Mobile technology in education
We need to have a national agenda on K-12 education that includes mobile technology and support services that will help provide personalized education. It would seem to me that President Obama would have an easier path toward success if he had set education as the top national priority, and required that we develop a personalized education process that utilizes mobile technology for every American K-12 student.
With that objective, we could wrap technology around a process where all 55 million K-12 students are set on a path toward high school graduation in which their minds learn at their own rate. We may still celebrate formal graduation in the spring each year but, in fact, students will be "graduating" at different intervals, with many moving on to take college-level courses while still in high school.
I believe that part of the total solution is to use mobile technology to enable the required personalization, with devices including next-generation e-books (that incorporate color, touch, animation and an external keyboard), convertible pen-based notebooks, netbooks and low-cost notebooks-all utilizing embedded wireless communication.
I have discussed this at length with Tom Greaves, head of The Greaves Group. His firm provides consulting services on the use of technology in the K-12 market. He provides the following observation:
"The most effective way to improve K-12 education outcomes is to personalize the experience. In order to personalize the experience, you have to move from print to digital. But once you move from print to digital, you need to develop personalized processes instead of assembly line 'spoon-feeding' of lessons. Schools are looking for a single mobile device that will meet all of their needs, at an attractive price. This equates to a $100B shift in educational system spending over the next 10 years."