Glossary/Bibliography/Resources for Web 2.0

Glossary of Terms

  • Web 2.0: Term coined by the O’Reilly Group based on how software would be numbered (1.0, 2.0, etc.) Web 2.0 is not physical but conceptual – that the Web now has the read/write capacity whereas Web 1.0 required a Webmaster who knew programming languages or software to create Web pages. With Web 2.0 and Web 2.0 tools, creating “content” – words, photos, videos, audio – is accessible to anyone with a computer and the Internet.

  • Blog – The term came from the combination of Web + Log – an online participatory journal of words and other media that a group of people or many people can potentially comment to – although there is generally one main “blogger” who writes the blog.

  • Podcast – An audio file that is available for listening and downloading from the Internet. Original term was from iPod but podcasts can be done with Windows or Apple computers.

  • Vodcast – A podcast with video.

  • Wiki – From the Hawaii term wiki wiki meaning “quick” – a Wiki is a Web page that is shared by a group or by many people and is generally on a topic of interest to them all. Wikipedia is a collection of Wikis that like an encyclopedia.

  • RSS – Real Simple Syndication

Bibliography, Recommended Resources, Further Reading


Goodstein, A. (2007). Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online: New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.

Livingston, P. (2006). 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work. Eugene, Oregon: ISTE. (Note: 2nd edition to be published June, 2009)

Pink, Daniel H. (2006). A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. New York: Riverhead Books.

Richardson, W. (2006). Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.

Schrum, L. & Solomon, G. (2007). Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools. Eugene, Oregon: ISTE.

Williams, B. (2007). Educator's Podcast Guide. Eugene, Oregon: ISTE.

From SchoolLibrary – Links to Articles on Web 2.0:


  • - scroll down and take 20 minutes to listen to Stephen Downes video talk about your own Web 2.0 learning – it’s so important that we use the tools we are teaching.