Web 3.0 Expanded Focus
As you can see from the new theme and tagline, I feel its time to expand both my thinking and this blog for better alignment with new development efforts currently underway. In my past, I have all too often been ahead of trends that I saw in my mind’s eye. Last September my eLearning contract ended abruptly due to a change in the underlying Fed government contract. Then I decided to take some time while contract hunting to more carefully survey the current trends in technology and science with a focus on their educational, psychological and sociological implications.
Why you ask?
I’ve had multiple careers and I feel a strong need now to better integrate my thoughts as I seek the development of higher level technology based learning solutions. While the pace of techno change keeps increasing, we as sentient beings seem closer and closer to the edges of overload and burnout. I believe very strongly that many of us who work in our highly connected world need better strategies for processing the endless streams of information we are exposed to daily.
Web 2.0 > Web 3.0
When I began the older version of this blog “Working Toward Web 2.0” in fall 2009, Twitter had just mushroomed into what a NYT reference to a Time article June 2009 stated. “Twitter is looking more and more like plumbing, and plumbing is eternal.” . Since then we have a number of new Social Media (SM) venues along with seemingly countless SM gurus and strategies for business use of SM. The continued emergence of SM platforms and their influence on the world at large is well documented via movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring Protests. The emergence Social Media along with early mLearning efforts on the millions of connected mobile devices are keys factor in what I call Web 3.0.
But there’s more!
When I built my first commercial web site in 1995 (DecoWeb.com), there were no books available and HTML had to be learned online. Websites where primarily static and it became a daunting task to maintain current content. In the next decade, HTML became more robust with CSS and decent WISWIG HTML editors like Dreamweaver emerged along with Adobe & CS flash technologies that made sites more interactive and visually appealing. Add PHP, JSP, or ASP.NET to the mix for creating dynamic pages from a DB on the server and the Web morphed to 2.0, but not for very long!
By the mid-2000s a new type of Web development tool was emerging, CMS (Content Management System) generators with the most well known being the WordPress blogging platform. Other CMS tools followed and now one can use largely FREE tools developed by the international Linux community like Joomla and Drupal to create and maintain very complex web sites without writing any HTML at all. These systems further separate content from layout making both development and maintenance much simpler. Add large active communities of users who build, extensions and themes further leverage these powerful tools increasing their functionality. So we now also have collaborative, user friendly Web development as another aspect of Web 3.0.
My interests are less on the tools themselves than on how we can use them effectively for learning and information/personal management. In future posts, I’ll share some of my filtering and curation techniques along with my coping strategies for maintaining healthy stress levels in our highly connected world. Your comments, feedback and ideas are most welcome.