This is a link to this posting at Intelligent Content 2011 / Clemons will have a multi-hour workshop regarding the present and future technology of mobile learning , mobile learning components, mobile adoption within existing systems, ideas of repository, device detection, video and audio streaming, API and what it means to your entry into the Mobile space.
I-Gen, the Perfect Mobile Workforce? asks David Clemons
It’s an interesting question. Is the “I-Generation” the perfect mobile workforce? And it’s not a coincidence that it’s David Clemons who is asking the question. Along with Michael Kroth, he is the author of a new book on the topic called Managing the Mobile Workforce, published by McGraw-Hill. And one of the ventures of his company Achieve Labs Inc. is LearnCast, a platform for delivering Mobile Learning Solutions. David is also presenting a workshop at Intelligent Content 2011 with the engaging title Please, Turn Your Mobile Device On! Now back to David’s original question. The I-Gen, the perfect mobile workforce? For some of David’s thoughts on the answer, read on…
Why wait in line? Their mobile device allows them to bypass the lines by purchasing movie tickets with their mobile app, as well as the popcorn and a soda. And frankly they don’t want to wait in line if they don’t have too; it’s a total time waster, right?
Welcome to the “I-Generation” (1979 – present)
This generational pool of teenagers is considered the “Speedsters” of technology, knowing how to use it for immediate personal gratification. They have no fear about technology or anything with a connection. Especially, if it makes their life move faster, with more options for freedom to move while being connected to everyone, at all times.
I must be getting old, because I like turning the electronics off, completely off the mobile grid, but it’s becoming more difficult because more and more of the devices are wireless, always on. In the case of the I-Gen, they expect the uninterrupted stream of interruptions, because t them its important. The social bond of using social technology is creating a need to learn technology at a rapid pace, another Tweet, another post to Facebook, or new SMS text message. They are showing us what the mobile workforce will look like very soon, it won’t be just the Black Berry mobile device any more.
This group of 80 million (+/-) is the next parade of workers to come out of our educational system and plugging directly into your company, in a mobile wireless manner.
Will this group be the ultimate mobile workforce or “mobiForce”? Maybe, they will be crossed trained with many, maybe thousands of technologies at their fingertips. Being able to access and use the mobile technology that fits the task, exactly, rather than fitting a square peg into a round hole.
The challenge facing the I-Gen might be more of a challenge for all of us baby boomers, to really understand this generation, trying to keep up and manage those “Speedsters” as they seriously change everything we know about using technology in the workplace and getting the job done, faster.
I watch my son, Taylor, who fits this profile perfectly, and his friends and their friends. I’m sure of a couple of things. The speed in which they learn technology is amazing and if knowledge is power, big positive changes are coming. My hope is they connect the world to be a friendlier more social place.
- David Clemons, CEO Achieve Labs Inc.
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