Web 2.0

What is Web 2.0 and what does it mean for education?

Many people don’t know the term Web 2.0, but most know that the Internet (or how we use the Internet) is changing. 
This is Web 2.0.  

Simply put, the Internet is now a place where people come together to communicate, share information, exchange ideas, network, have virtual conversations, and work together.  This evolution has been facilitated by the introduction of websites & programs (known as Web 2.0 tools) that make it easy to get involved and collaborate in a virtual world. It is an interesting virtual world that is being created, modified, and promoted by the masses.   Whereas once we were passive receivers of information, we are now active participants.  Instead of having a personal webpage, we now have blogs. 
The question remains as to how we explore this vast potential in education. Many schools have teachers and teacher-librarians that have taken the leap and included this technology as they teach the curriculum. For many, there are stumbling blocks to overcome:

  • *  Teachers need training
  • *  How do different Web 2.0 tools work? 
  • *  How do these tools fit into the curriculum?
  • *  We need to find meaningful ways to include these tools into projects

As a Teacher-Librarian, I think my role should be to include this discussion in my collaboration with other teachers.  I should be (and I am) trying to keep up-to-date with changes in technology, but I need to be realistic with what I can learn and implement in my teaching.  Finally, I would like to be able to ‘train’ or familariaze my peers with the tools I learn, so that they too can include it in their teaching.  I would like for my library to become LIBRARY 2.0.

Ambitious, perhaps.  I fear that I will just start to understand and apply Web 2.0 in my teaching, and we will already be onto Web 3.0!


The Beginning


Off the Shelf is a blog for librarians, teachers, teacher-librarians, and just about anyone who is interested in the changing role of technology in education.   Given my current role as a teacher-librarian, I will be taking information in, and trying to apply it to libraries and school library programs.   The sidebar on the main page summarizes why I started this blog.    Essentially, technology, the Internet, and how we use the Internet is evolving  –  rapidly.  As teachers, I think we owe it to our students to get a good grasp on how things are changing, and change with them!  I don’t know that I will ever be ahead of the students in knowing the latest web tools, but I strive to keep pace with them.  Continue reading