After watching the first Shift Happens video three years ago I was a big fan. The videos were produced by a US high school teacher to show the impact that technology was having in the world now and in the future. You should find a few minutes to watch these videos if you have not seen them. Five different versions now exist.
Version 4.0, which was uploaded in 2009, was the first in the series to have a significant amount of content on smartphones and mobile technology. It now seems that everyone has a smartphone on their hip or in their hands. Its amazing how much influence these devices now have in our lives--and funny when we are so focused that we forget how to walk!
Not surprisingly, research from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) published recently indicates that the rapid growth of smartphone use will continue over the next few years. Key findings of the research shared by Marketing include:
- Canadian web traffic is set to quadruple from 2009 levels by 2014
- From 25.8 million people in 2010, mobile subscribers are projected to increase to nearly 30 million in 2014
- Mobile internet subscriptions are predicted to go from 5.5 million in 2011 to 14 million in 2015
You obviously use technology if you are reading my blog and my guess is that you will have some form of smartphone so personally you can appreciate the power of mobile technology.
How have you adapted professionally to smartphone use is the question that intrigues me. I would love to hear how smartphones are impacting your work in student affairs or more generally in higher education. Please share your comments and questions... but watch where you walking though ;-)