Positive aspects of Web 2.0

Web 2.0 has provided various online tools with varying functionality e.g. blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, social media, mashups, RSS and virtual Worlds.

Through advents in the web, what is done in the real world is nowadays imitated in the virtual world. For example Social Networking allows friends to keep in contact. Wesch through his video ‘The Machine is Us/ing Us’ explains how differently from the original web, normal users are the producers in web 2.0 (example YouTube). Web 2.0 provides user generated filtering and user generated distribution.

As outlined by TEL (2008), rather than seeing if the Web 2.0 tool should be adopted in learning, it is more a matter of how such tools may be used. Obviously this needs to be done with accessibility in mind.



Wesch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gmP4nk0EOE

Technology Enhanced Learning, TEL (2008) Education 2.0? Designing the web for teaching and learning, available from: http://www.tlrp.org/pub/documents/TELcomm.pdf (accessed 13 December 2011).




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