The internet today is very much alive, and the evolution of Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 to Web 3.0 all happened in my lifetime. I was fortunate enough to witness this evolution, and it surprises me quite often to the fact that where we were and where we are now and is still evolving as we speak. Jana, Katie, Brooke, and Kyla O excellent presentation this week refreshed many such memories. The first generation of internet WEB 1.0 primary gave just information, but with the rise of so many platforms, the web became increasingly interactive where the consumers became contributors reaching to a point where without the contributors there was no meaning to the very existence of the platform. There will be no Facebook or YouTube if no one posts content or videos to those platforms and now web 3.0 make me even more optimistic, and as a teacher, if I relate this shift to education 3.0, it also makes me a bit anxious too.
Web 1.0 and Education 1.0– According to Jackie Gerstein, Education 1.0 and Web 1.0 represents learners as receptacles of knowledge, where educators are mainly gatekeepers of information. Education 1.0 was just like Web 1.0, a source of static data, where learners go to educational institutions to get an education from educators. It is primarily teachers who produced, supplied information and students were the consumers of knowledge. Even though collaboration took place, it was limited to small groups,
Web 2.0 and Education 2.0– The shift of web 2.0 paved the road to education 2.0 where the technologies of web 2.0 were used to improve outdated approaches to learning. The incorporation of blogs, wiki, podcasts and much such similar technology enriched the format of education and educator’s role changed from the primary source of information keepers to guides and mentors. Even after such an advancement, most educational institutions are still living in and working through an Education 1.0 model. I couldn’t agree more with Michel when he states in his blog post “Unfortunately, many classrooms are not quite ready to make the shift from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0.”
Web 2.0 and Education 2.0– According to Derek et al. education 3.0 “is characterized by rich, cross-institutional, cross-cultural educational opportunities within which the learners themselves play a key role as creators of knowledge artifacts that are shared, and where social networking and social benefits outside the immediate scope of activity play a strong role “. Gerstein’s metaphor and article suggests that just like how the evolution of web 1.0 to 3.0 happened there must also be an evolution or transformation in education and our teaching practices. As teachers, we must learn from what is trending on the internet, learn how our students connect, communicate, learn and share. The shift of web 2.0 paved the road to education 2.0 where the technologies of web 2.0 were used to improve outdated approaches to, but unfortunately, most of us are stuck in education 1.0. The Gerstein’s metaphor and article is an excellent contribution to teaching fraternity to analyze our teaching practices and reflect upon where we stand and where we must be heading. Even though we are at the frontiers of web 3.0, we have not yet reached there, and the course of teaching itself is not changed significantly, even though the foundation for broader transformation is being laid down by web 2.0. Web 2.0 technologies are currently used to enhance traditional approaches to education. Education 2.0 involves the use of blogs, podcasts, social bookmarking and related participation technologies, and it facilitates a superior opportunity for collaboration between the educator and student, students to students. The shift to web 3.0 will be a massive shift in education and to be honest, it also makes a bit anxious.
With the evolution of web 1.0 learners obtained knowledge, web 2.0 technologies facilitated them with platforms from which they could share, converse, reproduce, data upload, discussion forums and publish information. Web 3.0 will be more open, well connected and mainly intelligent, self-learning. There are many advantages and disadvantages from the shift to Web 3.0. Web 3.0 permits us to individualize to meet the needs of each student, which will allow them to learn relevant information in a collaborating, personalized, and open, free manner. The article User Generated Education states precisely that “education 3.0 is based on the belief that content is freely and readily available. It is self-directed, interest-based learning where problem-solving, innovation and creativity drive education”. With so many privileges and advantages come hand in hand with various challenges. First of all, it will be difficult for teachers to adapt. In this ever-changing educational landscape we are always required and expected to change, and many of us are resistant to so many changes; ultimately it will not be a choice, and we have to change, adapt so that our teaching practices will accommodate the new expectation. When that situation arises, there is a need for training and professional development so the educators can successfully incorporate the web 3.0 in their teaching practices.
With everything that been said, I also feel concerned for those students who cannot afford such technology and have lack of access at home. If our teaching practices are entirely be based on technology how can we accommodate those students who do not have access to such privileges? How can we as educators and school deliver equal learning in a world of unequal access? There is a lot of unanswered question, and it also raises a problem are we ready for such a shift???