Web 2.0 has been described as many things by many people. For some, and educationalists are usually among them, web 2.0 is defined by the intense social interactivity now so common in online environments and by the ever expanding network of sites that focus on collaboration, participation and connection between users.

It is this idea of the web as a new source of social interaction that is at the root of most enthusiastic teachers' ideas about the importance of web 2.0 for education. Blogs, wikis, podcasting and multimedia sharing platforms are the services most often pointed to as being typical of web 2.0 and all are being used, adapted and incorporated into ELT to foster social and linguistic interaction both inside and outside of the classroom.

Further links:
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/shelly-terrell/learning-beyond-walls-wikis-skype-global-projects-guest-post
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/nikpeachey/wikis-collaborative-writing-projects
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/podcasting-elt
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/blogging-elt
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/sandy-millin-professional-development-through-blogs-blogging
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/englishagenda-podcast-mobile-technologies-pedagogy

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Last year I tried setting up a Twitter group for the students of my class to do some short announcements, just to experiment the Twitter Service out. Students obviously found it really cool but I figured that they started using twitter account more than I would like them to do. Many parents did not like the idea as some students started to cross the descency limits and obviously I cannot implement the code of conduct for an online service, so we scrapped the project alltogether within 2 months. It certainly requires more planning than we initially thought. Social networking comes with a great opportunity but there are no restrictions, therefore fresh brains (like young students) will likely use it for activities which parents or teachers may not necessarily endorse. This year we started a an intranet Wiki project containing information about Former Presidents. Honestly, the response from my students is so-so, but atleast all activities are purely educational and well monitored.

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