Launched in 2002, the New Media Consortium (www.nmc.org) has sponsored and produced The Horizon Report. This Report is a ‘best guess’ scenario about what technologies will be affecting and used in higher education.
The guessing part works in what it calls “time to adoption” — that is, when will the technology be used or usable in general. There are three levels: one year (real stuff that’s here now), two to three years (kinda real stuff but may be expensive or not easily accessed) and four to five years (it exists but it’s high level, not easily/readily used or not quite ready for wide use).
The 2011 Horizon Report (available here: http://www.nmc.org/horizon), talks about the following:
- One Year or less
- electronic books
- Two to Three Years
- augmented reality
- game based learning
- Four to Five Years
- gesture based learning
- learning analytics
The ‘stuff” that is here now are electronic books and mobiles. At Genesee, we’re poking at these with a stick to see what might bite.
I’m going to do some poking at the electronic book category over the next bit. No, I’m not going to give you a timeline since I don’t have one in mind. But, over the semester.
I already do a lot of reading on my computer screen. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I write stories in my spare time. Well, I also read other people’s stories. As a result, most of my reading is now on a computer screen.
Now I want to look at the features of reading books organized for handheld devices and what kind of options are there. Do you really need a Kindle to read Amazon books since Amazon advertises that there is a “Kindle for the PC” app. I’ll check those sorts of things out while I’m poking around. I’ll be including the Nook and anything else I can find… so the finding will take some time.
If you have anything in particular you’d like to see, let me know… I’d love to have some input!