In the last five years, disruptive technology has widened the generation gap faster and further than it has in the past.
Tech columnist David Pogue from Yahoo Tech talked about disruptive technology that is changing our lives in the closing keynote at the CoSN annual conference on Friday, March 21. Some of the technologies he highlighted include augmented reality, the Internet of Things and self-driving cars. The augmented reality app Word Lens, for example, translates words on a sign through live video, showing the English translation on the device's screen. And the Internet of Things allows people to remotely control and monitor Web-connected devices like thermostats and security cameras.
Pogue also mentioned two wearable technologies that he thinks won't make it, at least in their current state: Google Glass and the Samsung Gear smartwatch. It doesn't make sense to hold your wrist up to your ear, he said, because it's easier to just hold a phone. But some day, someone will make great improvements to this technology. For example, wearable technology in the fitness arena is currently seeing success in the marketplace.
Moving on to students, Pogue reinforced what most educators already know: Communication has to be made in real time through social media and texting. Many students don't use the traditional forms of communications that adults do, such as email and landline phones.
He touched on student data privacy as well. When the requested data is anonymous and in aggregate form, students don't mind providing it to receive a service, such as traffic patterns on a map. But they draw the line when someone gathers data attached to their name.
Finally, he encouraged educators to get up to speed on disruptive technologies and the potential they have for learning.