Evolution Of The Web And Technology In Education

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The first incarnation of the web was composed of static websites that linked to each other and search engines to help you find sites of interest. Web 2.0 brought a social element to the web, with users sharing, commenting, and interacting through sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr. The future web, the "semantic web," or Web 3.0, will embed meaning within digital information so that any given page can be understood by computers, smart phones and appliances as well as people.


The question is how does education use the web to create new channels of learning.  As a software developer that worked in the higher education space, I think technology and the students who use it will drive how institutions respond to it. Web 2.0 is a normal thing for today's students. They do not fear it nor do they look at it with trepidation. It is simply how they do life.  In other words, the future of learning will be determined by students. The future of learning is really a fascinating topic.


Even Bill Gates at the Techonomy conference gave a prediction for education in the next five years.  Where will education be? Digital learning.  Yes, there will still be schools, universities and college classrooms but “Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world…It will be better than any single university”. Gates pointed out that where students learn is often discounted – or not counted at all.  Online lectures may not count for students even though they learned more depth and breadth than sitting in a single lecture.   So where does digital learning play into the field of education?  Everywhere from textbooks and tests to labs and lectures.


According to Gates, our text books are three times longer than the equivalents in Asia. And yet they’re beating us in many ways with education. The problem is that these things are built by committee, and more things are simply added on top of what’s already in there. Gates said that technology is the only way to bring education back under control and expand it.


I think in 2011 and moving forward, institutions  have to be innovative. I think they have to invent what teaching looks like in the future With all the tools that Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 afford us,  learning will no longer just be an authoritative figure standing in a classroom lecturing. Learning will be more participatory. The look of the classroom will and can be different when all the students can be in many different physical locations.


As software developers in the higher education space, we need to be in the fore front of this innovation.  There are companies already using "new" technology to help higher education. One good example of this is Mongoose Research.  Mongoose Research is a leading edge company out of  Buffalo New York that uses targeted texting campaigns to help colleges and universities with recruitment. According to their website: "Text is the new e-mail. iPhones are the new status symbol. Facebook is the new pizza parlor. So, you can either change how you talk with your audiences, or you can lose their attention."


While their focus is more recruitment based, I do like their mindset when it comes to the use of technology in education. "You can either change how you talk with your audiences, or you can lose their attention"


Get on board schools . Its that simple.

The Full Article From : The Happy Developer

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Tags: 2.0, 3.0, campaigns, education, higher, texting, web

Comment by Gbenga Ogunjimi on December 23, 2010 at 7:41am


I thoughtful. I mentioned some of these thoughts during my recent presentation title building a global coalition of social entrepreneurs. here is the link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pou4dfAYipo&feature=player_embed...


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