Web 2.0

Have you heard of Web 2.0, School 2.0, Classroom 2.0, Second Life, or even Internet 2.0? They are all a little different. Here we are going to focus on Web 2.0 & Classroom 2.0.

According to Wikipedia,

"Web 2.0 refers to a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis, and folksonomies — which aim to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing between users. The term gained currency following the first O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004.[2][3] Although the term suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specifications, but to changes in the ways software developers and end-users use webs." (p. 1, ¶1)

The key phrase is "facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing between users." Web 2.0 focuses on the technology and tools that help to facilitate the collaboration and creativity. Classroom 2.0 focuses on the pedagogy and ways that teaching and learning should be different in the 21st century and how the technology can enhance that learning.

Watch the Video "The Machine is us/ing us" - another of Michael Wesch's video. You an also view the transcript here. It is a great example of Web 2.0.

For another great description of Web 2.0 visit Steve Hargadon's wiki Web 2.0 in Education & Profiles.