.zimmertwins.com

Zimmer Twins is a Webpage which you can make animations based on the characters portrayed there. You can make a movie from scratch, or modify a previous movie adding an ending of your own.

To create your movie, you have to:

  • Make your own account (it’s free) and then click the ‘make a movie’ option.
  • In both options (make movie from scratch and make your movie from a random video on the screen) you will basically have the same tools and procedure to create your own clip. If you ever used a movie editor program, you will note that the steps are very similar.

To create your clip you have to

  • Select several short animations from the main characters.
  • Choose the length of their appearances and add dialogues. You can choose from speeches, to actions and several effects in the menu on the right side of the page.
  • Drag and drop each clip to the timeline at the bottom and see your process in the screen on the left side.
  • To add dialogue you just have to write it in the speech bubble and finally you will have your clip all together.

You can see the edit page here: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/59/zimmertwinsedit.jpg/

You can see a sample here:

  1. Zimmer Twins Sample [[2]]

Penzu[edit | edit source]

www.penzu.com

Penzu.com is an online journal creator which you can share your thoughts with your friends.

  • In order to create your first journal, first you have to:
  • Create an account clicking in the SIGN UP icon at the top right corner of the site.
  • Once you provided your information, you can start using it right away!
  • In the journal main page you will see a big picture of a book in which you have to select the first option in order to create your first journal.
  • Once you’ve created it you just select it and a worksheet will appear.
  • On top of the page you will see a toolbar with several options.
  • You can save, share, print, add pictures and change the font of your writings.

REMEMBER! As Penzu is a daily journal, each different day you access the site, you will start a new page on your journal, so in order to see previous entries, you will have to click the arrows on the sides to go to previous pages in your journal.

You can see the edit page here: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/834/penzuedit.jpg/

You can see a sample here:

  1. Penzu Sample [[3]]

Podomatic[edit | edit source]

www.podomatic.com

Podomatic.com is a website in which you can upload your own podcast and share each audio file with whoever you want

If you want to start using podomatic, you have to

  • Create your own account. It’s free but limited to certain options. However, you can still use the basic options so it won’t result in anything difficult.
  • Then you go to the option “New Episode” and start adding the characteristics of what you will upload (title, description, files, etc.)
  • It will be really simple since you will have all the steps to follow and within a few minutes, your episodes will be ready.
  • You add your title and description.
  • You upload the audio file (mp3 formats are recommended, if your file is not an mp3 file, you can change its format with the help of other programmes such as “Atube Catcher”),
  • Add a picture as a reference,
  • Finally tag it and publish it.

You can see the edit page here: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/podomaticedit.jpg/

You can see a sample here:

  1. Podomatic Sample [[4]]

Activities[edit | edit source]

For every activity you will have to send an e-mail to the teacher with your own finished products (four in total)

In all the activities you will be tested on how well you use the tool (the more creative, the better!), the grammatical structures, and the vocabulary you use!

Professor Garfield[edit | edit source]

The first activity you will have to make is a comic strip, portraying Garfield making comments about the new friends he will be meeting today (the new friends will be the characters from “Zimmertwins”). You can make a comic strip narrating how a weekend is going to start.

Zimmer Twins[edit | edit source]

You will have to create an animation about the main characters in zimmertwins who will be excited about meeting Garfield for the first time. Try to insert a funny situation! Here you can edit the ending of an existing video and present the new upcoming encounter with Garfield

Penzu[edit | edit source]

You will have to start a new journal. Imagine it’s Garfield's journal and narrate all Garfield’s thoughts about meeting new friends. You can start your journal with the phrase “Today has been a very exciting day, I met two new friends called...” And think of four or five things Garfield and his friends might have done during that day.

Podomatic[edit | edit source]

For this final activity you will have to record a voice episode in which you narrate the situations you wrote on the journal. You can use the Microsoft voice recorder or you can make a video and extract the audio of it.