Ray Fleming (@rayfleming) opened up the FOTE10 Conference and used the Microsoft Vision of the Future video to illustrate some of the possible changes in technology that could impact on learning in the not to distant future.
If you have not seen the video it is worth watching. It was produced about 14 months ago and its interesting to see how many of the ideas in the video have already started to become reality, how many of the ideas will never become reality (because we have already found better solutions) and how many of the ideas that I want to become reality very quickly!
Ray then provided a more detailed overview of some of parts of the video. He also talked about some of the other things that have been built as concept models in Microsoft Research Labs.
MS Soap (I’ve not heard about this for a while) but I thought it was a pretty good idea when it was first rumored in 2006. Basically it’s a mouse that you can use to control a computer wall from anywhere in the room with a high degree of accuracy.
Round Screens (Microsoft Sphere) I like the idea of both rounded screen and surface computers because I think they encourage collaboration. But they still need to reach an appropriate price point for schools and be developed along with pedagogy.
Video Walls again been around for a while. I would love to see some of this technology in schools. For example, imagine a classroom that you could make to look like the rainforest if you were studying the Amazon.
Touch sensitive phone but on the back of the device so you can always see what you are looking at. In interesting idea but I’m not sure how it will catch on in a device as small as a phone – I think that your hand holding the phone might get in the way?
Microsoft Kinnect was the last technology that was mentioned – again I just think that this has huge potential for education.
Anyway, I enjoyed Rays talk and I’m pretty sure he was using PowerPoint Plex for his presentation – it was a pretty slick performance and he handled the questions from the audience really well.
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