Digital-Age Work and Learning: Emerging Technologies


The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
- George Will



Housekeeping:

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  • Please remember to use your USER ID, NOT 93 number

Discussion: Highlights from the 2009 Horizon Report


Technologies to Watch:
  • Collaborative Environments (1 year or less)
  • Online Communication Tools (1 year or less)
  • Mobiles (2-3 years)
  • Cloud Computing (2-3 years)
  • Smart Objects (4-5 years)
  • The Personal Web (4-5 years)

Key Trends:
  • Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed.
  • Technology is increasingly a means for empowering students, a method for communication and socializing, and a ubiquitous, transparent part of their lives.
  • The web is an increasingly personal experience.
  • The way we think of learning environments is changing.
  • The perceived value of innovation and creativity is increasing.

Critical Challenges:
  • There is a growing need for formal instruction in key new skills, including information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy.
  • Students are different, but educational practice and the material that supports it is changing only slowly.
  • Learning that incorporates real life experiences is not occurring enough and is undervalued when it does take place.
  • There is a growing recognition that new technologies must be adopted and used as an everyday part of classroom activities, but effecting this change is difficult.
  • A key challenge is the fundamental structure of the K-12 education establishment.


The Challenge: Make a Case


  • Identify a technology, a trend, or a critical challenge that you think is important for education
  • Take a position - linked to student learning and pedagogy
  • Create a brief presentation (10 minutes with slides)
    • Define the focus
    • Discuss it's educational affordances/constraints
    • State and support a position for the school board to consider
  • Be prepared to answer questions from the Superintendent



For Next Time:

  • Prepare your presentation for the school board