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Task 5: The digital future

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Your family and the future of technology

For Task 5 we asked our Parent Project parents to explore the future of technology with their families and how things have changed – and are still changing.

The first part of the task involved reflecting on how far we have come thanks to technological innovations.

Our families reported a couple of discoveries – have a chat with your kids, and see if your discussion brings up any similar highlights:

  1. Technology makes life easier Kids were surprised by how much easier we all have things now, compared to the manual processes ‘back in the day’. Wringer washing machines, paper maps, and rotary phones – with cords! – had parents and kids alike laughing at what we would do today if we didn’t have the modern tech.
  2. Access to information has changed – The thought of doing homework without the Internet as a research tool had kids puzzled. Families discussed how parents did assignments without the world wide web, and kids decided they were pretty lucky to have such easy access to tools like Google.

For the second part of the task, we got our families to look forward at some new technology.

  1. The Internet of Things (IoT) – which comes about when everyday devices are connected to the Internet. Here’s a great video of how it works.
  2. Virtual Reality describes a 3D computer generated environmentwhich is interactive and immersive. It also includes watching videos in 360°. To see what they’re like, click here.
  3. Artificial Intelligence is intelligence shown by machines or software, an incredible example of it can be seen here.

Technological innovation is only going to speed up, so it’s well worth keeping an eye on what’s on the horizon. After all, one US study even reckons 65% of primary school kids will end up in jobs that haven’t been invented yet!

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