Technology to Change the Future

The future of learning is being shaped at an exponential rate due to the ever increasing advancements in technology. Gamification is the idea of taking game mechanics and thinking then integrating it into non-game environments. Recently, I traveled to California to attend Educause and I had the privelage of listening to Jane McGonical deliver her keynote. Awesomely it was recorded and I can share it with you! Watch the following video that was from the October 2013 Educause event.

Higher Education Is a Massively Multiplayer Game (Jane McGonigal)
The success of education and communication in the future will rely heavily on technological skills and advancements. Students of the future will need to know how to navigate in a highly technical world in order to learn, engage, and succeed. Write a detailed reply that explains how having technical skills in web design, desktop/mobile publishing, and social networking will be mandatory for the next generation of learners. Write about what education paradigms (patterns) have changed from the time you started school until now.


2 thoughts on “Technology to Change the Future

  1. trallen1

    Education patterns have dramatically changed over the years for me. Back in the day, computers were not even around to search for the definition of a word. You would have to look the word up in the dictionary. In elementary school, I started playing games on the computer to help me learn to add and subtract and how to spell words. If we were in the olden days, they would have to learn with paper and a pencil. Technology is improving everyday. Now kids have their own tablets or Leap Frogs to play educational games. I think kids should start taking typing classes and word and PowerPoint classes in elementary school and continue taking computer classes, as they grow older because technology is going to run the world. By starting young, they will know the basics of computers and then start taking web deign classes and other advanced computer classes. Kids and teens are on their phones, social network, or computers at least four hours a day. I know my generation is more tech savvy than my parents, but when I have children they will be beyond as tech savvy as I was.

    1. Abdoanmes Post Author

      If you think about it though, kids of today have grown up WITH technology their ENTIRE lives. I don’t think they will need to take classes because they will have known nothing else! Take my sons for example, they both have tablets and have learned about touch screens, and now they expect it by default on devices and know how to navigate menus as good their parents. They will be required to type much earlier than I (we) ever did because that has become part of our culture. (Think email and texting) Maybe they won’t even need to “type”, but maybe Swype because the keyboard is changing as new smart devices are being developed. These changes will steer how we design our multimedia intefaces and build onto our current technological infastructure.

      I do have to admit something. I have been coaching an 8 year old in learning HTML and CSS this year via email. He is a friends son that is interested in technology and is running a website for a video game he loves. He has already learned a bulk of what I am going over in class this semester. At first I ws surprised, but after while it’s evident that the youth of today are using technology much more effeciently than our generation due to it being an integral part of their daily lives.

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