Web 2.0 Is the Future of Education
(Cross-posted from TechLearning) A moment of extreme clarity became an obsession for me last week. A session that I had prepared for the IL-TCE conference went from "Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom" to "Why Web 2.0 Is Important to the Future of Education." It was not, I know, what I was supposed to talk about. I believe that the read/write Web, or what we are calling Web 2.0, will culturally, socially, intellectually, and politically have a greater impact than the advent of the printing press. Trend #2: A Tidal Wave of Information. I will also say that on a personal level, when people ask me the answer to content overload, I tell them (counter-intuitively) that it is to produce more content. Trend #3: Everything Is Becoming Participative. Trend #6: An Explosion of Innovation. Trend #7: The World Gets Even Flatter and Faster. It's the model of students as contributors that really grabs me, and leads to the next trend. Trend #9: The Long Tail. * Learn About Web 2.0. * Lurk.