Has technology finally caught up with learning?
By cbeckham on Nov 01, 2007
In the process of promoting our iPod pilot with internal stakeholders (read Execs)......I am frequently asked why I am so keen on the idea now since iPods and iPod like devices have been around for a long time and also the regular iPod is so much cheaper than the new iPod Touch.
Its true that idea of mobile learning....or as we say “Learning on the Go”....has been around for some time and actually many of us have taken advantage of podcasts but in my opinion the technology has finally caught up with the vision. With the original iPod one was required to pre-determine or predict the information or knowledge that you needed or required (preload from iTunes on your laptop)...works good but can be limiting if you don't pick the right information...I liken it to have to select all your Google queries you might need for the day in advance....predicting what information or knowledge you will need during the day...when we look at that way it clearly seems insane......now the big difference I see today, why I think technology has caught up, is the new iPod Touch allows us to decide at the point of need what information we need because now we can access via wireless the information we need at the moment we need it....all streamed in a relatively large viewing screen.
The application of this concept is endless...imagine the service repair man who can pull down guidelines on how to change a part in a machine he has never seen before.....imagine the sales person who pull up short training nuggets on a particular product on negotiation strategy....etc.....I think you get the picture.