Up until the 20th century, education remained synonymous with teachers, students and blackboards - but traditional teaching is now becoming replaced by '2.0 education'.

For many years now, traditional education has slowly kept up with the pace of technology, building up strong links with the unexpected: microphones, cameras and servers.

Although 2.0 education could drive a traditional teacher crazy, it is the future of learning and will eventually beat the initial wary approach.

Just like paper beat papyrus, whiteboard marker beat chalk, and Wikipedia beat encyclopaedia - Web 2.0 is well on its way to transforming the very idea of 'education'.

Let's get in a cyber-class

Being a cyber-student is the easy life.

You just have to log into a chat room and invite your friends. The only traditional thing left to do would be to set your alarm clock.

If you get to log in before your teacher does, you may find the time to chat about Lily Allen's new hit single or copy-paste the homework that you forgot to upload on your blog.

And thanks to Twitter, students will have the chance to spread the news of any new assignment, while still making sure that everybody is aware that plagiarism still remains the forbidden sin.

When there is a Geography class, Google Earth will take one on a short trip to Venezuela and flickr will assist the Art History teacher to demonstrate the most diachronic masterpieces.

Also, as a proper podcast junkie, you'll literally feel your knees trembling if you don't regularly download a podcast series, even if it's about the Aztecs' civilisation, uploaded by your History teacher.

Movies updated by web technology

Harry Potter would need less of his 'Flippedo' and more of his blogging skills to survive in the Education 2.0 world.

The young magician and his gig will need to lose their old-fashioned perch and stop hanging around the one thousand years old library, as they wouldn't be in vogue anymore.

It would be a shame to say so, but Michelle Pfeiffer should choose either podcast or unemployment if she really wanted to lure her "Dangerous minds" on the Education 2.0 road.

Chocolates and school trips will no longer be effective teaching methods - unless, of course, they were supplemented with cameras, microphones and the strong will to digg.

As for Professor Keating, life would be easier considering that Facebook and Myspace would offer "Dead Poets' Society" the amazing chance to overcome their fears and share ideas and content.

Loss of 'the personal touch'

Web 2.0 is widening the rift between traditional and modern education and raises the question of the gradual loss of interactivity and the personal touch.

Education is deeply-rooted in every society as not only the communication of knowledge, but also as the personal communication of ideas and beliefs.

The relationship between the teacher and the student is considered sacred and people seem to face this absence as the main drawback in e-learning.

However as Ioannis Eleftheriou, a lecturer of linguistics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece says, this might be due to the fact that "we are always suspicious before major changes that is actually drawing public opinion in favour of traditional education".

Eleftheriou continues: "Humanity is adapting to new conditions and even though the web 2.0 education is a huge step, everything feared to be lost will be eventually replaced, in a way."

After all, the most important and sacred thing about education is the shared knowledge that helps the world to take a step forward. And this will never be lost.

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