The 4 Biggest Things Impacting Education Technology

POP QUIZ: What do you think are the most important features of educational technology right now?

At an Adobe MAX talk by Michael Gough, Vice President of Product Experience for Adobe, he detailed what he thinks are the 4 biggest things impacting education technology.

His talk focused primarily on user-experience and the best ways to determine what good design is…but he also touched on how and why educational technology comes to be.

It seems that most educational technology tools are created to fill a niche or help a particular group of people / students. That much is clear. But what are the biggest things impacting educational technology? Thanks to Gough, we now know what Adobe thinks are the most important things:

1. Connectedness: Gough says all devices are now linked like never before. This means all students can finally interact the way we’ve all been expecting them to. He says this is actually a new development and connectivity is finally reaching a mature state like never before.

2. Interaction: It’s now (finally) easier than ever before to actually interact. From Skype in Education to Cisco products to simply having collaborative Google Docs and other edtech tools, we can all now finally work together.

3. Mobility: It’s easier to bring (and use) devices anywhere. Like with connectedness, this is getting to a point where devices are ubiquitous and expected. Gough elaborated to say that many people actually form emotional attachments to their devices.  After all, the P in PC stands for personal!

4. Size: Gough says the move is actually getting towards things being BIGGER and not smaller. By this he means that classrooms would benefit from huge screens displaying collaborative work rather than smaller single-user devices. Added bonus: things are getting bigger and cheaper at the same time.

What do you think? Is there another thing that’s really driving educational technology right now? Weigh in down in the comments and I’ll add your item to the list above!

5 Comments

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  3. Dave Webster

    October 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Interesting stuff, and largely on the ball. The real challenge may be getting academic stuff over certain anxieties…

    At present a minority innovate, and many try to ignore technology.. Greater buy-in from educators is next step before this can make the difference it has potential to…

  4. Dave Webster

    October 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Interesting stuff, and largely on the ball. The real challenge may be getting academic stuff over certain anxieties…
    At present a minority innovate, and many try to ignore technology.. Greater buy-in from educators is next step before this can make the difference it has potential to…

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