Just a few months ago, I was introduced to the concept of Web 2.0. This intrigued me so much, that I enrolled in an online e-Pd course through my employer last spring. I immediately began implementing these tools into student learning. Web 2.0 are online interactive tools that promote interaction and collaboration amongst people. Examples include Glogster, Prezi, Text Compactor, online translators… this list is long, and growing every day. These tools allow for personalized learning and promote student engagement. Imagine the range of instruction methods this opens your practice up to, allowing you to meet both instructor and learner characteristics (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright and Zvacek, 2012). If you haven’t began to incorporation them, I suggest giving a few a try this year. Here is a great website to help jumpstart you in this journey, created by the Blended Learning Team in School District #23 (Kelowna, BC): http://www.eduteching.com. This amazing team of educators has created instruction sheets on a variety of different Web 2.0 tools.

Web 3.0 Already?

Imagine a world when things talk to one another and learn from each other – things and people are combined. Everything is interconnected, and the information you need is there where you need it. This is Web 3.0, and at the heart of it is the “cloud”.

Here is a great video, presented by Dr. Eugene Kowch (2012) to introduce this concept:

Imagine the possibilities: conserving energy by having street censored street lights that only turn on when a vehicle is present; a stolen car stopped by a computer when police report it to the operating company, and; synchronizing your fridge to your phone to tell you what you need to buy. The possibilities really are endless, and exciting for education. But, with this, what about ethical boundaries? Privacy? Policy? As one of my colleague’s, Fiona, mentioned today “Doesn’t this sound a little like 1984?”

While education begins to incorporate Web 2.0 into their practice, one hopes that educational technologists and architects have already began to plan for “the cloud”.

References:
Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of Distance Education (5th Ed.). Columbus, OH: Pearson.

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