Digital technology use is becoming more common in the school setting. Mobile technology users can access digital media through the iPhone, iPad, Android Tablets, and Smart phones. Gesture learning and accessing technology through physical movement is forefront in current technology trends. Our students are experienced with using game technologies such as Nintendo, Wii, and XBox. They are ready to apply their gesture learning experiences in the classroom. Other technologies like gesture based learning, virtualized technology and analytics are also moving to the current positions in business, education and everyday use.
Kinect and gesture based learning can be used on the PC through Microsoft technologies. This brings the possibility to apply gesture based interfaces to the classroom. Kinect Education.com has developed a program to use gesture based learning. It was developed to invite and share gesture based technology in the educational setting. The community forums provide information about using these technologies and the site is free. I appreciate the opportunity to explore gesture based learning in a community forum. For some time I have been very interested in getting a Smartboard for my classroom. It would be a great source for representing and manipulating information in a variety of subjects areas. They offer great interactive features to encourage student response and use current technological systems and software to promote attention, in an interactive classroom, a virtual environment to manipulate information and inspire learning.
The topic of virtualization is an upcoming technological trend in business fields and education. The advantages of virtualized infrastructure simplifies bringing vast technology services to expanded uses in a group setting. Virtual technology helps us do more with less. It saves time, money and reduces security issues. Resources can be provided and servers extended increasing storage and networking capabilities. The management functions can take place through automated operating systems, reducing future expenses and the ability to maintain large systems with many users.
Recently, I had a conversation with our district technology coordinator. We discussed the topic of losing technology systems and funds to maintain them. He is now single handedly managing technology in our district. No wonder they are removing systems. I can visualize future virtualized systems to replace high cost, over used, unsupported problematic technology.
It appears that virtualized technology can run multiple operating systems on one piece of hardware with the costs reduced to nearly 50% of a single operating system. The advantages seem great. Many systems can operate at the same time, and files may be moved, managed, or recovered through simple memory management or copy and paste file features. These features and advantages invite the change to the use of virtualizaton.
Another current technology topic is Learning Analytics. We can think of Google Analytics and the idea of data mining or the process of looking at data. What can we learn from the analysis of data? This is a good question, especially in the world of information technology where users are producing input and output of data that is relevant in many levels including business and education.
I enjoyed Steve Schoettler’s presentation on Learning Analytics. He carefully explained the importance of data collection as it relates to decision making and teaching. His point of using data to drive decision making and tailoring instruction to help make performance gains is key to improving student achievement.
At a higher level of education, The University of Phoenix describes learning analytics in the article Driving Decisions Through Analytics. The purpose and process for using intelligent information technologies shows how research and the analysis of data relates to decision making, and the role of information technology in higher education.
With the current technological trends in business, education and general use, we must not overlook the options and advantages in future technologies.