Web 2.0 refers to the second generation of internet tools which not only allow users to read information from the web, but also contribute and collaborate via the internet. As Yamamoto suggests, the web 2.0 model is ‘based on enhanced communication and collaboration tools and services, information sharing, and interoperability’ (2010, p. 214). Web 2.0 allows people to participate in web based communities and share information and knowledge, interactively collaborating to create web content. Web 2.0 tools include social media sites, blogs, interactive websites and even CSU’s own Interact2!
Web 2.0 tools could be utilised in the Visual Arts classroom by:
- Using a blogging site such as Weebly, WordPress, or Edublogs in order for students to create their own online portfolio.
- Educational sites such as Moodle could be used to create a ‘virtual classroom’ for online lessons or supplementary content to complete either in class or as homework. This enables students to learn at their own pace and can be useful in creating an inclusive environment which gives opportunities for all students to learn.
- Students can use Dropbox or other similar file saving and sharing software to collaborate on projects, particularly in the BYOD environment.
Yamamoto, J. (Ed.). (2010) Technology Leadership in Teacher Education: Integrated Solutions and Experiences: Integrated Solutions and Experiences. IGI Global.