Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just How Far Has Educational Technology Come in a Short Time?

It has been a while since I wrote anything on this blog (just two post in 2014 all together) and while at home one day, I decided to look back at my blogger account and check out what used to be.  Upon looking at the most popular posts, I came across my "Doing a Flip Across the Curriculum" Post.  you can click here to see the post.  The post was about the use of FLIP cameras in the classroom.

Here we are, four and half years later, where are FLIP cameras?  Gone, because technology has moved that quickly.  Now, they are in just about every student's phone.  So when you go back and look at some of those suggestions on using a FLIP camera, it seems like these educational technology ideas would be so much easier with just the use of cellphones.

Four years ago, we were looking at Clicker systems and working to embed those into the curriculum.  Here we are today and we have the same occurrence.  Clickers are now our students cellphones.  There are so many options out there for clicker systems that it can be overwhelming.  Free Technology for Teachers has provided a useful post and as well as broken them down into a chart for identifying the best option that will work in your classroom.

It appears that my time away from blogging about Educational Technology has greatly impacted my own ability to keep up with the rapid changes in how we can embed technology into the classroom.  It is amazing to see how quickly technology has changed in the past 5 years.  Makes you wonder what will be next.

What changes have you seen?  What is out there now that we didn't have just 4 years ago?  What was all the rage 4 years ago that has seen its impact decrease?  What has still kept up with the changes?