Engaging with Emerging Technologies
The 2010 Horizon Report for Australia and New Zealand was released today by the New Media Consortium. The internationally recognized series of Horizon Reports is part of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years on a variety of sectors around the globe. The HR ANZ examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative enquiry within higher education in Australia and New Zealand over a five-year time period. This is the third in the annual series of reports focused on higher education in the region.Technologies to Watch
On the near-term horizon — that is, within the next 12 months — the technologies to watch are (drum roll please):
- Electronic books
- Mobile devices
- Augmented reality
- Open content
- Gesture-based computing
- Visual data analysis
As always these emerging technologies are embedded in larger trends that influence the social and technical environment. The key trends identified this year were:
- Continuing needs for professional development opportunities around emerging technologies
- Conceptual mismatches between pedagogical practice and the design of many emerging technologies makes it difficult for teachers to appreciate or use new tools.
- Educators need for formal instruction in key new skills, including information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy
- knowing where to find information has become more valuable than knowing the information themselves
These trends are a reflection of the impact of technology that is occurring in almost every aspect of our lives and which the Horizon Board must consider as they evaluate the many emerging technologies that vie for a slot among the two chosen in each time frame.
You can get the Horizon Report ANZ 2010 edition from the CEIT website or soon from the NMC itself
Who: LearnLab’s Annual Learning Science Workshop What: Use of Technology Toward Enhancing Achievement and Equity in the 21st Century When:August 4-5 Where: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA
Abstract: LearnLab, an NSF Science of Learning Center (SLC) at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, has an exciting summer research opportunity available to early career researchers in the fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies.The workshop is targeted to senior graduate students, post-docs and early career faculty. The workshop seeks broad participation, including members of underrepresented groups as defined by NSF (African American, Hispanic, Native American) who may be considering a research or faculty position in the learning sciences Our research theme is the use of technology for enhancing achievement and equity in the 21st Century, specifically these five areas:
• Enhancing Achievement through Educational Technology and Data Mining. Using domain modeling, and large datasets to discover when learning occurs and to provide scaffolding for struggling students. See www.learnlab.org/research/wiki/index.php/Computational_Modeling_and_Data_Mining.
• 21st Century Skills, Dispositions, and Opportunities. Re-examining the goals of education and assessment and considering transformative changes in how and where learning occurs.
• Opening Classroom Discourse. Studying how classroom talk contributes to domain learning and supports equity of learning opportunity. See LearnLab's Social-Communicative Factors thrust www.learnlab.org/research/wiki/index.php/Social_and_Communicative_Factors_in_Learning.
• Course-Situated Research. Running principle-testing experiments while navigating the complex waters of real-world classrooms. See www.learnlab.org/research/wiki/index.php/In_vivo_experiment.
• Motivation Interventions for Learning. Implementing theory based motivational interventions to target at risk populations to improve robust student learning.
The substantive focus of the workshop is the use of current and emerging technologies to enhance achievement and equity at all levels of learning. Activities will include demonstrations of the diverse set of ongoing learning sciences research projects at LearnLab, and poster presentations or talks by participants.