E-learning with web 2.0


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In contrast to web 1.0, a term which refers to the original informational web, web 2.0 refers to the social web, which began to emerge around the year 2000. It's a loose grouping of newer generation social technologies, whose users are actively involved in communicating and collaborating with each other as they build connections and communities across the web. The term itself was coined by Dale Dougherty in 2004 and popularised by Tim O'Reilly.

These pages briefly discuss the educational applications of a number of web 2.0 and related technologies, drawing on insights from Lev Vygotsky's social constructivism; Etienne Wenger's communities of practice; Punya Mishra and Matthew Koehler's TPACK model; and Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model. There are links to good examples of educational practice, as well as links you can follow to set up web 2.0 tools - like blogs, wikis, social networking sites, social sharing services, and many others - so they're ready to use in your own teaching and learning. There is already considerable convergence between some of the individual technologies, a trend that is likely to continue. Note that if you're looking for open source (and generally, free) alternatives to commercial software, you might like to check out Osalt.com.

White-25-400-pixels.jpgFor some general background information on these changes, take a look at some of the following landmark presentations:



You could also try out the Cool Tools for Schools and Teach Web 2.0 wikis, both of which list numerous educationally valuable web 2.0 tools. There's also Classroom 2.0, a social networking site for educators interested in pedagogical uses of web 2.0. The Common Sense Media Bring Learning to Life guide lists useful educational software, games and apps. You could try out the Powerful Learning Practice Free Web 2.0 Tools eCourse. The European Resource Centre also offers an online resource called Web 2.0: Simplifying Web 2.0 Education. The PLCMC Learning 2.0 self-study course, 23 Things, offers an introduction to many web 2.0 technologies; although aimed at librarians, it is of general relevance to educators. For a collection of academic and journalistic references about web 2.0, see the E-learning references page.

For more general predictions of future trends, see the Web 3.0 in education page. And for a more humorous take on all of the above, see the Humour page.

Credits: The menu buttons were created with the As Button Generator. The main image shows 'IconTexto Web 2.0 Inside' by DeviantArt under CC BY-NC 3.0 licence; the original is available here. Gary Hayes' Social Web Words quotes widget is available under a Creative Commons licence. I owe the Social Web Involvement link to Tama Leaver, the O'Reilly link to Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou & Gary Motteram, the We Think link to Bruce Derby, the Jordan School District link to Su Pittams, and the 23 Things link to Felicity Renner.

Contact: There's no such thing as a finished wiki. Like all wikis, this one is a work in progress and there will be changes from time to time in organisation, content and links. However, don't let that stop you from contacting me at any time with comments, suggestions or questions.