iCentre | Web 2.0 Tools and the Information Literacy Process
(Also see Web 2.0 Tools : part 2 for more information on Vue, Prezi, Wallwisher, Mindmeister, Scribble Maps, Wordle, Skype and Image Tools.)

Web 2.0 Tools in the Information Literacy Process

Defining | Locating | Selecting | Organizing | Presenting | Assessing


Mind Mapping or Concept Mapping, Brainstorming, Backchannelling

  • Read and reread the task - underline / highlight keywords and main ideas; make notes on your assignment sheet; write the topic in your own words, discuss it with others.
  • Brainstorm; make notes on what you already know about the topic, develop a concept map or graphic organizer.
  • Write focus questions on what you need to find out. Who, What, When Where, Why, How, ...
  • Write down keywords that could be good search terms. Prepare a search strategy.
  • Make a plan or a time-line to accomplish the task.

And -

Use IWB or post-it notes to brainstorm. Group related ideas under suitable headings.
Use Outline View in Microsoft Word to list and sort headings ready for notes.
Use a KWL chart - 3 columns - What I already know about this topic. What I need to or want to find out about this topic. What I have learnt about this topic.
Use a Before and After chart - 4 columns - What I know, What I want to find out (before reading), What I learnt, What I still want to know (after reading). (Tactical Teaching - Reading, Book 2, p. 38.)

Web tools:

Dictionaries: Lexipedia, Visuwords, WolframAlpha,, - - simple and free, mind map, brainstorm, collaborate, embed in a blog or website, save as an image
Popplet - - Brainstorming, concept maps and presentations.
Exploratree - - Thinking guides - use for brainstorming, comparisons, graphic organizers. - - Online mindmapping and brainstorming. Collaboratee and share online
Gliffy - - flowcharts
Scriblink - - online whiteboard - useful for brainstorming
Will You - simultaneous editing, collaborating, brainstorming
Vue - - free, download, add digital content to nodes, can zoom if in full screen mode - good for presentations, too. See our notes on how to use in the classroom.



  • Think about the sources that suit your needs.
  • Consider sources you already have.
  • Search the library catalogue, internet and other resources.
  • Refine search terms to make your search broader or narrower.
  • Evaluate the quality of the information source. Ask the following questions. How current is it? How reliable is the author and is it relevant to the task?

Web Tools:

See Search Tools page for specialized searching.
See Creative Commons page for searching for images and other media.
Google Advanced
Goog-A-Who? - - searches Google, Bing and others
Yippy - - searches several search engines and clusters, used to be Clusty

Online Bookmarking

Delicious - - social bookmarking
Diigo - - bookmark web pages, add highlights, comments, notetaking and snapshots
Blinklist -
Rollyo - - create search rolls - can search across a set of bookmarks - useful for teachers, pathfinders
MyStickies - - allows you to put sticky notes on any web pages and sort them and search for them later - bookmarking with notes


Outlining and Notemaking

  • Use indexes, tables of content and headings.
  • Select information by skimming and scanning resources.
  • Leave out unwanted information.
  • Make notes using note-making strategies and focus questions - Cornell notes, etc.
  • Collect relevant quotes to use in your essay, report, explanation, etc.
  • Think about the validity of the information - be aware of bias, prejudice and inconsistencies.
  • Record author, year, title, date accessed, URL, publisher, place, page number for your bibliography, page citation and/or endnotes.

And -

Use Sneak Preview to help with skim reading and evaluating source - Page with sections: Title, Author, Illustrator, What I notice about the illustrations/photos/diagrams/graphics, What I notice about the author, What I notice about the title and headings, Questions I have about the text. (Tactical Teaching - Reading, Book 2, p. 42.)

Web Tools:

Diigo - - group bookmarks, sticky notes, highlighting - - collaborative on-line outlining application (like Word in outline mode but can work in real-time)
Wallwisher - free, need a log in, easy to set up, fun for a quick brainstorm, add post it notes to a wall,
(twitters), good for backchannelling. More info. Ideas - 21 Interesting Ways to use Wallwisher in the classroom - .
Evernote - - clip web, images, store in cloud, download software
NoteMesh - - free, need to register, allows students in the same classes to share notes with each other - creates a wiki for individual classes that users can edit. Users can post their own lecture notes or contribute to existing lecture notes.
YourDraft - Publish drafts online, share content instantly without passwords or registration. Give others the right to edit or only read your page and add replies.
Today's Meet - - easy, free web based backchannelling tool, set up while a meeting is on. Set up a room which can exist from 2 hours to a year. Give participants web address e.g. Can click projector on main computer.
Chatzy - - Click “Create a Free Virtual Room”. Use for discussions, backchannelling


Skype - ( - Calling, video conferencing, messaging - See ideas on our How to Use Web Tools page.
Skype in the Classroom - ( - Directory for teachers.

Bibliographies - Harvard System

bibliogsmartbd.notebook (Smartboard file)
Reference Order Exercises (practice writing bibliographies)
Reference Generator (use to format references in the Harvard System)



  • Determine how important and relevant the information is.
  • Look for gaps in the information collected. Check you have enough. Return to 'Locating information' if needed.
  • Combine information from different sources - recall and retell to construct meaning, identify trends, interpret data, and draw conclusions.
  • Compile a bibliography.

And -

Use Synthesis Journal to help students synthesize information - Page with 4 columns in top half for comparing notes from sources and My synthesis section in bottom half. (Tactical Teaching - Reading, Book 2, p. 57.)

Web Tools:

YourDraft - - online, sharable draft document editor. Can let others edit or read and add replies, very quick.
Crocodoc - - convert Microsoft and pdf docs to html5 and add annotations, corrections, comments online - - a private file hosting and sharing service - email colleagues url and password and can collaborate on files in real time - chat, share images, audio, doc files.
Zotero - - gather, organize, and analyze sources and then share the results of your research.
Docstock - - good place to store documents, ebooks, presentations - (cloud storing) - similar to Google Docs.


  • Consider the requirements of the task; refer to your assignment sheet, rubric and the relevant sections of your 'Study Skills Guide'.
  • Keep your audience and purpose in mind.
  • Decide on the best method to use and communicate the information.
  • Begin a draft copy.
  • Seek feedback and guidance and edit your work.
  • Complete the final copy or prepare and present the information.

Web Tools:

Slideshare - - upload presentations (Ppt, .doc, pdfs, etc., can add sound to make a webinar)
SlideFinder - - PowerPoint presentations specifically - produce a video and sound clip demonstrating whatever you are doing on the computer - really useful to teach a process of what to do. Embed into a web site.
Windows Movie Maker
Wikispaces - - join education wiki
Glogster EDU - - Make interactive posters easily, add images, text, music and video, and share. E.g. :,
Thinglink - - Add links and images to infographics and images.
Prezi - - create stunning presentations on the web (sign in), embed - tutorials at Look for student/teacher registration. Another example:
Myna - - Remix music and audio clips. Apply sound effects and record your own voice or instruments.
Wordle - - generate word clouds - size of words show frequency - just type in or paste text. More on our next page.
Tagzedo - - Stylistic word clouds - the new Wordle. 101 ways to use Tagzedo
Animoto - - Add images, photos, video clips, text, voice, music - Animoto will analyse and combine.
Go!Animate for Schools- - Create animated videos
Picnik - - photos, images - crop, balance light, add text, free, no log in, no download, ready to use, owned by Google, can save on computer of Picasa.
Sumo Paint - - creative drawing tool
YouTube -
XnView - - download free software to view and convert image files.
Scribble Maps - - Add text and lines to a Google map.


Steps: record audio, save as mp3, find a host.
Audacity - - free audio editor, recording and editing podcasts to more advanced recording and audio editing, need to download.
AudioBoo - - Record or upload audio file, free hosting, sign in.
Garageband - - purchase from Apple iLife - - a place where you can store podcasts, embed in web page.
The Online Learning School program - - Look for basic podcasting course.
|What Everybody Ought To Know About Podcasting: Part II - How to host a podcast on a blog.
Podcasting production Nuts and Bolts (EdNA)
Podcasting in the Classroom -

Digital stories

Photo Story - Download Windows or Mac from . Add images, text, speech, slide movement, timing, background music. Ideas: can type in speech which students record their voices to. Set of slides which students reorder and add text and/or speech to. Set of slides on a topic - use for students to find information about. Fashion students’ assessment - drafting to completion of design. Instructions (for teachers and students):
YUDUfree - upload your pdfs to create page turning magazines.
Comiqs -
Ed.VoiceThread a multimedia slide show - add images, documents and videos and leave comments. Can add notes and drawings.
See Joyce Valenza's page for more digital story tools:
A list of the best free digital storytelling tools for teachers

Ways of Presenting

Media 21 : Presentation Zen -
How to avoid death by PowerPoint or Presentation Zen -
external image empty.png How_NOT_to_Use_PowerPoint.mp4
Making videos on the web and Video creation resources

Assessing - Reflecting and evaluating your work

  • Evaluate how well you addressed the task and list what you have learned.
  • Listen to and respond to feedback from your teacher and peers.
  • Evaluate how successful you were by writing down three things you did well, three you could improve on and three you could try next time.
  • Set personal goals for improving your information skills.

Web tools:

Google Tools - - Subscribe to igoogle. In Google Docs create new form, choose a theme then questions, including short answer, paragraph text, multiple choice, checkboxes, scaled responses, etc. Embed in a wiki or give urls. Useful for assessing student learning and prior knowledge. Responses appear in a spreadsheet in Google Docs.
Curriculum Collaboration Toolkit : Assessment -

Great places to look:

Cool Tools 4 reSearch
WebTools4u2use and
Eight (or so) Easy 2.0 Pieces to Piece Together
The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

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