This post has been in the holding bay for over a week so I thought I'd better finish it up and get it posted.
There's been a bit of talk over at TALO regarding a Web 2.0 overview in the Newspapers In Education section of Adelaide's only daily newspaper, the Advertiser. As I barely buy the paper (read news online mainly and catch the occasional bulletin on TV) I would have missed it but a friendly e-mail from Vonnie of South Oz E-Learning alerted me and I nabbed the liftout whilst over at the in-laws on Friday night. There's no online link and the Advertiser website only has centrespreads of their education pages as recent as 2004. I think the list of 27 applications is interesting in what it omits as well as what was chosen to be included and there seemed to be quite a few apps that were variations on a theme. So what made the list?
Web 2.0 Mash up Centre
Notes, Sharing and Word Processing
Social Bookmarking & Notes
Wikibooks was also mentioned but the supporting paragraph was an error and repeated the text from under the YouSendit title. Interestingly, the link led to a page that read:
This wiki does not exist yet. Perhaps you are looking for one of our other projects:
There was a heap there that I've never tried but the ones I do use ( del.icio.us, Flickr, Writely, Protopage) all do a good job of serving a particular purpose. I was surprised that a limited list of 27 had so many like apps, and it could have easily widened so that each one featured was for a different purpose - a few others that could have featured might have been irows, DabbleDB, stripgenerator, thumbstacks or the new one Leigh's been talking about, Gliffy.
Anyway, education gets a lot of press about being slow to embrace and take on board technological change but the print media has also been lacking in awareness in the new developing face of the web. So as a conservative newspaper, having the Advertiser recognise Web 2.0 as something worthy of profiling might mean another shift forward in credibility. I know that a couple of my colleagues have said that they wouldn't have recognised any of the apps if not for my webvangelising.