My Headteacher is fairly tech savy and often chats to me about technology but this is more often about what we are both interested in- the culture which underpins the use of technology. I was therefore a little surprised when I got an email from him earlier this week about Microsoft Surface. He simply said, ‘Have you played with surface? I can see how this would be very engaging with students’. At the same time I have close colleagues in Holland at the British School in the Netherlands who are heavy users of tablet technology. The love these machines and use them really well but I often comment that the tablet is never going to take off and make it into mainstream use. Looks like I could be wrong on the tablet and my Head might be right with surface!
Microsoft have today ramped up their plans for the use of multi-touch in Windows 7 and for me the key word which will move tablet technology on is ‘multi’. Take a look at this video to see some of the key features which will be with you in the next 12 months.
Is multi-touch important? It was interesting for me that I have now lived 3 months with an iphone and the other day I went to a smartboard (which I have used for 6 years) and looked very stupid. In front of a whole class I was trying to enlarge an image on the screen with two fingers. I was using my smartboard as a multi touch device and there were many giggling students. Multi touch will be a huge factor in our students moving from the mouse and seeing pcs in different ways and environments. The application in the video below gives a real sense of how interactive students will be able to get with their devices.