Awareness and Utilization of Web 2.0 in Education Among Teacher Educators in Delhi

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Awareness and Utilization of Web 2.0 in Education among Teacher Educators in Delhi

Ahrar Husain* and Hafiz Shakiluz Zaman
F/o Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi – 110025, India *E-mail: ahrar_husain@yahoo.com

Abstract
The internet is a huge information base. It can be used as an effective tool for acquiring knowledge. There are several informative websites and web directories that offer information on a wide variety of subjects. Students can use the internet to gain all additional information they need to enhance their knowledge base. But this one is older version of web technology where a user can only read the website and get information, this is called web 1.0. The newer version of web technology is called Web 2.0 can also be used in teacher education and can reduce the workload of teachers.

In this paper we tried to explore the awareness of Teacher Educators of Delhi about Web 2.0 and its utilization in education.

Key words: IntetnetInternet, Web 1.0, Web 2.0, E-learning, Teacher Education

Technology plays a vital role in every sphere of life and therefore there is no exception in education. The advent of technology has deeply impacted the educational scenario of the world. Technology has certainly changed the way we live. It has impacted the different aspects of life and redefining living. Undoubtedly, technology plays an important role in every sphere of life. In the past century the tools for education were limited. That time radio, television, OHP, slide projectors etc. were the best examples of technology for use in teaching learning process. But at the end of the century a new technology – internet – came and started to take the place of the old tools of education. After the invention of internet web technology became popular and gain acceptance in education also. Now web technology is being used all over the world for the purpose of education. There are several informative websites and web directories that offer information on a wide variety of subjects. Students can use the internet to gain all additional information they need to enhance their knowledge base. But this one is older version of web technology where a user can only read the site and get information, this is called web 1.0. Web 2.0 plays a vital role in teaching-learning process by opening the doors of collaboration and participation. It encourages and facilitates the natural desire to share what one knows and to learn from his/her colleagues.

2. Web 2.0
According to Wikipedia "Web 2.0 is commonly associated with web development and web design that facilitates interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design and collaborate on on the World Wide Web." To better understand web 2.0, the both older and newer version should be compared. So, Web 1.0, or the web that most of us have been fairly used to using for some years now, has largely been a one-way medium: this is when we look for information on the web. Web 2.0 is a two-way medium, in Web 2.0 almost anyone can become a publisher, or a "content producer". In Web 2.0 the creation of material or information on the web is as much a part of our experience as the finding or reading of data has been in Web 1.0 and in Web 2.0 the content created by regular users can be much, and sometimes almost all, of the value from a website. Web 2.0 is a social phenomenon that gives users freedom to share and re-use, that uses technologies such as Wikis, Social Bookmarking, Blogs, Podcasts, Video Sharing, RSS Feeds etc. users make the Web every day. They publish pieces of their lives, day after day. The new thing about Web 2.0 is that all this sharing of personal information is so much easier and more effective that it used to be. 3. Web 2.0 in Education

Web 2.0 has created new ways of working, including opening up new opportunities in learning and teaching that have not been possible on a large scale before. Online education has given a new dimension to the field of...
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