It’s not a question of ‘if’ anymore, but “when and how quickly"? Many schools have adapted or are starting to adapt and tap into the potentials of using mobile & wearable technologies and the flexible options that come with it in it's use in the classroom to support and enhance pupil learning. The focus now, and rightly so, is on the ‘learning’ and the ‘impact on pupil progress’ rather than the technology itself or on the teaching administration. Schools (and teachers) who haven’t yet explored this option will soon be left behind and may find it difficult to ‘adapt’ to their learners who live in a world where technology, digital skills and social media are ‘disrupting’ everything around them. Our pupils are constantly interacting with huge amounts of data, information and knowledge on the internet using their mobile devices, apps and other technologies including ‘wearables’. Google has already reinvented cars as ‘autonomous’ vehicles; Amazon is already delivering their parcels using drones; 3D printing is already disrupting manufacturing, and there are young entrepreneurs all over the world who are the so called ‘disruptive innovators’, inventing new ways of delivering education for a fraction of the cost of the current market leaders, using apps and other mobile/wearable technologies, thus providing alternative low cost means of accessing the information and analytics, rather than reinventing the wheel.
So as educators if we do not move forward with the times and adapt such technologies in our everyday practice, it won’t be long before when we will be replaced by the ones who do. I always remind my fellow colleagues when I get an opportunity: “Teachers in the classroom cannot be replaced by technology or robots and never will be, but teachers who do not use technology will be replaced by the ones who do.” And in this 21st century, technology = ‘all things mobile & wearable’.