Web 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0

The video below explains how our information is “becoming an extension of ourselves”, and the web is evolving. Web 3.0 is allowing us to be connected everywhere, with everything. It highlights many of the benefits (connectivity, promotion and ease), along with some of the pitfalls (security) of Web 3.0.

“The web influences people’s way of thinking, doing and being, and people influence the development and content of the web.  The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used as a metaphor of how education should also be evolving, as a movement from Education 1.0 toward that of Education 3.0.  The Web, Internet, Social Media, and the evolving, emerging technologies have created a perfect storm or convergence of resources, tools, open and free information access.” (Jackie Gerstein) 

 Gerstein’s metaphor is a good comparison of how learners these days need to be active in their own learning.

  • Web 1.0 learning could described as input for output teacher centered.
  • Web 2.0 learning could be described as more student geared where learners are provided the learning objectives, but given some choice as how they achieve the objectives. They would also be encouraged to serve as student-teachers for their peers.
  • Web 3.0 is similar to Web 2.0 where students are given choice and expected to contribute something outside themselves to their learning, but Web 3.0 requires learners to be more critical and work more independently among many sources and online platforms. It will also require students to work more consciously as far as they’re online actions and dealings and the future impacts those will have.

My initial thought about Web 3.0 learners (teens specifically) is that they are NEVER offline, they always have their device nearby and they don’t really know a world without social media. This becomes problematic as they need to regulate their own usage, and focus on whatever it is that requires their attention at the moment. This is advantageous as they are able to access and share information anywhere, at anytime. The main impact on education I feel these days is the focus. I believe we are beyond taking cells away for punishment and need to encourage/ model/ teach appropriate device usage.


My questions:

  1. What are some skills you consider crucial to teaching our Web 3.0 learners?
  2. What are some social skills/ activities that you believe have been lost or perhaps increased because of our ease of connectivity? Every year I tell my students how important school photos were to us. Since we would write notes on the back and hand them out to our friends.
  3. Are you a web 1.0 2.0 or 3.0 generation? I am 1.0 and remember when we started using internet near the end of high school.

Thanks for reading!


3 thoughts on “Web 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0”

  1. I couldn’t agree more with how you stated that teens are never offline. It seems as if technology is always attached to them and that really their online/offline lines are completely blurred. If this is the case as adults we have a huge responsibility to help them navigate this world. As teachers and parents we often make it a priority to teach our kids to be good humans. We need to ensure that they understand the permanency of the internet and that their digital footprint is something permanent. That online identity is just important as their offline identity. This is a huge change from when we grew up. We did not have this double life until we were much older. These kids are expected to do this at very young ages. Great post!

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