The popular social media company Snapchat (soon to be renamed simply 'Snap') has released news of a product which might just revolutionise the wearable technology industry. Snapchat's Spectacles are stylish sunglasses that have a built in camera that is capable of recording and sharing to the web up to 10 seconds of video from the wearer's eye level perspective. Remember Google Glass? Well, it failed largely because of two factors - it looked ridiculous on the wearer, and it cost a lot of money, even in its development stage. It was never brought to market. Snapchat's young CEO Evan Spiegel has ensured that Spectacles avoid both those issues.

These images show what we got up to with our first year education students on their first full afternoon of specialist study in computing and ICT.

In small groups they were asked to design and construct a Lego robot, and then program it to race around a circuit, with a prize for the winners! This is not as easy as it sounds. There are a myriad of problems to solve.

A few years ago I presented a keynote for the Reform Symposium. Now, for those who are unfamiliar with the Reform Symposium, let me explain: It's a 72 hour live web based symposium that follows the sun.

Participants can join in and leave at any time, as the rolling programme of keynotes, discussions, panels and seminars/workshops plays out in real time on screen. It has been called PD in your PJs, because many participants watch from their beds in the late evenings or small hours.
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Graham Attwell over at Pontydysgu (Bridge to Learning) has challenged me to take five pictures that depict my working space as a learning space. For me, my working space has always been my learning space (well, ever since I became involved in education anyway). This is because I consider myself to be a professional learner. I get paid to teach and research at Plymouth University, but this all comes about through my own personal learning.

There are very few people better placed to provide an overarching view of how universities across Europe are adapting to the digital economy than Leslie Wilson. She is Secretary General of the European Universities Association, and was a keynote speaker at the EDEN 25th Anniversary Conference in Budapest.

During the conference we sat down to discuss her work.

In 1997 I was invited to Ankara, Turkey to participate in a week long conference - the Second International Symposium on Distance Education. The entire concept of distance education was quite new to me at the time, as was travelling to other countries to hear different perspectives.
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Certainly, distinctions between versions of the Web are artificial. A decade ago, when Tim O'Reilly wrote about 'Web 2.0' and others intoned effusively about the 'Social Web' or the 'Read/Write Web', they were remarking about emerging features of a vast and ever expanding technological infrastructure, rather than any physical compartmentalisation.

We can't accurately predict what will happen in the future, but we expect it will be different to anything we have already experienced. One recent disruptive innovation is mobile technology. It's astounding to think that only in recent years have we had the capability to create connected technology that can be carried with us, anywhere we go. Wearable connected technologies are now common place.

In the not too distant future, wearable technology will extend beyond gadgets.
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The future? It's a little like looking down a long, meandering corridor. A corridor of time where the end is indistinct, and where the lights are flickering on and off erratically. I think I once stayed in a hotel just like that. It is unclear, far from determined, and fraught with surprises and turns, with dim areas of doubt and uncertainty. The future is a slippery thing that cannot be held in the hand. In short, it can't be accurately predicted.
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As can be seen in previous posts on this blog, I have worked for just over 40 years in educational technology and have been witness to many astounding developments, including the introduction of personal computers, the Web and smart phones. All of these are now embedded into everyday use and have been applied to enhance and enrich learning experiences.
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