Why Web 2.0?

Our students are digital learners. Today’s kids were born digital! Their style is engagement, creativity, and learning that is self-directed and gives them empowerment.

  • Web 2.0 is user (student) oriented.
  • Web 2.0 is most generally associated with web applications that are interactive and collaborative in nature.
  • Web 2.0 is about users and content instead of surfing on the Internet. It’s more like what can the Internet do for me as a creator, a collaborator, an active participant, rather than a passive viewer of what is out there on the web
  • Web 2.0 encompasses any type of new content creation technology: blogs, wikis, podcasts, video sharing, photo sharing, web page creation, social bookmarking, cell phones, iPods and a wealth of other technologies that will soon be invented.
  • Web 2.0 is more than just Internet it is literally a web that connects us through all of the communications devices we carry.

What is Web 2.0 to a digital native?


Web 2.0 Tools

Web 2.0 is about revolutionary new ways of creating, collaborating, editing and sharing user-generated content online. It’s also about ease of use. There’s no need to download, and teachers and students can master many of these tools in minutes. Technology has never been easier or more accessible to all.

 Presentation Tool – Show Don’t, Tell!

  • SlideShare – Already have a presentation? Use this tool to upload your PowerPoint or Keynote slides and share them.
  • 280 Slides – You can create stunning presentations from scratch (and for free) with 280 Slides. There’s no software to download – and when you are done you can share.
  • Prezi – Break out of the box! Prezi.com throws the slide-show model out the window and presents a giant canvas

Video Tools – Lights, Camera, (Inter)action!

  • Gizmoz – Animate yourself.
  • PhotoPeach – This site allows you create slideshows with built-in polls and quizzes
  • Animoto.com/education – brings lessons to life especially designed with educators and students in mind

Community Tools – Collaboration!

  • Edmondo – Social platform for students & teachers
  • Google Docs – Real-time online collaboration
  • PBworks – Collaborative learning for schools
  • Twitter – Micro-blogging

The Twitter Experiment – Twitter in the Classroom



O’Reilly, T. (n.d.). O’Reilly. Retrieved from http://oreilly.com/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html

The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools


3 thoughts on “Why Web 2.0?

  1. Great blog!!

    It definitely showed how students don’t think in topic necessarily or in the “big picture”. All but one student had no idea what “Web 2.0” was, but they use it every day and some even were in charge of them. Students in these times do these things without thinking of a label to place on them, it is their everyday hobbies and interests.

    I also really enjoyed your list of Web 2.0 tools, there were some I had heard of and loved and some I had not heard of and am going to have to explore and try out!! 🙂

  2. I really enjoyed reading your blog about Web 2.0. I think it’s important to note how Web 1.0 has evolved into Web 2.0. With that being said, without much notice we are already stepping into Web 3.0 territory. We have gone from a society where only the elite could input onto the WWW to a society where anyone can input onto the WWW. Not just input, but download, manipulate and repost. I think it is very important to note that before we get a grip on the technologies in Web 2.0 we will be facing Web 3.0 head on.

  3. People use tools(technology included) that they are comfortable with. Web 2.0 applications like Prezi and SlideShare attract teachers because of their ease of use. In Web 2.0 Applications to Foster Student Engagement by Mandernach and Taylor (2011) they ranked both Prezi and SlideShare as high/low when ranking the value/effort ratio of several multimedia creation applications. Tools like these that increase student engagement and provide opportunities for collaboration without intensive training will help teachers on the path to integrating technology in meaningful ways. My new goal is to introduce more programs with a high value/low effort ratio to teachers that are more apprehensive about using technology in their classrooms.

    Mandernach, B. J., & Taylor, S. S. (2011). Web 2.0 applications to foster student engagement. Promoting Student Engagement: Volume 1: Programs, Techniques, and Opportunities (pp. 220-229). Retrieved from http://teachpsych.org/resources/e-books/pse2011/vol1/index.php

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