What are the “Internet Trends” that educators need to wrap their brains around? That’s the question Will and Bruce kick around as they take a deep dive into Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report released last week. They don’t discuss all 355 slides in the report, but they do pick out several top level themes and discuss the impact those trends will likely have on schools. Such as:
Continuation of the Move to Mobile
Adults spend 5.6 hours a day on devices and 3.1 hours specifically on mobile. To what extent will schools need to support learners in finding balance in life? How will we help students learn how to be physically and mentally healthy in the face of this very connected world? Also, what responsibility do w have to make sure students know about the data their mobile phones are tracking and sending to advertisers?
Voice recognition software is actually meeting the threshold of human accuracy. More products are being developed that are powered by voice. Twenty percent of all queries were made by voice as of May 2016. That number will likely continue to increase because of the accuracy now available through voice search.
There is no doubt that video is king right now. Social media continues to put greater emphasis on video creation and sharing. Bruce and Will discuss how much better video has gotten for learning purposes. In Change School, it is common to have 40 people from all over the world on a video conference at once. The quality is surpassing our initial expectations.
The gaming trends are mind-blowing for educators. Will specifically references slide 80 because of it’s refernce to Modern Learning. Today there are 2.6 billion gamers and the average age of those games is 35. Interactive gaming revenue comes in at $100B. Gaming is optimized for learning and engagement.
Just Dig Into the Internet Trends Report
It is really important to dig into the rest of the report. Take what you can and do your best to think deeply about these topics and the impact they will have on learning. Will and Bruce mentioned Byjus.com which is a learning site from India with some similarities with Khan Academy, but after you see it, you’ll agree that Byjus.com is so much more. We’ll be talking about the report in our Modern Learners Facebook Group. We’d love for you to join us there.