There are so many different forms of communication that students, teachers, and parents can use today. Many peopel like to talk face to face, and others really like to use the phone. What I'm finding is that students are leaning more and more frequently towards the use of technology to communicate. They are using social sites like MySpace or Facebook, as well as instant messaging services like AIM, ICQ, and IMVU to communicate to their friends in a more frequent basis. They also use the text features on their phones to send quick notes to each other. Some of this communication is instant and some are posts to a page. As teachers we need to find ways to tap into this communication to help engage certain students.

Gathering Data vs. Displaying Data

One of the big areas that I have noticed that seperates a Web 1.0 site from a Web 2.0 site is the ability to gather data and not just dispaly it. I have seen several Web 2.0 sites that use polls (similiar to the one in the navigation bar to the left) to gather information from students and visitors. As the students use the technology daily in their lives, we should find ways to tap into that for education, and using polling features might be one way.

What is Web 2.0?

The phrase "Web 2.0" can refer to one or more of the following:
  • the transition of websites from isolated information silos to sources of content and functionality, thus becoming computing platforms serving web applications to end-users
  • a social phenomenon embracing an approach to generating and distributing Web content itself, characterized by open communication, decentralization of authority, freedom to share and re-use, and "the market as a conversation"
  • a pronounced distinction between functionality and web technology, enabling significantly easier creation of new business models and processes by using readily available intuitive modular elements[7]
  • enhanced organization and categorization of content, emphasizing deep linking
  • a rise in the economic value of the Web, possibly surpassing the impact of the dot-com boom of the late 1990s

Who is using Web 2.0?

Follow in some of the discussions about Web 2.0 and see some of the many tools you can add to blogs and wikis as add-ons to enhance the Web 2.0 experience. Some of these tools will be sampled here and in some of the educational blogs found in the blog section of this wiki.

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