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We've been hearing a lot about Web 2.0, but it hasn't made its way into the school systems much.  Web 2.0 is the concept that the web is becoming a read/write platform.  Before the year 2000, the web was very much a place for more technically minded people to produce content on, and for regular users to consume material.  It was "read-only" for many people.  You had to have some sort of skill or training to be an author.

Now, anyone can produce content on the web.  Blogs, wikis, MySpace, Facebook, message boards, chats - all of these new technologies are allowing the average user to produce content and post it online.  Even digital immigrants and technophobes are able to quickly snap a picture on their cell phone and have it posted online.  Services like Jott allow you to call a number and have your message transcribed into text and sent to your email or even posted as a blog entry online.

The web is not a fad.  It is ubiquitous.  It is quickly becoming as indispensable as the automobile and it's only 15 years old or thereabouts.  When are our schools going to start seriously embracing its read/write nature?  When are our kids going to start using the powerful tool that they will be expected to master when they enter the workforce?