Sunday, January 1, 2012

Episode 8 Podcast - Ed Tech Predictions for 2012

The State of Tech - Episode 8 - "Ed Tech Predictions for 2012"

Summary: In this episode we talk about our predictions for Educational Technology in 2012.

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Awesome Thing of the Week
  • Sean: AirTodo - (99 Cents) Task list for iPhone and iPod Touch. Syncs with Google tasks. Excellent UI. (link), and Handoff - (99 Cents) Universal app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Send web links to your iOS device. Similar to Chrome to Phone.  iPhone/iPod Touch version: (link)
  • Eric C: Android App - Tiny Flashlight + LED - (link)
  • Eric G: Voxer walkie Talkie App - Works on both Android and iOS. (link)
Main Topic - Ed Tech Predictions for 2012
  • Sean: 
    • iPad 3 with Retina display release by Apple in Q1 of 2012. Improved rear facing camera.
    • Google+ will be made available to K-12 with granular control over sharing and individual features.
    • Google enables offline document creation, as well as the ability to create calendar appointments offline.
  • Eric C: 
    • By the end of 2012, there will be a solid quality, easily available, $100 Android tablet. This will lead to much greater adoption by schools. At that time sales of new Android tablets will pass sales of new iPads.
    • Google will roll out the much rumored G-Drive which will allow for automatic syncing of files between your computer and Google Apps. Google will increase free file storage to 25 GB.
    • Traditional touch-sensitive Interactive Whiteboards will decline in sales, as they are replaced by other IWB options, specifically (1) those that use a specialized pen, and (2) tablets linked to projectors.
  • Eric G: 
    • iOS devices will be the dominate tablet for the classroom.
    • Bring on the BYOT!
    • Netflix will dominate all other paid streaming services and will be integrated into cars. Plus... Netflix EDU.
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