Web 2.0 is a term developed eight years ago to reflect the advances and new uses of Internet-based applications and tools. Watch the video below (from 2007) to gain a better understanding of the power and potential of Web 2.0 [View YouTube Video]
Web 2.0 is characterized by 4 areas:
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1. S.L.A.T.E (by Andrew McAfee 2006)
Things “live” on the web and they have a unique address called a URL. It can be content, video, audio, chats, data, archived and real-time data. This content can be searched for using keyword search.
Make for the easy sharing, distribution, and curation of content. Links connect information together into a meaningful information ecosystem using the model of the Web, and provides a relatively low cost or free means to access information.
The ability for ANYone to create and update content leads to the collaborative work of many, rather than just a few web authors. In wikis, users may extend, undo and redo each other's work. In blogs, posts and the comments of individuals build up over time.
Categorization of content by users adding "tags"—short, usually one-word descriptions—to facilitate searching, without dependence on pre-made categories. This allows for the same piece of information to be found within multiple categories and adds to the USER-CENTRIC experience that Web 2.0 provides.
Software that makes the Web an application platform as well as a document server.
No longer do we need to purchase and install programs or applications on our local machine. Software as a Service (Saas) and applications in the "cloud" mean our applications are available anywhere. An example of this is Google Docs which has a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation application available to anyone who establishes a free account. Microsoft also has their LIVE service.
The use of syndication technology such as RSS to notify users of content changes.
The most misunderstood and under-utilized tool of Web 2.0 allows for users to PULL content.
No longer to you have to go out and Search, when you can have the content and information YOU want delivered to you.
2. It's Social
People anywhere in the world now have the ability to:
3. Anywhere, Anytime, Anyplace, Anyspace
- Computer & Mobile Devices
- On the go, through MiFi, WiFi, HotSpots, 3G, 4G and wireless technology
- Deepest part of the ocean (Marianas trench), top of the tallest mountain (Mt.Everest), even in space!
- Wireless devices are powerful tools for delivering video conferencing, documents, and more
- People are connecting in real time and asynchronously
- Locally with the neighbor and people around the world
- Web 2.0 is an attitude and an emotion, because there is no control.
With so many connections and interactions and exchanges, and the ability to reach beyond borders, boundaries and time, it’s nearly impossible to control the exchange of ideas and information.
In summary, Web 2.0 is about PEOPLE and the tools they use to connect.
Web 2.0 & the Culminating Exhibition
Students will be using a variety of online applications to build and develop their products:
- Communicate with their instructor
- Build their personal story
- Reflect on their learning
- Curate their research
- Record a presentation
- ..and more!
The significance is:
- A near-paperless classroom
- Individual student creativity is increased as they are given the freedom to use dynamic, online, multi-media tools which include text, images/graphics, video, & audio.
- Students turn-in LINKS (URL) to their products that ‘live’ online and can be more easily shared and viewed by others.
- Student products that persist over time and can be developed and used into the future.
Why Google Docs?
This is a great video created by Google to introduce the concept of cloud-based documents (2007)
View Video: Why Google Docs
HOW TO Set it all up!
- Introduction to Google Docs/Drive. Watch VIDEO
- How to set-up a Google Docs/Drive account and share documents
- How does the teacher manage all of the students when it’s spread-out to all of these Web 2.0 places?
- How to set-up a Google Docs/Drive account and Share Documents
- Getting Set-Up- How to set-up your course form for receiving shared document (URL’s)
Getting Set-Up – Watch: VIDEO
Getting Set-Up: PDF
Suggested Form fields: txt
Example/Demo online form: http://tinyurl.com/ceformsdemo