Magazine article Technology & Learning

Web 2.0 for Educators

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Web 2.0 for Educators

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Web 2.0: What's all the fuss about?

No one would dispute that today's Internet has become a pervasive influence on the daily lives of a significant number of citizens across the world. It quickly revolutionized the way we access information, conduct business, and find entertainment. The Web has replaced libraries, classrooms, bookstores, yellow pages, telephones, even paper. And yet, it is increasingly apparent that this is just the tip of an iceberg that promises to broaden and expand as we move into the new century.

Building on the read/write applications that have emerged in new and improved, user-friendly ways, Web 2.0 has essentially transformed the Internet from an e-commerce and Web page publishing venue to a planet-wide networked community where every citizen is invited to create content. This shift of the Internet from passive to active, from consumer- to participant-oriented, is what characterizes the transformed Internet.

The New Culture of Participation

To be sure, Web 2.0 has proved an exceptional conduit for connecting users--via social networking sites such as MySpace, YouTube, and Yahoo! Groups--and for allowing worldwide collaboration through Open Source technologies that allow users to build on and customize "free" code. …

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