This covers a wide spectrum of possibilities, from equipment and materials through to software and web technologies which can support the role of a groundsman or grounds manager.
This aspect of the blog will arguably offer the most opportunities for thoughtful comment, however, I will be exploring technological applications as a means to support learning and groundsmanship – the drivers for utilisation of technology will come from the users. I will therefore be taking a more social constructivist approach than one of technological determinism.
I think the main focus of the blog aspect on technology will be on how can technologies be used to aid learning within the field of groundsmanship. This isn’t going to preclude me from commenting on equipment and materials, but maybe they will be secondary to the main thrust of my focus.
Web technologies are pervasive and continually developing and improving – we are already looking at artificial intelligence (Amazon echo and Alexa), virtual reality and augmented reality (such as Pokémon Go), so the opportunity to develop from the sharing and collaborative technologies of Web 2.0 will be considerable, although initially I will be focusing on aspects of Web 2.0 as this is the core of learning at the present, although Web 3.0 and more will be explored.