Web 2.0’s Potential Impact on Teaching and Learning

This short video is a quick primer in the merits of Web 2.0.

Title: Web 2.0 … The Machine Is Us/ing Us

By: Michael Wesch

After watching the video, consider…

This was posted on the Abilene, Kansas High School Dialogue Buzz website. It was an anonymous post, but VERY powerful. Feel free to share this with educators, parents and stakeholders about 1:1 and the power of the seamless use of technology. It seems to sum it all up!!

Let’s have a little competition at school and get ready for the future.
I will use a laptop and you will use paper and pencil. Are you ready…?I will access up-to-date information – you have a textbook that is 5 years old.

I will immediately know when I misspell a word – you have to wait until it’s graded.

I will learn how to care for technology by using it – you will read about it.

I will see math problems in 3D – you will do the odd problems.

I will create artwork and poetry and share it with the world – you will share yours with the class.

I will have 24/7 access – you have the entire class period.

I will access the most dynamic information – yours will be printed and photocopied.

I will communicate with leaders and experts using email – you will wait for Friday’s speaker.

I will select my learning style – you will use the teacher’s favorite learning style.

I will collaborate with my peers from around the world – you will collaborate with peers in your classroom.

I will take my learning as far as I want – you must wait for the rest of the class.

The cost of a laptop per year? – $250
The cost of teacher and student training? – Expensive
The cost of well educated US citizens and workforce? – Priceless

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Clif Mims is a Christian, husband, father, teacher, cancer warrior, and fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Memphis Grizzlies.

70 thoughts on “Web 2.0’s Potential Impact on Teaching and Learning”

  1. Clever and thought provoking video. I hope to incorporate some of these ideas into my lesson plans.

  2. Machine learning is partially the future of learning and every day task accomplishment. Coding is a major component of today’s technological advancement. Machine learning is improving K-12 performance. Microsoft is a prime example of technology-based companies improving education. And even more specifically, Minecraft is a true example of how coding and machine learning are serving educators and students alike.

  3. This is an amazing clip. I had not considered some of the concepts that were shared in the video. These statements you posted were also very powerful! ” I will immediately know when I misspell a word – you have to wait until it’s graded.” This sentence is profound. It really stresses the unlimited resources that are available through technology. Although I use it everyday, I had not assessed it benefits in such a way. I will definitely be passing this along! Thank you for the insight!

  4. I like the list of statements provided which tells us the difference between waiting to learn and learning now. The video made me think about how we used to search for contact information for restaurants, businesses or a list of numbers to contact people. Yes, the Yellow and White pages, the big heavy 5lbs phone books. Now, with the web I can find a number in a matter of seconds and various locations too. It is amazing how technology has grown on us and in our classroom. It’s great.

  5. Wow! Technology sure does play a major role in our society. It is definitely expensive for schools to implement technology in our classrooms, but I think the outcome will outweigh the cost. I am not sure how budgeting works in the school system, but it would be nice for them to allow for more technology in classrooms. Also, another issue, teachers aren’t being trained on how to use technology in the classroom, because of this, technology that they do have is not being implemented to the best of their abilities.

  6. Wow! These are very powerful statements! The video and the statements really put into perspective the price of not using technology in the classroom versus the cost of the technology. Many schools have limited resources for technology, but after thinking about these statements, I realize how important it is to integrate as much technology as possible into lesson plans.

  7. Wow! I’m so amazed by this interpretation of how we use the internet and in the many different ways that we are teaching it how we think on the everyday basis. This was quite informative and very inspiring for me at the same time. The way you can actually manipulate the machine to do exactly what you want it to do and minimize something that’s so big with alot of information and with a couple of strokes, it becomes organized much better and easily.

  8. This video portrays all of the power technology has. Not only technology, but also the Internet. With the Internet, we have access to multiple tools. This video definitely owns up to the relevancy of the Internet as of today. It didn’t hit me until the information was being typed in the Google search engine.

  9. It transported me back to when computers were first introduced to my class room. We were taught very simple program writing. I’m sure someone other than me will remember:
    10 Run
    20 Print “Do you want to play a game?”
    30 Goto 10
    Maybe the order is wrong but typed into a monochrome screen gives you the words in quotes running down the screen until you hit escape. To think it was that simple to what it has become today is incredible.

  10. I do not know a lot about writing codes for web pages. It looks as though it would be extremely difficult. Every word or symbol used has meaning and can change the web page completely.

  11. This video did an excellent job showing the progression of text. While many schools are still using pencil and paper, major standardized tests are being completed online allowing more flexibility. I was unaware that there was a difference between html and xml. It really shows that we are progressing quickly in order to connect information and resources throughout the world.

  12. This is an interesting video of how we are actually the machine. I have never considered the Internet as being controlled by what we do I will consider that moving forward using different websites.

  13. This is really an interesting video. As someone who had a Xanga and a MySpace before Facebook and Tumblr, I remember having to work with a few of these things to format my background. Typically speaking, I would just find one online that I thought was really cool, but sometimes there would be errors and I would have to make changes to what information was included. I never fully understood what all of the jargon meant though. I could only infer from the information surrounding it. This really does put things in perspective to see how much things have changed.

  14. I was inspired by the line:“I will learn how to care for technology by using it”(1) and want to find and lead students into situations which, as Bernie Dodge (2) puts it, “forces thinking about the content” which is to be accessed and assimilated and expressed through technology. (1) anonymous post on the Abilene, Kansas High School Dialogue Buzz website
    (2) Meet Bernie Dodge: The Frank Lloyd Wright of Learning Environments in answer to the question “What knowledge and /or skills does a teacher need to create a WebQuest? by Linda Starr found in Wire Side Chat of Education World (2/28/2012)

  15. This video is thought provoking. A few questions and statements stood out to me. Particularly, the question that asks, “Who will organize this information,” and the statement “The machine is using us.” The question provokes thoughts of how the Internet, in all of its man-made glory, and all of the information readily available can be problematic for classroom teachers. Furthermore, as technology continues to advance and readily available information quadruples by the minute or second the Internet will need people to sort the information available. The statement about the machine is using us is kind of ironic in a sense. How we use the Internet to locate, share, and create everything, the Internet is simultaneously using our ideas and searches to improve. “The machine is us,” makes me think of the complexity of humans.

  16. I love all the examples in this video. Some great ideas that I have not even thought of using before. I have never really done a lot of blogging personally. I use all kinds of social media, but I still feel like there are interesting things out there that I have not used.

  17. This video was really cool and interesting. I also found the different situations listed below the video (comparing technology vs. no technology) interesting as well. The Web does and provides so many things for us, sometimes it is easy to forget some of the simple benefits of the Web. Digital text is much more flexible than written text. Creating blogs such as this one we are on right now is a great way to combine teaching and learning through the digital era. I want to teach high school English, so I can see myself using the Web a lot with my students. They will need the Web for research papers, to look up articles and databases, etc. Other great aspect of the Web and our current digital era include being able to use templates, uploading photos, and organizing data. Just like the video states, WE ARE THE WEB!

  18. Great presentation! nice and effective way to show all the benefits of the Web 2.0; first, how to take advantage of those tools/benefits and second, how to access to them. Furthermore, this video also invites the audience to reflect on proper ethical technology use. As a teacher is very important and crucial to teach students how to ethically proper use of the Web/Internet.

  19. This video did a good job of clarifying the Web 2.0 concept for me. I tend to think of the Internet and World Wide Web in terms of the computers in my home and whatever and whomever I am connecting to. Web 2.0 is so much more than that. We can seamlessly connect to others nearby and across the globe. There is great potential in what can be done/achieved with Web 2.0. Form is separate from content. Amazing! This can only benefit education.

  20. This video was very eye opening to me. I think sometimes we tend to forget how important and powerful the Web is. Literally we have the world at our fingertips. We can find out questions about plant life, celebrity gossip, weather predictions, and so so much more! As educators, we need to step up and teach the importance of technology but also how to properly use technology and devices.

  21. This video provides great suggestions as to how technology is used in our everyday lives and therefore can be used in the classroom to enhance learning. Thanks to technology we are able to communicate with others in a variety of ways. Sharing your knowledge helps everyone learn. Collaboration is a great way to exchange ideas and expand knowledge.

  22. This video really took me back to the days when I was in high school. I took computer programming and i understand how much of a genius one had to be to operate a computer at one time. Now thanks to Bill Gates and the “Microsoft Team” we are able to just point and click. This really makes one appreciate the value of technology and all it entails.

  23. This was an awesome video that really drives home the educational implications of web 2.0. The world is at your fingertips. The most exciting part about Web 2.0 tools is that you don’t have to be a technology expert to effectively use it, which is an important aspect for classroom teachers. The best part about this technology is that is easily assessable and most time free or very low cost.

  24. The whole Web 2.0 concept has become a driving force for how we spread information and become such so quickly that government policy has had little luck in developing/adapting for it. Government reactions such as “SOPA” created a massive conversation between the government and the users of Web 2.0 framework, albeit a heated one. It has been and will be intriguing to watch how the world addresses this “new” (not quite) and fast evolving means of data sharing, expression, and even definition.

  25. I love the way in which the information is presented… I don’t whether it is the type of visual learner I am, or universally appealing, but reading typed words across a screen, I can watch all day.

    When I first moved to the US in 1995, the only way I had to communicating with family and friends was by mail so news was always two weeks old by the time I got letters, and vice versa. And, by phone call, but we only called once a week as it was so expensive. Now, I Facetime my parents for free, I stay up-to-date with all family and friends via Facebook, Whatsapp, and text. The connection is immediate.

    Also, web 2.0 encourages people to collaborate and share ideas and content, which was unusual before the Internet. There are collections of rubrics, lesson plans, games, all free to use and distribute. However, I agree, it does change what is considered ownership and copyright and I think publishers and music companies are playing catch up as to how they can operate in this ‘brave new world’, where music and books are downloaded illegally in greater numbers than ever considered imaginable.

  26. This is an amazing video!!! I had no idea what HTLM and XLM represented before watching this video. The innovation in communication and collaboration demonstrated by this video was exciting. It really makes you think of how many aspects of human life have transformed from traditional to technical (literally). I cannot wait to learn more!!

  27. Wow! That was a great video! I especially liked the caution he brought to our mind such as we need to rethink some things like copyright, privacy, identity, ourselves. Sometimes we get carried away and forget that the the internet is not as secured as we may want to think especially when we are using social media.

  28. Watching this video reinforces my belief that the web is a limitless tool that can be used to enhance learner experience. The limitations as to how to use the tool in only in our minds.

  29. The web is practically an infinite resource, and I love that. However, I am always fearful of students being set free on the web. I know that it is my responsibility as an educator to prepare these kids to navigate the Internet on their own, but how can I help grow their knowledge of which websites are reliable sources of factual information, which sites are blog posts, and what they need to do in order to be responsible and thoughtful digital citizens? I had a hard time cramming that information in to my classroom instruction. Plus, I taught 6th grade, and my students rarely came in with even a basic knowledge of how to determine what behavior is appropriate online or how to differentiate between reliable and unreliable resources. This is why I’m always hesitant to have students cull information from the web. And yes, I do see that I’m adding to the problem with this frame of mind, but I’m unsure of how to rectify the situation without more time than we are given in a day.

  30. As much as I am for differentiated learning I feel it’s just as important that people/ students be able to work in environments that are not in their comfort zone and even inside the box. There are constraints in the real world and sometimes the challenge is not what you are doing, rather it is how you are going to do it with only these resources.

  31. Wow! And this is even several years old. It was interesting to see how some of this works. It is amazing the amount of information, almost anything, that can be found on the internet. But it is no longer just information found but our ability to connect and collaborate with others. That can be such a benefit in the classroom if only teachers were to embrace it. I do not feel like my children are being apprised enough within their educational setting (local private school, 7th and 9th grade). There is always the threat of where one might land when children are allowed internet access at school and it seems to evolve so quickly that just when you think you have protections in place, a dam breaks. Perhaps that is reason for some reluctance and the fact that children will abuse an opportunity just as a paid employee does. If we could navigate some of those issues though and teach them how to be wise users and sorters, the benefits are priceless.

  32. This video was fun to watch. It reminded me of a discussion I had in a collage class. We discussed how the Internet is just a big collage of information, text, pictures, people, books, everything. We will be able to do everything over the Internet eventually.

  33. Looks like information OVERLOAD! By the same token, we have more access to information now than we’ve ever had before. This has it’s pros and cons like anything else. I do love having the ability to gather my information in one spot and have it readily accessible. This works well for the classroom as well as business and personal.

  34. This video is a unique depiction of the transition of the Web and impact it has had on teaching to learning. The format grabs your attentions and makes you want to watch more.

  35. I have seen this video several times before but until now really did not have a big take away from the video. The one thing that was reinforced to me through this video is the fact that Web 2.0 is all about collaborating, which we all know is somewhat nonexistent in K-12 teaching.

  36. I find every teacher that I talk to worried about the cost and the upkeep of the equipment. In Tennessee there are so many restrictions placed on the classroom and technology. The students are not allowed to bring technology to the classroom in Memphis. I found that to be different in Savannah. The school system has developed a policy of allowing the students to use the technology they have or can afford in the classrooms and it is working just great to counteract the high cost and upkeep of the technology.

  37. This video reinforces my belief that antiquated teaching strategies must be left behind! Since Web 2.0 makes us “the machine,” students must learn to think, organize, and synthesize data. Though, my students are digital natives, they are mostly interested in entertainment. Web 2.0 offers a way to encourage active, engaged learning. No longer should we teach the test or the tool…we must aid the learner in adapting information to their purpose.

  38. This video drives home for me the most important aspect of teaching I believe we will encounter. How do we teach children to use technology wisely? How do we help them to filter through the countless pieces of information for that which is true and meaningful? How do we teach them not only find authentic and reliable information but synthesize the information into their own personal meaning? Information is everywhere, and its being created by anyone, and its coming fast.

  39. I don’t know a lot about writing codes for web pages- I do know that the last 20 years there has been a huge shift in technology use in the U.S. K-12 schools have come a long way- my understanding from this video is the shift or transition from HTML code to XML has paved the way to put the users in charge of the machine instead of vice versa… As a beginning teacher in 1993- computers were used for grades- we (the teachers) only used it (an Apple IIe) for record keeping, then the introduction of the windows machines and e-mail- wow, communicating mainly with the teachers- no student use yet… Gradually there has been a shift- we (still the teachers) were all afraid of “breaking” the machines because (I think) we didn’t understand them and weren’t taught how to use them. Now, the kids are those digital natives we’ve heard about for years AND it’s easy for anyone to add to the information available. The possibilities for today’s learners to create, think and use information is so astounding. This was a mind boggling preview of how easy it is to manipulate information with a few clicks.

  40. This video reminds me of a song from the early 20th century called “Love Her By Radio.” It can be found here. The song is a celebration of the groundbreaking technology of radio, how different it is from the older telegraph, and the amazing possibilities it yields for long-distance dating.

    We talk as if Web 2.0 will change everything. It certainly will change how we do things; how we obtain information; how we connect with other people; how we become educated. Yet the essence of who we are ourselves is immutable.

    Thus, when the video claims at the end that we will have to rethink love, family, and even ourselves in the context of Web 2.0, I think it is being hyperbolic.

  41. That was intense. I have very little HTML knowldege and the little insight that the new age is allowing us to break the bounds of the HTML and navigate more freely in this digital world. The ability to collaborate instantly and from anywhere in the world through so many differnt mediums is astounding. What hit me hard was the end where is said we had to rethink some things like copyright, privacy, identity and a few other things. I find this to be very imporant stuff. I love the social medias and what I can bring together and participate in as a result, but at the same time, I don’t like people and websites I dont know anything about being able to know that much about me. Now we have broswers keeping track of your searches and modifying ads to what you search for. The Web is no longer a input/ output machine. It truly is evolving and learning from what we teach it.

  42. Mind blowing stuff here! These concepts stand out for me, FLEXIBILITY, FREEDOM, ORGANIZING, LINKING and RE-THINKING. The flexibility that Web 2.0 gives us to share/link digital text anywhere, the freedom from formatting constraints, the organization that the tools do for you, the immediate global linking to other people it provides, and the re-thinking that we must do about everything we have done are all revolutionary.

  43. My takeway from this video is that digital text and hyperlinks is no longer linking information; Web 2.0 is linking people who are sharing ideas and collaborating with one another. Digital text enables people to revise with ease and express themselves in ways that were not possible with just pencil and paper, and the world is the audience! I do agree that we need to rethink issues of plagiarism because of the abundance of information that is easily accessible. We want our students to be authors of their own ideas and give credit where credit is due.

  44. This is another unbelievably great video. I think that the near-constant author’s self editing of sentences and phrases helps convey almost intuitively how easily and automatically data delivery is becoming.

    I have seen a half dozen or so videos in the last few months that drive home a point as much with striking graphics or clever style methods like this. What a cool way to get a lesson!!!


  45. That definitely shows what technology has done for us, and how un-utilized much of it is in the classroom.

  46. Web 2.0 is amazing, and I use it and love it (most of the time). But in response to the anonymous high school student, while the Web, or the library for that matter, gives us much more access to information than school, it can’t replace it. I’m not sure what the essence is, maybe it’s interacting with humanity without a filter. School isn’t as much about learning “stuff” as it is about developing as a human being.

    Let’s use all of the tools we have to teach and learn, but let’s also remember that there is no replacement (yet) for direct human to human interaction.

  47. There are many great things that the Web 2.0 has allowed us to do. We are able to stay connected with friends and family that live in so many different areas. What took the U. S Post Office a week to deliver, we can post pictures that happened 5 minutes ago to share with someone half-way around the world.

    But at the same time, having the world “decrease” in size as far as collaboration and communication, what have we given up? We are dependent on the current technology. My car is now a docking station where the DS, ipod and laptop are charging while we are driving to the next location. What happens when it does not work and we have to rely on the skills that started all this technology. Spell check is a great thing but we need to know how to spell. How have our personal relationships changed? We take our technology (read the office) with us on our vacations.

    Integrating technology is a wonderful tool for us to move to the next level but at what expense?

  48. Web 2.0 is phenomenal in its ability to link us all together to collaborate. In many of the classes, we have used this technology in graduate school. Blogs, wikis, interactive timelines, etc. have linked students together to achieve meaningful assignments and to share ideas and information. Web 2.0 is an invaluable tool!

  49. Amazing video. My favorite was the final set of comments on how we are going to need to “rethink a few things”. Identity, authorship, privacy, ethics… indeed.

  50. This video sums up my experience with this class. I feel as if I have a plethora of tools at hand now to increase the relevancy of my lessons to my student’s lives. There is so much at hand that we have to work with that I never even considered (or knew about!) before this class!

  51. Education can be a fun experience! This video shows the wide variety of possibilities that computers and its technology have given us for teaching and learning.

  52. After watching this video it made me appreciate the world wide web and technology more than I did before. I always knew that techonlogy would expand to what it has today, and still believe that it will get even more advance. Intergrating Technology in classrooms is just the first step.

  53. This video was very informative and also very entertaining thanks to the music and fast paced navigation. I especially enjoyed reading the “priceless” list. It’s one thing to think about all of the ways to integrate and use technology, it’s another thing to compare them with more traditional techniques. I have a new perspective and new ideas about how technology can replace paper and pen.

  54. After watching this video, I feel lucky that computers and web applications have evolved so much just as I am entering the field of technology integration. Very versatile and enriching.

  55. I was determined to teach when I thought it was mostly direct instruction! I can’t begin to describe my determination level now! It just seems as if I have been given a whole “new bag of tricks.”

  56. I think this video was very enlightening for me. I especially loved the intro with the text changing every second then becoming hyperlinks. I have to admit I was a bit cynical before taking this class and thought that I knew what to expect. But the course has surprised me with interesting ways to apply technology to instruction.

  57. I really enjoyed watching this video. If you are paying attention, there are some very powerful statements and epiphanies happening. The two I liked the most are “we are the web” and “the machine is us.” Sometimes we, or at least I, think that the Internet and the computer is not part of us or is an instrument for us to use. We are the creators and we have the opportunity to participate and produce wonderful ideas, blogs, pictures, etc in this cyber world we own. In acknowledging this ownership, as a teacher, I must take control of this new knowledge and use technology and the Internet produced by us to create more and have my students create more. What do I mean by “more”? Anything! From blogs to podcasts to online slide shows, I want my students and I to own the technology and create new items to further educate ourselves and each other.

  58. I like the fact that intergrating computers and technology in the classroom should be a mojor goal of all educators. It just seems that there will be a lot of resistance from some who are afraid of technology. I think classes like IDT are great foundations to build upon.

  59. This video and your words excite me more than ever about integrating technology in the classroom. I love using the web and so do my students. I now realize that I have only scratched the surface of what I can do with my kids. I am ready to teach and I am ready to learn. Let’s go!

  60. This was a very powerful video. I like it because it seems to tell everything about gathering information. The fact that the machine controls us was very powerful because it seems that is the case. Computer use is everywhere and it is becoming more and more powerful each day.

  61. I really enjoyed seeing the developments that have been made since the creation of the internet. We have definitely come a very long way from having only htmls at our fingertips.

  62. I agree that the integration computers play an important role in the expansion of one’s educational growth. I am just a little apprehensive when it comes to the ability to teach how to put this technology to use. We are growing so fast that once one area of technology is taught, it becomes over-shadowed by newer, better ways. It’s hard to keep up. I guess it somewhat eases this apprehension to think that at least the basics will rarely change.

  63. I think we as teachers have to adjust to the students. They do not think as we used to. We must learn to integrated computers into the classroom.

  64. That was an excellent video. I felt it really showed the versatility and possibilities that the web provides.

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