2.0 Terms and Definitions


What is the Web 2.0?

According to Wikipedia, it is a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies — which facilitate collaboration and sharing between users.

What does it mean for education?

-Web 2.0 tools promote collaboration among students, staff, parents, community members, school boards, etc.
-Students have the responsibility to interact with information.
-Often termed The Read/Write Web (Click to see examples)
-Concerns include Internet Safety and the Digital Divide - this should be different!


A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) and are part of a wider network of social media.
In May 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 71 million blogs.[1]

Blogs In Plain English

Why let our students blog?


Question: What does 'wiki' stand for?
Answer: It comes from the Hawaiian word wiki wiki, which means quick.

Wikis In Plain English

Set up an ad-free wiki page--Free for educators: http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers100K
Understanding By Design Wiki (One school district's page for mapping UBD) http://ubdeducators.wikispaces.com/

RSS In Plain English

-Subscribe to a blog via an RSS feed. That way, you won't have to constantly check your blogs. The messages will come directly to your email inbox.

Use Bloglines to subscribe to blogs. Check one place for many updates.