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Thursday, November 22, 2007

web 2.0

what is web 2.0? here is just one definition. for me a simple definition would be that it is democratic. there is constant interaction between writer and reader. another aspect of web 2.0 is that it is centered on social networking. one way to define social networking would be to reach back to john locke's "meditation xvii" where he says, "no man is an island." the meaning of this statement, for me, would be that "mankind is interconnected." john dewey speaks about democracy and education, a tenet of web 2.0. another precursor to web 2.0 would be pablo freire. most currently friedman's the world is flat would further this idea of democracy and education which is web 2.0. so one can easily see that web 2.0 isn't really a new idea, as much as an idea whose time has been forecast and whose time has come.

web 2.0 is people power. a cornerstone to the idea would be the applications that make up web 2.0. i like web 2.0 and its concepts because it seems to be an extension of CyberEnglish which was founded on this democratic concept. the three basic tenets of CyberEnglish: make it public, engage in peer review, and pass it on. web 2.0 promotes the user who creates hir own applications or uses applications like this one that allows the reader and writer to interact. no one person is in total control, it is democratic. essentially web 2.0 takes the power out of hands of authorities and puts it in the hands of the people. it is a further extension of open source, gnu, and wrestles it away from the proprietary software. web 2.0 embodies many of alcott's maxims. "To teach, pupils to teach themselves" is an appropriate maxim to help explain web 2.0. CyberSchool is the next iteration. in CyberSchool, the teacher and the scholar select a course of study. that study is done on the scholar's time and in the scholar's way of study. the instructor, mentor oversees and advises, but does not dictate. there is a democracy about CyberSchool and therefore a real purpose directed by and for the scholar and not the system of government overseeing the educational process. in the end the system benefits because the scholar has really learned and will apply new knowledge to hir actions as a citizen. this makes me think back about thomas jefferson and one of his reasons for public education, so that we have a educated population that votes.

will web 2.0 exist in schools? there is a fear about technology in schools. too bad, since the students can access all these things at home and not under proper supervision of the teacher or parent. using blogs, wikis, you tube, and other very useful tools are blocked by filters in public k-12 schools.

what are your ideas, reactions, comments?

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