In my quest to launch a career in educational technology, I came across a great resource that might help some genealogy folks who are a little confused about what exactly Web 2.0 tools are and their potential uses. The Learning Technologies Centre of the University of Manitoba has put together a great resource called the Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning. While a large part of this handbook is dedicated to learning styles, trends, and changes, the Tools page provides a really helpful overview of the technologies I referenced in the What value do you feel various Web 2.0 tools add to genealogy? post. Not only do the authors provide a simple overview of the various technologies, they also include links to pages with more in-depth explanations and media-rich examples of each individual technology. If you are interested in learning more, this will be a few minutes well-spent.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Randy Seaver’s response to my initial question Here he provides a good look at some of the potential uses of these technologies on genealogy. I only wish I had more time to get some of these tools implemented to maximize the web presence of my own research.