Today's students make frequent use of Web 2.0 tools in their lives. Facebook and MySpace are used for social networking, Flickr and YouTube are used for sharing pictures and videos, and IM and text messaging are used for staying in touch with family and friends. Yet we live in a time when student interest in IT careers has significantly declined. University students often don't see the connection between the software they use on a day-to-day basis, and a meaningful career in IT. This panel will present four approaches to applying Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom. Following a brief technology overview, Google Docs and Wikis will be presented as a means to facilitate student and faculty collaboration in the learning process. Panelists will also discuss the application of the virtual world Second Life, radical decentralization technologies (e.g. BitTorrent, del.icio.us, and Flickr), and social networking sites Facebook and LinkedIn.
Mathieu, Richard G.; Case, Thomas; McKinnell Jacobson, Carolyn; and Schell, George, "Web 2.0 Technologies in the Classroom" (2008). SAIS 2008 Proceedings. 32.