So the keynote was by Jon Burgess of Apple who did an excellent job outlining what educators should focus on for the future. He spoke a great deal about the disconnect between student technology expectations and the technology available in community college and university classrooms. He spoke about students feeling that walking into a classroom was like boarding an airplane where all the technology is turned off for the duration of the flight (or classroom). He indicated technology can be better integrated into the classroom. While it may seem a bit self-serving, I think it is wonderful that a major technology company is focusing on education.
One of his first slides was right up my alley, it had 4 different types of people:
- Gen X
- Gen Y
- Tweens (10-12)
One thing that was particularly interesting is that Jon mentioned that it used to be that technology in universities and colleges used to be ahead of consumer technology but now, consumer technology has overtaken academic technology and students have far greater expections about technology than what is taking place in the classroom.
He also mentioned that traditionally, IT departments in schools and organizations had three purposes:
- Protect Information
- Perserve Investement
- Minimize Risk
Finally, Jon indicated that community college faculty are in a unique situation to impact the education of Gen Y and to make a difference.
All in all a great keynote and I am sure the other guy from Apple did a good job as well.
*Disclaimer: All pictures in this blog post were taken with an iPhone (however, the computer used for making this entry is not Apple-based.
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