APPLE'S SIRI will disrupt education more than any other technology in this decade because it's getting smarter and deployed faster than people appreciate. Siri is a talking encyclopedia.
I used to think Siri was a playful app. Then I realised how Apple was decoupling totally from Google and using Siri as a mouthpiece that creates an enormous database of localised information.
Ask Siri anything and your request goes to a central server where it's processed, answered and returned. Although some of the replies are daft, the process ensures that Apple collects, distills and refines data. From what I've seen, Siri works better the more it's used. Siri is returning better answers to me just like Google does with autosuggest search fields, instant suggestions and search my world results.
Siri, like Google search, improves with your time of use. It's self-learning. Theoretically, Siri will be able to answer the final exam questions that I've prepared this semester. I'm testing its luck.
I expect my daughter to carry Siri into her primary school three years from now, using a hand-me-down handset. She won't be alone. Some of her classmates may have old iPads with a microphone button prominentely displayed as part of the operating system. The mic button will connect to a software shortcut that's Siri. In my daughter's classroom, handsets that won't take phone calls will run Siri.
Some teachers will keep the lid on those devices but other schools will encourage iPads on desks. In Ireland, the tide is turning towards Bring Your Own Device.
For those teacher who feel threatened with the control they have in the classroom, I have a simple maxim: If you can be replaced by a machine, you deserve to be. Plan for the Day of BYOD. Know Siri (and Google Assist). Apple will help you acquire iPads and when you do, you're accepting a significant education disrupter.