Web 1.0? Web 2.0?? Web 3.0???
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Tim Berners-Lee began the development of the World Wide Web (www) in 1989 and at that time it was just a network of computers used to share data by a small percentage of researchers (Richardson, 2009). In 1993 Berners-Lee developed the Mosaic Web Browser, and, "Seemingly overnight, the Internet went from a text and numbers-based research tool for the few to a colourful, graphical world of information for the masses" (Richardson). As a result of this development millions began surfing the net, but mostly "consuming" information versus "creating" information, which had been Berners-Lee vision from the onset, "Make it a collaborative medium, a place where we could all meet and read and write" (as cited in Richardson, 2009).





goodbye_web20.jpgWeb 2.0: The Read/Write Web

Perhaps this headstone for Web 2.0 is a little pre-mature for a lot of people, but with the rapid changes and advances in technology and online-access, it may not be that far-fetched for a great percentage of tech-savvy people. Web 2.0, the collaborative and social online medium, has grown and continues to grow at an amazing pace. Social Networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Ning, online tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, video/image sharing, RSS,and social bookmarking are only a few examples of this collaborative space. Naslund (2008) describes Web 2.0 as, "an interactive, highly social digital milieu . . . a media-rich space that is conducive to student interaction and collaboration due to an infinite variety of Web 2.0 tools." Teacher-Librarians promoting Web 2.0 and implementing these technology tools in the classroom have established a new shift towards "School Library 2.0" (as cited in Harris, 2005).



Web 3.0: The Live Web
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Is there such a thing as Web 3.0? According to STI International (http://www.sti2.org) there could be if their idea of global collaboration became a reality. A video, "The Future Internet: Service Web 3.0" posted by semantictechnology on YouTube, claims that, "Everything and everybody will be connected. Everything, everywhere, always - we must imagine a future internet as a service, mobile, ubiquitous, and pervasive, 24/7 availability will be the norm." I understand Web 3.0 as all of our devices being connected to each other and everything, making decisions for us without us.













Links to SOME Online, Web 2.0 Tools

Blogs
Blogger
EduBlogs
Weebly for Education

Wiki's
PB Works
Wikispaces for Educators
Wet Paint

Podcasts
Audacity - This tool is not web-based, but it is free. It has to be downloaded and installed on your computer. You will also need to download the LAME plug-in in order to convert files to mp3 format.

Music Creation
Jam Studio

Multimedia Creation
Cogdogroo - StoryTools (Links to over 60 free online multimedia presentation tools like Slideshare, Voicethread, and Animoto)
Voicethread
Glogster for Education
Animoto for Education
Blabberize
Ancient Civilization Story Creator

Screencast/Screenshots
Jing

Online Office Tools
Google Docs
Prezi

Social Bookmarking
Delicious
Diigo

Assessment
Rubistar
Teach-nology

Photo Storage (Online)
Flickr
Photobucket

Social Networks
Ning
Facebook
Twitter

Video Sharing/Creation
YouTube
TeacherTube
Google Video
Vimeo

Avatars
Voki
Doppelme!
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