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Got Web 2.0? A Review of Web 2.0 Tools for the Information Systems Curriculum Pat Sendall Merrimack College Wendy Ceccucci Quinnipiac University Alan Peslak Penn State University ISECON 2008 Phoenix, AZ What is Web 2.0? Collaborative Internet Technologies Sharing knowledge

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Got Web 2.0?A Review of Web 2.0 Tools for the Information Systems Curriculum

Pat Sendall

Merrimack College

Wendy Ceccucci

Quinnipiac University

Alan Peslak

Penn State University


Phoenix, AZ

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What is Web 2.0?

Collaborative Internet


  • Sharing knowledge

  • Active user participation in developing and managing content

  • Collective intelligence

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  • The term was officially coined in 2004 by a vice-president at O’Reilly Media

    • During an internal team discussion while planning for a future Web conference

  • How is it different from Web 1.0?

    • Great user participation in developing and managing content

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  • Web 2.0

    • enables and facilitates the active participation of each user

  • Web 2.0 applications and services

    • allow publishing and storing of textual information

      • by individuals (blogs)

      • collectively (wikis)

      • audio recordings (podcasts)

      • video material (vidcasts or vodcasts)

      • pictures

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  • Approximately 80% of all corporations believe that Web 2.0 has the potential to increase revenues

  • However, about 50% of business managers do not understand the benefits of Web 2.0 technology

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  • As the ‘net generation moves into the workforce, employers are going to expect social networking, blogging, forums, etc.

  • Today’s students will not only manage business innovations of the future, but in many cases will drive them

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  • Teaching and learning with Web 2.0 is

    • Cooperative, collaborative, and conversational

    • Provides students with opportunities to interact with each other to

      • Clarify and share ideas,

      • Seek assistance,

      • Negotiate problems, and

      • Discuss solutions

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  • Videos

    • Web 2.0 in Just 5 Minutes (YouTube)

    • What is Web 2.0? (YouTube)

    • Common Craft

      • Wikis in Plain English

      • Podcasts in Plain English

      • Social Networking in Plain English

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  • Documents

    • 101 Web 2.0 Teaching Tools

      • 101 free online tools for the classroom

    • Web 2.0: A Vehicle for Transforming Education

      • Overview of commonly used technologies

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Web 2.0 Terminology

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  • Web Log

  • Simple webpage consisting of

    • brief paragraphs of opinion,

    • information,

    • personal diary entries, or links, called posts,

    • published in reverse chronological order with the latest entry at the top

  • An informal online journal, usually reflecting the author’s personal thoughts

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    • Blogs can be used to create reflective or writing journals, discuss ethical issues, or as a dialog for group work

    • Blog development sites:

      • Blackboard

      • Blogger (

      • Blogster (

      • Blogstream (

      • Class Blogmeister ( is specifically developed for educational use

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    • Blog search tools

      • Technorati (

        • Directory of blogs and the most well-known blog-search tool

      • Google Blog Search (

      • Yahoo MyWeb (

      • CoComment (

        • Tracks all comments or blogs that you post on various Websites

        • Creates tiny bookmarklet and a single Web page

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    Collaboration Sites

    • Enable groups to share documents and other information

      • Twine (

        • Educators and students can share bookmarks, thoughts and ideas, and files

        • Educators can create different subject areas or twines

        • Students can post files and information in this twine

        • These twines can be publicly accessible or private

      • Google Apps (

        • Create wikis, share spreadsheets, word processed documents, etc.

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    • A mini application that resides on a computer desktop or personal home page

    • Typically found in the Windows environment

    • Functions include:

      • Customized news and stock quotes, calendar, news, dictionary lookups, cartoons, games, etc.

      • iGoogle ( personal home pages

      • Gadgets provide useful functions that are always available on the desktop or that can be called up in an instant

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    • Web application that presents information integrated from a variety of sources


        • Craigslist rentals mapped to Google maps

    • Mashup videos for the classroom

      • What is a Mashup?

      • 7 Cool "Mashup" Websites

    • Google Mashup Editor

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    • Enables users to post short messages that are distributed within their community

    • Are usually short sentences notifying their community what the current activity or interest is

      • Twitter (

      • Yammer (

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    • Information published in short form

    • Content that conveys one primary idea or concept

      • Today's weather forecast

      • Arrival and departure times for a flight

      • An abstract from a long publication

      • A single instant message

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    Multimedia Sharing

    • Allow users to share video or picture files

    • Photo sharing sites

      • Flickr (,

      • Picasa (,

    • Video sharing sites

      • YouTube (

      • Wikipedia lists over 40 video sharing sites (

    • Download or convert video files free of charge

      • Catch Video ( )

      • Movavi (

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    • Audio recordings, usually MP3

      • Talks: interviews and lectures

      • Can be played either on a PC or MP3 devices

    • Apple’s iTunes podcast directory

      • Large number of educational podcasts

      • Instructions on how to create a podcast

    • Audacity

      • Free multi-platform application for recording podcasts

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    • Really Simple Syndication, or Rich Site Summary, or RDF Site Summary

    • A Web 2.0 syntax for syndicating content

    • Users alerted to

      • News headlines, blog postings, podcasts, tables of contents of published electronic journals, etc.


      • Provides a searchable directory of RSS feeds with over 85,000 feeds listed and categorized

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    Social Bookmarking/ Tagging

    • Practice of saving bookmarks on a public Web site and “tagging” them with keywords

    • Organize and share your bookmarks with others

    • Classroom

      • Social bookmarking simplifies the distribution of reference lists, bibliographies, papers, and other resources among peers or students

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    Social Bookmarking/ Tagging

    • Tag

      • A word used to describe a bookmark

      • Tag Set: group of tags

    • Tag Cloud

      • Groups of tag sets from a number of different users of a tagging service

      • Tag frequency information is displayed graphically as a ‘cloud’

      • Tags with higher frequency of use displayed in larger text (e.g.,

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    Social Bookmarking/Tagging

    • Social bookmarking sites

      • one of the most popular social bookmarking managers, uses bookmarklets or tags, add bookmarks and categorize; also has an e-learning section

      • Digg: technology topics, users vote for, or “digg,” stories they like, and the site promotes the results accordingly

      • StumbleUpon uses ratings to form collaborative opinions on website quality

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    Social Networking/Social Software

    • Connect friends, family, and colleagues people with similar interests

    • Internet technologies create value through mass user participation

      • Facebook

      • MySpace

      • Bebo

      • LinkedIn

      • Second Life

      • Google Lively

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    Social Text

    • Allows users to set up accounts, write and revise their collaborative work


    • Blocks access to selected pages except by passwords, narrowing the pool of potential collaborators

      • Twiki .com

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    Web Widget

    • A portable chunk of code

    • Installed and executed within Web page by end user

    • No additional compilation

    • Can be used in Web forms, dialogs, and wizards to elicit information from users

    • Other terms include: gadget, badge, module, capsule, snippet

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    • A webpage or set of web pages that can be easily edited by anyone who is allowed access

    • A collaborative tool that facilitates the production of a group work

    • Organizes information into topics

      • Wikipedia

      • Google Knol (, a new Wikipedia competitor

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    • Development sites

    • WikiSpaces, “wikis for everyone”

      • Also has an educational wiki space called EduWikis, provides resources for educators wanting to incorporate wikis into their teaching

    • Twiki

      • A structured wiki, used for project development space, a document management system, a knowledge base, or any other groupware tool

    • Writeboard

      • Sharable web-based text documents, can save edits, roll back to any version, compare changes

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    Educational Wikis

    • Wiki in Education

      • Case studies on how teachers use wikis in the classroom

    • Wikiversity

      • Shows how open content websites works

    • WikiEducator

      • Development of open education resources (OER), e-learning

    • Medpedia

      • Collaborative project to gather health, medicine info

    • Second Life Educator’s Wiki

      • Limited to students pursuing advanced degrees

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    • Video incarnation of a podcast

    • Video on demand (VOD) multicasting technology

    • How to create a vodcast:



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    • Web 2.0 skills are necessary to prepare students for careers

    • Resources are available to get started

    • Collaboration creativity promises to be a key business skill in upcoming years.

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