Author: Komlan Edouard Ezunkpe
Moore’s law is named after Gordon E. Moore, the co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor, whose 1965 paper described a doubling every year in the number of components per integrated circuit, and projected this rate of growth would continue for at least another decade (Wikipedia, 2015).
Moore’s observation—the number of transistors per integrated circuit—holds two essential elements: power increase and size decrease. A third component goes side by side with the first two components, the drop in price of the technology. As a result, this observation has become a defining metaphor or law—Moore’s Law—for the predictability of future technologies. In sum, technology evolves and decision-makers or end-users of technologies need elements such as Moore’s Law that can facilitate their efforts in their future predictions.
Notably, technology plays a larger role in today’s education. Any predictions concerning educational technology must analyze its future trends. Thornburg (2014j) suggests six forces that drive emerging technologies: evolutionary, rhymes of history, science fiction, disruptive technologies, increasing technologies, and red queens. In an attempt to predict the future of technology relative to education, one must take into consideration these forces. The end result is extensive since the trend becomes a “history that rhymes,” a technology adopted into today’s education will rekindle tomorrow. In this line of thoughts, Thornburg (Rhymes of History) gave the example of the “email man.”
The email guy travels from village to village on a motorcycle with a small satellite dish and a laptop to allow people to check their email. Thornburg sees this act as an illustration of rekindling an ancient technology where drums were used to communicate with others, (Thornburg: Rhymes of History). Based on this example, I see three technologies that rekindled.
Radiotelegraphy is a technology that writes an instant message at a distance. This technology combines wireless radio transmission and telegraphy. The written message was represented by dots and codes instantly at a distance without a physical object transporting the message. This technology, the radiotelegraphy, rekindled in the era of the Internet creates natural interfaces such as electronic mail and SMS text messaging.
Touch screen devices (tablets, pcs, smartphones)
Centuries ago, before modern educational systems (lecturing, reading, and writing), apprenticeship model was widely used. In this approach, learners simulate their Master’s behaviors/movements. Technology based on behaviors/movements, such as smartphones, rekindled behaviors/movements or simulations used in the apprenticeship model. “Touch is a fundamental aspect of interpersonal communication… Whether a greeting handshake, an encouraging pat on the back, or a comforting hug, physical contact is a basic means through which people achieve a sense of connection, indicate intention, and express emotion” (Brave, 1998). Smartphone/touch screen technology rekindled the sense of interpersonal communication lost in education.
Flipped Classroom is an approach which allows students to learn in informal and non-preset geographical environments as opposed to lecture-based teaching methodology where learners are forced to be at a place at a particular time. Centuries ago, students learned in nature and mostly empirically—by observation and simulating. Today, Flipped classroom rekindled the lost learning environment of centuries ago. Flipped Classroom allows learners to retrieve individual learning space and the liberty to learn ubiquitously.
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Wikipedia (2015). Moore’s Law. Retrieved December from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law