The creation of the World Wide Web in the early 1990’s caused an immediate and dramatic shift in how the world shared information. Educators were among the first groups of professionals to recognize and take advantage of the important resources offered by Web to improve teaching and learning in our classrooms.
Over the past 20 years, the Web has quickly evolved from its original purpose of information storage and retrieval to become a virtual space where interaction, collaboration and learning between online users is the norm. This “newer” version of the Web is collectively referred to as “Web 2.0”.
Wikipedia (itself a Web 2.0 site) provides the following definition of Web 2.0:
The term “Web 2.0″ is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design and collaboration on the World Wide Web.
The CEA Blog asks the following question:
As an education professional, what Web 2.0 tools have you used to create and/or deliver learning experiences to your students? What sites would you recommend to other educators?
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