Web 2.0 tools: benefits, detriments, and usage for effective pedagogy


This chapter defines and identifies the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 tools. It describes how various Web 2.0 tools may be used in pedagogical guises: examples are given for wikis, Moodles, Camtasia, Facebook, Second Life, Adobe Connect, YouTube, and Mindomo. Additionally, some empirical studies are briefly mentioned that have exemplified the pedagogical benefits of these tools. The chapter conveys the importance of choosing a Web 2.0 tool that logically fits with the substantive topical goals of teaching librarians and students. The tool selected should also offer equal access, improve communication, provide an adequate level of class organization, ...

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