Two way web

The web is a read/write medium, or a two way medium. This is development is sometimes called web 2.0. It is now possible for ordinary users to publish on the web through a variety of technologies including:

Engaging students with interactivity

The development of a two way web is significant for educators because
  • learners benefit from publication of their endeavours
  • learning is a social process, it thrives in a community
  • teachers learn from their peers
  • schools should engage with their communities

The publication of student work is an important educational aid. Public performance is long recognised as a motivating factor for students and is well established with school sports, concerts and plays. MIT recognised it in the 80's in the context of ICT and coined the term Constructionism which is based on the idea of "Constructivism" but includes the idea that learning is especially strong where the "learner is consciously engaged in constructing a public entity, whether it's a sand castle on the beach or a theory of the universe"

Student motivation is important not only for what learning may be happening in an ICT class but in creating positive attitudes to school in general. Students who find their ICT class meaningful and motivating will like that activity, but they will also like their school.