Posted by: crudbasher | December 3, 2010

10 Strategic Technologies in Education for 2011

The Stormfront (image by Sean Heavey)

I came across this study by the Gartner organization where they predict the biggest influences in 2011 in the technology world.  It’s interesting to see how this can affect education. (I’m not going to comment on all 10)

1. Cloud Computing – This is having your whole IT infrastructure off site and run by someone else.

Education take: I can’t see any reason anymore for school districts to manage their own IT systems.  Just contract with an outside company to buy what you need.  They worry about updates and keeping up with technology.  I think the time is right for lots and lots of oursourcing school computing needs.

2. Mobile Applications and Media Tablets

Education take: mobile technology has finally matured to the point where it’s practical to use them as learning devices.  The lower price point makes it a lot more feasible right now to create a 1:1 computing environment with tablets and phones.  What is interesting is many of these devices (mostly smartphones) are not tied to the school’s infrastructure.

3. Social Collaboration and Communications

Education take: Our students are adopting social media faster than the schools themselves.  We will rapidly reach a time where having students work by themselves will seem strange to them.  It’s time to open up Facebook and Twitter to school kids.

4. Video

Education take: Many kids will learn better from a video than from a book.  Now we need a large amount of content.

5. Analytics – data processing to find trends

Education take: We are being able to gather more and more information about how kids learn. Once testing and assessment goes onto computers, we will be able to know what they got wrong and right, but also how long they took and what forms of questions they did well on.  This will allow differentiated learning and personalization of instruction. Of course, this can also be used to further enforce conformity, which would be bad. Analytics is a double edged sword.

6. Ubiquitous computing: computers are everywhere and in everything

Education take: This one will take a bit longer than 2011 I think but will eventually happen.  Computers will continue to drop in price and increase in power.  Just doing the math you can see in 2020 we will have computers a million times faster than today and a thousand times cheaper.  We really might see disposable computers.  Sound crazy?  Well we have disposable cell phones right now.  10 years ago that was crazy.

The future is hurtling towards us!

H/T 21st Century Fluency Project

  • List of upcoming technologies

    tags: technology gartner list

    • Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2011. The analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 21.
    • “Companies should factor these top 10 technologies in their strategic planning process by asking key questions and making deliberate decisions about them during the next two years,” said David Cearley, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.
    • Cloud Computing.
    • Mobile Applications and Media Tablets.
    • Social Communications and Collaboration
    • Video.
    • Next Generation Analytics.
    • Social Analytics.
    • Context-Aware Computing.
    • Storage Class Memory.
    • Ubiquitous Computing.
    • Fabric-Based Infrastructure and Computers.

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