OR What is Web 2.0 and why should I care?

Whether you’re a new teacher, experienced teacher, parent, or even student you might be curious to know how Web 2.0 can improve learning.  Web 2.0 is changing the way we learn and the way school systems operate.  I will help to show you what these effects are and how you can use the best parts of Web 2.0 to your advantage.  At it’s core Web 2.0 is the collaborative and interactive parts of the Internet.  It’s a perfect tool for education, learning, teaching.

Web 2.0 "The Age of Engagement"

The School 2.0 – Web 2.0 in Education from Classroom 2.0

In essence Web 2.0 is all websites, applications, and tools that allow for user-generated content and sharing.  Some of the most popular Web 2.0 sites are Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, but that is only a small part.  Web 2.0 includes all social media and networking sites, blogs, micro blogs, video and photo sharing sites, wikis, and social bookmarking sites.

Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook have given Web 2.0 a bad rap amongst educators, seen as the ultimate time waster and learning distraction device.  These websites have the power to boost student engagement by increasing interaction and connectivity in the classroom.  Teachers and school administrators are putting Web 2.0 to the test in their classrooms and school systems.

By removing the negative connotations surrounding social media, the positive aspects of Web 2.0 can be explored.  This blog highlights the usage of Web 2.0 in the learning environment, and how you can use it to your advantage.  Please follow, like, share, tweet, retweet, comment, hashtag to your hearts content.

About the Author

My name is Amanda, and I am a student studying Education Technology at the University of Victoria.  Through my experiences working with children and young adults, I know how much digital technology forms a central part of their lives.  For most of them, they have been surrounded by various types of computers, cell phones, and smart phones since birth.  It is in their nature to use and want to use technology.  This is why I am so interested in learning about how to incorporate technology into the classroom environment, and it is what has motivated me to write this blog.


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