• Web 2.0Web 2.0 Resources
     
    This section contains useful education websites that utilize some of the latest in web-based technology to create interactive, user-driven, and robust educational applications.
     
    What is Web 2.0?
     
    Dynamic
     
    The first generation of webpages and websites ("Web 1.0") tended to be primarily static - the content different users would receive when visiting a page would often be the same, and consistent from visit to visit.
     
    Web 2.0 is dynamic - it is updated as frequently as users visit it, the initial experience may be different from user to user. They are more interactive, and that interactivity can persist to future visits.
     
    User-Driven
     
    As users visit Web 2.0 sites, they provide, interact with, and/or alter the content in such a way that it affects other users' experiences - often designed to be for the better. Web 2.0 sites rely on users to upload or create content, which enriches other users' use of the service.
     
    Social
     
    Web 2.0 often has a major sharing or publishing component. The content may be hosted on the main site, but also provides methods of sharing (or "posting") to other services - social networks like Facebook, bookmark or collection services like Reddit or Del.icio.us, blogging tools like Blogger, email, etc. Such sharing will often drive other users (or not-yet-users) to the service's site to further interact with content stored there.
     
    Collaborative
     
    Users can share content they've created, but also encourage others to contribute to their content in some way. This allows for users to collaborate through these third-party sites - unlimited by time, distance, or in some cases even language barriers.
     
    Web 2.0 in Education
     
    Many of these Web 2.0 sites can have a useful place in the classroom, primarily because of the collaborative aspect. They provide new resources to use for student communication, research, or project development.
     
    The sites listed in this section are by no means a complete list. If you would like to suggest a site that should be included on this list, please let us know.
Last Modified on July 29, 2010