Back to the Blog (and work) after being ‘off air’ due to a lightning hit & feeling the need for a break from everything…
The Trendsters are making their proclamations for 2008 . Closer to home, Jerry’s list shadowed my experience of purchasing a computer/peripherals. Especially liked this one from The Sydney Morning Herald (thanks Grant)
1. Google will still have access to more information about you than your mother has.2. The DVD drive on your computer will still be ideal for holding your first cup of coffee while Windows Vista loads.3. Internet filters will still require children to help their parents view the websites they want.4. Spammers will still exploit the inverse relationship that exists between IQ and greed.5. Social networking sites will still be the best place for identity thieves to refine their craft.6. People will still visit Second Life trying to discover if there’s something to do other than to see if there’s something to do.7. YouTube will still be the definitive source for guidance on how to train cats to flush a toilet.8. Mobile phones will still come with a choice of 200 ring tones, none of which anyone wants.9. Broadband in rural Australia will still involve paper cups and string.10. Video iPod users will still squint into postage-stamp screens and convince themselves they’ve enjoyed watching something.
In my work space I’m hearing calls for orientation to ‘immersive learning’ (why not a good dunking) and Web 3.0(…why not). I think the reality check of the BECTA report (Times) says it all- lets just genuinely deliver what the teachers/students want in an accessible environment which supports online learning and leave the semantics to the spin merchants.