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EDTK 2030

Online Research Assignment


Web 2.0
Sangeeta Persad Deonath

2014

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Question - Justify the use of Web 2.0 tools for the development of higher order thinking
skills.

Introduction

The Web 2.0 definition taken form, Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged
2012 Digital Edition (William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986) (HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012) given as a noun the internet
viewed as a medium in which interactive experience, in the form of blogs, wikis, forums, etc.
plays a more important role than simply accessing information.

Our world today is one filled of exciting, and fast pace technologies which make our daily
lives easier and simple. We are the generation of smart phones, iPad, tablets and now smart
watches. Our Internet keeps us updated with blogs, wikis, skype, email, social networking. We
depend on Web 2.0, for providing us with research and resources for education on any topic.
Technology has made teaching interesting and less stressful; it can capture the true meaning of a
lesson being taught, in dynamic ways, which grasps the attention of children and adults. They
become enthusiastic and highly motivated to actively participate in forums, discussions, and
projects.
Peltier-Davis, C.A. (2011, pg. 1) The Cybrarians Web: an A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools
and Other Resources. New Jersey: Information Today, Inc. 2011. 486p. ISBN 9781573874274
Reviewed by Unika Omowale.
Web 2.0 tools emphasize sharing and include blogs; wikis; Really Simple Syndication
Feeds (RSS); user-added reviews, ratings and summaries; instant messaging; podcasts and
vodcasts; folksonomies; social bookmarking; social networking sites; streaming audio and
video; community photo sharing and book services.
All these are used by individuals on a daily basis at home, at work as well as, for leisure and
entertainment. Another justification of the importance of Web 2.0 tools was taken from LesleyJane, Reynolds, E., Gillham, D., Grech, C., Clark, C., and Cornell, J. (Vol. 32, Issue 7, October
2012 pgs. 752-756) The Web Resource Appraisal Process (WRAP). According to research
Constructivism (Modritscher and Spiel, 2006), authentic assessment (Herrington and
Herrington, 1998), and evidence-based practice (Sackett et al., 1996) all contributed to the
(WARP) by combining components from a range of theoretical perspectives. Growing higher-

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order thinking skills requires critical thinking as a basis of development (Kham Mani et al.
2001). Below is a graph taken form Lesley- Jane, Reynolds, E., Gillham, D., Grech, C., Clark,
C., Cornell, J. (Vol. 32, Issue 7, October 2012 pgs. 752-756) where we see the results of students
completing a questionnaire to improve the WARP. (Question) What types of resources might
you use to inform work that you will submit for assessment? (Answer)The graph gives the
answer to the survey.

A life using WEB 2.0 tools is essential and necessary for our daily well-being, especially in
the medical realm. Evaluation of Web 2.0 with regards to higher thinking order can also relate to
Blooms Taxonomy noted for excellent cognitive domain. While researching we use Knowledge,
Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation, as individuals we use all
these skills to interpret, make informed choices, and gain information of our past and current
changes in our learning environment and use this to change and make a positive future.

In conclusion using technology and WEB 2.0 tools make significant contributions and bring
results, to students and teachers in every field. The use of the internet and ICT tools are indeed
assets to source information and gain knowledge. We use surveys, visual aid, audios, graphics
and graphs to display what we know and what we want to teach. Numerous ICT tools assist
immensely in preparing for a lesson, a conference, a meeting, and entertainment, there isnt a day
we dont make use of technology either directly or indirectly. WEB 2.0 is a necessity and in our
evolving world everyone will sooner or later need to be educated into using such technonogies.

References
Burns, M. (6, June 2009 Article no. 6, vol. issues 2009) Threading, Tagging, and Higher-Order
Thinking. Elearn magazine (1535-394X) Education Develompment Center, Indonesia ACM
New York, NY, USA

table of contents doi 10.1145/1595388.1595442

http://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=159544
Omowale, U. (2014-05-28) Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis. The Cybrarians Web: an A-Z Guide to
101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources. New Jersey: Information Today, Inc. 2011.
486p. ISBN 9781573874274 http://uwispace.sta.uwi.edu/dspace/handle/2139/38.216/articile

Reynolds, E. Lesley-Jane Gillham, D., Grech, C., Clark, C., Cornell, J., (2012 vol:32 iss:7
pg:752 -756) A study of the development of critical thinking skills using an innovative web
2.0 tool doi 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.05.017 http://uwi-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com

Web 2.0/ Define Web 2.0 at dictionary.com Collins English Dictionary - Complete &
Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition (William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 )
(HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012)
dictionary.reference.com/browse/web/2.0