Web 2.0 in the Classroom – Part 1

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With the abundance of web 2.0 sites available, it is easier than ever to integrate web 2.0 in the classroom. Let’s go step-by-step and discover what the term web 2.0 means in the educational setting and the benefits for classroom use. Explore a variety of popular sites and discover tips and tricks for creating rich lessons your students will love.

Note: This is going to be at least a 10-part series on the education blog Teach Amazing, exploring web 2.0 from beginning to advanced. Be sure to share with your teachers!

Web 2.0 is one of the most powerful and valuable tools you can use to integrate technology into your lessons. However, the term “web 2.0” (pronounced “web two point oh”) can be confusing. Let’s take a look at the basics and turn you into a web 2.0 pro. First, you need to know how web 2.0 began and what it means. Next, you will explore two main categories of web 2.0 including their strengths and weaknesses when used in your curriculum.

Web 2.0 - Educator’s Guide to Web 2.0 – Part 1

Brief history of web 2.0

Let’s start our history tour with a simple definition of web 2.0. Basically, web 2.0 is any website where you can create content. That’s it! As a teacher, bells are probably going off in your head when you hear “create content.” Creating is at the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy and web 2.0 will help you facilitate this. What kinds of content can you create? Don’t worry; you will explore all sorts of cool sites in this course.

What does the “2.0” part mean? This is borrowed from the world of software. Whenever software has a major revision, it is moved up a number. Minor revisions go up in decimal places, such as 1.2, 1.3, etc. This just lets you know what version you are using and is often referred to as software versioning. The Internet and its websites do not officially have version numbers. When more interactive websites began, a term needed to be created to distinguish them from the traditional, information only type websites. The expression web 2.0 was coined to signal that these type sites are a major leap, or revision, to traditional sites. So, using the definition of web 2.0 from above, a static website from a restaurant where you simply look at the menu is web 1.0. A news website where you can type comments to a story is web 2.0.

Throughout this site, the terms web 2.0 and web tools will be used interchangeably.

In the next post, we’ll discover two major types of web 2.0 websites and continue to explore web 2.0 in the classroom. Thank you for reading the education blog Teach Amazing and be sure to post your comments below!