Saturday, November 7, 2009

Week No. 3: Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0 tools

In our third week of our ICTs in ELT course, our professor Evelyn Izquierdo taught the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0.To summarize the content of this section, we can point out the following information:

Web 1.0 essentially had to do with data transference to a server where all information was stored to be published mainly on enterprises or institutional web pages, but in all cases.It was too limited, since there was not an interaction between the data or information generator and the final user. In order to design websites,for example,a special language was used, only those users who know HTML could design webpages. The data generator (owner) was not necessarily included in the design process.This person only needed a server to host the site. The only way to communicate with the fianl user was via e-mail, but it was not so easy, that is the reason why websites provided a webmaster email. Web 1.0 was mostly a read-only page view and advertising web.The site owner was only the person who had the power.

Web 2.0 represented important changes in the way the information and data were produced and transmitted.It brought up new ways to be connected with the audience. Then, the interaction and collaboration came out as key elements to produce, share and transmit information. It is not based on web pages as static sites to offer information, but interconnected with web systems to create and share data in different directions. Under web 2.0 it is not necessary to know HTML to produce data. Its use is easier and simpler and the owner (the information producer) has a direct contact with users who can directly take part in the information production and transmission. Therefore, We 2.0 has converted into a fabulous source for sharing knowledge. Furthermore, a big number of web 2.0 tools have been designed as to promote such sharing, which can be synchronous or asynchronous. In consequence, social networks have appeared as a need to group people with similar interests in communities (Facebook, My Space, Twitter among others). Finally, web 2.0 is then a read-write and collaborative web on which site owners and readers share the power.
The task of this section comprised the creation of a static web page using a Web 2.0 application, a blog in We had to design a portfolio in which we had to include our academic data and our profile as an English teacher and as an ELT professional.
In my opinion, this activity was interesting and motivating because I had the opportunity to build up my first blog applying different tools and doing different operations such adding, changing and deleting information.
If you would like to visit and have a look at my blog, my URL in wordpress is:


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