Last weeks team did an awesome job of opening my eyes to what Web 1.0-3.0 is. Thanks Erin, Naomi, Angus, Kyle and Heidi for sharing. I really had no idea what the evolution of the web was all about so this has been an eye opening week of learning for me. I really feel like my understanding was also improved by Gerstein’s article, Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0. The key point that has resonated with me is that the level of connection that is created through Web 3.0 is causing a societal shift.
We live in a connected world where nearly two billion people connect to the internet, share information and communicate over social media, Wikis, blogs, and a host of other media. This network offers endless possibilities. In this way I really appreciate the analogy that Gerstain uses describing these technologies as if they were creating “the perfect storm.” For me when I consider the world of Web 3.0 I would liken it to a storm, I just don’t think I could call it perfect.
Some of the biggest challenges that are apparent for me have been eloquently pointed out but others including Nancy, Heidi and Allison. When it comes to assessment and outcomes I am not convinced that Web 3.0 will be easy for me to adopt.
Heidi said it well when she stated,
While there is a push for inquiry and student driven learning in education, there is also a push for accountability and checking off boxes/assessing outcomes.
I am not convinced that the storm pictured on the right (aka Web 3.0) will provide the freedom to ensure that ALL students are learning. There is a definite set of tools that students must have to be successful in life. The ability to read, write and do basic math skills requires a structured learning environment. Without a curriculum or definite set of assessment tools it is very difficult for me to imagine that these skills could be accomplished.
On the other hand, perhaps the post-secondary setting would allow for more collaboration and creativity that would be very beneficial. Has anyone seen an example of Web 3.0 being effective in an elementary setting?
In his TedTalk, Philippe Modard points out that one downside of Web 3.0 is that “We will be so dependent to the internet that we will live inside the web and not with the web.” To me this further illustrates the analogy of Web 3.0 being like a storm. There is greater potential to become dissuaded because some students may not rely upon on our critical thinking skills but require a machine to find our car keys and tell us when we are out of milk.
Although this paints the storm in a negative light I truly do see positives in the model of Education 3.0. I really appreciated Gerstein‘s conclusion of the article,
A mental shift occurs when a fixed mindset, which often leads to learned helplessness, is changed to a growth and positive mindset, where one believes that there are options: that one can grow, change, and be significant. It becomes focusing on what can work rather than what is not working.
I feel that in the profession of teaching we are faced with a long list of challenges, a significant one is the ever-changing landscape of technology. I love the idea of reflecting on where our focus is each day. If we are focused on the struggle it is harder to see the reward. I believe that I must focus on the positive parts of the change and do what I can, (even if it is one small step at a time) to incorporate aspects of Web 3.0.
I feel like this connectivist approach allows for school to be stimulating for all learners (not just those who excel at book learning) and allow for more genuine interaction and relations amongst peers as well as teachers. However, I feel like I have a great deal to learn about how to create a structured program that supports learners, especially our most vulnerable. Especially when I consider an elementary setting I am not convinced that the storm of Web 3.0 will be the most effective tool to ensure we are educating and preparing young people for the world.
On the other hand is Education 3.0 what we must do to prepare our students for the future?? Like Gerstein stated in his article, “The learner needs to be central to all teaching endeavors.” Therefore I would not want my own perplexities to limit my student’s learning.
How can I provide structure while utilizing the benefits of Web 3.0?
Please let me know what you think. 🙂