Is there anyone out there who would turn down a piece of Apple’s stock? With new releases in phones and pads, the overwhelming consumer response in 2011 was iLove Apple.
Smartphones have usurped the position of several key household technologies not the least of which are the alarm clock, calculator, and watch. Ask someone for the time today, will they glance down at their wrist or pull out their phone?
Is there an app for that? With the flood of tablets and smartphones being purchased the demand for apps is high. There are apps for almost anything. If it hasn’t been create yet, it will be! Need to find a clean restroom to use on a road trip? Sitorsquat will share restroom factoids; cleanliness, hours of operation, photographs, and amenities available.
Mobile apps have customized the user experience of mobile devices. Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, commented at 2011 Mobile World Congress that for every baby born 30 android phones would be activated. With the abundance of mobile devices readily available, is there any question as to why many school districts have begun to explore BYOD, bring your own device, policies?
The tablets take the cake in 2011. With more than 3 million units being sold a month and more companies offering tablets at competitive rates I predict that tablets will take over laptop usage in schools and educational institutions. They offer the same abilities of a smartphone and apps blended with the portability of a lap top to give its users the ultimate in portable productivity experiences.
I know some educators feel us techies have our heads in “the cloud” but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the cloud’s impact in 2011. Cloud storage has allowed users to access stored documents at any venue with internet access. Sharing, collaborating, and storing documents in the cloud has allowed a mobile society to stay in motion. No more running to desktops to retrieve data. Want to share a document with a co-worker or your boss, just jump on a device and pull up your document.
Another vastly spreading tech trend in education is online course offerings. Today’s students want a customized educational experience and they can get it. Traditional schools can only offer classes that they have the staff to support, but online courses can be led by anyone, anywhere. When I attended school foreign language courses were limited to French, Spanish, and German. Today students can sit in a classroom or in their homes and be learn to speak Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Kurdish.
What will 2012 bring? It is my belief that augmented reality will move further into the forefront of education. There really will be an app for that, and mobile devices will enter our schools with a flourish. I don’t profess to have a crystal ball, but the sky is the limit!