Life’s long lessons

Can Web 2.0 educational opportunities help to provide for lifelong learning pedagogies? Can learning and technology be transformative across entire lifespans using Web 2.0 tools? Here are several videos that address the issue of lifelong learning with Web 2.0 technologies (view the videos here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=54387335815818263&hl=en and http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1201325526056291337&ei=iLclSbKTL4L8rAK_rfyICw&q=life+long+learning+Web+2.0).

While lifelong learning opportunities may be sponsored and facilitated by various Web 2.0 tools, does this mean that Web 2.0 tools are the answer to lifelong learning? Web 2.0 tools are not always easily learned, nor are they static or stable in their services. As technologies increase in complexity, the need to educate learners on how to learn in the digital age increases. Here’s a video on the problems and potential of Web 2.0 technologies in the area of lifelong learning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkEo_CZUek4 (view this video below).

What unique lifelong learning opportunities will the future Web (Web 3.0?) have to provide to users? Here’s a silly video that ties our world with the world of the Web (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=topeBoB-ApQ):

While this last video is just a humorous animation tying two worlds together, our real world and the Web 2.0 world are even more intimately combined. Web 2.0 two way communication, participation in communities of practice, social networking, and personal publishing are all useful lifelong learning supports that help users to always stay connected to learning opportunities. The world is open for life long lessons. And while the technologies will undoubtably change and evolve over time, still the inward human impetus to continue to expand knowledge and learning will reach into the future. Perhaps as the new Web becomes increasingly interactive, so also will all learning activities, allowing for more constructivist pedagogies to be implemented worldwide.

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One thought on “Life’s long lessons

  1. I agree that the tool for web 2.0 is not always easy to use, but once learners learn how to use that tool, for me, they already get closer to the goal. Let’s take Ubicomp technology as an example. Once technology has been developed until one stage, they would be able to communicate with each other. And we, as users, do not have to know anything much about how it works, but only know how to make it work. Similarly, as Brown claimed that “Social learning: is not what we are learning but on how we are learning”,
    http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/MindsonFireOpenEducationt/45823
    Learners may use their brain less, and here is a concern that Carrare expresses in his article.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google
    However, this seems to contrast with arguments presented in the Video above concerning the potential of web 2.0 and life long learning. One of the claims made by presenter is the self-directed learning and the web 2.0. He notes that web 2.0 creates the learners’ personal learning environment. It has characteristic of the individual production (e.g. blog, wiki) which requires a high cognitive process. This motivates learners to learn from their interests and, hence, support life long learning.

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