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E-learning with web 1.0
E-learning with web 2.0
E-learning with web 3.0
Myths of e-learning
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Pages and Files
E-learning with web 2.0
Although static webpages used to deliver information are one of the most obvious features of
, there is a whole new generation of websites which are dynamic rather than static and have a more
feel and orientation. Webpages can also be accessed on mobile devices, especially if they have versions which are mobile-optimised, in which case the website recognises the user's device type and formats itself appropriately. However, the current trend is very much moving away from visiting websites on mobile devices, with users preferring single-function
are made up of
(and often include a main page called a
). The new generation of websites, with their
embed photos, videos, etc, from
allow user interaction through comments features,
Over time, it has become easier and easier to create such pages: nowadays, with little knowledge of web design or HTML code, you can set up your own simple website.
You can quickly and easily set up a free
with a number of different services. Three of the most popular with educators are
. The images of the start pages of Google Sites (top right) and Moonfruit (bottom left) demonstrate just how simple it is to set up a website with these services. Other options include
. Personal webpages can be set up with
There is also a range of services which allow you to quickly set up a simple
(that is, a single webpage rather than a whole website consisting of multiple pages). Some of these services now refer to homepages as
. These services typically make it easy to incorporate
feeds and materials drawn from
sites. In fact, some of them operate much like older
. Teachers or students could use one of these latter services to create a start page which pulls together features of interest from across the web.
► going mobile
With the proliferation of mobile devices that underpin
, website owners are increasingly considering how best to optimise their websites for mobile traffic. Typically, mobile-friendly websites have simpler navigation, reduced text and resizable images. Some websites can detect whether they are being accessed from fixed or mobile devices, and they provide a mobile-friendly version automatically. For advice on creating websites which work across multiple devices, see
Google's Think Insights
. To check whether a website is mobile-friendly, try
However, it is worth bearing in mind that on current trends, users prefer dedicated mobile
to mobile websites, as a result of which mobile web use is declining relative to app use.
For examples of webpages created by pre-service teachers using
European Exploration of WA
The Tree of Life
Time-limited webpages can be set up at
allows you to create HTML5 websites for smartphones and other mobile handheld devices.
allows you to create a start page that pulls together links to all your most visited sites and resources.
For a guide to the whole range of Google applications that may be useful to teachers, and which can often be embedded in or linked to from a website, see Richard Byrne's 2011
Google for Teachers
The screen captures on this page show the start pages of
. I owe the about.me link to Rui Qi Ng.
There's no such thing as a finished wiki. Like all wikis, this one is a work in progress and there will be changes from time to time in organisation, content and links. However, don't let that stop you from
at any time with comments, suggestions or questions. I owe the Google for Teachers link to Adam Marchant.
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