Technology is having a significant impact on the direction of higher education. With the advancements seen in on-line education and the use of technology within classrooms, I can see periscope or tools similar become a mainstay in today’s educational environment. Not only can this form of technology be used for conferences but it could be used to reduce the time in class needed for lecture providing more time for activities, discussions, simulations, etc. Even with on-line educational programs, live on-line interaction between students and professors would increase the retention and persistence in program completion. Periscope is only the beginning. I’m sure we will see educational friendly software that will make use in our classrooms more restrictive but effective for live communication. With regards to periscope, I’m sure conferences will require discloser agreements stating that the use of this technology is prohibited by attendees. This will allow conferences to control what and who is publicly released using this form of technology.
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Nearly 9,000 people, myself included, attended the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in late April 2015. The size of the conference has been growing over the last several decades and it has become a de facto international gathering despite the ‘American’ moniker; a trading space of sorts to present papers, share ideas, formulate collaborative research proposals, source prospective faculty, share gossip, have good times, etc. Of the 8,950 people who flew/drove/trained it to Chicago this April, 5,716 came from the US, 726 came from Canada, 666 from the UK, 257 came from China, and nearly equivalent numbers (35 vs 37) came from Singapore vs Mexico. All told, attendees came from 84 countries in total and they’re mapped out below courtesy of my department’s Cartography Lab…
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