What are Web 2.0 technologies
The term Web 2.0 was coined in 1999 to describe web sites that use technology beyond the static pages of earlier web sites. A Web 2.0 site may allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where people are limited to the passive viewing of content. Examples of Web 2.0 include social networking sites, blogs, wikis, video sharing sites, hosted services,web applications, mashups and folksonomies.
Web 2.0 Tools are web-based applications that can be 'mashed' or embedded into web platforms creating the potential for creating multi-modal products.
10 reasons for using Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom
1. You can motivate and involve students in learning using a platform and tools that they are already familiar with.
2. The use of these tools aligns with the Australian Curriculum ICT General Capabilities
3, It wil prepare students with authentic skills for working in the real world.
4. It encourages collaborative learning strategies
5. It supports learning as a social process.
6. It allows for interactive learning
7. It provides students with an authentic audience for their work.
8. Web 2.0 tolls are mostly free and are not platform specific (They can be used on either a Mac or PC)
9. It provides an anywhere, anytime learning environment.
10. It connects students to a global community of learners
Adapted from Berger, P, Trexler, S (2010) Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for learning and teaching in a Digital World. libaries Unlimited. santa Barbra California
Web 2.0 Tools
Definition: noun - a second generation in the development of the World Wide Web, conceived as a combination of concepts, trends, and technologies that focus on user collaboration, sharing of user-generated content, and social networking. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/web+2.0