Saturday, 31 December 2011

Information overload?

Jerseyville, Ontario 1979. Celebrating a New Year’s Eve bash with 20+ (cousins) counting down America’s Top 40. Between belting our best “M” song impersonation to sliding across the floor doing our best John Travolta – we were fearless.

I grew up listening to AM radio. My small transistor radio could pick up two local stations in Hamilton (CKOC and CFTR) The 70’s provided a wide range of music which led me to cross over to the FM dial to more grass roots music with Q107 and CFNY (80’s). I still remember my first record player – I could play the DJ and spin my own 45’s (over and over and over again) then moved up to the alternative LP’s on upgraded Hi Fi system. The last 20 years (90’s and 00’s) have been transformed by pioneers who provided a vision for how we consume and distribute music.

From a technology perspective; we’ve come a long way from punch cards, the first microprocessor, ARPANET (Internet) and the first personal computer (Wikipedia’s timeline of computing)

Fast forward to 2011, a great deal has changed:
1)      The new desktop is a device that fits in your pocket
2)      Technology is social and highly interactive

According to the KISS Marketing blog: people see more than 34 billion bits of information per day – an equivalent of 2 books a day online.  In-Stat expects mobile application downloads to reach nearly 48 billion in 2015.

How should we address information overload in 2012?
Are we effectively harnessing the potential of mobile to transform the class room experience?
Who should pay for mLearning? Student, Institution or both?

Happy NY!


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