Class flew by on Tuesday evening thanks to Erin, Naomi, Angus, Kyle, and Heidi—what a great presentation and I really enjoyed the Twitter Chat. This week we were challenged to blog about the impacts Web 3.0 will have on education. I’m not going to lie, although the session really got me thinking, I still could not grasp a solid idea as to what Web 3.0 actually is. So, I went to trusty ole Google to see what information the engine might throw back at me. I was actually surprised to find plenty of similarities of Web 3.0 being describing it as ‘a guessing game’, ‘unknown’, ‘vague’, ‘complicated’, and ‘difficult’. Although these descriptors don’t sound very positive, it was encouraging to hear that I didn’t miss the big picture and just like everyone else, it is continually being pieced together.
I think the one of the impacts and disadvantages of Web 3.0 is that it is clearly still being developed and there is a lot of unknown. In order for teachers to implement certain software and educational technologies in their Photo Credit classroom, they first need to educate themselves and understand how they will use these tools to TEACH. Sure, I can learn about new apps and spend the time implementing them in the classroom but if they do not foster learning then what is the point. At the end of the day, it is all about the learning experience for our students and what they take away from the class. Another disadvantage that comes to mind about Web 3.0 (and all types of technology) is the lack of access for students. Not all classrooms have a class set of devices for students to use. Like Amy said in her blog, ‘How can students be self-determined learners if they can’t read or if they lack devices and access?’ Furthermore, how can they be self-determined learners if we have yet to figure out how to implement this properly into our classrooms.
‘Teachers did not become teachers to teach to the test, to develop practice tests or worksheets, to work with pre-scripted curriculum to meet standards. Teachers became teachers to teach students, first and foremost. The learner needs to be central to all teaching endeavors.’ –Gerstein I really liked this quote from the readings this week. If we cannot understand a concept, then how are we to use this to facilitate learning? Although it is great to implement technology, there is some pressure to do great things with it by trying something new and up and coming. In order for that to happen, we need to educate ourselves, feel confident in the tools we use for teaching, and ultimately put our students needs first by choosing tools that work for them.
I feel as though this presentation got me thinking a lot and the wheels turning but I never did come to a solid answer. Maybe that is a good thing? Let me know your thoughts below!