Looking forward to Web 3.0

I recently read a blog post that talked about “Web 3.0” and how it has already begun to move in. (I can’t find the link, but I’ll update when I track it down again.)

If you’re scratching your head, wondering what Web 2.0 and what Web 3.0 are, you’re not alone.  I had only heard of Web 2.0 as it was gaining more and more notice in the US, but as I’ve learned about it, I realized I already knew what it was.

Essentially, Web 2.0 is the “blog” era…where the web has morphed from a few individuals creating content to literally billions of people creating content and posting it for the world to see, use, and pull from.  By posting this, I am present in Web 2.0.  Anyone with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, a blog, or umpteen other web presences is a contributor to the Web 2.0 sphere.

Web 3.0, on the other hand, is more of an idea than a place.  We used to “go to the internet” to find information.

Web 3.0 is the proliferation of the digital world into the physical world (QR codes, anyone?).  It is the idea that I can pull out any wireless device and instantly have information at my fingertips about where I am, what I’m looking for, suggestions, ads, special deals…whatever I could want.  We’re seeing this more and more with interactive kiosks in subway stations, showing neighborhood maps, restaurants, attractions, and offices, just to name a few.

The web is no longer a place…it is all around us, accessible in more forms than anyone can even begin to count.

So what does this mean for the classroom?

Our classes will become even more diverse and connected than they already are.  Students want teachers to incorporate the web, but we need to change our thinking of the web as a single, functional tool.  The web is an entity…and I don’t mean this in a weird, Skynet, sort of way; but simply as something that cannot and should not be limited to sitting in front of a computer.

My last post talked a little about QR codes in the class and how I’m planning on using them with my next unit.  But I’m not satisfied with that alone.  As the technology increases and as the web works its way into our lives, we have to embrace the changes to continue to mold dynamic, creative, and adaptive students.

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