Monday, October 25, 2010

How Long Does it Take for Technology to go Mainstream?

The Gartner Group recently released a report examining the time to maturity for 1800 technologies.  Living in this digital age, as educators we have found ways to adapt to new ways of creating, reviewing, and sharing information.  For some, this means just ignoring new methods and sticking with what works.  For others, it's a seemingly never-ending game of 'let's see if THIS works', as new tools are replaced by newer ones.

Education will always be lagging behind the rest of society when it comes to the use of technology,  but as the pace of 'new' continues to increase, it's imperative to jump on the bandwagon sooner than later.  Many of these newer technologies are dependent on working knowledge of it's predecessor, so the longer we wait, the longer it will take to understand them.

Here's the graphic.  Note, most of these technologies are predicted to take 2-5 years for mainstream adoption. Don't get left behind!

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