Learning Strategies advance with the Technology—Education 3.0

I was far too immersed in integrating Web 2.0 technology with my teaching practice, and ignored that thelearning concept is subtly evolving with the technology advancing.   Last week, Alec threw an Education 3.0 blog prompt at us. Frankly, start with the rough reading about web 3.0 and Education 3.0, I was confused with the concept between Education 2.0 and Education 3.0, as I found there are many similarities between them, particularly, the involvement of technology in learning environment. This uncertainty drove me to review Gerstein’s metaphor regarding Education 3.0 once more time.  As she noted: “The web influences people’s way of thinking, doing and being, and people influence the development and content of the web. The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used as a metaphor of how education should also be evolving, as a movement from Education 1.0 toward that of Education 3.0. The Web, Internet, Social Media, and the evolving, emerging technologies have created a perfect storm or convergence of resources, tools, open and free information access.” 

My train of thought was inspired by her words “people influence the development and content of the web“. Take the ‘flipped classroom’ as an example, according to Gerstein “The teacher-to-student and student-to-student relationships are considered as part of the learning process. Education 2.0 focuses on the three Cs – communicating, contributing, and collaborating”. Flipped Classroom is a great example of Education 2.0, in its learning environment, Technology helps teachers transform the information out of the four walls of the classroom and students work on themselves and then assimilating, contextualizing, making meaning and working together. These learning activities encourage and prompt students to utilize their acquainted social networking tools to build a collaborative learning context, furthermore, web 2.0 tools empower students to  choose the methods which best works for them to demonstrate their learning outcomes “Learners already possess many skills related to self-determined learning due to their informal learning experiences interacting with the web“. (Jackie Gerstein). It can be noticed that, learning methods during this process are involving , and the roles of either learners and educators are experiencing a profound change.

“People influence the development and content of the web” Gerstein’s words deserve to read over and over again. Involvement and collaboration through the world made the advent of Wikipedia. People’s experience, interests, specialties and the enthusiasm on sharing add significant educational value to those social tools like Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. Like Sapna said in her post, “There will be no Facebook or YouTube if no one posts content or videos to those platforms”.

This video clearly shows us those in the past identified as receptacles or consumers of knowledge,are successfully involving their roles being connectors, creators and constructivists in learning contexts.

Jackie Gerstein’s image vividly shows us how does Education 3.0 operate in learning and illustrates the role of both students and educators in an Education 3.0 context, which precisely mirrors what we do in EC&I 833.



According to Jackie Gerstein, “Form their own learning communities possibly using social networking tools suggested and/or set up by the educator. Possible networks, many with corresponding apps, include: Facebook, Twitter, Edmodo, Instagram, Blogging sites, Youtube, and other social networks”. Blog Hub in EC&I 833 is a learning community from which each member contributes and benefits. Every post in Blog Hub is not a static information source, but a dynamic knowledge data base accumulated from members’ learning experience and  highly autonomous and self-determined learning outcomes.

Learners attitudes towards learning depend on educators’ growth mindset. Technology has inspired digital native’s innovation and creativity on their daily basis, what are expected to do for teachers is to keep abreast of the nature of digital natives and transfer their digital passion to a serious learning environment. In the era of  Education 3.0, productive guides require educators to step out the circle of traditional teaching methods, and set up a digital learning environment from which students would take the initiative to develop their self-determined learning ability. Those who make excuse for his/her reluctance to break the mold in their teaching would impede the development of learner capacity and capability. After all, as Gerstein emphasized in her article,

“The student should be central to education – not the content, not the tests, not the standards, not what we think students should know and do”.