The World isFlat... Again by: Laurie GagneSurvey of Instructional Media Spring 2012
What the Future Holds forTechnology Technology, and likewise Education, is changing before our very eyes. Change is coming at a rapid pace and we must adapt and learn or be left behind. This presentation explores the future trends emerging in technology and how they will effect our lives.
Not your Mamas InternetThe Internet of Things...• Web has evolved from a one way street to a two way super-highway.• Today more devices are connected to the internet than there are people in the world• That number will increase to 50 billion by 2020. (=6 devices per person in the world)• Next to come = sensor networks... using low power sensors that collect, transmit, analyze and distribute data on a massive scale
Next... The Zettaflood (Trend #2)• Exabytes created in 2008 o the equivalent to 1 Billion Music CDs• Now (2012) we have 1.2 Zettabytes o = 125 Million years of your favorite one hour television show. (Now thats impressive)• Projections suggest that by 2015, 91 percent of of all Internet will be video.• Most of the Zettaflood will be stored in the cloud. o By 2020, one third of all data will live in or pass through the cloud
#3 A New Publishing Revolution• Internet = a platform for unlimited creativity.• Web 2.0 Tools allow two way communication instead of the previous "one way medium".• Includes Contribution, Creation and Collaboration.• To participate only requires a web browser and the internet. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasting, video/photo sharing, social networking + thousands of software services will increase exponentially.
A Tidalwave of Information• With the increase of information available on the World Wide Web how does a person sort through it all and find what is factual and relevant.• In the flood of "overwhelming content" it will be necessary to prepare students to maneuver the internet for factual information.• We must however be constantly aware that "wrong information" does exist and will increase and the internet sometimes lies.
The Future of Reading and Technology• The advent of the e-reader has led to a rise in reading for enjoyment. People want to read because the technology is appealing to them.• Amazon and Barnes and Noble can actually track your reading habits and then suggest books that you like. This leads to more reading.• Eventually E-Readers will progress to the point of allowing the reader to comment on a part of the book and share dialog with others that are reading the same book.• Book talks can happen instantly and with someone that is in another state or country.
A World of Knowledge at YourFingertips.... Just Point and Click.• A new meaning to the concept of "differentiated instruction".• Watch an actual heart operation while its happening LIVE.• Be tutored by someone in any subject via video conferencing and shared desktop.• People can access course material from over 1800 MIT courses online.• Libraries, Museums and Art Galleries with virtual tours and guides.• The Sky is the limit... the future is.. limitless.
Bandwidth and Speed• The future will see an increase of information being sent and recieved over the internet• Soooo... Bandwith and Speed will need to increase in order to make allowances.• We will see the days of 4G pass so that 50G and 100G can take its place.• This will only the beginning. Science and technolgy will find new ways of sending data... (examples... lasers and nano technology)
The World Gets Smaller• Just like the car gave people the ability to socialized in towns that were previously to far away to visit before... the internet closes the gaps between cultures that people have never had the chance to experience.• No longer are we limited by our geography or boundary lines.• News and information travels at lightening speed.• Example = Earthquake in Japan tweeted to people in America warning of tsunami.
The Power of Power• Population continues to grow.• Energy continues to be a problem.• Fossil fuels will end• The most sensible solution = solar energy• Solar can meet all our energy needs• 25 super solar sites on 36 square miles = enough energy to power everything.• This could save 170,000 square miles of forest each year.• Could be completed in 3 years (sign me up)
Beam Me Up Scotty• 3D printing is just on the horizon• Items are created in layers• Finished product is a duplicate of the original.• Star Trek fans... do you remember the replicator. Yep... all the good ideas started on Star Trek.• The educational uses are endless. o Creating models of human organs for study
Another Family Tree• We currently have technology that includes text to speech and a memory of previous encounters.• By 2020, robots will be superior to humans o eventually they will create a computerized brain that has consciousness.• By 2025, robots will surpass human population in the developed world.• By 2035 robots could replace the workforce.• I-Robot anyone???
Yes, There is a Cure for That• In the next 10 years medical technologies will grow much more sophisticated.• Growing replacement organs will become a reality.• Machines will be able to predict a persons actions before they happen.• Stephen Hawking says, "humans are entering a stage of self-designed evolution" o A substance that creates a photographic memory o A spinning artificial heart with no pulse, no clogs, and that never breaks dowwn.• More Machine... Less Human = The Borg.
What about Education• What about the Internet? • Doubling in size every year. • Education will change drastically • Technology fluency will be necessary to do the most simple tasks. • The ready availablity of information will keep students from learning or memorizing anything. They will simply “look it up”. • Assessments and tests will be changed forever.
What about Education• What about the Web Logs (Blogs)? • Public Writing • Writing for real audiences • Instant feed back and interaction with your audience. • Current writing conventions like punctuation, spelling and grammar will change.
What about Education• What about the Video Logs (Vlogs)? • Greater access to video editing technology • Ease of editing and posting • Greater opportunites for expression • Short videos, not long productions, will change the way that people synthesize information for traditional writing projects. • But getting the schools to allow the use of such tools may prove difficult.
What about Education• Mobile Computing • Small hand held devices • Computing power anywhere and anytime • Palm pilots • Cell Phones • Hand Held Gaming Devices • Students in Classes will be connected all of the time. • Teachers will not be the main presenter of information anymore.
What about Education• New Input Devices • Example = Dragon Speak Naturally • Controlling a computer and inputting data to word processors, spread sheets and more. • Voice Recognition software will change writing forever. Why learn to write when you can simply speak? • Getting an uneasy feeling yet?
What about Education• Changes in Learning Theory • Currently we look at reactions to stimulus and interpret how cognition works. • In the future, we will look at how the brain actually works while it is working. • Functional MRI • Brain Scans • Isolating the basic elements of cognition. • Everything is going to change. Are you excited or are you feeling dread?
So What Will the Future Hold?Imaging waking up in this house… it’s closer than you thinkA Day of Glass