This recent article on CNN (http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/26/has.twitter.peaked/index.html) comments on an apparent drop-off in the number of people signing up for Twitter. I have read similar statistics for Second Life. Technology, and perhaps even fashion, is always changing and even quicker when it comes to the Internet. This does, however, raise questions on the use of new technologies in education. Moving beyond being simply fasionable to using technologies effectively in teaching takes time, research, experimentation, training and development: do new technologies allow this investment or are they simply too ephemeral? By the time IWBs become widely used will they be old fashioned and replaced by something new? Does this mean it isn’t worthwhile exploring the role of technologies in education at all? Fortunately, or unfortunately, to my mind we have to explore the use of technologies because of the wealth of opportunities they offer and also because, if we have experimented with Version 1.0, Version 2.0 will be even easier to deal with 😉 What is more, unless we are planning early retirement we will probably have to use Version 3.0 regardless so … knowing the benefits and pitfalls of the first two will certainly help.
A dedicated follower of fashion?