The rapid development capacities and expansion of wireless networks continually reshape the world. We now expect connectivity wherever we are and if you’re like me, am frustrated when we can’t get access to the net.
We understand the power of wireless at this level but this is only the very beginning of a whole new way of working. Recent developments in geo-location and the increasing power of browser interfaces on mobile phones will have a huge impact on how we search for information but more importantly how information finds us.
Julian Lee in last weekend’s Sydney Morning Herald noted “the power of knowing what you want and where you are is indisputable.” This technology is available and becoming increasingly ubiquitous.
Lee suggests that within three years we will be making more internet searches on our phones than our computers. So what impact will these changes have on what kinds of technology we use in schools?
In the 2011 Horizon Report, one of the key trends is the availability of resources via the Net especially mobile devices. This is a clarion call for educators to take a ‘careful look at the ways we can best serve learners.’
All the work and expense over the last several years for schools, systems and governments to provide students and staff with devices and connectivity may well be a thing of the past as we see the dawn of BYOT – bring your own technologies!
Why duplicate technologies when staff and students have powerful personalised technologies available 24/7? As enterprise level infrastructure in education becomes the norm, the issue is not who owns and supplies the technologies but what are the universal standards needed to support these technologies.
If geo-location is one of the cornerstones of mobile advertising, then we need to seriously consider the possibility of delivering what would be truly personalised learning!