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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:

1) Plurk

2) Facebook Chat


I. History

I.1 Development

           Amanda- The purpose of Vawkr is to allow people to chat with one another through the use of video chat and text. This website was created and developed by engineers and it especially helpful as it allows people to communicate through the use of blogs, social networks, and websites. To access and use this application, one can chat in a private room with friends or one can create his or her own group by signing up and adding it to social networks such as Facebook or Myspace. All one needs to do is simply type in the unique URL that you are given and this will allow you to have a private room in which you can invite people that you want to chat with. If one does not have a webcam, the chat capability is still useful as long as you have a microphone on your computer. If you do not have a microphone, the text feature will still enable you to communicate with friends. There are no downloading requirements and no costs or fees for using this application.

I.2 How Vawkr works

I.3 Getting more out of the application

-research-Questions to consider: How was the application developed? How does the application work? Are there any ways to use this application alongside others?

Amanda- Vawkr was developed and built by engineers.

Amanda- Vawkr enables people to video chat with each other through blogs, social networks, and websites.

Amanda- Vawkr does not require any downloading or costs and fees for using this application.

Megan- You can either talk in a private room with friends without signing up, or create your own group, sign up, and add it to your Facebook or MySpace.

Mitch- The room you are given has a unique URL and you can invite anyone you want from there.

Mitch- It also uses a text chat feature if the microphone on your computer is malfunctioning.

II. How "Vawkr" Relates to other Applications

II.1 Comparison to competitors

Vawkr can be used in congruence with other Web 2.0 applications.

  • Can use it with Facebook and Myspace
  • Not able to transfer files
  • Also cannot record your sessions
  • Costs nothing

II.2 Unique uses

With so many different video conferencing websites out there now, the new ones need to differentiate themselves somehow.  Here are some ways that Vawkr differentiates itself from other web conferencing websites:

  • Private chat, you send the url as an invite to other people
  • You can modify the entire website as you see fit
  • Text chat is also utilized as a form of communication
  • Download is not required

-research-Questions to consider: How does this application compare to the competitors? What are some unique uses of this specific application?

Megan- This is unique because people can contact you live and directly. You can use it in addition to other social networking sites, such as Facebook or MySpace.

Megan- It is also a private chat, so you don't have to worry about people you don't know contacting you.

Mitch- It is unique in that there is not a maximum number of feeds that can be open.

Amy- It is unique in that it allows you to modify the entire website as you desire.

III. Real World Application

III.1 Educational Lesson plans

     i. Elementary

     ii. Secondary

     iii. Post-secondary

III.2 Business and industry uses

-research-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.

Megan- If there is a meeting that someone cannot attend, they can use Vawkr to see the meeting.

Amy- If a meeting is held using Vawkr, discussions would be save on the web site, so you can always go back and check things you've missed anything.

IV. Demonstration of Educational Value



<Matt - teachers could make a chat room so students at home could ask questions to the teacher directly.>

<Matt - could be used to promote Socratic learning among students. >

Gretchen- Students could talk with international students like be penpals instead of writing and they will learn about different cultures.

 Gretchen- if a parent cannot make it to a parent-teacher conference then they can have the conference on here.

 Amy- If a meeting is held on Vawkr, sharing picture, videos, and other multimedias will become easier.

Gretchen- The Vawker application could be very useful for education.  It comes in handy when it comes to parent teacher conferences.  Teachers could use this application to come into contact with parents that cannot make it to the conference because of work or other reasons.  It would not be time consuming.  Parents can just stop what they are doing and get on Vawkr and talk with the teachers on how their child is doing in class.  This also applies to teachers when they cannot make after school meetings.  They can hold the meeting on Vawkr so it seems like they are in the same room and still participate in the meeting.  This application is very convenient when the students need help on homework.  A chat room could be made and the teacher could help the student one on one to help them understand the homework.  This application can also promote Socratic learning.  They can discuss a certain topic amongst themselves.  This application is used all over the world.  Students could talk with international students and learn about different culture by talking to them. 

V. How "Vawkr" is used Internationally?

-research-Provide examples and/or information about how this application can be used in countries outside of the United States.

Gretchen- You can use Vawkr around the world by using the video chat for live speed dating, live study chats, playing live games, or just making a new friend around the world.

You can use Vawkr around the world by using the video chat for live speed dating, live study chats, playing live games, or just making a new friend around the world.Vawkr is a great application because you can use it in addition to other social networking sites you may already have. You can add Vawkr to your Facebook or MySpace. This is a great feature because it is so easy to set up and then you can communicate in addition to Facebook chat. This application can be used to talk to friends who might live somewhere other than the United States. It is free to set up, so its cheap, and then you can talk to people face to face without having to leave home!

VI. References – Instanteous Live Group Video Chat. Retrived from KillerStartups website:      com- instanteous-live-group-     video-chat

Kless L.(2008, March, 8). Vawkr* - Instant Video Chat Makes You a Talker [I blog about online video publishing, streaming media, web telelvison, stratups,

     gadgets, scoial media advertising and marketing, videoconferencing, collaboration and a variety of other related topics. Thanks for stopping by the “Klessblog.”].

     Retrieved from

Robin Good. (2008, September 8). Best Video Conferencing Tools That Anyone Can Use – VideoConferencing Sharewood Guide. Retrieved from Robin Good


Vawkr. (2007). Developers of the world unite! Retrieved from Vawkr website:

Vawkr. (2007). Vawkr* instant group video chat that you can paste anywhere. Retrieved from Vawkr website:

Woolley D.R. (2010 January, 7). Video Conferencing. Retrieved from Thinkofit website:

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  1. Unknown User (gwert)

    Gretchen- You can use this around the world for live speed dating, live study groups, or just chating with people to make a friend around the world.

  2. Unknown User (ybyun)

    Using Vawkr also allows you to have an ad-free site, and allow the website to focus on its purpose.

  3. Vawkr’s a video chat set up which you can paste on your blog, social network profile or website. You can invite other peeps to join in simply by sending them your room’s web address; then everyone can chat up a storm. The controls are pretty basic---you won’t find much beyond volume and mic adjustment. You’ll have to register to get your own, permanent chat room which you can glue pretty much anywhere you wish.

    1. Unknown User (mkorich)

      Please make sure if you're going to quote from a website you include the site address (not sure what copyright law is like there but our teachers are very strict about it)