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The Technology Disruptions of Today

on March 21, 2014

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.

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Tanya Roscorla

Tanya Roscorla covers education technology in the classroom, behind the scenes and on the legislative agenda. Likes: Experimenting in the kitchen, cooking up cool crafts, reading good books.



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on Mar 25, 2014
I am not sure I like the idea of inserting tweets as part of an article. I feel they were just used to fill space. Also, It looked like the tweets were done just for the article.
on Mar 25, 2014
@Eric Thanks for your feedback! I basically used them as quotes to make the story a bit more visually appealing. I'll keep your comments in mind for the future.
on Apr 2, 2014
I'm sure I don't like inserting tweets as part of the article. It destroys the flow of content and is a slippery slope towards dissolving an already eroding sense of academic grammar.