What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is a term often used to describe the current state of the internet. It is important that educators understand the term and can lead and collaborate online using Web 2.0 tools. A great explanation of this concept, coined by Tim O’Reilly, can be found here.

Youtube, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, in fact, most of content online is now user-generated, rather than produced by companies, as was the case in the 90s.  It is very easy now to upload video, publish ideas in a blog or collaborate using nings and wikis. This is rapidly becoming assumed knowledge. 

Web 2.0 applications have changed the way people do commerce and business, education and government, not just what could be broadly described as entertainment and popular culture industries. The internet, our ‘new printing press’ is not so new anymore but the impact is starting to be felt profoundly in all areas of society.

Social Media Revolution

This video is also a good, brief introduction. 

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How comfortable are you with these Web 2.0 or social media technologies? Do you use them? What challenges do they present? What place do they have at your school? How can they assist you to lead learning?

 

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