At the recent OSSTF Technology Conference, I had the chance to enjoy the session “How the Internet of Things Might Look in Schools of the Future” by Ramona Meharg. She led off her descriptor with a statistic from Cisco and I was hooked. How might it look?
The session was interesting and engaged the audience. Through a selection of videos, she introduced a concept and then we had a chance to talk about the implications at our individual tables.
One of the observations that our table drew, and it was acknowledged by the entire room when we brought it to the big discussion, was that all of the videos that she showed were professionally created by businesses. None of what she showed us was created by a School District or a Ministry/Department of Education. It leads to the question and a fear.
Are we going to allow industry to drive the future of our schools? Where are those educators who purport to lead us in this discussion? Do we want a future driven by forces outside of education or do we want it driven by a educators and supported by what technology can provide?
Needless to say, and somewhat comforting at a Technology conference, our humanity voice won out over something connected to the Internet in the ensuing discussion. It shouldn’t be lost though that we all had our devices open doing various things – because we could. My notes, for example, were stored online so that I could access them anywhere after the event.
And I wanted to. There was one particular video that I wanted to revisit but no URL had been taken during the presentation. But, I found it anyway. I went to Ramona’s Twitter account where she had a link to her blog ” My Circus…My Monkeys“. As luck would have it, her last post deal with this topic and she and a partner had created a Thinglink composed of links to videos based on an organizer.
I was able to find the video that I wanted. I decided to share the link with you because you might not have been in the room with us. It is a nice curation on the topic. You might want to tuck it away for reference or a provocation later.
Of course, all of this would be moot if I wasn’t connected to the internet in the first place…