Everything evolves. Internet is no exception in this case. Web evolved from web 1.0 to web 2.0 and to web 3.0. “The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used a metaphor of how education should also be moving, developing, and evolving from Education 1.0 towards that of an Education 3.0.” (Gerstein, 2014, pg. 83) The evolution is constant.
When we first got introduced to technology, we started with web 1.0. Education 1.0 can be classified as an essentialism or instrudivism teaching and learning philosophical orientation. These educational frameworks or philosophies fit the characteristics of an Education 1.0 or a traditional pedagogical teaching framework. (Gerstein, 2014, pg. 85). We need to keep evolving along with the technology. Moreover, as it is entirely teacher lead, the educators need to be prepared with how it will be learned, when to learn, and so on and so forth. I must confess that to have the technology and to have the chance to access technology is a privilege.
As an example of web 2.0, we can indeed represent our EC &I 833 course. As we are using blog platforms and via comments and posts, we are connecting with each other. “Education 2.0 happens when the technologies of Web 2.0 are used to enhance traditional approaches to education. Education 2.0 involves the use of blogs, podcasts, social bookmarking and related participation technologies but the circumstances under which the technologies are used are still largely embedded within the framework of Education 1.0. The process of education itself is not transformed significantly although the groundwork for broader transformation is being laid down” (Keats & Schmidt, 2007, para. 7).
“Education 3.0 is also about the three Cs but a different set – connectors, creators, and constructivists. These are qualitatively different than the three Cs of Education 2.0. Now they are nouns which translate into the art of being a self-determined learner rather than “doing” learning as facilitated by the educator” (Gerstein, 2014, pg. 91). All in all, education should be delivered in such a way that is accessible for all students. As an educator, I had no other chance except to take classes through online. When I worked from home during a pandemic, I had to set up everything on my laptop. Education 3.0 is an excellent way for my students and for me to connect and explore.