When watching the videos this week I could not help but think that these technologies are very complex and the pathways of technology movement was very fascinating. At times, it was hard to wrap my brain around the different technological lingo. I think to some varying degree that these types of technology have already started to plant a seed within the confines of the classroom environment.
For example, I have recently had a conversation with a fellow educator from another state and she was talking about how her elementary school were looking to integrate a more unified data system. They have just upgraded to using Blade PCs to help supplement the technology in their school. Before this week, I had no idea that they even existed. From her description, they were financially feasible, and were easier to maintain since they can be replaced without the adverse effects of lost information, she also noted that there are fewer security issues. They do sound promising, I would be curious to see if there are any schools in Oregon that are implementing them.
After watching the video on virtualization I think that it could help strengthen the infrastructure of the computer networking system to allow for multiple operating systems. The article and the video mentioned that virtualization is faster; performance is better, and operating is enhanced. Again, I think that this type of system would supplement Thin Clients and Blade PCs but it would be a matter of time before they would be in the classroom.
As a child, I remember sitting underneath the tree as a ripped open a present underneath the Christmas tree to reveal the original Nintendo Entertainment System. As I played it I though there could never be a game better than this. However, things change and even technology changes, it evolves into something much bigger than words can describe. And then when Xbox introduced Kinect I thought what else is there? No more physical controllers needed, the death gripping, sweaty cramping hands as you navigate around obstacles in your way are a thing of the past. Just gesture based movements to control your movements and navigate through your interests.
I can definitely see gesture based learning providing an outlet for engagement in the classroom as well as an outlet for those students who are more bodily kinesthetic than others. But where education is currently, I do not see it becoming a common place just yet. I am hopeful but I mean the disparity of technological resources in classrooms around just the Willamette Valley area is huge. I do think that we all will be using some form of gesture-based learning at some point in the near future.