Combining Web 2.0 – The Troika Doll

Troika Doll

Welcome to combining web 2.0! Let’s take a look at a cool way you can use web 2.0 in the classroom.

I don’t know about you but whenever I find a new web 2.0 site, I think “This is cool, but how can I use this effectively to enhance learning?” Don’t get me wrong, I like sites that are cool for cool’s sake. For example, is super fun for students and you can create meaningful projects with that site alone. However, I always want to get more out of a project. So, I started experimenting with combining web 2.0 sites in creative ways.

Combining Web 2.0  - Troika Doll

The possibilities are absolutely unlimited and mind-boggling. To get a grasp of this concept, I came up with three ways to combine web 2.0 sites into single student projects. I call them Troika Doll, Fruit Cake and Margarita. This post will explore Troika Doll.

The Troika Doll method is when you create something in one site and take that product and put it in another site. You continue this process until your sites, or dolls, are all stacked up inside each other. 

In this crazy example of web 2.0 in the classroom, we have a Mixbook embedded in a Bitty browser and then the Bitty browser embedded in a Twiddla. So, this is a three-deep troika. If you are familiar with Twiddla, you may want to know why I use the Bitty browser step. This is used because when you embed certain sites in Twiddla, you lose some of the controls. Another example is  Voicethread. If you use the embed code without going through Bitty, you can’t control the Voicethread.


Here’s a tutorial showing this process:


Two-deep troikas are easy. Some of my favorites are Toondoo in a Twiddla….well, pretty much anything in a Twiddla. Why Twiddla? I like how sticky notes can be rearranged to create meaningful discussions. is good for videos. Of course, embedding in your blog or wiki is a two-deep troika.

Here’s a three-deep troika to give a try. Students  create slides using Toondoo (single frame cartoons). Each student creates about 5 for a particular topic. Then these images are downloaded and then uploaded into a Voicethread. The Voicethread is placed inside Twiddla to create an interactive, virtual learning environment.

What ways are you using web 2.0 in the classroom?  Please post a comment below and thanks for reading the educational technology blog Teach Amazing!