Miles Berry suggests fun and useful things to install on a webserver
Interested in letting your pupils reap the benefits of Web 2.0, collaborative content and social networks for learning? Worried about their web safety, exposure to commercialism or keeping track of what they do? Why not run your own versions of these web-based applications in- house, inside your school's network where they are that bit safer and you can keep an eye on it all?
The power of second-generation web applications lies in the opportunities they offer for collaboration, the sharing of ideas and the (sometimes critical) audience it offers for creative work. The educational benefits here are tremendous, but aren't really about teachers delivering packaged content or "learning objects" to their pupils, they're about pupils learning from one another, helping each other to learn and reviewing, critiquing and building on one another's work. This is exciting.
Assuming you've got control of your school's internet connection, you can make the most of many applications anytime, anywhere, with no software needed other than a web browser. Here are some web-based environments that you can offer your pupils.
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