Beyond Classroom Tech Tips…

February 16, 2007

Web 2.0: What is it?

Filed under: Web 2.0 — Donna DesRoches @ 6:00 pm

You will notice that many of my posts deal with technologies that are part of what is referred to as Web 2.0 also called the Read/Write Web. These new communication tools (blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, etc) not only enable content to be quickly and easily placed on the web but also facilitate online collaboration and sharing.

Recently I have come across three videos that may help understand Web 2.0. The first is a video by Jeff Utecht. In his post on A Lesson in Connections he explains that he posted this video as his attempt to get his head around Web 2.0.

The second video, Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us, examines in a fast-paced, unique way the changes that Web 2.0 is creating in the relationship between ourselves and the machine.

The third video, Telling the New Story, is an interview with Kathy Cassidy an grade one/two teacher from Moose Jaw who has received world-wide recognition for her use of web 2.0 tools with her students. Those of you in the Battlefords area will recognize the familiar Red Hat log-in screen on her computers.

Times have changed! The web no longer flows in one direction. Individuals are no longer simply consumers of information they are also contributors. The new tools allow content to be easily added to the web – no longer does one have to use high learning curve tools to be contributors. Grade one students can do it! And, we must keep in mind the issues: privacy, ethics, responsibility, and safety as we move with our students into a new age of web-based learning.

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