From THE Journal:
With technology evolving at the speed of light, and everyone looking to benefit from the latest, greatest hardware and software, keeping up can be challenging for educators, administrators, and school districts themselves. To help, THE Journal spoke with a handful of technology experts and came up with a short list of top tech trends you’ll want to watch in the new year. Here they are:
- eBooks Will Continue to Proliferate
- Netbook Functionality Will Grow
- More Teachers Will Use Interactive Whiteboards
- Personal Devices Will Infiltrate the Classroom
- Technology Will Enable Tailored Curricula
Of the 5 trends, I rate 4 and 5 the most important. eBooks might take shape of touch tablets, but I don’t see them impacting classrooms so rapidly. Netbook functionality will grow together with personal devices infiltrating the classroom, with the latter gaining more attention.
Somehow I felt the least convincing trend is the use of IWBs. Though IWBs are really great tools, I still feel they are too expensive and inflexible. However I do expect more teachers wanting to try it out in classrooms because of the hype around it.
I expect personal devices to take classrooms by storm. Despite years of advancement, mobile technology has yet to fully go into classrooms. The use of iPods and mobile phones has been making waves among educators all over the world.
Last but not least, the most important trend should not be a trend in the first place. Many a times, education technology has been much maligned because of poor integration with curriculum. Technology is not just a tool. It is an enabler of customized curricula.