The Future of Teaching?

I came across the following video the other day:

2020 Teacher Model

While I plan on being retired or close to it in the year 2020, I was really excited to see what Daly(2011) had envisioned for the future of education.  I also noticed that more teachers are already taking the lead.  Teachers are becoming facilitators of learning, not just the providers.  Education is now becoming more interactive and collaborative.  Students can learn with a constructivist method of education (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivism_(learning_theory)#cite_note-SML-0).

In my school district, there has been a bigger focus on inclusion just for the sheer reason of declining enrolment: we cannot afford to hire as many teachers as before.  What results is combined classes where inclusion and differentiated instruction becomes a necessity.  Daly (2011) stated that learning will become individualized and autonomous.  While some may see this as a challenge, I see it as an exciting opportunity.  We can use technology to provide a more effective means of instructing our students.

Web 2.0 is becoming more popular as a teaching tool.  It has allowed students and teachers to become more collaborative and create effective collectives.  What I wonder is how the development of Web 3.0 will affect education?

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Will education become more intelligent and omnipresent as shared in Evolution Web 1.0, Web 2.0 to Web 3.0?

I would appreciate comments to expand on this thread.

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References:

Daly, M. (2011, June 6). 2020 Teacher Model. Retrieve October 14, 2011 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TWvVWaZQws

EPN. (2008, September 28). Evolution Web 1.0, Web 2.0 to Web 3.0  .  Retrieved October 14, 2012 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsNcjya56v8

 

 

About Larry I

I am the assistant principal of a rural K-12 school in Northeast Alberta. I am currently enrolled in the Masters' Program at the University of Calgary (major in Educational Leadership). I am also very interested in technology and how it can be used to enhance learning.
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2 Responses to The Future of Teaching?

  1. Dan Rawlyk says:

    I love the 3.0 Table! I think we are going to see increasing tension between the malleable technological nature of our society and the more static ministerial side of upper – upper administrational(Ed. Ministry) side of our society. The nature of Web 3.0 will lend itself to an educational system that places more emphasis on problem – solving and expressive outcomes that on the behavioural outcomes that are currently emphasized. Eisner (2002) describes problem solving curriculum outcomes with a clear goal and multiple paths. He further describes expressive outcomes, present in many of our current documents, but not persued with the same fervor as behaviour outcomes measured by multiple choice. Eisner states that, ” I believe that is it perfectly appropriate for teachers and others involved in curriculum development to plan activities that have no explicit or precise objectives”(Eisner, 2002, p. 119). Although these objectives do currently exist, they need to exist on a level playing field to allow the vast resources of new technology to feed them.

    Eisner, E. W. (2002). The educational imagination: On the design and
    evaluation of school programs. (3rd ed.). New Jersey: Merrill Prentice Hall.

  2. Diana Logan says:

    Hi Larry,

    It will be exciting to see how all these devices, appliances, vehicles, tools etc. will be synched and linked with Wed 3.0 tools. Maybe the population in general will be more accepting and we will have more early adopters, since we have already lived through such a steep learning curve with Web 2.0 tools. Hopefully, teachers will not be resistant to change. I wonder, however, if teachers will feel that they have just caught up with Web 2.0 tools and might feel overwhelmed with yet more change. I think once we have let go of our need to operate in a teacher centered manner, we might progress more quickly to embrace learner centered formats with Web 2.0 and 3.0. If our mindsets shift and we are able to “think past the boundaries and limitations of their (our) current situations,” (Thomas and Brown, 2011) embracing the playful nature of interacting in collectives and embracing new applications, as Thomas and Brown describe, we might be on our way.

    Reference: Thomas ,D., & Brown,J.S. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Seattle, WA: Create Space.

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