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?