OLTD 509 Week #2
As I start to look into emerging tech and plan for my seminar, I find myself wondering what the timeline of adoption will look like for these new innovations. When will augmented reality move from the realm of the early adopters to an every-day tool? When will 3-D printers move from universities and tech start-ups, to the homes of the working class? Is this already happening? It feels like it is, but I’m not sure if I feel that way because this course (and the OLTD program) is making me that much more aware of the developments in the world of cutting edge technology.
I find myself wondering which of these technologies will be around 5 years from now, and which will morph into a version that better suits the public need. As these innovations become more common-place, what will replace them as the new cutting edge idea/program/interface? Things move so fast these days, It feels like an impossible task to keep track of everything that is making waves in the tech industry. From my own research for my seminar, I have found it interesting that an idea such as the QR scanner, which took off fairly recently, is already being replaced by the likes of image recognition software in our smartphones. What will the next step be? Is there an end point in all this, or will we keep refining these tools?
I like Avi’s method of applying a filter to these innovations, and developing a way to sift through all the information to take away only those things that will be meaningful to our own personal practice and philosophy of teaching. More than ever we are having to become curators of our own professional development, and having a strong idea of what works for us as individuals is paramount if we are able separate that which is useful from the surrounding noise. It is exciting to think that we have more options than ever to realize our own individual teaching philosophies.