Topics covered in this chapter include
  • What is social
  • The evolution of the ‘social
  • Traditional versus social
  • Why social media in
  • Benefits of using social media in
  • Constructivist approaches to social media use in
  • Social
  • Active
  • Discovery learning
  • Peer
  • Situated
  • Special considerations in constructivist environments

For more detail, read Chapter 1 of Using Social Media in the Classroom. A best practice guide.

Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0

This is how Tim O’Reilly described the differences between the two versions of the web when he first wrote about Web 2.0 in 2005. Things have moved on a bit, but you should get the picture ...
O'Reilly's Web 1.0/Web 2.0 comparison table
O'Reilly's Web 1.0/Web 2.0 comparison table



Web 2.0 mindset

Lankshear and Knobel (2006) describe how shifts in the web can affect our mindset:
Mindset 1.0
Mindset 2.0
The world is appropriately interpreted, understood and responded to in broadly physical industrial terms
The world cannot adequately be interpreted, understood and responded to in physical-industrial terms only
Products as material artifacts
Products as enabling services
Tools for producing
Tools for mediating and relating
Focus on individual intelligence
Focus on collective intelligence
Expertise and authority ‘located’ in individuals and institutions
Expertise and authority are distributed and collective; hybrid experts
Space as enclosed and purpose specific
Space as open, continuous, and fluid
Social relations of ‘bookspace’; a stable ‘textual order’
Social relations of emerging ‘digital media space’; texts in change

The machine is us/ing us

This video by anthropologist Michael Wesch is a YouTube classic. Any thoughts? Start a thread in the forum for this page :)






A vision of students today


Another influential video by Michael Wesch.







Visual representations of Web 2.0


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By Tim O'Reilly
By Tim O'Reilly

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