The six minute video, “Productivity Future Vision (2011)” provides an interesting glimpse into our future which MAY be increasingly filled with cloud-based data accessed on differently sized, touch-based devices.
This video is part of a new marketing campaign by Microsoft and General Motors called “Productivity Future Vision.” It’s quite interesting this video was produced by Microsoft, since (at first blush) it appears to be an Apple ad championing the predicted ubiquity of iOS-powered touch devices. It’s worthwhile to watch this video and look for:
- Things people commonly do today, but may not do with the same ease or tools
- Things people are NOT doing today, because the tools or capabilities simply aren’t there presently to do them.
Most of the scenes fit into the first category. Perhaps this is to make us (the viewers) more comfortable with the projected future. Lots of things are similar, but people are doing them with the iPhone 27 and the iPad 24.
In terms of the educational vision this video portrays, it’s pretty mundane. The student is doing independent homework, basically CAI (computer aided instruction) on a flashy touch interface, but she’s not collaborating with peers or creating shared work. She works a division problem with a stylus and is rewarded by an animated bear who walks across the screen. It’s Math Blaster, sans weapons, version 666. She videoconferences with her mom to ask for help with a recipe, but that’s doable today with iPhone4 smartphones connected to wifi networks. There’s not anything here which is really revolutionary from an educational standpoint.
What is clear, and I think it accurate, is that devices and data are becoming and will become increasingly embedded in the ways we live our lives and interact with each other. Data does and will increasingly live “in the cloud” and be accessible on multiple devices. For educational leaders, a clear takeaway is the importance of our networks and data pipes. We need to build robust, flexible, smart, and fast networks capable of handling an exploding cascade of data which is already washing over “our shores.”
Got a “smart network” at your K-12 school yet? There’s no time like the present to start building. The data is here and more is on the way. So are the devices: big and small screens, and thinner than ever. Technology will continue to become an intrinsic part of who we are and what we do in the months ahead. Bet the farm on it. It’s happening and will continue.
It’s rather amazing to realize the iPad was “just” introduced in January 2010. Cloud-based, app-driven touch interfaces like the iPad are changing the ways many of us interact with information and other people. But there’s more…
These changes are just beginning. Hold on to your smartphones. (and hats…)
The future has arrived. It’s our job to write the next chapter together.
Hat tip to Dr. Fred D. Rhodes for sharing this video.
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