In their annual Horizon Report, the researchers at New Media Consortium have selected the emerging technologies they believe will have a large impact on “teaching, learning, or creative expression” in the next five years.
So, which technologies made their list?
Mobile phone integration
Virtual worlds for learning
New forms of scholarly publication including Wikis
Massively multiplayer educational gaming
The focus of the study is on the college and university level, but let’s face it, some of this stuff is already leaking into what we do in K12.
However, I’m not so sure most of these technologies will have a big direct impact on our classroom in the next five years.
The larger influence at the K12 level will come from the way that students are using them outside of school. While many educators view what their students are doing with these new tools as play, the kids are learning.
And what they’re learning about communications, collaboration, and more will have an impact on our traditional educational system whether we like it or not.
Not everything they learn while connected on their own is good, of course. But without adult guidance on using the web, they will get their information from each other.
When do we start incorporating all this stuff into our teaching and learning? How much time do we have?
How much longer will our kids tolerate being disconnected from their personal learning networks for seven hours a day, 180 days out of the year?
How long would you stand for it?
Lots of questions. Few answers.