For many people Web 2.0 is something new or something they think they do not understand but in actual fact most will use it every day. Web 2.0 refers to the “2nd generation of the internet” where the internet moves from something star and viewed to something people engage with, the internet becomes a dialogue with people editing their own interactive pages to include the news and information THEY want.
Possibly the easiest and most common example is Facebook, people decide who they friend, who’s statuses will show in their news feed etc Some people think social media is a fad, I don’t think so. Take a look at the video below and make your own mind up. The question we should ask though is how can this new Web 2.0 benefit us as coaches or educators?
Most sports clubs and NGBs have works out that Facebook pages work pretty well but if people think that web 2.0 is just about Facebook and “liking” things then they really have no idea about the potential.
Here are some examples, completely off the top of my head.
- Youtube, you can upload videos of your players competing and use this for marketing, promote self esteem and you can engage in feedback with the comments. Maybe you could upload a video each week, before the session so players can see it before you train? Or maybe you could upload the best person at it each week and use that to revise for gradings?
- Twitter, for me twitter is amazing. How something so simple can make such a difference. You can get feedback, you can do polls, share pictures/video, you can use it instead of SMS, all sorts of stuff. One thing I have found really useful is to added the twitter feed to our website so I can update live how the players are doing at competitions.
- Teamer.net, is a fantastic tool. Your players become members and you can circulate entry forms, results, medal tables etc You can select your team, you can even SMS for free.
- http://en.linoit.com/, is an interesting website. You can collaborate with postit notes, for example students could give feedback on classes anonymously or maybe they could set a small goal for each class, for example – throw with uchimata in randori. We already do this with real postits in some classes.
- One which has really worked for me is blogging. We all know how you can sit around all day at a judo competition, and we all know children need to practice their writing skills so I decided to set up a club blog. Whilst sat waiting at the competition or in the car on the way home the his use my iPad to blog about their performance. This is really good for helping them reflect, helps their writing skills and they quite enjoy seeing their writing online. Have a look and let me know what you think. Comberton Blog.