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introducing students to a range of Web 2.0 applications for collaboration and online publishing. Additionally, the cost factor has also played a part, since most Web 2.0 tools have little to no cost associated with them. For example, students can now explore photo editing and manipulation without schools needing to invest in a large number of licences for specialized software. In fact, the problem now is trying to determine which Web 2.0 application would be most effective for the learning objectives, since there is such a wide variety of choices.
This approach, however, would have its barriers. Currently, there are many limitations on what students can and cannot do on the school network. The computer labs have many restrictions and students can only use an outdated version of Internet Explorer. The netbooks have fewer restrictions and students can download other browsers, particularly Google Chrome which most of them prefer and find works best with many Web 2.0 tools. But the screens are very small on the netbooks and are not well suited for Windows 7. Further, the netbooks are now on their fourth year showing their age and lack of computing power and adaptability.