Plenary VI:
Imagining and planning for emerging technologies

Plenary VI:
Imagining and planning for emerging technologies

Sunday, November 23, 2003
9:00 - 10:00 am

Phillip Crompton, Principal- Vantage Technology Consulting Group

Institutions are faced with an ever-increasing range of options when considering educational technologies. Tomorrow’s classrooms, libraries and information commons must be designed to be flexible, efficient spaces where students and faculty can interact without technology acting as a barrier to participation.

The approach that leading institutions are taking to planning for their next technology-equipped spaces will be outlined. We will discuss the future of presentation, capture, distribution and head-end technologies that will be key components of the next generation of electronic classrooms and other learning spaces. The current state of the industry and future directions for display, sound reinforcement, student participation, control and stage management technologies will be described. Questions to be addressed include:

  • how will convergence impact classroom technologies?
  • wired or wireless networking in the classroom?
  • what is the future of display technologies?

Using examples from the latest in classroom technology design, I will:

  • show you how to develop a strategy for the implementation of technology at your institution
  • help you to determine the levels and types of technology most appropriate for various classroom styles
  • address the requirements for classroom media infrastructure to allow new systems and technologies to be added to the classroom in the future, and
  • provide a timetable for the introduction of new technologies to help you to structure your investment in technology and minimize future obsolescence.