The Future Now

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Invited presenation for JISC Emerge Workshop “adding a mobile dimension to teaching and learning”.
The subject was \"Looking Five Years On in HE.\"

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  • The Future Now

    1. 1. The Future Now Jon Trinder University of Glasgow [email_address] [email_address]
    2. 2. Outline of Presentation <ul><li>I nteresting Times </li></ul><ul><li>Technology coming to mainstream </li></ul><ul><li>Consumers or Producers </li></ul><ul><li>The Future Used To Be Better </li></ul><ul><li>Misc Thoughts </li></ul>
    3. 3. History http://members.surfeu.at/org2/psion1/ 1984 1996 1999 1993
    4. 4. Mobile Learning..Is the Glass <ul><li>Half Full </li></ul><ul><li>Half Empty </li></ul><ul><li>Twice as big as it needs to be </li></ul><ul><li>The Wrong glass </li></ul>
    5. 5. Edges of Field <ul><li>Often defined by rivers….. </li></ul><ul><li>River = ££££££££ </li></ul><ul><li>Shhhh keep quiet about failures! </li></ul>
    6. 6. New Technology <ul><li>Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things. </li></ul><ul><li>[Douglas Adams, Peter Guzzardi, Terry Jones, The Salmon of Doubt] </li></ul>
    7. 7. Combination Devices
    8. 8. Expect the unexpected Eg Ultramobiles eeePC QR Codes
    9. 9. RFID
    10. 10. GPS <ul><li>GPS In Devices </li></ul><ul><li>Geocaching </li></ul><ul><li>Context Awareness </li></ul>
    11. 12. Hear come the talkies <ul><li>Projectors on phones </li></ul><ul><li>Even more storage </li></ul>“ Here come the talkies, obsolescence guaranteed; here come the talkies, don't you see? “ (lyrics from www.sofasound.com)‏
    12. 13. New Interfaces
    13. 14. Consumers or Producers
    14. 15. Who has a blog? <ul><li>65000 Vids posted on YouTube per day </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50% blogs made by people under 19 </li></ul>
    15. 16. Social Networking <ul><ul><li>“ Social networking spawned by the internet allows communities worldwide to revert to the close-knit culture of preindustrial society, in which nearly every member of a tribe or a farming hamlet knew everything about the neighbours” </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. Other Sectors
    17. 18. Schools……
    18. 19. Meanwhile in HE
    19. 20. The Future Used to be Better
    20. 21. Unexpected Consequences <ul><li>The re-use of materials & mashups </li></ul><ul><li>Infamy in an instant </li></ul><ul><li>Mistakes captured for posterity </li></ul>
    21. 22. Random Observations
    22. 23. The Song Remains the Same <ul><li>Need to get content to and from devices </li></ul><ul><li>Need to power the device </li></ul><ul><li>Have compatible content </li></ul><ul><li>Speed of change </li></ul>
    23. 24. Batteries and Charging
    24. 25. Final Thoughts... <ul><li>“ Manifestly it is better to use simple tools expertly than to possess a bewildering assortment of complicated gadgets and either neglect or use them incompetently” </li></ul><ul><li>LTC Rolt, 1947 </li></ul>

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