NOTE: Had a wonderful opportunity this weekend. Spent time in a good "conversation" with part of my Twitter PLN. This posting was, and continues to be, inspired by the conversations. (Oh, and if you'd like to join in on the conversation, http://twitter.com/dpeter)
Part of the "common" vocabulary we find ourselves using is something 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. I've always been curious and wonder what this distinction means. We have read articles on XXX 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0.
So, I started thinking, "What was Teaching and Learning 1.0"? This is, to me, PC (pre-computers). This is the "traditional" one-room school house. This focused on mastery of CONTENT.
Teaching and Learning 2.0 is WC or WT (with computers or with technology). We find technology in more and more aspects of the classroom, of teaching and of learning. Teaching is accomplished WITH technology. Learning incorporates and integrates technology into the process. It becomes problematic to imagine teaching and learning without technology. Technology has become ubiquitous and integrated into the fabric of education. This focused on CONTENT acquisition and APPLICATION.
Between 2.0 and 3.0 (maybe Teaching and Learning 2.5?) we find content being created, categorized and shared. Applications are being created and updated with remarkable speed, making their use seamless and intuitive. Shared spaces are emerging that promote and encourage collaboration locally as well as internationally. This focused on the INTEGRATION of content.
Teaching and Learning 3.0. Here is where things begin to blur. As the technology advances, becomes smaller, more powerful the uses of technology change, morph, shift, and adapt. The presence of technology becomes a norm instead of an exception. The type of device (netbook, notebook, laptop or smart phone) becomes less and less significant - it is the presence of the device, the way in which the device is being used that makes the difference between 2.0 and 3.0. The physical spaces needed for the 2.0 and 1.0 world are now ill-defined - we can use technology almost anywhere. This focuses on the INTEGRATION, MASTERY and APPLICATION of content.
Teaching and Learning 3.5. Smaller devices promote truly lifelong learning. Media, digital media, is available anytime. Checking the accuracy of information is not limited to the sources available, but to the search engines depth and breadth. Technological advances continue to extend our thinking to new frontiers. What's the next device? I'm not quite sure. But, I believe, that as we have responded to the changes and advances in technology, we are slowly shifting from technology as a separate and distinct element of teaching and learning - there is a connection between teaching, learning and technology that will push contemporary notions of learning and teaching.