I looked into the flat classroom project, but had to overcome the ning obstacle first. Ning is a social networking group. I followed the link from flat classroom to ning and noticed that all of the members on the homepage looked like they knew what they are doing. Great photo quality of the profile pics and professional looking pictures (vs. some of the people on the main page for myspace). This assuaged my fears of using ning with students, which I would have to do if I joined the flat classroom project. I registered with great trepidation- I had to name my social network. Do I use my school’s name? Do I write something generic? Am I going to set myself up for problems if I am “discovered” by students online? I panic. And then I register my network as middle school science students. And I’m lucky because I even managed to get the web address: More on ning to come later- is anyone else a member?

where can I download Web 2.0?

I heard about Web 2.0 and wondered how to download it. Turns out, I can’t. Web 2.0 isn’t a program, a website, or one specific item on the Internet. As I found on Wikipedia, Web 2.0 is a trend in World Wide Web technology and web design that enhances creativity, information sharing, and collaboration among users. The term Web 2.0 became popular after the first O’Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004. Tim O’Reilly explains exactly what is meant by Web 2.0 in this article and this “in and out” style list:

Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0

    DoubleClick –> Google AdSense
    Ofoto –> Flickr
    Akamai –> BitTorrent –> Napster
    Britannica Online –> Wikipedia
    personal websites –> blogging
    evite –> and EVDB
    domain name speculation –> search engine optimization
    page views –> cost per click
    screen scraping –> web services
    publishing –> participation
    content management systems –> wikis
    directories (taxonomy) –> tagging (“folksonomy”)
    stickiness –> syndication


This month’s issue of Vanity Fair featured an oral history of the Internet, which I found increased my understanding of just what the Internet is, who created it, why it remained a public resource, and how Web 2.0 fits into our future. Since I can’t download Web 2.0, I will have to settle for using the many resources that have emerged with the Web 2.0 trend, such as twitter,, myspace, facebook, wikis, jing, and blogs.