Friday, October 7, 2011

My Favorite Web 2.0 Tool

What is Web 2.0? It really depends on who you ask.

Tim O'Reilly has quite a lot to say about it in the YouTube video of the Web 2.0 Expo SF 2010:

According to the Collins Dictionary, it's:
"the internet viewed as a medium in which interactive experience,in the form of blogs, wikis, forums, 
etc. plays a more important role than simply accessing information." web 2.0. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved October 07, 2011, from website: 2.0

According to The Encyclopedia of Management, Web 2.0 is:
"The term Web 2.0 refers to new social applications and methods of communication implemented over the Internet." Web 2.0." Encyclopedia of Management. 2009. Retrieved October 07, 2011 from"

To me Web 2.0 emphasizes that the internet is now:

  • a tool for interaction, not just investigation
  • used for collaboration, not just individual accomplishment
  • social versus isolationist

    We have myriads of ways to stay in touch such as, Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Now, more than ever, the internet connects people to each other, not just information.


    That's the Web 2.0 tool that I chose to investigate. Simply put, it's a web-based collection of bookmarks or favorites. I like this because it's accessible from any browser, whether I'm using Chrome, Safari, Foxfire, or Internet Explorer. I simply log in to my Delicious account, and I'm ready to surf my favorite sites from any computer with any browser.

    But, the question begs, how would it help in a school classroom? Let's think about a teacher who wants students to create a project solely based on internet research. The student could easily create what Delicious calls a "stack" to do so. For example, they could create a project about mustaches and have a visual/audio bibliography in a stack. Check out this example by clicking on the link below and playing the video on that page:


    Once the student created this project on Delicious, they could easily share it with the teacher and other students by clicking, "make public".

    1 comment:

    1. I've used Delicious for years, and only heard of stacks just this past week. Thanks for sharing. Am looking forward to your class presentation ... indeed a very powerful management and collaboration tool.