2012 with 20/20 Hindsight

In reflecting on 2012, I wanted to start with my top five themes for education list in reverse order:

1. Consumerization versus Craftsmanship

Grade A-: On my top theme for 2012, I submit that I was right on the money with this observation.  While consumerization has continued unabated in 2012, the necessity of having a thoughtful plan to manage security, data, people, apps, devices and services has become crucial (Wicklund, 2012). While the number of consumer devices continue to rise in our classrooms, authentic learning with consumer technology is still elusive. I expect craftsmanship to trump the rise of consumerization in 2013–even with 25% Americans owning a media tablet device.

2. Immersive Learning Becomes Practical

Grade C+: The seeds of immersive learning were planted in 2012; however, the evidence suggests that more cultivation is needed to achieve its full potential. The challenge is that only well-funded developers have access to the wherewithal to produce these immersive experiences today. The technology must become more consumer-friendly or at least prosumer-friendly so that more educators can produce the learning experiences with the content they have available.

3. My Data Trumps My Devices Rhetoric

Grade B+: Where is my data? If you have used more than one device, during the course of the day this year, you have likely experienced the challenge of working across multiple devices and services. In 2012, Microsoft expanded services like Skype, Lync, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, and Office 2013 to make working across devices and the cloud easier. Just as the growth of streaming music services and broadband penetration has almost eliminated the need for MP3/media players, I expect the same reliance on a specific device for all storage and apps to decline. Today, you can see this expressed best with Windows 8 and Microsoft Account where your data and apps follow you across devices.

4. Innovation at Scale Requires Standardization

Grade A+: No one has come out with a better wheel yet! The standards most relevant to the education sector are still evolving in usage, adoption, and scale. The gap right now is that there is no one right way of doing anything. There are lots of approaches and options to making teaching and learning more effective.  We will continue to see pockets of innovation for a little while longer.

5. Social, Search, Presence, and Mobile Are The New Sexy

Grade C-: Please do not misinterpret this grade.  The rest of the world has enjoyed the Social, Local, and Mobile (SoLoMo) advancements in smartphones, devices, and services in 2012 (Brush, Krumm, Karlson, & Teevan, 2011). However, we are still in the nascent stages of ‘SoLoMo’ becoming  significant in education. The pieces are on the board…we just need proper assembly. This is a huge opportunity to take Gardner’s spatial and interpersonal intelligences into modern learning.

Well, I did not get everything right. Neither did the Mayans on the long count.

In 2013, we will just have to see if I am more precise.

Happy New Year!

Brush, A. J., Krumm, J., Karlson, A., & Teevan,   J. (2011, September). Understanding the Importance of Location, Time, and   People in Mobile Local Search Behavior. Retrieved from Microsoft   Research: http://research.microsoft.com/apps/pubs/?id=153023

Wicklund, E. (2012, August 31). The problems with BYOD. Retrieved from Government Health IT: http://www.govhealthit.com/news/problems-byod