Stephen Abram’s blog led me to this site which provides an easy to understand explanation of some of the ‘ hot topic’ web 2.0 technologies.

Some of the sites (you may have heard of) are:
ning
skype
twitter
blogs
social bookmarking
facebook
mashups

It’s aimed mainly at educators and descrinbes itself as:

“The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s (ELI’s) 7 Things You Should Know About… series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices. Each brief focuses on a single technology or practice and describes:

* What it is
* How it works
* Where it is going
* Why it matters to teaching and learning

Use ELI’s 7 Things You Should Know About… briefs to:

* Enhance faculty development activities
* Open a dialogue with senior administrators about emerging technologies and their implications for your institution
* Stay up-to-date on emerging technologies

7 Things You Should Know About…pieces provide quick, no-jargon overviews of emerging technologies and related practices that have demonstrated or may demonstrate positive learning impacts. Any time you need to explain a new learning technology or practice quickly and clearly, look for a 7 Things You Should Know About… brief from ELI.”

Well worth a look if only to find out what the hell we’re talking about…

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