Thing 2 – What is Web 2.0 and (Why) Does it Matter?

idn_web_rots by Rodrigo Vera.I have a confession to make: When looking over the 23 Things, there are only a handful of things that I don’t already feel like I have some sort of comfort with. I blog, I tweet, I wiki, I have a Personal Learning Network that I am continuously cultivating to suit my needs and interests. And I have firsthand experience as to how the collaborative nature of the read/write web has changed me as a teacher.

As an L^3 (LifeLong Learner; I’m a math teacher, give me a break!), I harness the power of Web 2.0 on an hourly basis. If I have blog questions, I tweet an Edublogs guru. If want to talk politics or pedagogy or sports or the joys of international living, I connect with intrepidteacher or MsMichetti. And I’m constantly reading the thoughts and blogs of some of the most influential 21st C. educationalists around. To say that I learn more from the people in my computer than the people in my building would be a gross understatement.

As a teacher, wikis allow me to encourage collaboration and independence between my students. Creative Commons licensed photos allow my students to ethically find images to support their work. YouTube gives me a library of media that can be used for business or pleasure.

Web 2.0 is just awesome (boom de ya da, boom de ya da!).


image: idn_web_rots by Rodrigo Vera

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6 thoughts on “Thing 2 – What is Web 2.0 and (Why) Does it Matter?

  • June 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I feel the exact same way. There are days when I don’t even see any one in my building. Maybe that is a bad thing though…..

  • June 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    @MsMichetti Classic. I love the orange (or was it tangerine?) iMac too.

    @intrepidteacher I spend the majority of my time interacting with the people who a) I want to interact with, and b) have something to offer me personally or professionally. There’s nothing wrong with that, IMO.

    That said, I’m not trying to hoard the knowledge that I glean from my PLN. I’m trying to share what I learn with those around me, both virtually and in the real world. To take and not to give, that would truly be a crime.

  • June 5, 2009 at 4:38 am

    your’re posts look great. enjoyed the boom de yada video. Where is UNIS Hanoi?

  • June 5, 2009 at 11:06 am

    @schecker Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the compliments! Are you a participant in the K12 Learning 2.0 workshop too? If you are, you should make sure that you include your blog URL when you leave comments so that we can all check out what you’ve got to say too!

    UNIS Hanoi is a non-profit IB World school in Hanoi, Vietnam that services the expat community as well as some Vietnamese families.

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