Daily Diigo Bookmarks from Steve Yuen 03/22/2010

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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One Response to Daily Diigo Bookmarks from Steve Yuen 03/22/2010

  1. jwoodwards says:

    One of the posts above linked to a discussion on five technology trends for 2010. Bridget McCrea recently wrote the article “5 K-12 Technology Trends for 2010” in THE Journal. While the focus of the article was on the K-12 world, I think Bridget’s predictions could also come to fruition in universities and colleges.

    The five technology trends mentioned were the proliferation of eBooks, the growth of netbooks, increased use of interactive whiteboards, infiltration of personal devices (e.g., smart phones), and the emergence of tailored curricula. Each of these predictions seems quite feasible. However, one of the comments posted with the article review caused me to pause and think.

    The comment pointed out that one of the trends seemed to stand juxtaposed against the others. The prediction concerning teachers’ increased use of interactive whiteboards seemed contradictory to the other trends. The reason for this is because the trend to use interactive whiteboards is a teacher-driven method, while all of the other trends employ student-driven approaches.

    The two student-driven trends that will need to overcome the greatest challenges in implementation are the inclusion of personal devices and tailored learning. The obstacle for both seems to be uniformity. There are a myriad of different mobile devices, and educators must strive to find universal ways to use these devices. Currently, most approaches utilize one specific device at a time rather than several at one time. A tailored curriculum is by definition not uniform. However, finding a streamlined approach to accomplish tailored curriculum is needed.

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