What We Thought The Future Of EdTech Would Look Like In 2006

year 2006The year 2013 is already here for some parts of the world. As the final post of 2012 here at Edudemic, I thought this would be a useful one. It’s a presentation made in 2006 that showcases what we think the future of edtech will look like. The slideshow was uploaded by on Nov 14, 2006.

Happy New Year, by the way!

Key Takeaways

  • It details how much we were spending on students in the 90s and early 00s.  Pretty significant growth.
  • The number of schools with web access hit 99% in 2002-03.
  • The number of students per computer dropped from 6.3 to 3.1. That number is presumably much (MUCH) lower now.
  • Internet2.com was viewed as a big up and coming emerging technology
  • Learning applications would be huge. Note the fabulous Geocities-esque design starting on slide #12!
  • Steve was spot on with identifying handheld devices, tablets, and wireless computing as something to watch for.

1 Comment

  1. Dan Maas

    January 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Well, spot on naming tablets…? But he was thinking of tablet computers (as shown in his slide) which continue to struggle for market-share today. The tablet NOW means a cell phone operating system loaded on a larger touch-sensitive device… significantly different and far more limited that what he cited in the slide. So, I think it’s a stretch to say we, who were touting tablet computers back then, really pegged it. Wireless has become just what we thought it would be in 2006, but it was hard to miss that one… it was like predicting the freight train arriving when it was looming just a hundred meters from the station. And Internet2 continues to be the hobby of higher education; yes it is faster, but is it really being used with any significance in K-12? It’s primary purpose is shared video conference courses and trying to drive college courses to K-12 via video not only sacrifices many of the human elements to learning but also faces scheduling obstacles to boot. As such, it’s just not that commonly used.

    What has surprised me the most since 2006 is Google Docs (and more precisely Google Apps for Education, first introduced in October of 2006). Who would have guessed in 2006 that we would get free office productivity software with unparalleled collaborative features (I have observed classrooms with 50 simultaneous collaborators working on a single document) and unlimited native file storage? And an additional 5 Gigs of file storage of any type? And 25 gigs of free email to go with it? All integrated into one FREE package provided online via ANY device from anywhere in the world with superior encryption and data security than almost any public school district could possibly deploy for comparable services? That is certainly amazing and has been transformational for the use of technology for instruction in our district.