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Almost Live from the Web 2.0 Smackdown


What fun!

2.0 passion filled the room. 

The Web2.0 Smackdown at EduBloggerCon08 was filled with folks eager to share their favorite new tools for learning.  Here’s the wiki we developed as we participated.

Polleverywhere is a cool alternative to classroom clickers. Sign up for a free plan for a classroom of up to 30 students. Embed polls in blogs, download them as PowerPoint slides, or view them in your browser. This polling tool is free, attractive, and so easy.  It may just replace PollDaddy in my toolkit.  Must play a little more first.

It’s the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. Its simplicity and flexibility are earning rave reviews.

The site suggests uses:

audience choice awards, trade show sales lead generator, interactive signage, scientific opinion polling, battles-of-the-bands, very large group brainstorming, and txt-to-screen graffiti. Customers have also found many creative uses: conduct quick comprehension checks in training, replace expensive classroom clickers, collect donation pledges, power silent auctions, let large audiences submit questions and feedback to a presenter, and even as an anonymous way to collect answers to sensitive questions. is a quick way to look up facts using voice over your cell phone.  You get your answer as a text.  (or 1-800-2chacha).   Hmm, what about library help lines?  Do we text?  Should we text? allows you to see your visual search results as a photo wall.  Already love it!

John Peters shared Animoto the tool for putting together music videos.  Already love it too!

Kristen Hokanson shared  It facilitates live blogging and presents a way to archive back channel and other chat.  Check out her closing notes.

Steve Dembo
shared his favorite for live streaming.  Send live streams over your cell phone.  Qik also announces your stream on Twitter and presents the link.

Mobulus is:

a mobile internet based service that lets you access and manage your POP3 and IMAP4 email boxes, address book and short notes using your GPRS/WAP enabled mobile device (Phone, PDA etc)  when you are on the move.

Lucy Gray presented  Give people points for their work efforts. Set up task cards, offer point rewards, grade the tasks.  This may be useful for home and school.  Interesting for setting goals for children and may be especially useful for learners with special needs and behavior issues.   Points may also be used in online games like CandyLand.

Vicki Davis shared her love for Diigo.  Send your bookmarks directly to Twitter.  Vicki also sends them to her various blogs.  Diigo is a blogger’s friend.  Vicki noted the tag dictionary developing for these bookmarks..

Peggy Sheehy (aka SL’s Maggie Marat) talked about the three new islands she is developed in SL.  Kids stting up shops. The music shop "sells" kids original music.

Kevin Hunnicutt shared how he gets teachers to remember the stuff they learn in professional development.  He makes little laminated keychain reminders, like the barcode thingies you get from the supermarket and other stores.  (See pic above.) is a cartoon generator that will give toondoo a run for its money in my little toolkit.
Students don’t need to login.  When they’re finished they can either print or email their panels to any address they like.

AjaxIM is a safe way to safe and secure way to instant message with learners.
The site explains that Ajax IM offers:

a browser-based instant messaging client. It uses AJAX to create a near real-time IM environment that can be used in conjunction with community, intranet, and social websites. No refreshing of the page is ever needed for this "web application" to work, as everything is updated in real-time via JavaScript.

Doodle requires no login and allows users to do group polling and scheduling.  It looks like the perfect tool for both adult and student group work. assembles a beautiful world based on the tags your search.  You have to see this one to get it.  A very cool way to demo tags.

is a metasearch tool that displays thumbnails results

Maria Knee spoke about using Webkinz in the classroom to teach students about digital citizenship. She described the effective discussion she has related to her class Webkins. looks like an enhanced version of the microblog tool we’ve all (well, not all of us, Doug) have come to love.

The site defines itself:

A really snazzy site that allows you to showcase the events that make up your life in deliciously digestible chunks. Low in fat, 5 calories per serving, yet chock full of goodness.

Verb. plurk (plüer-kh) – To chronicle the events of your always on, action-packed, storybook, semi-charmed kinda life.

More from NECC next time.  It’s going to be a busy week in San Antonio.  But I miss my friends in Anaheim!

Thanks to Vicki Davis for moderating this excitement and passion!

One downer: Poor Sylvia’s research discussion got tabled!  I am certain she prepared bigtime for that.  (We really do need to talk research too!)

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. John Peters says:


    I enjoyed your comments on the Web 20 Smack down. It was a lot of fun and it was neat to see the applications others were using.

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