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The purpose of this guide is to provide links to the lastest technology being used by educators.  The most popular applications for each category are listed along with a description of their features. 


Web 2.0

The Web was good.  Things could be looked up, e-mail could be sent.  But the Web, or Web 1.0 as it is now called, was static.

Here is a good visualization of the differences between the two, with nods to Tim O'Reilly, Dale Doughtery, John Battelle, and their Web 2.0 Conferences:

Web 1.0 Web 2.0
DoubleClick --> Google AdSense
Ofoto --> Flickr
Akamai --> BitTorrent --> Napster
Britannica Online --> Wikipedia
personal websites --> blogging
evite --> and EVDB
domain name speculation --> search engine optimization
page views --> cost per click
screen scraping --> web services
publishing --> participation
content management systems --> wikis
directories (taxonomy) --> tagging ("folksonomy")
stickiness --> syndication


Lots of terms can be used to identify the differences between 1.0 and 2.0.  2.0 is based in these: crowd sourcing (think Wikipedia), sharing, collaboration, lack of control, decentralization, uncontrolled vocabularies, participation, collective intelligence, and peer to peer creation.  Hacking is no longer a dirty world.  Things are not static.

But they can be fun.  Using "Web 2.0" technologies simply and effectively can enhance how you engage with your students, how you assess the work they do in class, and how you can reach them at a distance with minimal work on your part.

If you have a student who can't manage WebStudy, download Jing to you desktop, take a few screenshots, throw in a few comments and big red arrows, and e-mail the screenshots to your student.

If you don't use WebStudy, but need to create an online collaborative space quickly, use Tiny Chat, or Big Marker, to create a quick space.

If you're tired of the same old reflection papers, substitute an animation for one of them.  You'll get a kick out of what your students prepare, and they may enjoy the change (I highly recommend Museum Box or Animoto!).

Play, experiment, challenge yourself.  But don't get too comfy - Web 3.0 is not far away!

-Beth Lander


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