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Envisioning the future of education technology

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Why look at education?

Education lies at a peculiar crossroad in society. On one hand it has the responsibility of anticipating real-life skills by preparing us for an increasingly complex world – but education methodologies can only be formalized after practices have been defined. This dichotomy is particularly aggravated when it comes to technology, where fast-paced innovation and perpetual change is the only constant.

This visualization attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades. Despite its inherently speculative nature, the driving trends behind the technologies can already be observed, meaning it’s a matter of time before these scenarios start panning out in learning environments around the world.

 

Reflection: This big picture shows the ways the students who are taking Technology can going to be in future, it provide a lot of careers and pathways to let people to see the technology has good career’s future. Our life need technology, our society need people who are working for the Technology things!

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2 Predictions For The Future Of Education Technology

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Long story short, most edtech startups are the same. From where I’m standing, the biggest verticals in education that startups are tackling are in the form of ‘big data’ and ‘apps’ and ‘online learning.’ All great things but it would appear that everyone and their mother just discovered that there’s gold in them thar edtech hills. While most startups begin with an honorable goal and worthwhile effort, most fail. That’s just the story of startups. We don’t have 4,000 different Facebooks, do we?There’s only one Instagram, Twitter, and Google. There are certainly copycats, spinoffs, and other versions of all these major players … but there’s only one big kahuna for each sector.

Bear with me, I swear I’m not rambling here.

So we’ve established that there is really only one king of certain sectors. For the edtech world, those are easy to quickly rattle off: Edmodo, Twitter, Khan Academy, Evernote, iPads, and a few other big names we talk about all day long on Edudemic.

These big names are doing a swell job at helping education usually making heaps of money at the same time. So, bully for them. But what about the other would-be leaders? The 1,000+ startups that all want a piece of the edtech pie? What does the future look like for them?

I’m glad you asked, dear reader. (Also, thanks for making it down this far in the article. We haven’t even answered the headline for this article so kudos to you!) The future of education technology is not a new app, tool, or teaching method. I love flipping my iPad to IWB my PD as much as the next guy, but it’s not the tech that’s important here.

Option #1: Big Names Stay Big

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The first potential future of education technology is most likely to happen. It involves the big names remaining big in their respective industries.Apple, Google, Evernote, etc. Each of these brands will continue to innovate and schools around the world will adopt whatever they roll out. Mind you, not everyone will adopt everything. But it’ll essentially be business as usual. Apple will come out with an iPad 9 and your child’s school will, one year later, say that they’re adopting 900 iPad 9s for K-12. Sounds just like this year … and last year … and the year before. People love their iPads.

So what will happen to the many edtech startups as the big names stay big? Companies like Edmodo and Grockit continue to dominate headlines on TechCrunch, the New York Times, and the like? Well, they continue to nibble at the scraps left by the big names. After all, no one company is ever able to eat 100% of the pie. Look at Apple for example. They try to eat the entire pie and then Google came along to snap up more than half of their pie. That’s the nature of open markets.

So this is basically the ‘business as usual’ option which the education world should be quite accustomed to at this point. After all, you can’t swing an iPhone without hitting a story about the current ‘disruption’ happening in education. But that’s mostly where any change is happening. In the media and in the headlines. Most teachers I’ve spoken with over the past several months describe either a big uphill battle to get any proper technology integration or they just talk about standardized testing. Not exactly a massive disruption, in my opinion.

Option #2: Actual Disruption

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If we were to see some actual disruption and change in education, it’d start happening very soon. It would take the form of the big players in edtech slowly ceding more and more pieces of the proverbial edtech pie to startups and other organizations. For example, Apple would see their presence in the classroom erode thanks to new tabletslike the Amplify Tablet, a custom-built tablet designed for classrooms. I saw quite a few negative comments to the Amplify tablet and actually some pretty angry people at a recent conference talking about how tablets in general are beyond the ‘buzzword’ phase and are simply costing school districts more money than they have. Personally, I think tablets can be very useful and powerful learning tools in the hands of a quality teacher / facilitator.

But whatever your opinion, the important part is that people are talking about non-Apple tablets. They’re talking about a tablet that was built by a much smaller company that could theoretically replace costly iPads. In this option, those upstart options actually take over the spots currently held by Apple and the other big names. Whether it turns into total fragmentation of the edtech market or simply more choices for teachers, admins, and students … it’s a new scenario for the education world. Actual options!

The exciting part about this second option for the future of education technology is that it actually might happen. Emphasis on might. Apple’s market share is eroding and there are many (MANY) startups looking to take just a slice of the Apple education pie. So if you want to be a fortune teller and try to predict if this second option actually happens, here’s how to start reading the tea leaves:

Keep an eye on the new non-Apple and other big name options. For example, if the Amplify tablet takes off even a little bit, that’s likely a harbinger of things to come. On the flip side, if the Amplify tablet and other devices start to dwindle OLPC-style, then we’re likely continuing on business-as-usual for quite some time.

In Summary

So whatever happens, the smart money is on the big names staying big. But I wouldn’t count out the droves of startups looking to actually disrupt education. That disruption would take the form of actually replacing the big edtech names with others. But it’d be exciting to watch and could mean an improved education experience for all.

 

Reflection: This blog shows the own opinions about the futures education of Technology, but i think it is make sense. It shows connect think of the people’s thoughts with the real company needed or did.

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The future of IT will be focus to three types of jobs

Takeaway: The IT profession and the IT job market are in the midst of seismic changes that are going to shift the focus to three types of jobs.

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There’s a general anxiety that has settled over much of the IT profession in recent years. It’s a stark contrast to the situation just over a decade ago. At the end of the 1990s, IT pros were the belles of the ball. The IT labor shortage regularly made headlines and IT pros were able to command excellent salaries by getting training and certification, job hopping, and, in many cases, being the only qualified candidate for a key position in a thinly-stretched job market. At the time, IT was held up as one of the professions of the future, where more and more of the best jobs would be migrating as computer-automated processes replaced manual ones.

Unfortunately, that idea of the future has disappeared, or at least morphed into something much different.

The glory days when IT pros could name their ticket evaporated when the Y2K crisis passed and then the dot com implosion happened. Suddenly, companies didn’t need as many coders on staff. Suddenly, there were a lot fewer startups buying servers and hiring sysadmins to run them.

Around the same time, there was also a general backlash against IT in corporate America. Many companies had been throwing nearly-endless amounts of money at IT projects in the belief that tech was the answer to all problems. Because IT had driven major productivity improvements during the 1990s, a lot of companies over-invested in IT and tried to take it too far too fast. As a result, there were a lot of very large, very expensive IT projects that crashed and burned.

When the recession of 2001 hit, these massively overbuilt IT departments were huge targets for budget cuts and many of them got hit hard. As the recession dragged out in 2002 and 2003, IT pros mostly told each other that they needed to ride out the storm and that things would bounce back. But, a strange thing happened. IT budgets remained flat year after year. The rebound never happened.

Fast forward to 2011. Most IT departments are a shadow of their former selves. They’ve drastically reduced the number of tech support professionals, or outsourced the help desk entirely. They have a lot fewer administrators running around to manage the network and the servers, or they’ve outsourced much of the data center altogether. These were the jobs that were at the center of the IT pro boom in 1999. Today, they haven’t totally disappeared, but there certainly isn’t a shortage of available workers or a high demand for those skill sets.

That’s because the IT environment has changed dramatically. More and more of traditional software has moved to the web, or at least to internal servers and served through a web browser. Many technophobic Baby Boomers have left the workforce and been replaced by Millennials who not only don’t need as much tech support, but often want to choose their own equipment and view the IT department as an obstacle to productivity. In other words, today’s users don’t need as much help as they used to. Cynical IT pros will argue this until they are blue in the face, but it’s true. Most workers have now been using technology for a decade or more and have become more proficient than they were a decade ago. Plus, the software itself has gotten better. It’s still horribly imperfect, but it’s better.

So where does that leave today’s IT professionals? Where will the IT jobs of the future be?

1. Consultants

Let’s face it, all but the largest enterprises would prefer to not to have any IT professionals on staff, or at least as few as possible. It’s nothing personal against geeks, it’s just that IT pros are expensive and when IT departments get too big and centralized they tend to become experts at saying, “No.” They block more progress than they enable. As a result, we’re going to see most of traditional IT administration and support functions outsourced to third-party consultants. This includes a wide range from huge multi-national consultancies to the one person consultancy who serves as the rented IT department for local SMBs. I’m also lumping in companies like IBM, HP, Amazon AWS, and Rackspace, who will rent out both data center capacity and IT professionals to help deploy, manage, and troubleshoot solutions. Many of the IT administrators and support professionals who currently work directly for corporations will transition to working for big vendors or consultancies in the future as companies switch to purchasing IT services on an as-needed basis in order to lower costs, get a higher level of expertise, and get 24/7/365 coverage.

2. Project managers

Most of the IT workers that survive and remain as employees in traditional companies will be project managers. They will not be part of a centralized IT department, but will be spread out in the various business units and departments. They will be business analysts who will help the company leaders and managers make good technology decisions. They will gather business requirements and communicate with stakeholders about the technology solutions they need, and will also be proactive in looking for new technologies that can transform the business. These project managers will also serve as the company’s point of contact with technology vendors and consultants. If you look closely, you can already see a lot of current IT managers morphing in this direction.

3. Developers

By far, the area where the largest number of IT jobs is going to move is into developer, programmer, and coder jobs. While IT used to be about managing and deploying hardware and software, it’s going to increasingly be about web-based applications that will be expected to work smoothly, be self-evident, and require very little training or intervention from tech support. The other piece of the pie will be mobile applications — both native apps and mobile web apps. As I wrote in my article, We’re entering the decade of the developer, the current changes in IT are “shifting more of the power in the tech industry away from those who deploy and support apps to those who build them.” This trend is already underway and it’s only going to accelerate over the next decade.

Reflection: This articles shows the different ways of technology careers, and focus the society problems of the technology future. The TIME is change everyday, the trends of careers still change everyday.

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A career in technology in MICROSOFT

This infographic is one I came across in late 2012 that has been used by the Microsoft recruitment team to show the wide and varied careers available at the company. Whether it’s search, cloud, social, NUI, gaming, developer tools, phones, Windows, Kinect – there is something for everyone.

 

Reflection: our society need the Technology, Form the picture we can see Microsoft need a lot of Technology; thus i think the Technology is good future of teenagers if someone like learn about the Technology.

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Best Technology Jobs

Technology has become the prime facilitator for sharing products, information, and news. Things move at a quicker pace and the obscure can become notable in a flash. For example, political scandals that would have taken days to unfold now do so within minutes of going viral. iTunes not only powers music’s headline names but also accelerates the rise of those from the underground. As technology seemingly advances its way into every nook and cranny of our society, the job market for individuals with vast knowledge of it is ever expanding.

 

Those who can dissect the inner and outer workings of a desktop as easily as scientists do specimen will excel as computer systems analysts. The job entails designing and developing computer systems and knowing the ins and outs of hardware, software, and networks. Median Salary $78,770

Do your neat-freak tendencies extend to the digital sphere? If so, you might want to work as a database administrator. Those with a knack for creating, upgrading, fine-tuning, and testing modifications for databases will go far in this profession.Median Salary $75,190-Software Developer
If the thought of writing software code in solitude excites you, then you’re in luck—software developers are in the top tier of our list of the Best Technology Jobs. This sector will add 143,800 jobs by 2020.Median Salary $89,280

Is that website yours—the one with all the neat graphics and widgets? You might be comfortable working as a Web developer. These professionals should see about 65,000 newbies join their ranks in the next few years. Median Salary $77,990

Computer Programmer

Patience, endurance, and a generous understanding of how machines function will benefit those interested in computer programming. These tech-savvy specialists rewrite, debug, maintain, and test the software and programs essential to key computer functions.Median Salary $72,630

Mechanical Engineer

A creative mind and math smarts make for a solid foundation when entering this profession. But couple those attributes with real world know-how and you could end up working on projects as diverse as skyscrapers in China or oil platforms in the Gulf coast.Median Salary $79,230
These tech wizards are the go-to person when your email won’t send or Microsoft Word doesn’t open. As the head of the IT department, they ensure that a company’s network is operating smoothly and that dangerous threats like hackers and malware are kept at bay.Median Salary $118,010-Computer Systems Administrator
Without the expertise of network and computer systems administrators, your office network would be hampered by a string of technological glitches. Aside from maintaining a healthy computer network, they also lend their tech knowledge to managing telecommunication networks. This profession is expected to add 96,600 new positions by 2020.Median Salary $70,970

The concrete streets you walk, the asphalt highways your wheels caress, and the buildings you sit in were all planned by civil engineers. If you want to be the designer who keeps our society humming, this job is for you.Median Salary $77,990

 

Reflection: Sometimes i would think of the technology, what the future career of technology. And now, i knew that there has a lot of careers of Technology. Our society need them, and technology has a lot of different parts, for example engineer, IT Manager.