Technology has never more rapidly evolved than in the last 100 years but will it keep changing at such a drastic rate? Will we always feel a step behind in the classroom because it takes longer for technology to logistically reach the institute, and by the time it does, it is almost obsolete? There has been some steady progressions of technology addressed in the Horizon Reports each year, however, I find that they do not cover everything for everyone and we are so behind in most instances. I think that educators are only just catching up to the fact that technology allows for the educator to take a step back, loosen control and give more over to students, so that they can direct their own learning a bit more.[youtube https://youtu.be/nA1Aqp0sPQo]
I get a little overwhelmed by the videos out there like the one above as it highlights just how real the impact of technology on the world is. When I was in Year 6, I distinctly remember a class discussion where we pondered the future of education and speculated that it might include computers as teachers. Well that has not exactly become reality, or has it? Whilst I do not believe we are headed towards completely transformed educational institutes, governed by androids who are the teachers and various forms of artificial intelligence, I do think that pedagogy and practice is changing. Have a look at the Gartner Hype Cycle 2014 for emerging technologies and education below.
That’s a pretty real picture of what technology is going to be at the forefront of society in coming years. If we look carefully at the cycle above, it will be in the next 5-10 years that technology explodes again into a world of more 3D printing, robotics, and wearable technologies. However, will they reach the classroom? If so, how and for what purpose and under what infrastructure, funding or initiatives? Some provocation in such images, but I guess its a waiting game too.