Mobile Computing Frontier

I have a couple of speaking engagements coming up where I am expected to convey insight about the impact of mobile computing on Higher Education. So I ask myself why am I considered an expert? I think that consideration relates to my frontier attitude toward new technology. And mobile computing has been on that frontier in recent years. I guess technology is the frontier of the 21st century. Did you know that I opened a computer store in Steamboat Springs, CO in 1979 named “Scientific Frontiers”. I think that was my transition from the 20th century wilderness frontier spirit. Anyways, I don’t think it is just because of my history of pushing new technologies, that was just restlessness. For this Mobile Computing tag I think I represent the leadership example for how an IT organization can help drive a new technology.

There are always signs to follow: iPods and iTunes told us to keep an eye on Apple. You then saw that Apple’s OS X could lay the groundwork for a mobile platform. I’m sorry, but why did anyone place hope in Windows CE? Touch technology is another sign of a winner. Always watch the other players, NetBooks, are good, but they won’t be good enough. Watch for killer apps, I started that computer store in 1979 because of VisiCalc. The mobile killer app for Higher Education will allow you to access and utilize digital content anywhere without hassles of copyright or billing issues. I believe the Kindle is worth following. But we don’t really need a sign or a reason to jump into mobile computing. It is good that another frontier has been conquered and it is OK to go there now.

Speaking Engagements:

WCET – Education to Go: Mobile Learning Today

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Educause – Pervasive Mobility

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith is currently the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

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