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Technologies that are changing and will change the world

Technologies that are changing and will change the world

What may sound like far-fetched predictions now could be popular digital learning tools down the road.

Well before the days of Siri, functional educational robots, and touch technology, futurists and technology enthusiasts made predictions that ended up being eerily close to some of today’s most popular technologies (just check out the Knowledge Navigator). Technology is constantly evolving, and ed-tech advocates know that what may sound like far-fetched predictions now could be popular digital learning tools down the road.

During an ISTE 2013 session on future technologies that will impact and shape schools, presenter Howie DiBlasi, an Arizona Vocational Teacher of the Year, educator and CIO, and digital technology supporter, told attendees that some technologies, including a mind-reading shopping cart and a space elevator, are either in the beginning stages of development or are not as far off as some may think.

Does wearing analytical underwear sound appealing? Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. A Finnish company called Myontec is marketing underwear embedded with electromyographic sensors, which, according to Wikipedia, “can evaluate and record the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles. DiBlasi said the applications are many—medical professionals could collect important data and people could monitor their diets.

(Next page: Eleven more future technologies)

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  1. Thomas.G.Layton

    June 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Yes, that is the question. The answer, however, is NOT- “all students should have the same knowledge and skills.”

  2. zanepub

    June 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

    To be quite honest, while this is all very interesting looking ahead into the future, what is rather disappointing is that there are some Techologies that have been thoroughly researched, and are now being deployed in America today, that despite the very real benefits they are bringing to children of all ages and ability, are not receiving any exposure or coverage by magazines as this.

    A perfect example of this involves the use of subtitles on video that enables students to improve their reading and literacy skills at the same time they are studying a range of other curriculum subjects.

    A range of identities including Greg McCall, the late Alice Killackey, Brij Kothari and Zane Education have been working on this solution for several years, and even the Dept of Education released the first formal Research document on this in January of this year, yet the average teacher in America is still completely unaware of a solution that provides the opportunity to not only address the sub-standard Reading and Literacy Skills of children in every classroom this country, but also provides a very real solution for a range of Special Needs children.

    What makes this situation worse is that Alice Killackey’s work is now being deployed in Australia and New Zealand, Brij Kothari has received acclaim from the likes of ex-Pres Bill Clinton for his successes in India, but the children and students in the very country where much of this successful research was completed, are not receiving the benefits from it.

    Granted this work might not appear as miraculous as the use of some newly designed super-chip, but the opportunitiy it offers to every child in this country is very real. Why should other countries be able to enjoy the benefits when our own teachers remain blissfully unaware of it’s existence.