Friday, July 18, 2008

Web 2 dot what?

Simply put, Web 2.0 is the social web. It allows people to interact with and create web-based content in real time without purchasing software or owning servers.

Web 2.0 applications first emerged after the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. The term "Web 2.0" originated at O'Reilly Publishers in 2004. The hallmark of these applications is that they are in "perpetual beta." You can read more about perpetual beta in Ray
Schroeder's Sloan-C View article

Thursday, July 17, 2008

XML + JavaScript = AJAX

What do cleaning products have to do with Web 2.0, you ask? Well, nothing much unless you spill something on your keyboard.

You do not need to know anything about programming to use these tools, but do know AJAX uses XML and JavaScript to make interactive web-based software applications possible.

How? Simply put, it lets your web browser talk more easily and quickly with the web, without interrupting what you are seeing on the screen (page reloading).

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

RSS -- a Really Smart Solution

RSS stands for really simple syndication (or rich site summary). It is the tool that enables instant sharing, notification and syndication of new and/or updated materials. An RSS feed is an xml file on the web that briefly describes updates to such elements as blogs, podcasts and wikis.

It saves you time by bringing content from websites your frequently visit to a single location.

Google's FeedBurner is an advanced RSS generator. Subscribe to feeds via advanced web browsers or any of several aggregators. Widgets can also display RSS feeds on your desktop or web page.

You can even embed an RSS feed in your LMS by using

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"The Big Three" and more!

Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and so much more!

You'll work with another person to locate and define a Web 2.0 tool that you find useful for professional purposes or teaching. In the NCLC Portal (under resources), please post a description of the tool, a link to the tool, and why you find it useful. After all the groups have posted, we'll share our findings with one another.