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Things to watch - has much changed in education since 2010?

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Back in 2010, on the final day of the DEANZ conference, Derek Wenmoth started a discussion (that included the audience :-) around things to watch for: I'd like to invite you to revisit some of the key points, because, it feels as though,
7 years on, only a few things have changed! What do you reckon?

Some of the things that Derek predicted included:

Up to one year

  • mobile internet devices
  • private clouds

Two to three years

Four to five years

  • location-based learning
  • smart objects and devices

Audience feedback at the time was various and interesting.

With open content - there was a question of ownership, in that when you create something you understand it, and feel connection with it that you don't necessarily get when you use someone else's resources.

Private clouds - the management perspective. Why do it? Do management know what they are doing?

Mobile Internet devices - there were two camps on this aspect. Invasion of privacy was one issue mentioned, and another was 'crowd control'. However, eReaders were seen as a useful way of sending content. Students using handheld devices in the field would be empowered because students would be able to send their findings directly back, and these would then be immediately accessible by teachers and peers. Management andIT support were seen as a barrier, especially around politics, support, training and budgeting.

Derek pulled the comments together and made the observation that the 'times are a 'changing. Technological change is not additive it is ecological. Horseless carriage thinking, however, is still prevalent in education, where the metaphorical car body still has the little leather pouch for the whip! The education in Z is suffering dreadfully at the moment from a system-level myopia that is not addressing the big issues of bandwidth, for example.

What are your thoughts?

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