I’ve come to anticipate the annual Horizon Report each year. The report describes the continuing work of New Media Consortium‘s (NMC) qualitative research effort that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression within learning-focused organizations. Each year the report seems to ‘hit the nail on the head’ when it comes to identifying key trends of importance.
All links listed in the report are clickable in the pdf version, which can be downloaded from http://horizon.nmc.org.
In a stroke of brilliance, they are using the social bookmarking tool del.icio.us to easily share resources related to these six (6) key emerging trends.
Near Horizon (Less Than 1 Year)
Mid Horizon (2-3 Years)
Far Horizon (4-5 Years)
There is also a wiki available that was used to manage the research and discussion process involved in the development of this report. The wiki is at http://www.nmc.org/horizon/wiki/.
I think these trends are all very significant not only to those involved in Education. These trends will impact all industries, so we all need to be aware of these trends. I know I will be referring to the report…and following the above links this year.