“The web offers so many opportunities to people with disabilities that are unavailable through any other medium. It offers independence and freedom. However, if a web site is not created with web accessibility in mind, it may exclude a segment of the population that stands to gain the most from the internet.”(Naik & Shivalingaiah, 2009, p.10)
Katherine, Arkin, Chris, and Rae did a fabulous job on Monday presenting Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0. The discussions and learning really had me reflecting on the changes in technology I have experienced over my schooling and teaching career. The video my classmates shared is full of memories and prompts to reflect on technology then verses now.
Prior to my classmates presentation, I was not familiar with the terms Web 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. Although now that they have been explained I can understand and consider the features of each.
“The web influences people’s way of thinking, doing and being, and people influence the development and content of the web” (Gerstein, 2014). I believe the web has a huge impact on people’s way of thinking, doing, and being today. Without the web our society would be very different. We would not have the same access to knowledge and to each other as we do. But is this a good thing? Should education keep up with this evolution? Does the web play a positive role on humanity today? Who is advantaged and disadvantaged using the web? All of these questions have been stirring in my head within this class and topic.
It is hard to imagine a life without the web and the technology we now have today. Classrooms would not run the same today without the web. Accessibility is an important topic when considering the web. Just within my short career teaching primary I have noticed a big shift. Of course the pandemic pushed the internet on to us and has been amazing to still be able to learn and stay connected. I think often about what it would be like to have gone through this pandemic 30 years ago and have to find a way to educate students safely.
Shifting from Web 1.0 to 2.0 to now 3.0 I believe we as educators need to have an open mind to this change. As my classmate, Rae, outlines in her blog, we should approach Web 3.0 with a growth mindset. Staying connected with other educators through twitter and other resources the web offers is crucial. The amount of resources and ideas I have acquired from classmates over the web is huge. Doing the majority of my masters over the web has been a great learning experience. I am privileged to have access to the technology I need to complete my masters classes smoothly.
What impact does the shift to Web 3.0 have on education? What types of students and teachers are privileged/disadvantaged by the shift to Web 3.0?
- Teachers and students with access to technology and web.
- Those with good internet connection.
- Those able to afford technology.
- Teachers and students with knowledge around the wed.
- Teachers who receive professional development
Students who have a knowledge around using the web and are creative will thrive with the implementation of Web 3.0. Students with opportunities to use and learn how to properly navigate.
- Digital divide. Access to technology at home and in schools.
- Access to internet in rural areas.
- New technology that works with apps, LMS, resources.
- Religions and cultures against technology.
There can be many concerns about privacy and data collected through the web.
Many cultures and marginalized populations do not see themselves in the white dominant culture of the web.
Inclusion is important when discussing Web 3.0. Are all voices being heard? Is it a human right to have access to the web today? Is there equity in who can access and use the web?
These questions will continue to be the forefront of conversations as the shift to Web 3.0 is happening. We as educator need to think critically and cautiously while teaching these skills to students too.
Thank you for reading!