’15 The Year of Wearable

’15 The Year of Wearable

Each year I like to try and predict what might be the technology that affects us both in our daily lives as well as education. Predicting the future is fun…if you’re right people think you’re amazing….if you are wrong…nobody really cares. 🙂  Here’s my other predictions….I’ll let you decide if I’m any good at it. 2007: The Year of the Network (Can we say Twitter and Facebook) 2008: The Year of the “Live Web (Ustream.tv and other services take off) 2009: Bringing Social Learning to the Masses (Education goes deeper in understanding social connections) 2010: The Year of the Mobile Web (iPad, Android, iPhone do I need to say more?) 2011: The Year of the QR Code (These little buggers start showing up everywhere) 2012: Mobile and Integration (Chromebooks, iPads, laptops, tablets, phablets, phones…yeah the list goes on and on) 2013: Opps….forgot (Check out these 10 Innovations in 2013 that improved the world) 2014: Preparing for Wearable (Which leads us to 2015)  Last year I wrote: As I wrote a few weeks back, I do think we are in a pause at the moment and 2014 will probably be the last year of it before we start up that next big adoption curve of wearable technology. Yes…the pause is over 2015 is here, wearable is here and becoming mainstream. Between things like Fitbit and watches wearable is only getting better, cheaper and has a real place, I think, in education starting this year. What I am most interested in, and what I feel has the greatest benefit to education, is the health data that these devices help track for people. That’s where wearable is going to start and what it will disrupt and I think there is some huge benefits to the health curriculum in schools. A class set of the cheapest fitbit for example would cost roughly $3000 (though I bet schools can do better). What if we were to give these to students to help them better understand their personal health? Think of the data analysis that could be taught in Math class as well analyzing personal data, whole class data, whole grade level data, and whole school data. All of a sudden the “fun run” the PTA puts on has a whole new curriculum meaning to it. Also there is a social element to health I really want to explore with wearable. We know social plays...

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