The first post!
Well, here it is, my first post on my brand new blog site! What better way to start than with TED.
Jan Chipchase is a researcher for Nokia and this presentation is about his research about what the future of mobiles will look like.
He speaks about a world that is ever changing and the way people - particularly people on the streets of very poor countries - adapt mobiles for their own uses in a way that he could never predict. However, he says that it is his job to listen to them, to find out what they are doing and work with that. Interesting when you consider that Apple is doing everything they possibly can to lock down the iPhone so that it can only be used for the purpose which it was intended.
As teachers I have always maintained that we are preparing our students for their futures not oursâ€¦ We should start listening to our studentsâ€¦
A couple of key phrases stood out for me from this presentation:
- Mobiles are â€œTranscending space and time in a personal and convenient mannerâ€.
- The way in which mobiles are providing â€œImmediacy of objectsâ€. My own example of this is that with access to wikipedia on-line via mobiles, our students have more than the equivalent of Encyclopedia Britannica with them at all times (plus much much more of course!)