What is Web2.0?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011 | internet

The term Web2.0 has been with us for a while now – in fact it is so 2009 – but many still grapple to understand what it is.

Web2.0 is not a new software version of the internet – rather, it is a concept.  Many attempts have been made to explain what it is, but if you cut through all the complex explanations, it is not difficult to understand the concept:

Web1.0 refers to the internet as most of us know it – a world wide web of information to be surfed when we need information.  But it is ‘read only’ – we go there to find information.  The main difference of Web2.0 is that it is ‘read/write’.

The advent of Web2.0 simply means that new tools became available so that ordinary people like you and me have the ability to write our ideas onto the web with little effort.   We can do so by maintaining a blog – or even commenting on a blog – or through other networking programmes such as Twitter, Facebook, Plurk and others.  Of course, there are also other ways in which you can be an active participant on the web.

Web2.0 tools empower us to make our voice heard on the internet.  It is now possible for every person who has access to the internet to write to it – sharing experiences, knowledge, insights, views, theories, and other ideas.  This can be done by means of text, graphics, sound and video.

While the concept of Web2.0 has been advocated for some time now, too many – perhaps most – web surfers are still doing so in Web1.0 mode.

In what mode are you operating?

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Sunday, 30 January, 2011

Web2.0 allows for innovation in the classroom. Across curricular activities or single curricular focused activities can broaden the information and resource sharing platforms in and among schools. Educators have not been explicitly exposed to these mediums of teaching and learning. Curriculum planners and overseers are bogged down with core learning and bureaucratically developed procedures and inhibit the innovation of even the 20% that might even have dipped their didactic toes into the pools of new techniques and styles that Web2.0 offers to Education at large.

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Hi Kobus,

Hoop dinge gaan goed. Ek is besig met ‘n konferensie oor WEB2.0 en kort nog ‘n paar sprekers en wil jou graag uit nooi, jy is ‘n expert in die veld.

Laat weet my so gou moontlik as jy belangstel dat ons hierdie verder kan bespreek.

Hoop om gou van jou te hoor.

Gert Botes

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