Welcoming change is in the best interest of students!

While reading Gerstein’s article, Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0.  I had similar feelings as Andrew this week.  I didn’t really understand the 3.0, in fact I didn’t even realize that there was a web 3.0.  Both the the video posted by Nicole and Andrew, as well as this weeks assigned ted talk helped me develop a better understanding of what web 3.0 exactly is.

I get that it might help me buy groceries in the future, which I must say is pretty awesome!  It seems as though productivity will be increased with the use of web 3.0.  This being said, I still struggle to visualize what this looks like in regards to the future of education and my classroom.

I think I struggle to visualize this because I am part of a newer generation of educators.  I am not stuck in the old, however I was only taught education 1.0 style.  As  Naomi suggests in her post this week, even the university is largely teaching using traditional education 1.0 methods.  I am the learner and I will be taught.  I often wondered in undergrad classes, why my professors were teaching me to teach using inquiry, via a power point slide presentation (direct instruction).

Gerstein’s article states the following about student learning and education 3.0

  • Demonstrate their learning through methods and means that work best for them. It could include using their mobile devices to blog, create photo essays, do screencasts, make videos or podcasts, draw, sing, dance, etc.
  • Take the initiative to seek feedback from educators and their peers. It is their choice whether or not to utilize that feedback.

I see this shift in this EC&I course.  Firstly we have the freedom to use devices and technologies in our own ways. Our summaries of learning will take on many forms.  As learners we have many freedoms to express and explore our own learning.  Secondly, we blog and provide feedback to each other. Often times comments left by others confirm, alter, or change my original opinions and ideas.  I am constantly growing and learning.

So what are the disadvantages of web 3.0?  As Rochelle suggests in the twitter chat last week, many students and teachers do not understand how to learn and teach using technology.

Benita suggests this week, “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 both of these points.

Gerstein suggests that education 3.0 is also said to allow learners to, “determine what they want to learn and develop their own learning objectives for their learning, based on a broad range of desired course outcomes” (pg. 94). I fear our large curriculum’s are putting our learners and teachers at a disadvantage.  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.  If our curriculum was more open ended and reduced in content, I think more teachers would approach new teaching methods with a more open mind. For as long as teachers have large curriculum with specific outcomes or objectives required there will be stress that students will not learn everything they are “supposed to” in the given year.

I do feel that ready or not, web 3.0 is coming into our classrooms and lives.  I feel that just as quickly as education 2.0 bombarded the world of learning the same will happen with web 3.0.  I don’t know that you can prepare yourself for change, you just need to welcome change with open arms.  We need to remember that school is for the students as stated by Gerstein:

“The bottom line, though, is not is what is in the best interests of the teacher, the administration, or the politicians. It is what is in the best interests of the learner” (pg. 95).

Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.

After doing reading/viewing and blogging, I am still wondering what this looks like in my future classroom.  How does a classroom move beyond education 2.0?  I would love to hear some ideas.  Is this change already happening?

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8 thoughts on “Welcoming change is in the best interest of students!

  1. Awesome post Heidi, I feel like I was like you and really didn’t grasp the concept of Web 3.0 until our last class. I also feel like you nailed it when you said
    “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 feel like there is a struggle for me to relinquish control in the classroom to allow for genuine inquiry based instruction but when it comes to achieving outcomes and assessment I find it hard to find a balance. Maybe Web 3.0 can help us get there?

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  2. Great post, Heidi! Like you, it took me a while to wrap my head around the concept of Web 3.0–because it is still developing, I think it will take some time before we can fully accept it and use it properly in the classroom. I like that you mentioned that we cannot really prepare for change but rather embrace it when it happens and work towards making it useful.

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  3. Heidi I really liked your summary of the positives and drawbacks of Education 3.0. I really liked how you said “I don’t know how you can prepare yourself for change, you just have to welcome change with open arms.” I think that is a great attitude to have and I agree that sometimes that is all you can do.

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  4. True! There’s that word balance again. So true we need to be accountable for both and maybes need to take a step back sometimes and reflect on what we are achieving not what we are not. Be in the moment practice the growth mindset! Ps bought the book you tweeted today!

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