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Welcome to the Salty Solutions Wiki. This wiki is designed to support presentations by John Pearce related to educational uses of Web 2.0 apps. 

 

One of the biggest issues that should concern schools surrounds the kind of software that is used throughout the school. Paradoxically though too often this isn’t the case. Because most schools are provided with education licensed versions of Microsoft Office one can understand why these applications are still the most commonly used in schools. Even today experience suggests that the four main components of this suite are the focus of many school programs. Indeed they are also the primary basis for support programs such as the Intel program.

 

 

 

Often the Office suite is supported by other applications such as concept mapping and drawing and other presentation software. Managing the use of these programs however can be problem especially with the on-going costs associated with site licences and software maintenance. The advent of Office 2008 has also bought with it the problem of versioning and opening work sent from school to home.

 

 

Fortunately a range of alternatives to these applications are becoming increasingly available. Perhaps more importantly many of these alternatives are free and/or web based. In some cases the costs of providing the service are covered by website advertising. In other cases the free version of the software is an inducement to lead you into purchasing enhanced versions or options.

 

So What Can You Expect To See Out There?

 

The two standout online alternatives to Microsoft Office are

 

 

Other Tools

 

These are just a few of the options that are out available at present, if you want to attempt to keep up with the ever expanding range of options the you should look in at the Readwrite site or Go2Web. Another great spot to go to check out lists and reviews of Web 2.0 apps is Mashable. Be warned though, Mashable post numerous posts each day and serves the general Web2.0 audience. As such a visit may be a bit daunting for novices though it is a great spot to visit to get a feeling for the scope of all of things Web2.0. You could also look in at Alan Levine’s CoDogRoo StoryTools wiki.

 

 

 

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