Emerging Uses of Technology in the Real World

Videos We Viewed During the Presentation

Did you know? Shift Happens (2014 Remix) (Translated versions) [Did you know? - Remake of the Shift Happens video 2009 Update]

Introducing Le Book - A great video that helps us to recontextualize emerging technologies in the context of things that are familiar to us. Here's another version that will help you to think more carefully about multiple literacies as you watch

The Book - Revolucionario

Adorably Perplexed Kids React to Rotary Phones

The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version) - A fabulous video created by an anthropologist from Kansas State University that explains how emerging technologies are changing culture, society, and each of us!

MIT Media Lab's I/O Brush - Gotta love people who using art to rethinking cognition, education, writing, etc. AMAZING! Visit here for more info.: http://web.media.mit.edu/~kimiko/iobrush/ or here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4184160.stm

Surface Computing - Microsoft's new coffee table, complete with wireless transfer among devices! Also available: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4217348.html and more here:

Splicd: Surface Computing (Intro)

Splicd: Explanation of Surface Computing & Demo of Info Exchange Between Devices

Full Video: Surface Computing (Popular Mechanics) (See same video below from YouTube)

Surface Computing Innovations: Play Together

We're Not in Kansas Anymore, Toto! ;-)

"'We need to get away from the notion that computers are something we go use in a lab once a week,' he says. 'When was the last time we sent kids to a pencil lab?'" - Lehman, Chris. (2006, November). Technology & Learning, p. 19.

  • For what future are you preparing YOUR students?

  • What implications does this have for the WHAT, WHY, and HOW of their learning?

  • What implications does this have for the WHAT, WHY, and HOW of your teaching?

  • How can we create shifts of mind that will move us from thinking about teaching, to thinking about learning, and from thinking about learning to thinking about living?

Powerpoint Presentation

Literacy for the 21st Century Language Learner


  • What does the cultural triangle from the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning have to do with understanding literacy?
  • How are the products, practices, and perspectives of a literate person in the 21st Century different from those of someone who is illiterate?
  • Why do multiple literacies matter?


Kendall, Cindy, & Kendall, Bryan. (2007, November 28). Tech Toys. Photo taken in Williamston, MI (on a cell phone!). Used with permission.

Bendable Video

  • SolidieoPr0ductionZ. (2007, May 26). Sony's flexible, full-color LED. YouTube. Retrieved 2007, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9YA6zSFCng - Interesting video in Japanese that demonstrates what happens when a company like Sony starts thinking about applying the concept of flexible, full-color electronic paper to video! (Video has disappeared.)


(Chat with A.L.I.C.E.)

Electronic Paper

Epapercentral.com - A website that aggregates news related to developments in electronic paper

(No longer available)
  • AmzonKindle. (2007, December 1). Jeff Bezos and bestselling authors discuss Amazon Kindle. YouTube. Retrieved December 7, 2007, from http://youtube.com/watch?v=pv9nvVTtm08 - Obviously an ad, but it shows you how the concept of electronic ink and electronic paper are already being applied and marketed. For those of you who were doubtful about the idea that books will ever be replaced, note that this device was released in December 2007 and Amazon is taking an initial loss in the price of its books in order to launch it.

Electronic Paper with Wide Distribution

Carnoy, David. (2008, Sept. 8). Marketing ploy of the year: Esquire's digital e-ink cover. CNet. Retrieved Sept. 8, 2008, from
http://news.cnet.com/8301- 17938_105-10035276-1.html

http://www.esquire.com/the- side/video/e-ink-cover-video

Cover Hacking
http://blog.makezine.com/ archive/2008/09/esquire_eink_ cover_hackin.html


http://www.engadget.com/2008/ 09/08/esquires-e-ink-infused- magazine-cover-shown-on-video/

http://www.theglobeandmail. com/servlet/story/RTGAM. 20080908.wgtesquire0908/ BNStory/Technology/home

Electronic Paper & Mobile Computing Converge

Fingertip Surround Sound

Battino, David. (2006, November 13). Surround sound in your fingertips. News. Retrieved November 14, 2006, from http://www.oreillynet.com/digitalmedia/blog/2006/11/surround_sound_in_your_fingers.html


Ciprick, Nathan. (2004-2005). Half the Story!—The Line. Gamics.com. Retrieved December 2005, from http://www.gamics.com/gamics/HL2/0006.php

Heat-sensing Shower

(2006, February 16). Water-pressure powered light up shower. Gizmodo. Retrieved February 18, 2006, from http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/waterpressure-powered-lightup-shower-155266.php


(2006). I-shirt makes us ihappy. Gizmodo. Retrieved February 18, 2006, from http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/clothes/ishirt-makes-us-ihappy-155598.php

MIT Media Lab's I/O Brush

Mobile Computing with RFID

MP3 Player/Recorder Watches

(2006, February 17). Thanko MP3 player/recorder watches. Gizmodo. Retrieved February 18, 2006, from http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/thanko-mp3-playerrecorder-watches-155581.php

Organ Printing

Decellularized Organ Scaffolds

Create a Beating Heart in the Lab

Instructables: Ghost Heart in a Jar

QR Codes


(2006, February 17). Japanese schoolkids + roboguards = crazy delicious. Gizmodo. Retrieved February 18, 2006, from http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/robots/japanese-school-kids-roboguards-crazy-delicious-155516.php

Smart Pens

Fly Pentop Computer

Covert, Adrian. (2008, January 28). Smartpens: Livepulse smart pen digitally copies notes, records 3D audio. Gizmodo. Retrieved March 17, 2008, from http://gizmodo.com/349511/livescribe-pulse-smartpen-digitally-copies-notes-records-3d-audio

Surface Computing

  • Ted Talks: Jeff Han - A fantastic video that demonstrates many ways that emerging technologies (such as multitouch sensors) are going to change the way we interact with ideas, concepts, information, and machines.

Video Stamps

Virtual Keyboards

(2006). Tech Tips. Spyjournal. Retrieved February 18, 2006, from http://www.spyjournal.biz/techtips/images/bluetooth%20virtual%20kb3.jpg

Virtual Mirror

Vedrashko. Virtual shoe-fitting mirror by adidas. Retrieved March 9, 2007, from http://adverlab.blogspot.com/2007/03/virtual-shoe-fitting-mirror-by-adidas.html
Now available: http://uk.gizmodo.com/2007/03/06/adidas_tries_on_virtual_shoe_f.html

Wearable Computing

Motorola Audex Jacket

Nokia's Morph Concept - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX-gTobCJHs&



Other Interesting Links

Cat Herders - Great for considering the idea of multiple literacies.

Epic 2014 - An 8-minute video that offers a potential "history" of the future of media use.

Hecktor - Print from your laptop to the wall with only a can of spray paint and some string.

Nintendo's Wii Becoming a Big Hit in Nursing Homes Nationwide

Photosynth - The software in this video takes tagging to a whole new level . . . combining architectural principles and metadata from Flickr images to yield a hyperlinked network of images that can then be spatially related to produce multidimensional renderings.

Shift Happens - Uses statistics to paint a picture of the implications that globalization and the spread of emerging technologies have for education.

Pay Attention is actually better than Shift Happens b/c it includes nearly identical info., but w/ source cites at the bottom of each slide.

Student Life & Student Technologies - A PowerPoint presentation (in PDF) that shows how emerging technologies are likely to change the way students learn and live, and the implications that has for the design of educational facilities

Technology Revolution - Contrast the video below (Jeff Han) with this one created by Anny Fritzen.

Ted Talks: Jeff Han - A fantastic video that demonstrates many ways that emerging technologies (such as multitouch sensors) are going to change the way we interact with ideas, concepts, information, and machines.

Trendwatching.com - Super set of extremely thoughtful articles that combine emerging tech trends with savvy marketing principles to provide powerful perspectives on change, marketing, and a host of other topics. Much of this is extremely applicable to education.