Welcome to Our New Wiki - Tools Section!

Here you will find some of the coolest Web2.0 applications that can be utilized for all kinds of curriculum integration projects, and for your teaching ideas. If you are interested in creating your own wiki you can do it at Wikispaces and have the ads removed for free.


WEB 2.0 - (Wikipedia)

The term "Web 2.0" (2004–present) is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. Examples of Web 2.0 include web-based communities, hosted services, web applications, social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups, and folksonomies. A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with other users or to change website content, in contrast to non-interactive websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them.

The term is closely associated with Tim O'Reilly because of the O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004. Although the term suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specifications, but rather to cumulative changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the Web. Whether Web 2.0 is qualitatively different from prior web technologies has been challenged by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, who called the term a "piece of jargon" — precisely because he intended the Web to embody these values in the first place.

Wiki - (Wikipedia)

A wiki (pronounced /ˈwɪki/) is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems.

Wikis may exist to serve a specific purpose, and in such cases, users use their editorial rights to remove material that is considered "off topic". Such is the case of the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia. In contrast, open purpose wikis accept content without firm rules as to how the content should be organized.

Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work." "Wiki" (pronounced [ˈwiki] or [ˈviki]) is a Hawaiian word for "fast". "Wiki" has been backronymed by some to "What I Know Is".

Linking vs. Embedding

Linking and embedding are two different methods of sharing the things you have created at various Web 2.0 sites. This is an example of an embedded widget at the right:

Sometimes you can't embed your creations- either because your wiki/blog/start page won't allow the type of code or because you just want to provide someone the link to your creation (like in an email or printed document). This is when you would use a "link."