2011 Horizon Report – Emerging Technologies in Education

The 2011 Horizon Report was recently released by the New Media Consortium and Educause.  Each edition of the Horizon Report examines six emerging technologies and their potential impact on teaching and learning in the next 5 years.  The six chosen technologies are the result of a series of discussions by the 2011 Horizon Report Advisory Board and  selection process than can be analyzed at the Horizon Report Wiki.

The report recognizes the following trends that are affecting teaching, learning, and creative inquiry:

  • The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing.
  • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want.
  • The world of work is increasingly collaborative, giving rise to reflection about the way student projects are structured.
  • The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized.

The report also recognizes the following challenges to technology adoption:

  • Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
  • Appropriate metrics of evaluation lag the emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching.
  • Economic pressures and new models of education are presenting unprecedented competition to traditional models of the university.
  • Keeping pace with the rapid proliferation of information, software tools, and devices is challenging for students and teachers alike.

Each section of the report about an emerging technology includes an overview, relevance to teaching and learning, how it is in current practice (with links), and further reading (also with links).  The following are the final topics for the 2011 report and are arranged by a Time-to-Adoption Horizon:

It is interesting to compare the final 2011 topics with the 2010 finalists as outlined in this post by the Unquiet Librarian.  Some of the technologies have continually been on the list with evolved names and adjustments on their time-to-adoption.

What does this all mean to us as educators?  Never before has the technology demand out-paced the availability of resources at such a rate.  How will we incorporate these emerging technologies in our practice?  I look forward to learning with you.

Gregory Odell

e-Learning Specialist

Hall County Schools

Gainesville, GA

Twitter:  ugaodawg


Posted on February 15, 2011, in Information Literacy, Mobile Computing and Apps, Research, Technology, Web 2.0 and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Julie and Buffy, I see all of the emerging tech applying to the media center game. The media center must continue to be the hub for patrons to explore the optimal educational use of existing/emerging technologies.

  2. I would also add that as school librarians and learning specialists, we as school librarians are up to help with this effort and should be already taking steps to incorporate these technologies into the traditional learning environment as well as emerging spaces for learning.

    Buffy Hamilton

  3. Sounds like school systems will need awesome E-learning specialists to help incorporate all of these exciting new technologies!

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