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*This page provides a general outline to assist in the organization of research topics related to your assigned Web 2.0 Application.
Web 2.0 Formatting Examples:
-Questions to consider: How was the application developed? How does the application work? Are there any ways to use this application alongside others?
<Kelli: Squareleaf is essentially an on-line whiteboard or sticky-notes. All you have to do is fill out each little note, create another one (same or different color) and you're finished. Easy to use and straightforward. This site has a good overview of the website and its features: http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/squareleaf-personal-whiteboard/ >
<Jacki: This Web 2.0 application is a resource similar to a virtual whiteboard where you attach post-it notes in different sizes and shapes to create the look you want as an individual and what suits you to be helpful. It can be used for many different applications such as organisation of assignments, to-do lists, expenses and distribution of tasks. Interesting and colourful. http://www.killerstartups.com/Web-App-Tools/squareleaf-net-a-way-to-organize-just-everything >
<Justin: Much like Windows 7's sticky note application, this website helps people keep organized by creating sticky notes for themselves. One thing however that this website does not have is the ability to have your sticky notes on your desktop where you can see them easily every day. According to the website however, a new version will be coming out soon and will hopefully have this ability.>
II. How "Application Title" Relates to other Applications
-Questions to consider: How does this application compare to the competitors? What are some unique uses of this specific application?
<Alex: Squareleaf is almost shockingly similar to Listhings. This can be found at http://listhings.com. Squareleaf and Listhings basically have the same application with a different looking interface. The Listhings interface looks more like a bulletin board, and Squareleaf has a simple white background.>
<Kelli: Squareleaf is similar to a webiste called Pindax, which allows the user to create and manage their sticky notes, but also includes additional features, such as group managing notes. Pindax is essentially a group Squareleaf.The administrator can conduct polls, attach pictures, and chat in real-time with the group members. The website is http://www.pindax.com/ and http://www.killerstartups.com/Web-App-Tools/pindax-com-stick-your-messages-online explains the site in more detail.>
<Jacki: Squareleaf is also similar to a website called WallWisher, although WallWisher seems to be more advanced with many more options than its competitor - Squareleaf. After looking at the features for WallWisher it seems their major adaptation is that the board can be shared with others if need be and can also allows images and videos as well as text into their wall. The features of WallWisher are the following:
- Create interactive noticeboards online.
- Customize borads with a custom backround, title and background images.
- Allow users to add sticky notes with text, images and videos.
- Set preferences on who can edit and view the board.
- Drag and drop notes anywhere on the board.
- There is a 160 character limit for notes.
- Users can signin using their Google accounts.
- Share boards with others.
<Justin: This website works like many other sticky note applications, one of which is Windows 7's sticky note application. This application is more advanced and lets you create sticky notes that can be put anywhere and everywhere. While Windows 7 does allow you to do more, that does not mean this website is a waste. This website has its own personal feel to it because you have your own little page to put notes on as opposed to your desktop that anyone might see.>
III. Real World Application
-This section will include 3 Lesson Plans for each Elementary, Secondary, and Post Secondary levels. One out of the three needs to be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) related.
-An additional section under this heading will provide information about how this application can be used in a Business/Industry Setting.
<Kelli: Squareleaf is free and thus is well-suited for classroom use. Squareleaf can help students manage their individual tasks (such as homework, upcoming projects, etc) or even for group tasks (can use different colors for who is assigned to what section of a project or anything along those lines). As the following website suggests, a student could use Squareleaf to design a story in an easy, organized manner. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/12/squareleaf-your-online-sticky-note.html >
<Jacki: Squareleaf can be used in classrooms in many inventive ways. You could use this in a kindergarten classroom by letting students experiment with the 2 shapes - rectangle and square. They can also use it explore colours and shapes. In older primary classrooms it could be used as a means for students to write down their homework for the week or their to-do lists that can then also be seen by the parents. It would be incorporating technology in the classroom whilst getting simple tasks completed. Students in grades 1 and 2 could also use it to see how squares and rectangles are tessellating shapes.
This product can also be suited in the business setting by allowing workers to prioritise their work and will also allow for a less cluttered desk without post-it notes to make it look untidy, and which can also disappear without you realising it.>
<Alex: Squareleaf can be used as a tool to help plan and execute in the design process. For example planning to make a drag racer out of a block of wood. The students would first pick a design process. There are several processes for engineering and design the involve anywhere from 4 to 18 steps. The students would plan what steps they would take to complete each design process step. Not all steps are planning, but the students could then write about what went well and what they would do differently next time. The sticky notes and drag and drop function will make it easy for the students to keep their notes organized for a lab report at the end of the project. Since it is all online, the student would be able to access their notes at home to write their report. >
<George: Squareleaf is a very usefull tool that can help someone with organization. For years people have used sticky notes, but the problem is they are not 100% reliable! Squareleaf is a site that manages your "sticky notes" without the fear of ever losing them. This application can be used for students needing an everyday schedule, business men for meetings and projects, moms that need to prioritize their busy days, and everyone eelse that would like a nice easy way to put their days in order.
IV. Demonstration of Educational Value
<Alex: This application can teach students from elementary to college different ways to stay organized. Staying organized for projects as well as taking notes and making sure assignments are finished.>
<Justin: Using this project for an educational purpose is easy to do and also very helpful. When trying to stay organized with all of your school work, this sticky note application will help to keep you on task throughout the project. Not only can you easily take notes in class, but it is also easy to organize a "To Do List" for everyday use to help keep all school activities planned out.>
V. How "Application Name" is used Internationally?
-Provide examples and/or information about how this application can be used in countries outside of the United States.
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