Figure 1— This is a snap shot of what has emerged as a result of Web 2.0 technologies
however it is ever expanding and dynamic in nature (O'Reilly, 2005).
Web 2.0 as it relates to the classroom is an exciting phenomenon. Students are no
longer limited by their technology but rather the technology enhances them. In his book,
Grown Up Digital, Tapscott (2008) identifies eight differentiating characteristics of
Generation Net‘ pertaining to learning and Web 2.0. Students want: autonomy of their
choices and expression; to personalize things; entertainment, play and social interaction;
real-time‘ communication and high-speed access, and; the opportunity and platform to
be innovative (Tapscott, 2008 p. 34-36; West & West, 2009 p. 24-25; Vgotsky, 1978).