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High tech revolutionises higher education

by Adriana Mendez

Education 2.0 or electronic learning is here to stay. Computers have become a fixture in schools and most teachers have embraced technology and incorporated it in their every day activities.

The implementation of technology is reaching the most remote areas and in the near future it will be hard to imagine a classroom without computers.

What does this mean for the future? Why is there opposition and how will this affect students and teachers?

Education 2.0 means that the medium of instruction is through computer technology, particularly involving digital technologies, mainly Internet or computer-based, to reach learners.

At universities, another language is being created. Blogging, surfing the web, emailing, twittering and facebooking are common activities that will soon replace others like memorizing, researching in books and taking notes in notebooks.

Taking advantage

Interactive communication tools have benefited universities in many ways.

-Technology has improved communications and access to information.

-Internet allows students to explore whole new worlds in real time.

-Email benefits students and faculty by permitting almost instantaneous exchange of ideas and information.

-Most private schools offer an Intranet or local network which keeps the school community informed of everything from homework to meetings.

-Technology makes it easy to stay connected.


The implementation of computers in classrooms has not pleased everyone. Many administrators, parents and teachers see this changes as a threaten that should be resisted at alll costs.

Some fear that the new technologies might not motivate real face to face interaction between students and students and teachers.

Others are simple confortable with the current educational system. If the old school educational system has proved to be succesful for so many generations, why then change?

George Bernard Shaw once said “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

Skinflint relieves in evolution and changes. Just because something has been done succesfully in a determined way for many years does not mean it can´t get any better.

Education 2.0 prepares students for a technological jobs. Nevertheless, Skinflint believes it is important to encourage human interaction.

What is next?

And while some still struggle to understand what blog means Education 3.0 is already on the horizon. It suggests a breakdown of most of the boundaries to create a much more free and open system focused on learning. Under this scheme, technology would be everywhere as in a digital universe.

Teaching would take place from teacher to student, student to student, student to teacher, people-technology-people (co-constructivism).

No propper buildings would be necessary because schoools would be infused in society everywhere (cafes, bars, workplaces).

There would be no need for licensed professors because teachers could be everybody and everywhere sharing their knowledge through the web.

It sounds surreal but who knows? Fifty years ago nobody dreamed of “surfing” during a history lesson.

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