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BEYOND THE WEB 2.0 HYPE: FOCUSING ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS
What is Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 is a term originally coined by Silicon Valley publisher Tim O’Reilly in 2005 to describe a shift in the World Wide Web. In terms of design, the web essentially shifted from static pages to collaborative ones driven by participatory media. Content for this new read/write web is generated by users who now are able to create, remix and publish using new technologies. The web has become a more interactive and egalitarian place because anyone literally can participate. However, because of this shift, it also has become a place where people need to judge content with a very critical eye. New media literacies are required in order to ﬁlter this gamut of information. Examples of sites that incorporate Web 2.0 principles are Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook. They allow for the efﬁcient communication of ideas, photos, video, and links.
Implications for Education
Why should these tools matter to educators? Here are a few reasons: 1. Your students are mostly likely already engaged with these tools. Motivate your students by exploring how these tools can be applied to teaching and learning. 2. The collaborative and communicative nature of Web 2.0 resources reinforces skills students need for 21st century living. 3. Students and educators can access and leverage volumes of high quality information and resources.
TWITTER is an essential professional development tool. Follow experts in your areas of interest, get immediate answers to problems, and ﬁnd/share resources.
DELICIOUS is another important tool that helps educators organize web-based resources. Use this social bookmarking tool to search for resources, save bookmarks, and to share them with colleagues,
THINKQUEST.ORG (FORMERLY THINK.COM) is a free, safe space designed to help students learn how to interact online. Post projects, send messages to students, and collaborate with others around the world.
Educational Implications (cont’d)
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4. Educators are developing professional learning networks with peers around the world and are constantly reﬂecting upon their classroom practices because of the read/write web. 5. New channels of communication can be leveraged for the beneﬁt of your parents and local community. Use these tools to foster positive public relations.
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6. Free educational resources are available with your students and colleagues. Think about Google Apps for Education, ePals, and ThinkQuest. 7. Access experts that are online and readily available to school communities. 8. Outside feedback and participation in projects are possible via tools such as Skype, iChat, wikis and blogs. 9. Early childhood educators need to consider developmental aspects and how best to help students become literate with new media literacies. 10. Good pedagogy should trump tools. How schools employ them is what truly matters.
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