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Best Practice: Web 2.0 Tools

This information applies only to the Original Course View. Your institution controls which tools are available.

With Web 2.0 tools, you can 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 use them in your Blackboard Learn course.

Add Web 2.0 tools to your course

These steps outline how you can add most Web 2.0 tools to your Original course.

  1. Access the website for the Web 2.0 tool.
  2. Create the tool, presentation, or collaboration space.
  3. Locate the embed code and select the link to share or embed the content.
  4. Copy the embed code.
  5. In your course, access a content area and select Build Content to access the menu. Select Item.
  6. On the Create Item page, type a name.
  7. In the editor, select the HTML icon.
  8. In the HTML Code View window, paste the embed code and select Update.
  9. Select Submit. Preview the embedded tool to be sure it works correctly for students.

If students can't see the content, it might be a browser issue. You can modify the URL within the embed code. Change 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 and which tools you can use to collaborate with students.

Select the links to investigate each tool's website. To review more tools, check out the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies' Top 100 Tools.

Compare Web 2.0 tools
  Ease of Use Communicate Collaborate
Twitter Widget
Converse and explore interests.
average yes  
Google Docs
(Check out Google Sites, too.)
Shared workspace for documents, websites, spreadsheets, and presentations.
easy yes yes
Upload, share, and discover videos.
easy yes  
Store and share large files.
easy   yes
Use a canvas instead of a slide deck. Zoom in to emphasize details and zoom out to see the big picture.
average   yes
Organize, read, and share the content of your favorite sites. Use multiple layout options and mobile apps.
Take a picture or make a short narrated video of what you see on your computer monitor.
Create group conversations around images, presentations, or videos.
easy yes yes
Save, share, and discover popular bookmarks with this social bookmarking service.
easy yes  
Express ideas on interactive digital posters with text, images, music, video, and more.
average yes  
Brainstorm and organize ideas.
easy   yes
Create slide shows with your photos, video, and music.
easy yes  
Fill an online notebook with multimedia content and share with others.
average   yes
Splice RSS feeds together, filter them, and display them 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

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