Web 2.0 and You - How connected are you?

"Web 2.0 – Interactive and in Our Lives.

The World Wide Web has become truly interactive in the past five years or so, creating a phenomenon some call Web 2.0. Since the turn of the century, the number of homes and businesses with broadband Internet connections has grown exponentially. This new level of connectivity allows users to be more active participants online. Around the world, millions of people are now sending video emails or ‘vmails’ posting photos and comments to blog sites, and using social networking sites to build virtual communities of people who share common interests. Companies now invite consumers to create and post their own ads for products. Political candidates use similar tactics to interact with voters. These activities are opening up new avenues of scientific inquiry as researchers observe our interactions online to gain insight into human behavior. All of this shows that we are just beginning to tap the Internet’s potential to transform our lives." NSF and The Birth of the Internet. web site

Explore Web 2.0:

Identify several examples of how your peers use Web 2.0.


Identify several examples of how you participate in Web 2.0.



"In the survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation's CARAVAN poll, three out of four American adults (76 percent) claimed to own a computer and more than two thirds (67 percent) owned a mobile phone. " Gamastra Survey Reveals PC And Console Ownership Figures, August 2, 2005.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project reported: "62% of all Americans are part of a wireless, mobile population that participates in digital activities away from home or work." Mobile access to data and information.pdf

Conduct a survey of your class.

How do your findings compare with the Gamastra survey?


What are the implications for people who do not have access to Web 2.0?



Read: Twitter Goes Mainstream, Wall Street Journal . October 27, 2008.

How could student councils employ Twitter technology to improve student performance?



"Are we to be one people bound by common spirit or will we become a divided nation? ... There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals, and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision." Rep. Barbara Jordan

Learn more:

bullet Lunar Society and the Homebrew Computer Club

bullet Food for thought - Did You Know 2.0? - Are you 21st Century Literate?

bullet Examine Online Collaboration and Social Networking - Web 2.0

bullet Consider the Power of Possibilities through Andreessen's eye

bullet Using Online Collaboration and Social Networking to do work | bullet PBS 39 - Career Gates - Technology online video

bullet Podcasting as a tool | bullet Bloggez- vous? Should you build a school/club blog?

bullet eGovernment - Expectations & Evaluations | bullet Small Pieces, Loosely Joined ebook activity about the web

bullet Watch & Consider the thinking of Lawrence Lessig regarding file sharing and copyright then respond in a debate or in writing.


bullet Accomplish Learning 2.0 - This online learning journey will ask you to complete 23 “Things” or Web 2.0 tools.
Each Thing will show you one more web tool. There are many places for you to explore, experiment with,
and think about creative ways to use 2.0 tools.


Dig Even Deeper and act

bullet Information Literacy Activities: bullet Web & print resources | bullet Keyword searching | bullet Boolean Searching

bullet How to work in a group | bullet Practice using Google Search Engine's many features

bullet Web 2.0 - how to blog & podcast video at TeacherTube | bullet TeacherTube

bullet the personal learning environments blog | bullet Google's Super Satellite Captures First Image

bullet National Science Foundation and the Birth of the Internet

bullet Elgg, open-source social networking software developed at the University of Brighton,
has been designed specifically with academic uses in mind.
Community 2.0 TechLearning article about Elgg

bullet Current TV | bullet NSBA Report on Social Networking PDF |

bullet The “MySpace Impact Awards” - people who are using MySpace to make a positive impact on the world.

Internet Hunts / Nature / Civics & History / Pennsylvania Projects / Computers / Puzzles & Projects / Site map / Home

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Make your own printer paper answer sheet

Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together. You do not have to take paper based notes at the library and digitalize them at home.
gold starWatch Google Docs video TAI - How could you use free, Google Docs to do a project? How would this facilitate group projects?

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