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The use of cell phones or mobile devices as an educational tool has occurred mostly outside the borders of the United States in regions such as Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Clyde (2004) points out that North American educators have been slow to alter their perception of cell phones from the position of disruptive technology to a technology that can be integrated into the curriculum. For instance, in Singapore a collaborative game called EcoRangers, designed for mobile phones, was integrated into the social studies curriculum for grades nine and ten. This integration resulted in more student participation, and the students acknowledging they learned more information than they realized (Lim & Wang, 2005).
Industry Makes a Pitch that Cell Phones Belong in the Classroom – NYT – 2/15/09 - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/16/technology/16phone.html?_r=2&emc=rss&partner=rssnyt
Ask these questions: 09/21/09 WHY do we need change? WHAT needs to be done? HOW do we do it?
Bioinformatics 09/21/09 Combines information systems and the life sciences. For example, it can interlock the binary code of information systems with a genetic code.
Other Bioinformatic alterations 09/21/09 In Japan, farmers have produced square watermelons to make them easier and more economical to pack and ship. In two years we will be able to take a DNA test at a pharmacy to reveal predispositions to over 4000 diseases.
Careers of the Future: Our Student World http://www.convergemag.com/story.php?catid=231
Alternative Vehicle Developers – example -The Ford Reflex , released in early 2006, is a car for the future: delivers 65 miles per gallon; made of synthetic and regenerated materials; equipped with safety belts integrated with inflatable bags to deploy during a collision; and uses solar panels. At the University of Northwestern Ohio , students can pursue a career as an alternative vehicle developer.
Biometric Identification Specialist - example - develop the technology to identify people based on an eye, palm or voice scan. West Virginia University offers a Bachelor of Science in Biometric Systems. This technology is already used in Israel and Palestine Border control.
Data Miner - will examine numbers to forecast future events, explain business processes and create predictive models.
CPO – Chief Privacy Office – Position in Industry – but currently only two a the college level and none at the k-12 level.
Experimental Petrologist - example - These individuals are studying rocks from other planets to learn about their formation and evolution. Studies thus far have shown potential for future human life on Mars. Starting points for a career in experimental petrology include Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Earth & Space Science at the University of California, Los Angeles .
Robotics Engineer - example - Careers are found in companies such as Boston Dynamics , specializing in robotic engineering and human simulation. Boston Dynamics has created BigDog , a quadruped robot capable of walking, running and climbing rough terrain. As part of a research project for the Department of Defense , BigDog can run 4mph, climb 35 degree slopes and carry 340 pounds.The Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute researches and develops robot technology for industrial and government use.
Space Architect - A free-floating environment is just one of the factors that space architects at the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture consider. SICSA is part of the University of Houston's space architecture master's program.
Sustainability Coordinator - example - Tasks would mainly focuses on environmental care, but can include social and political needs as well. Arizona State University offers graduate degrees, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in sustainability. Students graduate with an expertise in environmental economics, ethics, earth-systems management and sociological issues.
Teleport Specialist - careers in teleportation may soon be taking shape -- with field specialists required. A teleport specialist will need to know how to work a machine that can analyze billions of atoms in a person's body and recreate the individual in another location. Cutting-edge programs are the University of Queensland's Australian Research Center for Quantum Atom Optics and the University of Rochester's Department of Physics .
Weather Modification Police –example - Weather modification police will need to ensure that people who shoot rockets containing silver iodine into the air -- a way to provoke rainfall from passing clouds -- are licensed to do so. Villages in rural China have already taken to inducing pregnant rain clouds, resulting in more rain in certain areas than others.
Wind Farmer – example - These are the people who bring you energy. They measure land areas, air speeds, turbine sizes and the pitch of the blades. Iowa Lakes Community College offers a Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program for students interested in an expanding career field, as alternative energies climb in popularity and affordability.
The 21st Century: What will it look like? http://kickyoutube.com/watch/?v=c1KEFgD6Dtg