What is Web 2.0?

According to Wikipedia, perhaps the most widely used example of Web 2.0, "Web 2.0 is a term describing the trend in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users." The Internet has progressed beyond just an "information superhighway" and become a social platform for sharing, creating and collaborating. Web design, once a complicated process, has been greatly simplified as Web 2.0 tools make it fast and easy for almost anyone with basic computer knowledge to create, maintain and contribute to a website. These tools are taking education in exciting new directions as teachers explore their potential. Students can now use web tools to create and collaborate on multimedia projects, discuss classroom topics beyond classroom walls, and even connect with the global community to solve problems and answer questions.

Social Networking Tools


Chat rooms are for very informal, usually real-time conversational discussions. During the course of our workshop, we will have a "back chat" at the website: http://www.chatzy.com/332763546142
Password to join the chat is: CFF



Blogs are basically online journals. Entries appear in chronological order and are usually a bit more in depth than a chat, but still fairly informal. Content is usually based on the writers own perspective and opinion...almost like thinking out loud. Many blog sites are capable of including podcasts, videos and pictures as well as text.



Wikis are websites that are quick and simple to setup. You can upload documents, photos, videos and put in web links. They can be viewed and edited by users making them ideal for collaborative projects and class websites. They also have discussion boards which can be used for chatting, blogging, or more formal discussions.
Why wiki? Click here for a video that might help explain.


Social Bookmarking

organizing and sharing the endless information on the web
Social Bookmarking explained

Other Web 2.0 Tools and Resources

  • http://www.go2web20.net/ --this site contains the most comprehensive list of Web 2.0 tools available. Spend some time browsing and find something new and exciting!

  • **Google Docs**--This is a site that will allow students to create or upload word documents and powerpoint projects. Once uploaded, they can collaborate on the documents from a computer anywhere.


After learning a bit more about web 2.0 tools, it's time to wiki! Click on your subject area and create a wiki page with your department colleagues that lists some ideas you have for using these applications in your classes. Feel free to experiment and get creative with your page!


Social Studies






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