Web 2.0 technology can be differentiated from ‘first generation’ Web 1.0 technology due to the versatility of creating a forum for interaction, dialogue, collaboration and active participation between users. Such active participation can be facilitated through blogs (otherwise known as Personal Learning Networks, or PLNs), wikis, social networking sites and various web applications, many of which do not require users to have any specialist or technical web knowledge to access and use such platforms. This, I believe, makes it ideal as an authentic and unique learning space, so as to broaden both teachers’ and students’ understandings of the world beyond the four walls of the classroom, and to foster and promote the necessary skills for communicating effectively within our technological society (Teaching Village, 2012).
Teaching Village. (2012). What is a PLN, anyway? Retrieved from http://www.teachingvillage.org/2012/01/03/what-is-a-pln-anyway/