What’s “IN”? The newest fad? The greatest and freshest idea or innovation? Have you ever noticed that people often get excited about the newest things? Whatever is “IN” right now gets talked about, argued about, thought about, researched, and often reimagined until it becomes the new “IN” in another form.
Web 2.0 is the “IN” of the internet today. Tomorrow it will be something else, but for now it is what people are still excited about and are talking about. Only time will tell what will come next, but for now, this is it. When people get excited about something, other people see opportunities for making money and a name for themselves. In order to obtain what they want, they seek after innovations and innovators to stand behind. This backing is important, because it often leads to further innovation. When this innovation begins to slow, it may require inpiration to kick-start a new wave of excitement and innovation. The term Web 2.0 and all that has become associated with this word has become the “IN” thing and this has led to innovations in tools used to create participatory online cultures. This current wave of innovation may be slowed by the economic downward trends we are observing in America and across the globe. This may lead to a slow time which may act as an incubation period for the next wave of innovation. No one knows where the next “inpiration” moment may happen, or when it may happen. But we may surmise that it will come. And we can guess that it will continue to open up the world to educational opportunities. Why? Because many of the past innovations have found their seedbed in the fertile grounds of higher learning. And education begets education. In a knowledge based economy, education is king. Invention will come when necessity dictates, when the world is inspired again.