Digital Convergence


(Garrett, 2011)

“One device to rule them all!” (“ajit”, 2006)

Although I make few calls, I love my mobile phone.

Yes, I love digital convergence!

“Digital convergence” is the process of Information Technology, Telecommunications, Consumer Electronics, and Entertainment coming together into an amalgamation (“ajit”, 2006). Its product is the interactive “new media” comprising all the digital technologies, which include internet, online news, video games, digital photography, and digital videos (Jensen, 2016).

In his 1995 book, Nicholas Negroponte described the dawning of digital convergence in this way;

Bits co-mingle effortlessly…

The mixing of audio, video, and data is called multimedia. It sounds complicated, but it’s nothing more than co-mingled bits.

Co-mingled bits in the smart phone:

(Miss. Donna, 2015)

Corning (2013) imagined an amazing future for digital convergence:

Digital Convergence promises much for the future of education. Already the app platform offers mobile device users scope for seemingly limitless functionality (xprt, n.d.).

Classrooms across the world are implementing tablet roll-outs, and installing interactive whiteboards (Dade Schools, 2014), and previously disengaged children are responding in exciting ways:

(K-12 Blueprint, 2015)

Matt Britland (2013), sees a future paperless classroom, where students and teachers collaborate using multimedia across the cloud in art, mathematics, and geography.


(“Mobile Technology in the Classroom, 2015)

I can imagine a future in which technology could inform children relevantly throughout the day, according to their location, ability level, previous responses, and available support (Core Education, 2015). I can also imagine students being able to carry a single mobile device, perhaps worn as a watch and able to operate as a smartphone, which could connect to a screen at school or in the home, and will contain all of their personal learning resources. Much of the required technology for such a useful application of digital convergence is already here:

(Hernandez, 2015)


(Watson, 2015)

Digital convergence is changing the world!

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