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One thing that I have always wondered about was how online resources were “categorized” as web 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0. I came across a Teacher Tech Talkthat discussed the main differences between the three groupings, and it helped me gain a stronger understanding. Web 1.0 is the basic internet as we know it: a canvas that contained hyperlinks that we could investigate if we so choose. Since I began teaching, I’ve become significantly more invested in Web 2.0 tools to help make learning a more engaging experience for my students. Web 1.0 is the springboard for other websites, but there is much more to be developed in later iterations. In the Teacher Tech Talk, there is a video near the bottom of the page that helps to exemplify the differences between Web 2.0 and 3.0. The narrator in the video explains how many 2.0 resources are “contributor-based”; without participants sharing and exchanging information, the website would fail to exist- think Facebook and YouTube, which are run on user participation. Web 3.0, on the other hand, demonstrates a mere intelligence into knowing the user, and what their needs are. As soon as the video began its discussion, I’ve realized that I’ve seen this in play without recognizing it by name. Advertisements in the columns of Facebook are often tailored by my listed interests, and Amazon continues to make personalized recommendations based on my previous purchases.

As I stated before, I’ve gotten a lot of use from various 2.0 tools with my students. This statement only gets me thinking about how much more insight 3.0 tools can give me for meeting the needs of my students. I’m sure there are already resources out there that will show teachers specific ideas as to how to tailor learning for different performers within the classroom, such as Amazon is getting a lot better at knowing what kind of music I read. It’s a lot to take in, but I’m sure there are major strides yet to be developed.

Even if you aren’t interested in the differences between Web 1.0-2.0-3.0, I would still recommend taking a look at the website.  The author has broken down different needs of teachers, and has created lists of tools that are specific to each need, such as organizers, test generators, and augmented reality. I haven’t had time yet, but I plan to look into these resources and see how they can benefit me for future needs.

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