The “Big 6” – Educational ETech Trends for 2008 from the Horizon Report

I love the Horizon Report. Since 2004, it has come out once a year from the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Intiative. The focus is on emerging technologies for education, but it also touches on relevant trends in research, corporate, and other environments.

The report provides a tight quick overview appropriate for dialog with administrators and managers, as well as other folk who might not have their finger right on the pulse of tech trends but who might need to know more. They have well-written brief introductions to the tech trends they identify as significant, as well as richer explanations, examples of use in education, and referrals to more resources and links.

So what did they say was up and coming in educational technology this year? The buzz words are:
* grassroots video;
* collaboration webs;
* mobile broadband;
* data mashups;
* collective intelligence (a.k.a. crowdsourcing);
* social operating systems.

Want to know more? Read the report. Want a real person explanation or simply to brainstorm ways in which these might inform your own teaching, learning and research? Contact your nearest librarian or educationa technologies consultant. For faculty, staff, and students of the University of Michigan health programs, contact yours truly — Patricia Anderson.


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