Web 2.0 tools enable you to share information, interact with students, and collaborate in new ways. Examples include social networking, blogs, wikis, and video sharing. Learn about some of these innovative tools and how to integrate them in your Blackboard Learn course.
How to Integrate Web 2.0 Tools in Your Course
You can add most Web 2.0 tools into your course in a similar way. These steps outline the general process.
- Access the website for the Web 2.0 tool.
- Create the tool, presentation, or collaboration space.
- Locate the embed code. The code is usually available by clicking a link to Share or Embed the content.
- Copy the embed code.
- In your Blackboard Learn course, access a content area.
- Point to Build Content and select Item.
- On the Create Item page, type a Name.
- In the Content Editor, click the HTML icon .
In the HTML Code View window, paste the embed code and click Update.
- Click Submit. Check the embedded tool to be sure it works correctly for students.
If students are unable to see the content, it might a browser issue. Try modifying the URL within the embed code by changing http:// to https://.
Compare Free Web 2.0 Tools
This list of free Web 2.0 tools is contributed by a Blackboard Learn MVP instructor. The table indicates which tools you can use to communicate with students - users can interact with each other, and which tools you can use to collaborate with students - users can create content together.
Click the links to investigate each tool's website. To review more tools, check out the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies' Top 100 Tools.
|Ease of Use||Communicate||Collaborate|
|Twitter Widget |
Converse and explore interests.
|Google Docs |
(check out Google Sites, too)
Shared workspace for documents, websites, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Upload, share, and discover videos.
Store and share large files.
A canvas instead of a slide deck. Zoom in to emphasize details, zoom out to see the big picture.
Organize, read and share the content of your favorite sites. Multiple layout options and mobile apps.
Take a picture or short narrated video of what you see on your computer monitor.
Group conversations around images, presentations, or videos.
A social bookmarking service where you save, share, and discover popular bookmarks.
Express ideas on interactive digital posters with text, images, music, video, and more.
Brainstorm and organize ideas.
Create slide shows with your photos, video, and music.
Fill an online notebook with multimedia content and share with users.
Splice RSS feeds together, filter them, and display on a web page.
Uploaded PDF documents look like a printed publication with animated page flips, and active links.
Present yourself and your visuals simultaneously.
Narrate presentations or create tutorials by recording video of what appears on your computer screen.
Torria Bond, Ph.D | Instructional Designer | Division of Online and Professional Studies | California Baptist University | Riverside, California | http://www.cbuonline.edu/