Social Software and Participatory Learning : Pedagogical choices with Technology Affordances in the Web
Introduction : Social Trends and challenges
Information age or Knowledge based society is characterised by the diffusion of information and communications technologies ( ICT´s ) and the increasing demand for new educational approaches and pedagogies that foster lifelong learning. Education supports not only the acquisition of knowledge and information, but also to develop the skills and resources necessary to engage with social and technological change, and to continue learning throughout life.
In this digital world, there is a need to expand our vision of pedagogy so that learners are active participants or co-producers rather than passive consumers of content, and so that learning is a participatory, social process supporting personal life goals and needs
Web 2.o is a second generation, communicative form of the World Wide Web that emphasises active participation, connectivity, collaboration and sharing of knowledge and ideas among users .