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The future of computers in our homes and schools David Strom (revised 4/13) david@strom.com Port parent, author, Internet consultant Who am I? Port parent, Daly 4th grader Co-chair Citizens Technology Cmte (‘94) Consultant to many computer companies

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the future of computers in our homes and schools

The future of computers in our homes and schools

David Strom (revised 4/13)

david@strom.com

Port parent, author,

Internet consultant

who am i
Who am I?
  • Port parent, Daly 4th grader
  • Co-chair Citizens Technology Cmte (‘94)
  • Consultant to many computer companies
  • Write frequently on Internet and networking topics (former magazine editor-in-chief)
  • Test lots of cool new stuff
agenda
Agenda
  • Some predictions for the future
  • State of our -- and other -- schools
  • Everyone has a web site these days
  • Going beyond AOL for home access
  • What does this all mean for the average parent
my vision for 2002
My vision for 2002
  • Laptops for kids
  • Internet access everywhere: homes, classrooms, coffee bars, stores, hotels
  • Everyone is their own publisher
  • Multiple email addresses for everyone
  • Portable wireless contact devices: super-pagers
one no brainer pcs get still cheaper
One no-brainer: PCs get [still] cheaper!
  • Dell, HP for $999
  • eMachines for $399!
  • How low can they go?
key applications to watch
Key applications to watch
  • Music and home audio/theater
  • Wireless gizmos
  • Email and the web intersections
the next frontier music
The next frontier: Music
  • Goal: one set of speakers to play everything
  • CDs
  • MP3s
  • DVD, Nintendo TV
  • PC games
where is wireless going
Where is wireless going?
  • Metricom looking to expand to LI (Internet access)
  • Now have six different cell systems to choose from
  • Two-way pagers are just becoming popular
  • Wireless Palm Pilots
wireless obstacles
Wireless obstacles
  • Can’t build [enough] towers
  • Still slower than wired connections
  • Too many things to manage and integrate
  • Too expensive
  • Batteries never last long enough
look ma no laptop
Look ma, no laptop!
  • Haven’t owned one in years
  • Use cybercafes, libraries for Internet access
  • Everything I need is on the Internet now
what about email and the web
What about email and the web?
  • Set up various services using web forms
  • Then send notifications via email
  • Useful for network-based storage, calendars, document distribution
examples of email web applications
Examples of email/web applications
  • eGroups.com mailing and discussion groups
  • my.yahoo.com calendar and stock quotes
  • Amazon.com new book notification
future computers
Future computers
  • Lighter, faster, cheaper
  • Oodles of memory and disk
  • Remember the typical PC 5 years ago (486/50 w/ 4/300 MB) ?
  • Home networks won’t be easy -- STILL!
state of port schools technology
State of Port schools technology
  • 3 PCs/classroom K thru 5
  • Labs, Internet access in all school buildings
  • Weber to be wired + 1 PC/core classroom this summer
the future of our schools technology
The future of our schools’ technology
  • Five years for universal gr. 3-12 laptops
  • Two years for well-integrated curriculum
  • Two years for >90% teaching training
school technology report card
School technology report card
  • Training the teachers: B
  • Improving the infrastructure: B-
  • Computer curriculum: B-
how do we stack up
How do we stack up?
  • Neighboring communities
  • Neighboring colleges
  • Rest of the world
examples
Examples
  • CAD lab at HS with NY Tech’s lab
  • Manhasset
  • Hilton Head High
  • Intel’s Lesson Plans on the web
  • Georgia “Write an Engineer” site
  • Oregon State’s Virtual Student Desktop
port schools web site
Port Schools web site
  • Portnet: www.portnet.k12.ny.us
  • School closing notification
  • School newspapers, student web pages
  • Class field trip pix
  • Board of Ed. meeting agendas
  • Contact info, calendars, etc.
port washington web sampler
Port Washington web sampler
  • Library (pwpl.org)
  • Fire department (pwfd.com)
  • Town of North Hempstead (northhempstead.com)
  • Village of Sands Point (sandspoint.org) etc.
  • Business Improvement Dist. (portwashington.org)
  • Soccer Club (pwsoccer.com)
  • Many, many others (including strom.com!)
typical home internet situation today
Typical home Internet situation today
  • AOL with 33 Kbps dial-up modem
  • a few multi-PC homes, non-networked
  • Biggest uses: Chat, email, word processing
what s changing
What’s changing?
  • Continuous Internet access
  • Networks in the homes
  • Applications moving towards the web
beyond aol for home internet access
Beyond AOL for home Internet access
  • DSL (ISP + Bell Atlantic)
  • CableVision
  • ISDN
advantages for high speed access
Advantages for high-speed access
  • Always-on connections
  • Free up phones for voice calls
  • Avoid connection busy signals
the internet is always on in my house
The Internet is always on in my house
  • Wife and child now use it daily (28 MM active users in a third US homes?)
  • Search movie times in local theaters
  • Calendar on Yahoo
  • AOL buddy lists always available
the notion of information on demand
The notion of information on-demand
  • Search online encyclopedias (Comptons)
  • Download software when we need it (Shareware.com)
  • Download music when we want to listen to it (Mp3.com)
  • Download books when we want to read them (ToExcel, Xlibris)
implications
Implications
  • Newspapers and TV become less important
  • Networks become more compelling
  • Finding stuff via the web is still too hard
  • Buying stuff via the web is sometimes too much of an impulse
  • New applications for web use (taxes, shopping)
so what s the average parent to do
So what’s the average parent to do?
  • Make sure you don’t over or under buy technology
  • Consider continuous access soon
  • Understand and monitor your child’s computer use
  • Take a course, pick an application (email) to get started
  • Surf with care: misinformation (Tunisia), hate sites, and porn
questions
Questions?

Copies of this presentation, along with links to the sites mentioned, are available at: www.portnet.k12.ny.us/techconference