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This is a thought provoking video presentation produced by TED in last September.  In this video, education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

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Today, over 3,000 of the Web 2.0 applications and services are available on the Web and many of them have great potentials in teaching and learning. The image link shown below was a presentation I delivered at the 2011 TxDLA 14th Conference in San Antonio two weeks ago. This presentation offers a list of 15 of the best Web 2.0 applications for teachers. These Web 2.0 tools are free and valuable to teachers and students.

http://prezi.com/suoreasmdbh9/15-must-have-web-tools-for-teachers/

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Zipcast is Slideshare’s newest tool that allows users to conduct a Web meeting while presenting online. Zipcast is built on the new Web Sockets feature of HTML 5. It runs fully in the browser using HTML5 technology and doesn’t require any downloads or proprietary software to run.  Users can give a voice-over and video presence to the presentation and to control when the slides change.  In addition, your audience can chat about the presentation in real time.  I think Zipcast is a great addition to Slideshare and it is a simple, free way to coordinate an online meeting.

Like Slideshare, it is free if you are conducting public meetings and do not mind for a few ads during the public meetings. The good thing is that the free version still allows for unlimited viewers. If want a private meeting without ads via password protection, you can purchase a Slideshare Pro account starting at US$19 per month.

 

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