Web/Ed 1.0 to Web/Ed 3.0
A one room school might be likened to Web/Ed 1.0 where all of the things you need were in a single room, not flashy, just the bare necessities. Web/Ed 2.0 would be pre-pandemic school years where we could mingle in class, use computers or other resources available and Web/ED 3.0 is post-pandemic awesomeness. All kinds of flexibility and ways to teach and learn, addressing all of your needs, wants and desires. Many have access to hardware and software, making Web/Ed 3.0 a reality for some, yet the marginalized folks will be forced into dealing with Web/Ed 2.0 or maybe even relegated to Web/Ed 1.0 where only the barest tools exist, sometimes making it difficult to engage in the class and with the material. I don't see our society able to move on to Web/Ed 3.0 successfully until we can accommodate all of our learners and balance the playing field. I don't know what that would look like, especially since our hands are tied with budget constraints, policy restrictions and the inability to reach/influence all of the families who don't support such a move. Technology is certainly paving the way to success in our society, however, that smooth, paved road isn't exactly accessible for everyone. They have potholes, construction, gravel roads to contend with, and maybe, no road connection at all.
As I think about the luxuries and privilege that I enjoy, I think about the ones that don't have it, don't have the access, don't have the answers to the questions.. I think about my kids all being on a device to tune in to their teacher's online class an, when our internet speed wasn't enough to support their learning, my teaching, and my wife's work, all it took was a phone call to bump it up. I realize that I am basking in this luxury because of the SES I was born into, but many are not as fortunate and that weighs heavily on me. I feel as though we, as educators need to do everything we can in our buildings to reach and maintain relationships with the ones struggling and ensure we are making the right moves to ensure balance.
Any idea what Web/Ed 4.0 will be?