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IT 104: Introduction to Computing

This guide provides scholarly and other resources for IT research and activities.

What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 Technologies

Blogs in Plain English (YouTube Video)    Learn all about blogs in this video.                        


  • Blogs Example: George Mason Basketball's Blog
  • Blogging tools:
         Blogger -- Create a unique blog that reflects your style using Blogger!
         Wordpress -- Use Wordpress to create eye-catching websites and blogs.
         Drupal -- Design your own blog with Drupal.
         Typepad -- This flexible blogging platform puts you in control!  Get a free trial.
         Twitter (Microblogging) -- Share your thoughts, share your ideas, share your photos easily with Twitter.

What is a wiki? -- Get an introduction to wikis and how they work in this article from Computerworld.

Google Docs -- A Tour  -- Learn about the features of Google Docs and more!

What is an RSS feed?  Learn the what RSS is and how to find feeds to follow.  (Lifewire)

  • RSS Example:
         CNN's Top Stories  Get the latest news stories on CNN from this feed.


How Podcasting Works

  • How to Start a Podcast:  A Step-by-Step Podcasting Tutorial  (YouTube Video)  -- This tutorial covers everything you need to know from equipment and software to editing and more!


Social Networking in Plain English (YouTube Video)  Link:

  • Social Networking Sites:--
  • Facebook  -- The most popular social media website in the world!  Find your friends!  
  • LinkedIn

          1.  What is LinkedIn? (YouTube Video)  What is LinkedIn and how does it work: Find out here.   


                     2.  LinkedIn in for Students: Your career starts here   (YouTube Video) 


  •  LiveJournal -- Join the LiveJournal community to share your live stories, exchange ideas and give advice.

Social Bookmarking (YouTube Video)   Get an introduction to social bookmarking in this video


  • Social Tagging (YouTube Video)  Get your questions about social tagging answered!


  • Social Bookmarking and Tagging Sites: --Use the bookmarklet to save, organize and remember interesting and useful web links 
         Diigo -- SImplify your learning!  Collect, tag, save and share what you are reading online.  
         Digg  -- A popular source of news on the Internet, Digg delivers trending, interesting stories to its readers.
  • YouTube -- Find videos to entertain you, learn something new or just amaze you!  Share your own videos here on YouTube!
  • Vimeo --  Create or find videos, store them and share them with others in the VImeo community.
  • Flickr -- Flickr is a great place to organize, store and share your photographs and videos with the world or just your closest friends! on Flickr.
  • WeTransfer  -- If you need to transfer big files, check out WeTransfer.  Their free transfer version allows users to transfer up to 2 GB in one transfer (one file or many files).  Files can be transferred to up to 20 people in on transfer.

Web Design Tools