What the Web of Tomorrow Will Look Like: 4 Big Trends to Watch

From Mashable comes another of the prediction pieces that appear around the start of each new year, this one is different in that elements of each of the predictions are already apparent. It will be interesting to review the article 10 years hence just to check the progress, or lack there of, towards these expected outcomes. Each prediction brings with them some major collateral considerations for schools. The ubiquitous wireless connectivity will pose considerable problems for education authorities wishing to restrict student access. Catering for multiple access devices will cause pressures on school budgets if traditional strategies of having all students using common hardware persists. Alternatively if schools embrace multiple devices, pressures on teachers who are unable to “learn” how to use a range of devices will increase. Touch and voice input challenges traditional instruction based around text based paradigms and that’s all without considering whether students will allow schools to embrace social media use or whether they will resist educationally based iterations for “non-tainted” versions.

Did you know that it’s been nearly twenty years since the first website was placed online? Have you ever thought about how the Internet and the web have evolved in time?

Ponder it: the Internet, a complex series of interconnected networks, protocols, servers, cables, and computers, has evolved from its early days as U.S. Department of Defense research project into the foundation for the World Wide Web, what we use today to interact with one another via browsers, email, Twitter, Skype, and millions of other online tools.

As we approach the imminent launch of the Apple Tablet and analyze new trends coming out of out of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (our full coverage), now is good time to reflect on what the web will look like in the next decade — and beyond.

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