Skip to main content

Web 2.0 and Social Networking tools: Home

Definitions

Web 2.0 tools : A term associated with web applications that facilitate participatory information sharing, user-centred activity and collaboration on the Internet.

Social networking : A means of communicating and sharing information between two or more individuals in an online community.

Characteristics of Web 2.0

  • Web-based applications can be accessed from anywhere.
  • Simple applications solve specific problems.
  • Value lies in content, not the technology used to display it.
  • Data can be readily shared.
  • Distribution is bottom-up, not top-down.
  • Students and educators can access and use tools on their own.
  • Social tools encourage people to create, collaborate, edit, categorize, exchange and promote information.
  • Networking is encouraged; the more people who contribute, the better the content gets.
(From Using Web 2.0 and Social Networking Tools in the K-12 Classroom)

From Web 1.0 to 2.0

Web 1    Web 2
Britannica Online    Wikipedia
Static websites Blogs and wikis
Direcctories (taxonomy)          Tagging (folksonomy)
Computer games Online gaming
My stuff Our stuff
Email newsletters

RSS feeds

Microsoft Word

Google Docs

CDs

iTunes

Web 2.0 is all about interactivity and openly sharing content with others.

(From http://www.library.uq.edu.au/schools/BrisbaneTLNetwork.pdf)

Enhance Communication and Collaboration

Web 2.0 and Social Networking Prezi

Web 2.0 and Social Networking websites

Top 100 Tools for Learning

Books in the Library