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The Future Now

The Future Now



Invited presenation for JISC Emerge Workshop “adding a mobile dimension to teaching and learning”.

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 Jon Trinder University of Glasgow [email_address] [email_address]
  • Outline of Presentation
    • I nteresting Times
    • Technology coming to mainstream
    • Consumers or Producers
    • The Future Used To Be Better
    • Misc Thoughts
  • History http://members.surfeu.at/org2/psion1/ 1984 1996 1999 1993
  • Mobile Learning..Is the Glass
    • Half Full
    • Half Empty
    • Twice as big as it needs to be
    • The Wrong glass
  • Edges of Field
    • Often defined by rivers…..
    • River = ££££££££
    • Shhhh keep quiet about failures!
  • New Technology
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
    • [Douglas Adams, Peter Guzzardi, Terry Jones, The Salmon of Doubt]
  • Combination Devices
  • Expect the unexpected Eg Ultramobiles eeePC QR Codes
  • RFID
  • GPS
    • GPS In Devices
    • Geocaching
    • Context Awareness
  • Hear come the talkies
    • Projectors on phones
    • Even more storage
    “ Here come the talkies, obsolescence guaranteed; here come the talkies, don't you see? “ (lyrics from www.sofasound.com)‏
  • New Interfaces
  • Consumers or Producers
  • Who has a blog?
    • 65000 Vids posted on YouTube per day
    • Over 50% blogs made by people under 19
  • Social Networking
      • “ 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”
  • Other Sectors
  • Schools……
  • Meanwhile in HE
  • The Future Used to be Better
  • Unexpected Consequences
    • The re-use of materials & mashups
    • Infamy in an instant
    • Mistakes captured for posterity
  • Random Observations
  • The Song Remains the Same
    • Need to get content to and from devices
    • Need to power the device
    • Have compatible content
    • Speed of change
  • Batteries and Charging
  • Final Thoughts...
    • “ 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”
    • LTC Rolt, 1947