Friday, December 04, 2009

Emerging Technologies in Education

The 2009 Horizon Report from the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE makes for interesting reading about the impact emerging technologies will make on education over the next five years. The report can be accessed here.

The Horizon report is published every year and I have been following it since 2005 when they predicted that Social Networking, which was then an emerging technology, would find a place in education.This years report breaks down into three parts:

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
  • Mobile Internet Devices
  • Private Clouds

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
  • Open Content
  • Virtual, Augmented, and Alternate Realities

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
  • Location-Based Learning
  • Smart Objects and Devices

I am particularly interested in the "Open Content" discussion as I am in favour of learning content being made available for free on the Web - my own learning videos on YouTube are an example of this.

The report is definitely worth a look at if you are interested in seeing how technology will become more ingrained in our education over the next few years.

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