Web 2.0 refers to the second generation of
the World Wide Web that came out in 2004.
Unlike Web 1.0, the focus on Web 2.0 is
writing and self-publishing your own
Web 2.0 allows users with no technical
knowledge (e.g. HTML) to create their own
websites, self-publish and share
videos, photos and other documents with
Social-networking: Facebook, MySpace
Video-sharing: YouTube, Google
Video, AOL Video, Yahoo Video
Blogs: Xanga, Blogger, Wordpress
Tools & Applications: Survey
Monkey, Google Maps
The development of the World Wide Web took place from the
late 80’s to the early 90’s. At first, only scientific departments
of universities made use of the web because not many
people used computers at the time.
As computers became more common and more companies
started using the web, more work was put in to develop the
technology – thus the introduction web browsers. In the past,
the web only consisted of HTML and Gopher protocol that use
text menu interface rather than using a graphic one. Mosaic
and Netscape are the earliest web browsers, which led to the
development of Microsoft Internet Explorer, the major web
browser used in the late 90’s.
From the introduction of web browsers, it was easier for users
to create their own websites, which led to the
commercialization of the World Wide Web during the late
Software such as Java and RSS lead to the development of
Web 2.0, the new generation of the web.
Teachers can set up a blog or a wiki as an online classroom
where they can post the assignment overviews & online
copies of the short stories/poems/novels for the students to
use incase they forgot their hardcopy.
Teachers and students can have discussions about the
piece of literature through posting comments on the blog
An example of a blog used as an online
classroom. This is a blog for a Grade 9
English class, focusing on the novel Lord
of the Flies. The teacher posts about
different literary devices that are used in
the book, as well as homework and
Students can watch TV shows
and video clips on video-sharing
sites. This will give them an idea
of how the native speakers talk,
and therefore improve their
accent and oral skills.
Teachers can set up a blog or a
wiki as an online classroom.
Here, they can post such videos
as well as the assignments which
students can access easily. If
daily homework is as simple as
conjugating several verbs,
students can post a reply as An example of an online classroom. This
their homework. is the blog for Spanish at OSC.
Students can watch
technique tutorial videos
and game plan/strategy
videos that are available on
video-sharing sites to
improve their game.
Teachers can set up a blog
or a wiki as an online
classroom, and post these
videos for the students, as
well as any other useful
information and theory. This
information can appear on
the Criteria A Unit Test and
students can easily revise by This is a video tutorial of a basketball
accessing the blog and tutorial on YouTube. Students can watch
reading/watching the posts. this and incorporate this technique in
their game to improve their skills.
In Visual Art: If the student wishes to
create comic strips, they can use the
Web 2.0 tool Comeeko. They can create
animations by using tools like XtraNormal.
They can also manipulate/edit
photographs using Web 2.0 and upload
through Flickr, Photobucket and others.
In Performing Art: They can use audio-
editing tools such as BBC Virtual Studio
and Jam Studio.
A map of Pelawatte, Battaramulla. The
Overseas School of Colombo is
highlighted, showing exactly where it is
in a satellite photo of the area. Students
can also choose to view in a map or
In History: Students can create timelines using Web
2.0 tools such as Dipity. For example, this can be used
to show the progress of WWII.
In Geography: Google Maps is a useful tool to use
when showing the location of Sri Pada, for example.
In Economics: Students can create graphs and charts
to show the stock market using Web 2.0 tools.
Students can create
online surveys using
Web 2.0 tools such as
Survey Monkey and
Ask 500 to test the final
product in Evaluation.
Students can create
concept maps easily
by using Web 2.0 tools
Mindomo to show their
the unit of work links to
the AOI in
A screenshot of a survey created using
Students can create charts, databases
and graphs by using Web 2.0 tools such
as iChart and Google Chart. This can be
used in units such as statistics.
Teachers and students can
debates on Criteria A One
World on issues of Science in
society. They can use Web
2.0 tools such as Quick Topic
and Debate Graph.
Students can use blogs as
another source of information
for One World essays – there
are many informative blogs
focusing on these issues.
Students can use Web 2.0 to This is a blog focusing on the stem cell
create graphs, databases research in California, and provides links to
news articles, informative websites, etc. This
and charts to show the data could be a very useful source for research.
collected from their
Web 2.0 is a phenomenon in society today.
Most of us use it in our daily lives, whether
through using a blog, or social-networking
site such as Facebook, or watching videos
on YouTube and MSN Video.
However, there are also many useful Web
2.0 tools that can be used in for
educational purposes, as shown in this
presentation. Therefore, we wish for the
school utilize Web 2.0 in the classroom for