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Web 2.0

Whats Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 can most easily be defined in relation to what the web originally was (Web 1.0!)


      Text based html with some images - The early web was largely driven by textbased content formated with a simple programming language called ‘html’.

      Broadcast medium - Most web sites were owned or controlled by companies or individuals with web skills. The content was added by web masters and the owner of the website decided what would go on the website. This was a ‘top down’ process, readers had no choice and little input into the content that went on the site.

      Slow connection speeds - Most visitors were using slow dial up connections which made downloading large files such as video or audio incredibly slow.

      Limited interactivity - If there was any interactivity on websites it was almost completely text based and usually took the form of sending in an email, basic text chat or posting a message on a text based bulletin board.

      Expensive software - Most creative work being done on computers was done using expensive software which was complex to learn and had to be bought on discs and installed on the hard drive.

      DotCom bubble burst - Some largely misguided attempts by many companies to make money over the internet using outdated business models end mostly in failure.

 Web 2.0 is different:

      Speed - Broadband connectivity and high speed wireless and mobile connections have enabled much of the changes that have occurred.

      Web based software and applications - The development of more complex programming languages combined with more sophisticated web browsers have enabled users access software tools online without downloading and in many cases without paying for them.

      Platform based services - Instead of providing content, many web companies now provide platforms such as YouTube, Digg, Blogger , etc.

      User generated content - Users of these services create and share their own content.

      Rich media content - Connection speeds have enabled the web to deliver audio, video and fast interactive games of a high quality without wait time.

      Complex social interactions - Interaction through websites and web services have become much more complex and users can now share a vast array of content and information and collaborate for more rapidly and easily.

      New business models - Most successful web 2.0 products and services are free for anyone to use.

      Democratisation - This has been described as the ‘democratisation’ of the web. It is no longer a broadcast medium controlled by website owners and web masters. Now anyone can contribute what they know and share it with anyone else.

What does web 2.0 have to offer teachers?

There are a number of ways these changes have enhanced the learning potential of the web.

        Web 2.0 enables:

      • Socialization - Through socialization our students can use the language and skills they are learning to build networks and develop relationships with real people.
      • Collaboration - They can work together with others to construct and share real knowledge.
      • Creativity - They can create genuine products, in a wide range and combination of media to high standards, that will have a real audience.
      • Authenticity - The tasks and activities they do and the people they communicate with to do them are real and motivating.
      • Sharing - They can share what they create and learn from each other.

From Web20-Tools-for-Teachers

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