1. Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less (mobile devices and electronic books).
2. Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years (augmented reality and game-based learning).
3. Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years (gesture-based computing and learning analytics) (p.5)
While exploring these trends in Educational Technology, I reflected on my own recent teaching - "teaching while electronic devices "off". Following the general policy, our syllabi officially stated: "All electronic devices should be turned off and kept in backpacks". The idea behind that rule was to keep students away from distructions and focusing on learning.
The following semester, I decided to change the old practice and allow, or, better to say, encourage, my students to use their devices, such as smart phones or laptops. If anything, I see the importance of using electronic devices in the classroom just for that is what we constantly do in our everyday lives! What is more important, I can see that eagerness with which students react when I ask them to find answers using their devices (as opposed to, on many occasions, their textbooks.) Moreover, using mobile devices allows to finds answers as they arise, turning every moment into a "teachable" moment. While in the past I would ask my students to research for answers after the class and report their findings the next day, using mobile devices as resources allow to do it immediately. While such practice may be still controversial (after all, it is very easy to become engaged into other, non-related to the class materials activities), I see proper lesson planning and class management as key solutions to any misuse. Lastly, as my own experience has shown, laying off the expectations toward the students' using mobile devices up front can also eliminate unnecessary issues during the rest of the semester.
As we were exploring the trends in technologies this week, my classmates and I composed a Horizon Report 2011 Matrix and a Tech Trends Assignment, which included an endless variety of technologies and ways they can be utilized in teaching and learning, ranging anywhere from K-12 to higher education.
Finally, I designed a Lesson Plan that utilizes using mobile devices in classroom. Specifically, how students can keep their devices "on" in order to support their learning. As I am moving away from my previous practices (with the devices turned off), my goal is to stay abreast with the new emerging technologies and successfully incorporate them into my teaching, and, by doing so, to enhance my students' learning and support their effective using of technologies.
Lesson Plan: Mobile Device Supported Learning.
Reference: Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium