Web 2.0 is a term that was coined by O’Reilly (2005) to describe the transformation of the Internet from a one way form of digital communication to a two way form of communication (Monfared, Ajabi-Naeini & Parker, 2013). Rather than the user passively receiving content, the user of Web 2.0 is an active participant in a community of users that can be from any part of the globe at any time of the day.
Web 2.0 offers a number of possibilities for education, such as connecting with a diverse number of peoples across the globe, the building of information from a basic beginning to deeper knowledge and the idea of building communities of like-minded people. Other possibilities would seem to be the notion of audience. People are now able to create and innovate to communicate their knowledge, thoughts and opinions and this could include student voices and work. It provides opportunities for authentic learning about and with the tools of their generation.
Whilst there are many opportunities there are also some barriers to the use of Web 2.0 in education. For example, fear. Fear of the connections that may be made, cybersafety and cyberbullying issues. Our students safety is paramount and we have a duty of care as educators, what happens when something goes wrong? Access is still an issue, as schools try to keep up with devices and introduce 1:1 iPad programmes, the infrastructure can still cause issues for connecting in some schools and homes. Other barriers can be educators knowledge and understanding of Web 2.0 and how to integrate these technologies into the classroom so that the needs of the students are being met.
Monfared, S. S., Ajabi-Naeini, P., & Parker, D. (2013). Bringing Web 2.0 into the Learning Environment. In E. McKay (Ed.), ePedagogy in Online Learning: New Developments in Web Mediated Human Computer Interaction (pp. 109-118). Hershey, PA: . doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-3649-1.ch007