In only the last few years there have been tremendous changes in use of the World Wide Web. Until 2005, posting content on the Web required either knowing how to code pages in HTML or use a Web editor program and transfer files to a hosting account. With the develop of "Web 2.0" tools (including blogs, wikis, Facebook, etc.), the Web has shifted for many from "read only" to "read-write." This opens up many opportunities for a more participatory Web. With this shift in mind, please read the following two research studies from the Pew Foundation - Riding the Waves of Web 2.0 and Teens & Social Media on how children are using the Web. As you read, consider the following questions:
  • Why might the "participatory Web" be particularly appealing to pre-teens and teens?
  • What potential dangers are inherent in the new Web for students?
  • What, if any, of Web 2.0 tools/elements/characteristics might best be leveraged to help facilitate or augment learning?