Interesting article I saw today on tradearabia.com, entitled “Intel predicts massive changes.” Among the predictions:
1. Ubiquitous Mobility Will Become A Reality. With laptops already making up around a third of all PC sales, consumers and businesses alike are enjoying the convenience of mobile computing. As the performance, energy-efficiency and ease-of-use of portable devices continues to improve, people’s computing experience will increasingly be defined by what they are doing, not where they are doing it.
2. Carrying Broadband Internet With You. The coming year will see high-speed internet access move to the next level through mobile technologies such as WiMAX.
3. Technology: From Communication to Collaboration. Email, mobile phones and the internet were all about faster and easier communication. And they have had an amazing impact on our lives today. But we’re heading into a new realm as technology now allows us to enjoy a realistic experience through advanced multimedia communication. The results are more immediacy and spontaneity in our communication – making for a much better relationship-building tool – whether you are using video- or web-conferencing, for private or business use.
4. PC power inspires new usage models. Gaming, music and video downloads and streaming, imaging and all multimedia-related applications have become increasingly popular over the last few years.
Interesting predictions, although nothing really earth-shattering. What it does show is that there remains an emphasis on wireless and mobile computing. If technology develops on the scale that Intel predicts though, I think it will continue to push schools to either change or become more obsolete. Either way, the nature of learning will continue to change in that it will become more:
augmented/enhanced/facilitated by digital tools;
participatory (with all sorts of implications for social studies education in such realms as civics education, global participation, activism, etc.);
equal, meaning that “underdeveloped” nations will begin to catch up because they are skipping the desktop/wired stage altogether in favor of wireless mobile devices, esp. cell phones. That this is already having an impact can be seen for example in Kenya, Venezuela, and the Philippines.
Hence the importance of new media literacy skills as I blogged about here.
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