Web 2.0 & Classroom 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.



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Classroom 2.0

Many teachers are still "Digital Immigrants." However, there are many who are trying to create an classroom 2.0 environment using Web 2.0 tools. One example is Amy Vejraska (tansmom) as she indicates in her blog post "Loose Ends."

Chris Lehman is the principal and co-founder of a charter school in Chicago - the Science Leadership Academy. Here is a blog post of a recent trial that he did using ustream (which is blocked at our school).

Students today are SO amazing. Students are comfortable using Web 2.0 tools because they are "Digital Natives.

One example of an amazing student is Daniel Brusilovsky. He has his own blog, podcast, etc. See the video interview of him below.

http://www.podtech.net/home/3757/inspirational-teenager

Read Daniel's blog too.





As with any technologies, there always seem to be some debate following its use. Here are some differing opinions on uses of certain Web 2.0 tools:

http://weblogg-ed.com/2007/pocket-texting-and-open-phone-tests/

http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2007/10/08/amidst-k12online07-launch-content-control-wars-rage-on-in-schools/#comment-41613

http://www.practicaltheory.org/serendipity/index.php?url=archives/897-21st-Century-School-Reform.html#feedback

Here are some additional resources:


http://web2videos.blogspot.com/

http://karlanakulseth.com/blog/?p=84

The Learning Journ [[http://www.practicaltheory.org/serendipity/index.php?url=archives/897-21st-Century-School-Reform.html#feedback|]]

References

Lehmann, Chris. (2007, October 10). Learning from the Kids. Retrieved October 10, 2007 from http://www.practicaltheory.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/896-Learning-From-the-Kids.html.

Vejraska, Amy. (2007, November 11). Loose Ends. Retrieved November 11, 2007 from http://doucwhatic.edublogs.org/.

Wesch, Michael. (2007) The Machine is Us/Ing Us. Digital Ethnography. Retrieved November 11, 2007 from http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=1a3f19d9ad0ac2196849.

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (2007, Nov. 22). Web 2.0. Retrieved November 21, 2007, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0.