Push for HELP…


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I feel like I just got a semblance of a handle of Web 2.0 and now there is a Web 3.0. When I started school in 1977 (OMG) there were no computers in the classroom. We learned by teacher, TV, VCR, and the good old blackboard with chalk. Fast forward to 1985 and I was 14 being introduced to computers and dos programming (Web 1.0) and then year 2000 Web 2.0 and now 2016 and Web 3.0 is coming. I think I am still somewhere between Web 1.0 and 2.0 and am not ready for 3.0 yet.

If teachers are supposed to be experts in their field and give students the best, newest and most relevant learning experience, then the definition of teaching may need to change. Teachers are working tirelessly to give their students the best learning experience they can. With that teaching comes learning all the new and wonderful technological tools that are available. Education 2.0 is alive and learning to thrive in our schools. Students are learning synchronously, asynchronously, and directly interacting with content as Gerstein states in her article. For me Web 2.0 is a work in progress. I am in the “progressing” column in regards to learning Web 2.0, I am not in “exceeding” as of yet.

Jackie Gerstein  describes the andragogical model of education. She gives the example of project-based learning, were the focus of learning is on “authentic, real world problems, networked learning, and use of collaborative digital tools”. This type of project based learning is still very new and yet here comes education 3.0. Education 3.0 is considered a “personalized, self-determined education” (pg. 90). Education is, “self-determined, interest-based learning where problem-solving, innovation, and creativity drive education” (pg. 90). Gerstein characterized Ed. 3.0 as (pg. 90-91):

  • learners play a key role as creators of knowledge
  • social networking and social benefits play a strong role
  • space/time and artifacts/people/process become blurred
  • institutional change
  • emphasis on learning and teaching processes
  • about the three C’, connectors, creators, and constructivists.
  • Learners become the authors, drivers, and assessors of their learning

In order for education 3.0 to be adopted as practice, education 2.0 will have to be fully accepted and adopted. I agree with Erin that we may be to rooted in “tradition” in order to change our practices and that teachers do not have a 3.0 definition of teaching and understanding of this new role. I think that the Web 3.0 will come whether we fear it or not and we will slowly learn to live with it. When will it be accepted in mainstream school? Will teachers embrace it or fight? Will there ever be enough institutional change to support a growing web?




10 thoughts on “Push for HELP…

  1. Benita I am definitely with you on just getting the handle of 2.0 and now there is a 3.0, I am for sure not ready for it! I agree with what you say that in order for 3.0 to be adopted we as educators, society etc. will have to fully adopt and accept 2.0 first. We really don’t have a choice in the manner, 3.0 is coming whether we are ready for it or not. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I still like to duck my head into Web 2.0 sometimes myself so I get it. I am excited about the concept of Web 3.0 teaching though. I am very much in favour of student-owned learning and creation. I think it’s amazing to see what students can make and do! I know I certainly love to be able to guide what I learn and control what I produce to prove my learning. All the things I remember doing from K-12 that I loved were ones where I was actually making and doing things that interested me in ways I decided. But thinking about the teacher side, it is definitely a different set of skills required, both for how to use the technologies themselves and also how to switch around the teaching to support student learning. Especially since there are outcomes expected. Plus students have not necessarily learned how to take ownership of their learning so there is the whole issue of teaching students how to do that.

    So if you could choose, what would you ask for to help you transition to Web 3.0 teaching?

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    • Wow if I could choose it would be training, support and the school division making it a priority. I think without any of those it would work. The buy I. Would have to come from the ministry, to the division, parents, teachers, and students. Not an easy task when a lot of parents are still in Web 1.0 .


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  4. I don’t have any numbers, but I would tend to think that the vast majority of teachers are still working towards web 2.0 integration in their classrooms. Even if the teacher understands it quite well, there is always things that can hold integration back such as privacy issues, technology shortfalls, lack of adequate internet, etc. Soon we may have a major divide in what a modern classroom looks like between the have’s and have nots.


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