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Six Emerging Technologies For Higher Education

The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) jointly had produced The 2008 Horizon Report (pdf) which describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher
Education. This is:

a five-year 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

The 2008 report focuses on the following topics and whether you are an educator or parent you should read the pdf we just linked to:

1. Grassroots Video; today anyone can capture, edit, and share short video clips, using inexpensive equipment and free or nearly free software.

2. Collective Intelligence; emerging collective intelligence (explicit and implicit).

3. Social Operating Systems; using experimentation we'll continue the organization of the social networks around people, rather than around content.

4. Collaboration Webs; ownership of collaborative work and certification of authorship will have to solved.

5. Mobile Broadband; cell mobile distribution of content will grow.

6. Data Mashups; co-creation, mashups, remixes, and instant self-publication are being juxtaposed as regular data (Web 2.0)

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