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Living on the Future Edge

Living on the Future Edge
Windows on Tomorrow

November 2010 | 184 pages | Corwin
This is a book for primary and secondary educators (leaders and teachers) about change-change that is a result of using new technology; change in how we get information, entertain ourselves, communicate with others, do our work, teach, and learn. This book is also about the power of paradigm to shape our thinking, the pressure that technological development is putting on our paradigm for teaching and learning, six exponential trends in technological development that we cannot ignore, what these trends mean for education, new skills for students, new roles for teachers, and scenarios of education in the future.

The first half of the book explores this world of technology and the 6 exponential trends in technological development that govern it while the second half of the book examines its impact on education, learning, and teaching, and forecasts a vision for the future. At the end of each chapter are discussion questions useful for jumpstarting conversations and thinking about change both personally and professionally.

6 Exponential Trends:

1. Moore's Law - technological processing power and speed doubling exponentially at least every 12 months.

2. Photonics-exponentially increasing bandwidth speeds

3. The Internet revolution

4. The age of Infowhelm

5. Disruptive technology that eventually diminishes or replaces the previous generation of technology.

1. The Paradigm
2. Assessing Your Paradigm
3. Technology of Change
4. Mounting Paradigm Pressure
5. Living Life Like a Quarterback
6. Moore's Law
7. Photonics
8. Internet
9. InfoWhelm
10. Disruptive Technology
11. Time for Education to Catch Up
12. Education in The Future
13. New Skills for a New World
14. New Roles for Educators
15. What Does the Future Hold?
16. Another Look at the Future
17. The Need for Vision

"Technology has changed how we get information, how we entertain ourselves, how we communicate with others, how we do our work, how we teach, and how we learn. This book is also about why you as an individual and as a teacher must change the way you look at the world."

Ian Jukes, Author

"This inspirational work empowers us with tools, ideas, and a sense of urgency to apply 21st century fluencies into our practice."

Cynthia Sistek-Chandler, Department Chair
National University, La Jolla, CA

"The authors take you to the edge of technological innovation and give you a glimpse of a future bearing down on us like a freight train. Thankfully, they provide perspective to help steer that train and take it some place desirable. It’s a wild educational ride that will allow you to see the future in new, more helpful ways."

Jason Ohler, Author
Digital Community, Digital Citizenship

"This book should be used as “The Big Read” for the entire learning community."

Meg Ormiston, Author
Creating a Digital-Rich Classroom

"This book helps all of us—educators, researchers, and parents—cross over to meet the needs of our children in this age of the “knowledge society”. Everyone should delve into this book!"

Kim Ibach, Educational Team Leader
Natronna School District, Casper, WY

"The authors have laid out a vision that educational leaders can use as a blueprint to advance 21st century skills in today’s students. Educators worldwide can benefit from their insight to develop the integration of technologies and improve student learning."

Brian Talbott, Executive Director
Association of Educational Service Agencies, Arlington, VA

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ISBN: 9781412982351