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I would say that I am a (fairly confident) web 2.0 teacher- for me, it was never a ‘choice’ to do it I, like my classmate Logan, grew up watching (and interacting with) this technology and these ideals as changed and evolved.
But after this week’s presentation, I’m left feeling like I’m in Scrooge’s shoes, and I’m being showed “Technology things yet to come”. It’s a little daunting- and I’m approaching it with caution until I am better able to wrap my head around what it means on a whole.
As Erin summarizes:
- reinvention of the web
- community generated content
- personalized, self-determined, interest-based learningA “good student” is someone who is a self-determined, interest-based, networked learner.
A reinvention of the web, involves considering how the trillions (potentially) of pages are stored, and accessed when we are searching. It also involves how the web interacts with us (ie. it starts ‘learning’ about you and your behaviours to tailor results of the questions you ask it). This video talks a little bit about that side of things, (it’s a little ‘techy‘ and not really focused on education, but still interesting).
If we consider the “good student” at this stage though – I have to question it, just a little. Do all learners learn in the same way? Is technology the only way we can make ‘good students’? How can students be a ‘self-determined’ learner if they can’t read, or if they lack devices and access?
“The web influences people’s way of thinking, doing and being” Jackie Gerstein
Jackie’s thoughts are absolutely accurate here, in my opinion. How could the web not be influential? For the most part, it is at our fingertips, and it’s not often you can get through a work day or social outing without turning to the web for something. Even those people who are against social media (SM) and choose not to get profiles, still (in my experience) have to find loopholes and ways to access those sites for information they wish to garner. How could you not be influenced by the web and social media, it has become a part of what we do and how we live- so even if you are not a SM user, your life is still impacted by it.
Gillmor (2004) was quoted as saying , “In the past 150 years
we’ve essentially had two distinct means of communication: one-to-many
(books, newspapers, radio, and TV) and one-to-one (letters, telegraph, and
telephone). The Internet, for the first time, gives us many-to-many and
This, of course goes for students and their learning as well (even if they are not learning it in the classroom). Gerstein discusses that Web 3.0 means students can demonstrate the things they learned in whichever way works best for them – but she specifies students using their own devices as an option.
In this model – who’s voice is not being heard? How are students who don’t have personal devices effected by this?