A couple of articles (Lifehacker and Infoworld) have recently tried to explain how HTML5 will change the web.  Basically I think the message is it will make interaction – easier, sharper, more focused and more useful, more focused on getting things done.

The words they are using to describe the change include:

  • Application (a web place where you interact)
  • Input (your stuff)
  • Location aware (knowing about you and using that info)
  • Data availability and tags
  • Flash??

Although it sounds a little dry it is a change non-techie people like me might really appreciate.  I think it means we will be able to create interactive stuff more easily.  Check out these examples.  Check out the drag and drop features and the content editable bits.

This is what I’m imagining…

I’m imagining things like a website that can take information for example you vote on something by dragging a picture from one place to another and then the website directs you to different pages depending on how you respond to it.  Or a website that knows your location and adapts the content to deliver you a different experience.

What will it look like in the classroom?

For learners this might mean a big change a chance for things to look pretty and be useful.  To give learners the chance to develop real tools that go out into the world and interact on behalf of them and return them lots of interesting information to help them understand their world

How this will impact the students we teach?

The not too distant future could see the students graduating today being part of a generation of knowledge workers who are asked to work with the web in order to grow things and harvest them.  And by things I mean ideas.


Do you think HTML5 will have a big impact on the kinds of things we do on the web and how we interact with each other?