What is generally meant by Web 2.0?

From what I can gather, Web 2.0 is not a specific technological development or upgrade but rather a new approach to the development and use of the World Wide Web. Rather than it being primarily a tool for information gathering, it encourages a different approach - information sharing. Some sites that exemplify this are social networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, and blogs. These sites are focused on more user interaction through sharing of information.

Web 2.0. My interpretation of Web 2.0 is it is the next generation of the World Wide Web. It is a Web-based community that provides users to share and work together on-line. Now HTML has been changed to an application service provider. It is used more as a marketing term and some examples are: Wikis, Blogs, and Web Services.


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Web 2.0 defined

The basics of Web 2.0 Web 2.0 is not just about reading along on the web, it is about writing and participating. Web 2.0 has been described as a new state of mind for the web and its extentions. It is a combination of web based tools that allow for collaboration not just passive viewing. There seems to be a focus on blogging and podcasting for now, but as the technology changes so will the tools.

What is generally meant by ICT?

Educational ICT tools can be divided into 3 categories: Input source, Output source and Others.

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Worldwide research has shown that ICT can lead to improved student learning and better teaching methods. A report made by the National Institute of Multimedia Education in Japan, proved that an increase in student exposure to educational ICT through curriculum integration has a significant and positive impact on student achievement, especially in terms of "Knowledge・Comprehension" · "Practical skill" and "Presentation skill" in subject areas such as mathematics, science, and social study.

However, you can see that there are many education technology solutions provided in the world which may cause confusion among educators about how to choose the right ICT solution. Let's have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of ICT tools for education and discover what kind of education ICT solution is suitable for your school needs.



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ICT (information and communications technology - or technologies) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning. ICTs are often spoken of in a particular context, such as ICTs in education, health care, or libraries. The term is somewhat more common outside of the United States.

According to the European Commission, the importance of ICTs lies less in the technology itself than in its ability to create greater access to information and communication in underserved populations. Many countries around the world have established organizations for the promotion of ICTs, because it is feared that unless less technologically advanced areas have a chance to catch up, the increasing technological advances in developed nations will only serve to exacerbate the already-existing economic gap between technological "have" and "have not" areas. Internationally, the United Nations actively promotes ICTs for Development as a means of bridging the digital divide.

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Through ICT, images can easily be used in teaching and improving the retentive memory of students.



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Through ICT, teachers can easily explain complex instructions and ensure students' comprehension.

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Through ICT, teachers are able to create interactive classes and make the lessons more enjoyable, which could improve student attendance and concentration.

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