I was sent a blog post today on the Future of the Internet. More specifically the article discusses whether or not surfing the web as we know it, ie browsing webpages, will be replaced by using downloadable apps on mobile devices. The conclusions are that, for the moment, both will probably continue to be of importance and the future may be difficult to predict (surprise!). The debate does, however, have implications for teaching. Nicky Hockly on her blog http://tinyurl.com/6ffhke5 has many posts related to the use of mobile devices in education while Ceri Jones http://cerij.wordpress.com/tag/email/ illustrates how technology can still be used very effectively on a simple, low-tech level.
Both these blogs are looking at how technology can enhance the learning experience and how that learning can be encouraged to evolve not just inside but also outside of the classroom. How all that remains to develop in the future remains to be seen. In my working context hand-held devices are still not that common amoung my students but neither were mobile phones not that long ago. The future has a nasty habit of sneaking up behind you, tapping you on the shoulder and speaking in the Past Simple!
The original article is at: http://tinyurl.com/66yclyd