The Instructional Design website is developed for educators who design instruction. Students learning using technology become engaged learners and teachers who incorporate the latest technolgy into the curriculum, without setting aside good design principles, inspire and engage students in both the face-to-face classroom and the online classroom.
On this site you will learn, through easy explanations, about good design principles, available technologies, find ideas on how to implement Web 2.0 technologies into the classroom and links for further reading and exploration. Or use this site just for personal enrichment, learning about what's out there and what it's used for.
As an added bonus this site also expands to discuss issues with copyrights, rubric development, and other resources to simplify the life for instructional designer. Come back visit often as the site will continue to grow. Enjoy :)
What is Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 technologies build on collaboration and sharing working in a fully online environment.
In the original web, pages were static, meaning there was little interaction between people. Web pages contained information but readers had no ability to give feedback. Web 2.0 technology made the web interactive. Applications such as blogs now allow readers to provide online feedback to authors. Wikis allow people to collaborate and build databases together (Wikipedia is one of the big ones.) Sites such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and SecondLife just to mention a few allow people to create online profiles, meet, and chat/discuss online - i.e. have an online social life.
Other social tools that allow people to stay connected are technologies such as Twitter and Shozu that allow for interactive text-messaging to cell phones, email, or online websites. Web 2.0 tools also allow people to share their photographs and video online with friends, family, or the general public. Such sites are, for example Flickr, Picasa, Picaboo, YouTube, and Shatterfly.
Explore this site for ideas on how to use Web 2.0 technology in your classroom or private life for a 'live' web experience.
What is Web 3.0?
Web 3.0 technologies are nothing new. The first time they were mentioned was in 2001. They are solution for business strategists, designers, entrepreneurs, and others who wish to expand on the web 2.0 technologies and make the web a giant marketplace, a business computing solution, and database. A lot of the web 3.0 technology can already be seen in business interfaces such as Google, where robots crawl the web to gather and index available information in giant databases. Web 3.0 is API-driven, meaning it is based on programming that allows developers to produce applications for computers to run requests. Users can the experience, collaborate, and share in ways not possible before. Mastering the new technologies give powers that are enormous for, especially, businesses that can market their stuff in new aggressive ways and reach consumers they would not ordinarily reach.
Read more about what web 3.0 will and can offer in a PC magazine article.