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Independent IT Consulting

Technology Driving Education

What technology will support and influence education over the next few years?

They say that the future is already here but just unevenly distributed.  So have a look around and see which, if any, current technologies will play a transformational role in the future.

Do you think fixed PCs, laptops, web books or interactive whiteboards will play any part in 5 years time?  Personally I doubt it, especially if we want personalised, immersive and unrestrained learning.

Or will it be smart mobile devices, interactive display technologies, high-speed wireless, integrated biometrics and intelligent information.  I think it will be these types of technology that will support learners to explore, be creative and collaborate freely.

This is a more difficult type of ICT to build and manage, but who are we creating educational ICT systems for?  Teachers & Learners or Managed Service Providers?

Here’s my list of technology types that we become the driving force of educational ICT for the next few years:

  • Touch
  • Enhanced Voice
  • Interactive Display Technology
  • Smart Mobile Devices*
  • Intelligent Information / Business Intelligence
  • Biometrics (face recognition etc)
  • Video Analytics
  • Location Awareness

Smart Mobile Devices are already here, such as the iPhone, they just need to get faster, cheaper and have batteries that lasts days and not hours – and you know they will.

Old video but a still relevant message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9xGP-FVzbY

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