In the Basics section beginners in Web 2.0 teaching can learn what Web 2.0 is, what different Web 2.0 tools exist and the first steps of how to implement Web 2.0 elements and tools in classes.

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What is Web 2.0?

The concept of “Web 2.0″ began with a conference brainstorming session between O’Reilly and MediaLive International. This article is an attempt to clarify just what they mean by Web 2.0. In the year and a half since a conference, the term “Web 2.0″ has clearly taken hold, with more than 9.5 million citations in Google. But there’s still a huge amount of disagreement about just what Web 2.0 means:
-Web 2.0 is an expression which was used for the first time in 2004 and referred to the second generation of Internet. The main characteristics of new era in Internet is connected with its constant development and delivering services tailored to the needs of each user. (
-Web 2.0 refers to the second generation of the Web, which enables people with no specialized technical knowledge to create their own websites, to self-publish, create and upload audio and video files, share photos and information and complete a variety of other tasks. ( )
-While there is no set definition of Web 2.0, it generally refers to the use of the web as a more social platform where users participate by generating their own content alongside the content provided by the websites. (
-Web 2.0 is a new way of thinking about the web which provides tools and functionality for publishing, collaboration, and information access that normally existed only in the realm of desktop computing with software packages like Microsoft Office. (

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Web 2.0 tools

List of useful Tools

Tools & Platforms

A list of tools and platforms useful for teachers with direct links to the tool websites. The tools are classified by teaching subject and tool types.

Tool Classifications

Web 2.0 tools classification by Mark van Harmelen (Briefing paper on Web 2.0 technologies for content sharing: Web 2.0 – An introduction (version 2.0), Manchester, 2008.)

Blogs (originally known as weblogs)
Definition: A blog is a system that allows a single author (or sometimes, but less often, a group of authors) to write and publicly display time-ordered articles (called posts). Readers can add comment to posts.
Practice Examples Blogs

Definition: A wiki is a system that allows one or more people to build up a corpus of knowledge in a set of interlinked web pages, using a process of creating and editing pages. The most famous wiki is Wikipedia.
Practice Examples Wikis

Social bookmarking
Definition: A social bookmarking service provides users the ability to record (bookmark) web pages, and tag those records with significant words (tags) that describe the pages being recorded.

Media-sharing services
Definition: These services store user-contributed media, and allow users to search for and display content.

Social networking systems
Definition: Systems that allow people to network together for various purposes.
Practice Examples Social Networking

Collaborative editing tools
Definition: These allow users in different locations to collaboratively edit the same document at the same time.

Syndication and notification technologies
Definition: In a world of newly added and updated shared content it is useful to be able to easily keep up to date with new and changed content, particularly if one is interested in multiple sources of information on multiple web sites.

Hybrid systems
Definition: Many Web 2.0 systems are hybrids of the above, and common mechanisms of friends, tags, communities and feeds are used in many different kinds of Web 2.0 applications.
The field is growing fast, and many new hybrids and kinds of systems are frequently created.

Top 10 Web 2.0 Tools for Young Learners
The list of ten Web 2.0 tools and its definitions also ideas how other educators are using these resources to teach their students.

E-Learning Web 2.0 Tools and Applications
This is another collection of E-learning – online tools and applications.

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Technology-Enhanced Teaching

Introductions to E-Learning
e-Learning is the use of technology to enable people to learn anytime and anywhere. e-Learning can include training, the delivery of just-in-time information and guidance from experts. More

This short video will provide you with a short introduction to the e-learning field.

Article: The evolution of e-learning
This paper reflects on past practice and rejoices at the focus on learners and learning and at the technologies and emerging pedagogies that provide profound and exciting learning opportunities for the future.

Connectivism is a modern theory of education that innovatively describes the role of technologies and the related social networks in education.
More about connectivism:
Siemens, G. (2005) “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age”, International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Vol. 2 No. 1.
Siemens, G. and Downes, S. (2009) “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge”.

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Web 2.0 Teaching

Web 2.0 Guru Web 2.0 Ressources
This Website gives an overview what Web 2.0 tools can be used in classes. There are only short explanations, but a long list of tools.

Teacher Training Videos
Teacher Training Videos is a website by Russel Stannard. There you can find a collection of videos showing how Web 2.0 tools like Blogs, WIKIs or Twitter can be used. You can learn about collaboration tools, mindmapping, podcasting and find Moodle and even HTML-Tutorials. An award winning site and worth not only one visit.

The Web 2.0 ERC Project
The Web 2.0ERC European Union funded project is designed to help educators who find ICT confusing to have a simple and secure environment to use ICT in their work and in their classes. The project will build a simple web site that will include the most popular tools (Wikis, Blogs, communications, Social Networking etc.) with clear guides on how to use the tools and how they can be used in education.

Classroom 2.0 is a big online social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education.

Online Teaching: The e-teaching community
An online community to network with other teachers and experts, get suggestions on how to get started, how to build your business, how to use different tools and how to engage your students. You can also share your own tips and keep up to date on teacher training programs.

We are Teachers! online community
WeAreTeachers is an online network for teachers, schools, associations, and companies designed to enable members to share ideas and ressources for innovaive teaching, connect and collaborate. Members interact through a community profile, vertical community circles, video sharing/streaming, forums, blogs, webinars, and other Web 2.0 social networking tools.

Web 2.0 teaching on Facebook
Facebook Group: Learning 2.0
Discussions on utilizing and integrating Web 2.0 tools into learning processes.

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