We seem to have reached a tipping point, where the academic community is now really interested in the utility of web 2.0 tools in Higher Education. The recent Learning & Teaching Forum workshop on YouTube and Twitter, led by Professor David Smith, was completely oversubscribed and had to be moved to a larger room; it also spawned a couple of follow-up sessions on related topics.
One of these was the EdTech (or Educational Technology) session I ran a couple of weeks ago, to act as a 'taster menu' to 9 potentially useful online tools. We covered social media such as blogs, Twitter, and Academia.edu, and teaching tools such as Prezi and Padlet. Once again the number of attendees meant we had to move to a bigger room, and there was a lot of questions and audience engagement, which was great to see.
If you're interested in the potential academic application of these online tools, here's the presentation:
We also recorded the session; here's where you can watch the presentation and hear my talk at the same time.