Sunday, December 27, 2015
2016 Google Predictions
With 2016 just a few days away it is now time to predict what changes we hope to see in the new year. Below are my eight predictions for Google in 2016.
(Note: You can also see the video of these predictions in the recorded session of our December Google User Meeting here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku8-RnWIJ9E You can skip ahead to the 1 hour 22 minute mark to jump straight to the predictions section.)
Chrome Web Store. Branching off of that idea, I predict we will see a Chrome web extension that allows teachers to monitor what is on the screen of their Classroom students. This would be very similar to the commercial product Hapara Interact, and would provide teachers in 1:1 settings with additional options for monitoring and assisting students.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPe8NdYxIKc ) and use them most every day to connect with and learn from educators around the world. Google is also pushing Communities with the Google Educator Groups all around the world that use Google Communities. Unfortunately people cannot join a GEG group unless they have activated Google+ on their account. Although I personally love G+, I do not see a reason to put this requirement on Communities. Many schools do not turn on the G+ service, and many users do not want to activate one more social media tool. My prediction is that Google Communities will no longer require the use of a Google+ account. This will make it much easier for people to join GEG’s and other beneficial Google Communities.
https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/). Expeditions allow students to take a guided virtual field trip using mobile devices inside of Google Cardboard, while the teacher controls the experience from a tablet. Google has created over 100 virtual field trips for students to explore and learn. My final prediction is that Expeditions will move out of the demo stage to be available to anyone, using their own devices. Rather than having to bring in a special set of mobile devices, Cardboard units, and teacher tablet, a school can supply their own devices and purchase Cardboard themselves. Then they will be able to download and run for free any of the Expeditions Google has created. Going a step more, users will be able to create, upload, and share their own Expeditions with a free creation app. Virtual field trips are about to take off!
Well we will have to check back a year from now to see how well I did with my predictions. In the meantime be sure to stay up to date with everything new from Google here on this site as well as in our monthly online Google User Meetings here http://google.apps.sparcc.org/usergroup
If you have any Google predictions for 2016 feel free to add them in the comments below.