In the early 1990’s, my career began a journey with technology and the influence of the internet. “The system has affected most aspects of our lives” (Moreau, 2021). The evolution of the internet since 1990 has had a huge impact in education. When I first stepped into the classroom in 1992, my exposure to technology was limited to 2 Apple Macintosh computers where my students learned basic keyboarding with Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing or played the popular game Carmen Santiago. They learned new terms like keyboard, screen, terminal, mouse, mousepad, and desktop. I was introduced to Word Perfect and my personal journey into Web. 1.0 in the classroom began.
Fast forward to Web 2.0, where my classroom was equipped with 6 desktop computers and I worked from a laptop from which I could control a smartboard. Using the World Wide Web, lessons, videos and research were presented to enhance the daily learning. The school was equipped with a computer lab and a computer education teacher where students were taught word processing skills, presentation skills, and email. Students were introduced to more terms such as network, browser, upload, download, website, AI, blogs, html, podcast, and social media.
“Technologies of Web 2.0 are used to enhance traditional approaches to education” (Gerstein, 2014, page 87). The classroom was changing! The internet is here! Incorporate technology! The influence of Web 2.0/internet in my classroom had its challenges. Students had limited use of computers as most homes did not own computers/laptops or have access to internet. Social media became a popular way to communicate and students spent learning time using communication apps. Also, limited professional development and technical support are necessary as “the teacher is still the orchestrator of learning. S/he still develop the learning activities and is the facilitator of learning” (Gerstein, 2014, p.80). Despite some challenges, I intrinsically adopted a style of moving from teacher-led instruction to a Connectivist theory of leading and guiding my students to be active participants with technology to support their learning.
In the EC&I 833 class, we have been asked to consider what impact does the shift to Web 3.0 have on education?
The world wide pandemic has pushed technology to the fore front in my classroom. The shift to interactive technology has found its place in my classroom and in the homes of my students. The impact of Education 3.0 theory states that a students learning will be “personalized, self-determined….interest-based learning where problem-solving, innovation, and creativity drive education” (Gerstein, 2014, page 90). As a teacher, I am tasked to explore technology-assisted ways to deliver/present curriculum and help students create artifacts that show understanding. I work from my pandemic classroom, which is my home office, where curriculum guides and year plans are stored on my laptop and are a few clicks away. With the world opening up again and the return to the classroom, Education 3.o will be unique for each student as we explore ways to connect technology to learning and create a Connectivist approach to learning and teaching.
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