Recently, one of my past university professors reached out and asked how he could get students in his advertising class to adopt new media as part of his classroom instruction. “Give them assignment using Twitter,” was my reply. He couldn’t have been more stoked, and I couldn’t have been quicker to answer without really thinking about what I just said.
As I later wondered how interesting a concept this was, I further began to think about how the use of micro-blogging to communicate in an academic environment was really something that students could get excited about, even if it is just an experiment. I then thought of how other forms of technology could be applied to other subjects such as my geology class. I loved to study the subject, and I would have loved to have used a mobile phone with the ability to geo-tag photos of the field trips we took every week and upload them to Flickr, and to later be able to go back and look at all the beauty we surveyed, from the desert sands to caves to the tops of mountains, all categorized and stored by location, along with annotations of other things that were observed today. Take that one step further to provide geo-utility with mobile devices also acting as SPIMES or using augmented reality to layer the same data from past trips onto mobile devices as they are used to view natural objects on trips from future classes. All of this providing a completely new and immersive experience, all just to learn about rocks, or anything else for that matter.