Was Steve Jobs the Thomas Edison of our era? This has been the topic of much media debate since the world sadly lost Jobs to cancer. Both men were media savvy, business leaders. Both men developed technologies that people coveted. Regardless of your viewpoint on Jobs or Edison, there is no argument about the significant influence these remarkable people have had over so many aspects of our lives.
My first personal computer was a revelation but I didn't love it. I loved my first Mac. Looking back, I recall an ugly little box that ran with the speed of a snail. Time can be unkind and it is certainly cruel to old technologies. I also remember the wilderness years when Apple lost its way and successive Mac laptops had an uncanny sense of their warranty expiry dates. Then Jobs came back and brought with him the 'i' revolution - iTunesU, iBooks, iPods, iPhones, and now iPads. I have all the 'i's and I love them.
Our daily challenge as educators is to realise the potential of technologies we could not have imagined when we were students.
I spend much time thinking about how Swinburne can better meet the needs of 21st century learners. I am excited to see where the next generation of thinkers - the next Edison and Jobs - take us with their unique blend of creativity and practicality. And I am particularly excited to see how we utilise these technologies at Swinburne into the future.
I'd love to hear about how you are using, or plan to use, new technologies in your teaching.
Professor Shirley Leitch
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
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