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Another coincidence in my learning happened today when the second article I noticed in the Middle School Journal was dealing with Web 2.0 applications in the classroom. I find it interesting that the article calls the children of today, digital natives, meaning that they have grown up using digital technology on a daily basis. It is in fact a natural part of their lives. The article states that most teachers ask students to “power down” when entering a classroom because we do not incorporate this natural part of their lives into the daily routine of learning and communicating in the class. The article goes on to discuss some of the benefits of Web 2.0 applications as well as look at two concrete examples in a middle school environment.

Here are some of the advantages to using Web 2.0 technologies:

– they combine face-to-face interactions with the virtual world

– they…

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