Write a 400-700 word blog post where you react and respond to the material in the videos. How do you think the technologies will impact your classroom? How soon will you see those impacts? What kinds of changes could this have in your professional life? Do you think such technology will be implemented where you work?
All of these technologies are pretty amazing. The one that caught my attention the most was the gesture based learning. Honestly, I thought that this kind of technology was only for the movies. Then the Wii came along with its advanced movement technology but still needed a controller to be able to sense the movement. Then when the Kinect came along for the Xbox platform, I was amazed that there was no physical controller needed. Not only that, but this technology was not just for the rich and famous. The average household can now use this technology for playing games, watching television shows, and using the internet.
These videos showing how it is the next approach to educational learning are fantastic. Students would be far more engaged in accessing this technology in regards to educational content in the classroom. Or if they have this technology at home they could use it for educational purposes as well. Although I think it will be years before the Kinect technology is common place in schools. My school just recently acquired SmartBoards for the majority of classrooms and some teachers are still using overhead projectors for everyday use.
The other technology I think would greatly impact student achievement and learning is using feedback in a more real-time way with analytics. It’s so true that the world of education is usually at least two years behind with data and tracking. I’ve always wondered why it takes so long. If we can access and use data in a quicker way, it would be so beneficial to educators. I’m really hoping to see these changes in the near future. It doesn’t seem like the analysis time frame will be extensive.
Another one I really liked was using the thin clients and blade PC’s. It would save so much space in our IT department not to mention in our classrooms and in our labs. I also like the fact that if one has any issues, then it can be replaced easily without any loss of information. Also they seem very secure from viruses and hackers. Again, I don’t think they will be in our school anytime soon. We just spent a lot of money on getting new Mac’s in our lab so I don’t think our district will be looking to spend more on technology for another couple of years. But I really hope we will be able to utilize it in the near future. The only major con I see is in the cost of replacing everything and the waste that is a result.