Aggregators & Virtual Desktops - Web 2.0 Tools for Educators
Aggregators & Virtual Desktops - Web 2.0 Tools for Educators
Add this to... MyYahoo... Google... MySpace... Have you ever seen these options on a website like what is shown to the right? That's Web 2.0 in action!





One of the biggest advantages of the interactive web is assimilating information from a variety of sources and websites into one place. In essence, you can set up aggregators and virtual desktops so that pieces of information (links, news, blogs, podcasts, etc.) find you by displaying on your own "home on the web." More and more websites are adding the functionality to be added easily to such pages! Everyone needs a place to embed content from other websites- whether it be a blog, wiki, or some kind of virtual desktop.

iGoogle
iGoogle




iGoogle

Yes, the king of the internet allows you to create your own virtual desktop. You can add multiple pages and the "widgets" that you can add to your pages is growing exponentially. Like all things Google, it's stable and free (registration required).

Netvibes

This easy to use site steps users through a wizard to initially set up a desktop with relevant widgets based on geographic location, interests, and other parameters. The site is clean and has some useful options.







There are hundreds more of these, but these are a few that are simple and clean... and free!