Within the next year -Collaborative Environments and Online Communication tools which foster teamwork and critical thinking skills. Challenge for teachers - assessing these types of skills in real time.
- Web-based tools for collaborative work like Voicethread
- Multiplayer gaming environments - Xbox anyone?
- Social networking platforms like Ning
- Virtual worlds like Teen Second Life
- Online communication tools like Skype, Twitter, and Edmodo
2-3 years - Mobile Devices and Cloud Computing
- Mobile devices like smart phones that can record audio/video, store information and access the web - much like a laptop. We will be using iPod Touch in a pilot program with PreK and 5th and 8th grade next year. $200 is an inexpensive computer...not appropriate in all situations, and not something that we want students to use all the time but...
- Mobile gaming
- Field work
- Google Docs
4-5 years - Smart Objects and the Personal Web
Smart objects are "any physical object that includes a unique identifer than can track information about that object"
- I didn't know that was what I was using, but my public library has an automated system that allows me to quickly check out books by myself-all I have to do is lay the book down on a square and a device "reads" the title, author, etc. and checks it out to me. Libraries are able to track their collection and check materials in and out.
- Inexpensive enough for students and teachers to create...check out http://reader.kaywa.com/ or http://www.shotcode.com/ to learn more. Kind of interesting...have to think about the applications to my life and job.
The Personal Web - Ability to recognize, configure, and manage online content rather than viewing it
- I've recently began using Netvibes to do this. It allows me to subscribe to content and supports my academic/professional activities. PageFlakes is another form that this takes. http://www.netvibes.com/jannorth#Daily