I remember when I first read “MindStorm” (Papert, 1980). An old book with a futuristic View!… Thank you Papert. It is very sad how slow the educational system adapts technology. Until today a few schools teach code to their students as a mandatory subject. Even though programming means: project-based learning, applied math, creativity, and lifelong learning skills.
I see the future of edtech as a unified. Students will master writing code. Different programmable products both hardware and software will emerge. Learners will build learning as they learn. Web 2.0 will become Web 0. which means that people or young people or learners are capable of building environments from scratch “Zero” and make their own rules “Open/Closed”. We can see that trend today in the dark web.
But why unified. Because if we look at the telecom industry it is now in the unified communication era. Which means that all products, software and hardware, talk together. We also saw that recently with gaming when Xbox connected with PS. The force of openiess end-users request pushes competitors to work together on a common ground to connect their solutions and respond to the consumers’ demand. So Unified edtech means that any piece of software or hardware connects together in a way. The future is where people become producers all over again, yet now its technology as the seed to build the fruits of education.
I love to hear about your thoughts on edtech future.
Papert, S. (1980). Mindstorms: Children, computers, and powerful ideas. New York: Basic Books.