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Fistly, I would like you to watch the following video: "Why use technologies in the classroom?" When you finish, go on with the information about web 2.0. Thanks.

1. Web 2.0

As far as new technologies are becoming more important in the education field, I would like to tell you about Web 2.0 and specifically, about some of its relevant applications. If there is a Web 2.0, there is a Web 1.0, being the first one the "participatory web" and the second, "the web-as-information-source" as Bart Decrem callls them. Let's have a look to the following pictures and explanation from Web 2.0 in Education & Profiles:

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The phrase "Web 2.0" comes from the business world, and while it has the ring of a marketing catch-phrase, actually describes a significant transition in the use of the Internet, or the World Wide Web. Web 1.0, or the Web that most of us have been fairly used to using for some years now, has largely been a one-way medium: this is when we look for information on the web. Web 1.0 was the natural result of our existing mindsets of how information is transferred, and has been a reflection of our industrial culture: experts (or businesses) dispensing identical knowledge (or products) to mass students (or consumers).

Web 2.0 is a
two-way medium, representing the next phase of usage of the internet, and a change that (quite reasonably) has people making a comparison to the advent of the printing press--in Web 2.0 almost anyone can become a publisher, or a "content producer." In Web 2.0 the creation of material or information on the Web is as much a part of our experience as the finding or reading of data has been in Web 1.0. And in Web 2.0 the content created by regular users can be much, and sometimes almost all, of the value from a website.

So, we can say that Web 2.0 is:
  • Collaborative
  • Participative
  • Everybody can generate contents.
  • Add information easily.

2. Wikis

According to the article 7 things you should know about wikis , a wiki is a Web page that can be viewed and modified by anybody with a Web browser and access to the Internet. Wikis might be the easiest and most effective Web-based collaboration tool in any instructional portfolio. Their inherent simplicity provides students with direct (and immediate) access to a site’s content, which is crucial in group editing or other collaborative project activities. A wiki’s versioning capability can show the evolution of thought processes as students interact with the site and its contents. These collaborative projects help promote “pride of authorship” and ownership in the team’s activities. In addition, wikis are being used as e-portfolios, illustrating their utility as a tool for collection and reflection.

How can teachers use wikis?

1. For the teacher

  • A personal web page.
  • A resources and data bank: interesting links, exams, students lists, pictures, etc.
  • Teaching Planning.
  • Researching.
  • Courses.
  • Forum.

2. For the students

  • Provide a space for free writing: individual/group.
  • Draw up projects.
  • Upload photos.
  • Opinions.
  • Sharing information: Notes.
  • Forum.

3. Links & Resources

4. Web 2.0 Applications for English Teachers

Have a look to some Web 2.0 applications which I consider useful for Englidh teachers. Enjoy!

5. Interactive Whiteboards

One of the most outstanding tools in today's classes in Extremadura is the interactive whiteboard. They are becoming an important element for the adquisition of knowledge in an easy and interesting way, either for students and teachers.

According to Aprendemas website, traditional blackboards' days are numbered due to Interactive Whiteboards, an innovative system to teach in the school using ICTs.

What is an Interactive Whiteboard? According to wikipedia, an interactive whiteboard is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer’s desktop onto the board’s surface, where users control the computer using a pen, finger or other device. The board is typically mounted to a wall or on a floor stand.

In the same site (wikipedia), you can read more about interactive boards and classroom uses.

Interesting links:

Interactive whiteboards in the classroom: An interesting site witch access to companies, tutorials, sites and software to download.

Using the IWB in EFL: This is a learning blog to record my notes, observations , ideas, links, and tips about using the interactive whiteboard in EFL.

Interactive whiteboards in EFL: The aim of this site is to share with other EFL/ESOL teachers the experience of using an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) in the classroom. It contains links, aticles and a download area.

15 things not to do with an interactive whiteboard: Intersting article to read.

Kent NGFL: Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Secondary Schools


What is an interactive whiteboard (IWB)?: Videos about the use of these interactive boards.

The Interactive Whiteboard: A Beginner's Guide.

Creative Ways of Exploring Adjectives: Using the Activboard