Week 3 EC&I 833: Blog #1

Prior to this class and this presentation, I would be lying if I said I knew what Web 1.0, Web 2.0, or what Web 3.0 was.  I always understood there has been a shift and an evolution to the internet and technology, but I would not be able to define what this meant.  Based on the readings, the presentation, and my own research, the power of Web 3.0 on present education, and future generations is astounding.  There are some major benefits to be able to access information quickly and more easily, but there are also major disadvantages.

Those who are fortunate to teach in an environment where technology is readily available will be able to utilize Web 3.0 and develop engaging and complex assignments from a variety of resources.  This will benefit the teacher so they are able to assist students who are in need of assistance and will provide a level of independence for those who work well on their own.  Also, students who have the ability to access the internet will be able to learn anywhere at any time, like what we experienced during remote learning this year.

With all the positives to advancing technology, there are many downfalls to Web 3.0 and education.  Not all students or schools have equal opportunities when it comes to education.  Many will benefit from having the privilege of instant access to information at their fingertips, but that is not a reality for everyone.  This is true within our society, but also throughout the world, especially in impoverished nations.  If students have the privilege having up to date technology and are able to utilize it, then it provides an unfair advantage in one’s education compared to someone who may not be able to afford this luxury.  As unfair as this may be, this is the reality in the world we live in.

The internet and technology is forever evolving and changing.  What will Web 4.0 or Web 5.0 look like in the future?  I cannot fully wrap my head around Web 3.0, so the idea of something more advanced than this is something I have difficulty imagining.  When reading about Web 3.0, the idea of tracking our information based on search history is a little unnerving.  However, I stumbled upon an advertisement based on my search history to purchase a baby Montreal Expos hat for my one-year old daughter.  I obviously purchased it and it catapulted me into Dad-of-the-year territory, so it cannot be that bad, right…..?

2 thoughts on “Week 3 EC&I 833: Blog #1

  1. I’m with you, Reid, in that I had no idea what Web 1.0/2.0 was! I saw that on the list and was like – nope, never heard of it! I do think Web 3.0, like you said, can help provide a level of independence for students who may struggle. With 1.0 information was just disseminated and so students who struggled would perhaps not know how to process that information. However, with the interactive nature of Web 2.0 and 3.0 students who may need extra help can now access technology that interacts with them. They can have articles read to them, they can respond to various prompts via innumerable platforms – in short, when I think about the use of Web 1.0 as compared to 2.0 and beyond, the use in the classroom is so much more authentic and engaging. I can barely remember my classroom life pre internet, and those early days of Web 1.0 were not really a part of what we used in the classroom. Now, they are an integral part of my daily life.

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  2. I’m also having a bit of a hard time wrapping my head around how 3.0 will impact education and how long that might take. There are definite privacy implications that you mentioned for 3.0– maybe users will be able to opt in or out of more tailored web experiences. Would be interesting to see how many people value their privacy versus the convenience of a more curated/personalized web experience.

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