In the grand scheme of things, education has been evolving quite slowly in comparison to technology. Desks in rows, a teacher at the front, writing on a board, and taking tests are all aspects of education that have existed for over two hundred years. We can use this as an example of education 1.0. Jackie Gerstein mentions that education should be evolving just like the web has as well. The digital age of the internet has been one of the leading implementations that have pushed education in a different direction. In the last two decades, schools have shifted to what one could call education 2.0. They have been using this technology as it becomes available to them.
Teachers have integrated new technology into classrooms that use web 1.0 and 2.0 that have, for the most part, benefitted students and their learning. By increasing access to knowledge by communicating and collaborating with others, teachers are no longer teaching students. Students can discover a plethora of knowledge through self-discovery. Their curiosity is supported by the web developments of web 2.0 and now web 3.0. I believe that web 3.0 can take us from where we are now in education to where we would like to be in the future.
Web 3.0 allows for the opportunity to decentralize the internet. We can allow for different perspectives to become part of the narrative for so many individuals. Web 1.0 and 2.0 are still extremely westernized with a Eurocentric worldview that does not support anti-oppressive education. By decentralizing the internet, we can reach a broader audience and truly connect with those worldwide that share the same desire to connect.
The shift to integrating web 3.0 into the classroom benefits those who may feel not heard or recognized in a traditional classroom. Those who identify in a minority group can relate to others who may have similarities that may not be in their immediate community. Web 3.0 allows educators to shift their pedagogical practices to become more diversified educators. Knowledge is power, and the more we know about our students and can connect with them, the more we can empower them to take charge of their learning and be advocates for themselves in the future.