When I first started teaching kindergarten 16 years ago, I would spend my summers pouring over educational resources such as The MailBox Magazine to find thematic units, lesson ideas, and other activities for my students. I would visit educational stores for the latest lesson idea books, I would meet with teachers from other local private schools twice-a-year to share what we were doing in the classroom, and if I were really lucky, attend a national conference such as NAEYC, where I could actually talk with educators from other states. All of my ideas and resources would be neatly filed into my four-drawer file cabinet, alphabetized and organized by themes and grades, ready for the next year.

Today, I prepare for my classes by looking through the various educational blogs I follow for ideas, searching my delicious account for bookmarked resources, posting questions on Twitter and discussion forums, Skyping with colleagues, using wikis and social networking tools such as Ning to share and collaborate, subscribe to podcasts, and of course scour the Internet for the latest and greatest online tools. I still may attend a national conference such as ISTE, but it seems to be less about gaining new knowledge and more about connecting with individuals with whom I spend time with online. So has the Internet changed the way I access, view, and consume information? You bet!

When I think about this week's question, I can't help but remember a presentation I, along with my then colleague and fellow graduate student, Wendy Drexler, gave to our faculty back in 2007 called School 2.0. We began our presentation with the now iconic video, Did You Know? by Karl Fisch.

We used the video as a calling card of sorts. As a way to make our faculty take notice that education - how we teach and how students learn - was changing. We used the video to introduce the concept of Web 2.0 and the participatory nature of the Internet and to engage our faculty in discussions about how we could use technology as a way to engage students in their own learning. Hard to believe that was just five years ago (and that the little video that started from a single PowerPoint presentation in one school is still going strong). About a year ago, the video was remixed with an added focus on social media. And while the focus of this video is less geared toward education, it still sends an important message about how technology and the evolution of the Internet continues to drive society, how we communicate with each other, and how we access information - anytime, anywhere.




So what is on our horizon, check out this video about 'The Semantic Web: Web 3:0'. Will the Internet of the future do our thinking for us?