The World Wide Web from over a decade ago delivered information—a website's owner created content for others to view. Today's Web, thanks to new developments in technology, is much more participatory. There are a multitude of Web-based tools—blogs, wikis, microblogs, social bookmarks, and social networks to name a few—that allow people to collaborate and share information with each other. This use of the Web is so different than before that it has been dubbed "Web 2.0" while the era of the static content is considered “Web 1.0.” The participatory nature of Web 2.0 has caught the interest of many educators; students can create and share content, collaborate with each other, and build knowledge communities using the same tools that they enjoy using outside of school. Many educators are sharing their ideas through various personal learning networks and sharing how these new tools can be used effectively in the classroom. In this workshop, participants will learn how to develop and grow their own personal learning networks to learn more about Web 2.0 and how to harness the interactive and collaborative nature of the tools to better engage and educate their students, both safely and responsibly.
- Teacher: Valerie Morrison