What is Web 2.0?
According to Dictionary.com, Web 2.0 refers to a new generation of internet usage where the internet is a medium for interacting with the web. Examples of this range from posting comments in a forum, to being a member of a social network site, to creating presentations in print, visual, or video format to be viewed by the public or a private group.
” Web 2.0 is now the standard for websites that incorporate the following 4 elements:
Dynamic Elements. The website is constantly changing and being updated automatically through RSS feeds, calendars, and other features.
Social Elements. People are able to interact and add their own ideas through blogs, micro-blogs, and discussion areas. They can also easily share posts with others.
Participatory Elements. Users can participate by rating articles, adding comments, and incorporating their own sightings and data.
Interactive Elements. The website content includes active elements such as audio, video, animation, text, and graphics that are triggered by users.”
(Lamb and Johnson, Teacher Librarian)
Who are these tools meant for?
Everyone! Both teachers and students can benefit from using these tools whether it be for organizing, sharing, or creating. Check out some great Web 2.0 tools by hovering over “Web 2.0 Tools” in the top menu bar and clicking on your choice!
Lamb, Annette, and Larry Johnson. “Technology Swarms for Digital Learners.” Teacher Librarian 1 June 2012: 67-71. Print.
“Web 2.0.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2012.
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