From taking two technology in education courses to renew my teaching license, I have become aware of how much technology is impacting, can impact, and will impact education. Lacking technology in my own education, and not having a natural inclination to it, I definitely have gained insight to how I can learn to use it in my future classroom. Although I have learned many useful ways to implement web 2.0 tools that are free and I am hopeful to use them, I still worry about what I will do in my actual classroom when it comes to lack of access to computers and digital tools and other such challenges.
When watching the videos for Thin Clients and Blade PCs, I felt like I had seen them in schools already. From substitute teaching, I see a vast difference in the technology from one district to the next. However, I do not get to see exactly how it is utilized. What a relief that there is finally technology being created that is not just meant to have to be purchased anew in two years or so. One major obstacle of technology in education was the cost of maintenance and replacement.
The videos on Virtualization were more challenging for me to follow. There was a lot of “techy lingo.” However, from what I understood, it has many benefits, including: keeping the main hard drive safer and cleaner, allowing multiple operating systems and one physical machine, cutting costs almost in half, better resource utilization, shared physical memory, easy to move files, and more. The VMWare video also emphasized the safety of using virtualization technology. I foresee Virtualization becoming more adopted by K-12 schools in the future, although teacher training may be an issue with this.
The ZDNET article gave me a lot of insight to the growth and future of Gesture-Based Learning. I like that the article proved what a great impact GBL can have on education, yet also acknowledged the issues associated with this technology, such as cost benefit vs longevity, training, the novelty factor, and feasibility. In my opinion, GBL would be a very motivational tool that could help improve student understanding if it could be properly implemented. However, with so many obstacles, I am not sure how far off this technology is from the average classroom. From what I understood of the video interview of KinectEducation, GBL is beginning to be designed for and implemented into education.
Learning Analytics (big data) sounds overwhelming to me right away, but the more I read about it, the more it made sense. From the video with Steve Schoettler, I could tell the need to move to big data when he mentioned being two years behind for data regarding the nation’s education to be gathered and processed. Learning Analytics also has the benefit of gathering and measuring a lot more areas of assessment, such as with current personalization. It also allows for more frequent assessment in turn to tailor instruction to students’ needs. It is exciting to think of what a positive impact this technology will have on education.