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Looking for Web 2.0: The Hot and Cold Game?

The new age of the Internet is here! And, some of us (including myself) are just starting to figure out the potential for using the "old age" of the web in our classrooms.

Do the terms mashups, podcasts, blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, popfly, folksonomies, and virtual worlds mean anything to you? These are all part of the world of Web 2.0, a movement originally started by Tim O'Reilly in 2004. Also, Web 2.0 was the focus of all the major technology players (machine-level, programmers, innovators, et al) at a recent Summit in San Fransisco.

As a good start for us (e.g. mathematics educators as end users), browse through Tony Jongejan's PowerPoint presentation, a talk recently given at the Northwest Mathematics Conference in Bellevue, WA. A former high school mathematics teacher, Tony now specializes on the educational technology side of things and also is the person responsible for the technical aspects underlying the creation and maintenance of this MathNEXUS web site.

As you browse through his great presentation, take note of the following:

  • Tips on evaluating web sites in mathematics education
  • Examples of "great" web sites in mathematics education
  • Specific web sites that focus on minorities, the history of mathematics, or the use of graphing calculators
  • Educational portals
  • Comparison of Web 1.0 and Web 2.0
  • Examples of the potential educational power and opportunities of Web 2.0, which includes mashups, wikis, etc.
In addition to fully exploring Tony's presentation, do some additional browsing...including generic searches on Web 2.0 as well as specific aspects such as mashups. Is it time to get on-board...as Web 3.0 is probably lurking around the corner?