Web 2.0 is a phrase coined by O'Reilly Media in 2003 in reference to a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services such as social-networking sites, wikis and blogs— which facilitate collaboration and sharing between users.
So What is Web 2.0
What it isn’t is a standard like IEEE 802.11a Networking standard
But rather Web 2.0 represents an important shift in the way digital information is created, shared, stored, distributed, and manipulated.
In the next few years it will have a significant impact in the way businesses use both the Internet and enterprise-level IT applications.
Web 2.0 describes a set of next-generation Internet technologies.
These protocols and tools make it easier to create online applications that behave dynamically, much like traditional PC-based software.
They're also highly social, encouraging users to manipulate and interact with content in new ways.
Web 2.0 pushes computing power off the desktop and onto the Internet, which means less time and money spent on PC software administration.
As a general rule, Web 2.0 tools are also less expensive than traditional software — and many are even free. Because they're Web-based, all you need to get started is an up-to-date browser.
Why It should Matter to You
Although many of the most famous Web 2.0 tools are consumer applications there are two main reasons why Web 2.0 is relevant to business people.
The first has to do with reducing the costs associated with traditional enterprise applications. As any IT manager will tell you, it's expensive to install, configure, maintain, and upgrade essential software on personal computers and company servers — and even more so if you have lots of employees with lots of different computing needs.
Web 2.0 tools eliminate much of this hassle and expense because Web 2.0 applications reside on servers maintained by the vendors themselves.
User Created Content Paradigm Shift: From mass media to personal publishing From Code to Content From consuming to contributing
User Created Content- What are some examples you know of? MySpace Facebook wikipedia Webopedia YouTube wikispaces FlickR bebo But there are so many more blogs
User Created Content- most famous example Wikipedia
Web 2.0 tools are being used for new forms of Publishing and Researching: The CSIRO is one example of an organisation which is using blogs and wikis as collaborative tools for research and publishing
Read the following quote and guess who made this remark:
“ the consumer Web is moving at a very rapid pace, and so wikis, the idea that in some cases you want everybody to be able to contribute and come in, offer up their ideas, if you can just get the basic site organization right, the kind of creativity and participation from an organization that you can see can be very, very strong and really encouraging people, not a formal process, the wiki lets that happen.”
Who said it –
Now onto some of the tools You do not have to deliver your assessment using these tools they are just an option. A report in MS word is fine
Wikispaces http:// www.wikispaces.com
Wiki's are websites or similar online resources which allows users to add and edit content collectively.
They are effective tools to keep notes and share ideas among a group of people.
Generally available to be viewed by any one but only editable by those who have been allowed to be "members" of the wiki by the person who originally created the wiki.
Here is one of my Wikis for E-learning tools in education
Businesses and organisations that use wikis
How to create a wiki
Go to http:// www.wikispaces.com
Sign up for an account
Then create your own space unless you already have an account in which case you will sign in then create a space.
Weblogs or ‘Blogs’ are personal Websites consisting of regularly updated entries displayed in reverse chronological order.
They read like a diary or journal, but with the most recent entry at the top.
They have become popular in the last few years because of their ease of use and the social aspects- linking to your friends, colleagues etc but also as a business tool.
My personal favourite blog site is wordpress.com but there is also