WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT WEB 2.0 TOOLS?
Web 2.0 tools are any programs, applications or services that allow you to create content that can be shared with others via the Internet. Sharing is not limited to a final product; sharing can refer to the creative process as well. It could be said that the defining characteristic of Web 2.0 technology is its ability to engage anyone who has Internet access so that content creation becomes a two-way (or many-way) process. Collaboration capability is really the defining difference between Web 2.0 technology and previous technology.
Watch this ten-minute video by Nick Peachy about the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 technology.
Web 2.0 tools can be broken down into general categories, defined broadly by their purpose. Each of these categories enhances our learning potential through the web. Each also can be adapted for use in your catechetical ministry in a unique way.
- Socialization – Through social media, our students and parish members can build networks and develop relationships with real people. These networks may be based on faith sharing, evangelization, shared interests, or even serve as a forum for discussion topics, like a virtual town hall meeting.
- Collaboration – With Web 2.0 technology, people can work together to gather and share real knowledge, find solutions to problems and create unique products.
- Creativity – Many software tools available today were only available in professional studios just a few years ago. Now we can create original products in a wide range and combination of media to high standards.
- Authenticity – Web 2.0 users have an opportunity to create authentic content, voice their own opinions and display their own knowledge. The tasks and activities they do and the people they communicate with to do them are real and motivating.
- Sharing – Web 2.0 technology allows us to touch the world. We can share both what we create and what we learn from one another.