Posts Tagged technology
I’ve been catching up on weeks of professional reading over this weekend, my poor Feedly was positively groaning at the seams it was so full of unread items. Anyway along the way I became distracted while reading the Edudemic blog and ended up on this a post from 2011 on the Evolution of Classroom Technology. What is surprising really is how long it took between the developments. We were stuck for ages between developments. I couldn’t help wondering if that would ever be the case again given the rate of change in recent years compared to back in the day.
We’ve certainly come a long way but some things seem hauntingly similar to many years ago. For example, Thomas Edison said in 1925 that “books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye.” I’m pretty sure this is exactly what people are saying these days about the iPad.
Here is a list, from over on the What’s Next: Top Trends blog. If you head over to the post you can see the items in a list. So soon we won’t be needing to vacuum – excellent news. No need for intimacy or retirement. We will be working until we drop! In come memory implants (that’d be handy), pay by fingerprint – seeing as I’ve just become a mobile banking fan this would be awesome, as for pollution absorbing clothes I’m pretty sure my kids had that sorted a few years ago. Anyway jesting aside it is interesting to see what the geek folk think we have heading our way, and indeed what is being relegated to the pasta.
Regular readers will know that Library Girl is my guru (well one of many but a majorly significant one), and while this blog has been in a little bit of a slump recently due to exotic travel, lethargy and a lot of other things that needed doing, I can rely on her to get me thinking, get me over the hump and talk some sense.
So when she is writing about getting people to just start doing stuff on their own, learning some cool skills and getting generally with the programme she is singing my favorite song. She is a believer in dropping folks in at the deep end and having them learn to swim on their own using tools that some of us have been using for what seems like ever!
The post is called Six Tips to Help Teachers Move From TechnoPHOBE to TechnoFAB! But it could be also used to prod along any school staff who are stuck in the back in the day and who are reluctant to upskill. She just talks a lot of sense. I love her idea of an “I Know Stuff” badge, I’m off to make one now! But that is only one tiny part of this excellent post. Go on over there and find more wisdom.
There are lots of other awesome postings on that blog at the moment, little embedded bunches of goodness that are well worth having a look at. Go on, take on her evangelistic stance and get out there and show your stuff, the non-believers will thank you for it in the long run.
This really great video with it’s graphic way of showing a lot of information in an easy to process way is a new fave for me. I’m just checking how many windows and tabs I have open right now! 7 email windows, 8 tabs, four programmes and I have a cell phone and a digital camera on my desk which I’ve used both of in the last hour, not as bad as many but it is getting up there.
It’s out. One of the reports worth paying attention to.
The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) jointly released the NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition. This ninth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.
This one, and the Core Trends in Education would be great to share with your staff and SMTs. Even if your school isn’t adopting mobile technology or Game Based Learning yet, you can bet that at least some of your staff will be paying attention. Link to the report here.
Every year Core Education puts out it’s list of the Ten Trends it sees emerging in education and it is fresh out now for this year. Head on over to their website for full details and to see the list expanded and explained but the list is as follows.
- Open-ness by Derek Wenmoth, Director (Feb)
- Ubiquitious Learning
- Smart Web
- Virtual Learning
- Data Engagement
- Thinking 3D
- Social Learning
- User + Control
Some of these are the same trends as last year but there are a couple of new ones.
Judith Way has posted this on her blog The Way Forward. If you are looking to upskill in Web 2.0 skills then you could do a lot worse than work your way through this list. It is from Jane Hart from C4LPT whose Twitter feed has provided me with fantastic PD this year.
This list of tools has given me some new things to try, and it has also been interesting to see that some of the things I completely love (iGoogle for example) slip down in the rankings.
In the I Wish I’d Known About This Before Department, is Documentary Heaven. This website allows you to find documentaries on topics as varied as you can think of. You can search by category, you can see what is being watched right now, you can connect via Facebook and Twitter and watch all the documentaries for free online. I am impressed. If your teachers subscribe to the English Listserv they will already know about this but for all your other staff this might be worth shouting out about.