At the New York Times’ conference on education and technology yesterday, Bob Wise — president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia — said the United States is entering the phase of “Web 3.0,” a new era focused on how to effectively use technology in the classroom by emphasizing the teacher’s role.
While in the past digital learning had often been limited to a virtual world used by homeschooled students or those with special needs, it has become more of a blended-learning model used by students in traditional schools. Wise said America is moving on to an important third stage: conversations are now focusing on how technology can empower teachers to become “educational designers” by using their professional expertise to help students learn in a personalized manner.
“For the first time we’re talking about the serious role of the teacher,” Wise said. “The teacher has always been involved, but in this “Web 3.0,” it’s high-tech equals high teach […] Teachers are designing a path for each student in that class — that is a professional responsibility. Teaching doesn’t become less, it becomes more in this world.”
Wise made these remarks at the New York Times’ “Schools for Tomorrow” conference during the last session entitled “Closing Debate: The System,” moderated by Times columnist David Brooks.
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