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Web 2.0 Tools: Communicate

Since my time to share about the web 2.0 tools I researched during our Staff Mtg Owau session was cancelled, I thought I'd post my research here anyway. I will make 3 separate posts, one for each of the sections we were asked to align with. The first one, Communicate, can be found here with two tools that I selected.


Selfcast http://www.selfcast.com/
This site allows anyone to create a live broadcast at the click of a button with a web cam. You can create your own channel which includes a blog, chat room and information panel. Broadcast live, around the world in minutes. This might be a good application for schools that do their own “newscast” type daily announcements.



Yaplet http://www.yaplet.com/
Description:
Yaplet is a simple tool that allows you to collaborate over a web page using a chat window. Go to Yaplet.com, enter the URL for the web site you want to visit, and Yaplet will open the page with an extra chat window to the side. Your friends, students, coworkers, etc. would do the same. It has a feature that allows you to send a private message to a user and another one that allows you to block a user from that chat. You can also add Yaplet to your own web page & moderate chats that occur there.
Uses:
· Collaborate over information found at a web site
· Scavenger hunt type activities
· Provide customer service/student help
Examples:
· See pictures
Other notes: Once I closed my browser I thought a new chat window would appear if I went back to the web site I visited with Yaplet but, the test chat was still there. Eventually, it does “disconnect” although I’m not sure what the exact time frame is. There’s also a “rest” button you can use to reset the chance.

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