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 Dictionary.com website:http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/web 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 Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedmlia.com/doc/1G2-3273100319.ht"
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
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:
MUSTACHE STACK VIDEO
Once the student created this project on Delicious, they could easily share it with the teacher and other students by clicking, "make public".