Meriwether Lewis, American bipolar explorer that he was, went into a deep funk after he and his crew trudged up to the top of the Rocky Mountains in 1805. The easy downhill descent to the Pacific Ocean predicted by early geographers, wasn’t there. Instead, Lewis saw more mountains; in fact, there were mountains as far as his eyes could see.
We are all explorers here; for most of us the web 2.0 climb is steep. Guess what I recently discovered? Good golly, Miss Molly! It’s the curse of Meriwether Lewis: MORE MOUNTAINS in the form of web 3.0!
It’s beyond belief Web 3.0 looms ahead! Have heart intrepid explorers, it appears the next climb may not be as steep if we understand the educational implications of web 2.0. Ruth Reynard writes in her thought-provoking article, “Web 3.0 and its Relevance for Instruction”:
The most attractive current characteristic of Web 3.0 is that it is continually evolving and can be shaped by those who use and develop the ideas and technology. This means the faster educators become engaged in the discussion and begin experimenting with the technology, the more likely it is that instructional interest can influence the emerging technology.