Friday, January 23, 2009

The Horizon Report 2009

The 2009 Horizon Report is out now! If you are not familiar with the Horizon Report, it is a detailed look at trends and innovations effecting technology and specifically how it will effect education. Each year a panel of industry leaders in the fields of technology and edtech convene to draft this report where they look out to the next five years and attempt to forecast what technologies will be most influential or impactful and to some degree describes how they think these technologies will be used.

This year's report identifies mobile computing devices, cloud computing, geo-tagging, the personal web, and semantic applications as technologies most likely to have a great impact in the coming years.

Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes and browse this and past Horizon Report documents:

The Horizon Report 2009
The Horizon Report 2008
The Horizon Report 2007
The Horizon Report 2006
The Horizon Report 2005
The Horizon Report 2004

educon 2.1: warm up your weekend with networked learning

As a mental warm-up for our session tomorrow, take a look at the goings-on this weekend at EduCon 2.1, an education conference held annually (this year's is the second conference) at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.

Pre-conference activities started yesterday. Formal sessions run throughout the day Saturday and Sunday; most will be streamed live, with additional notes and resources archived and accessible later through the conference wiki. Much in these presentations will be worth sinking your teeth into, whether you find them provocative, reinforcing, challenging, bewildering, or eureka-moment inspiring.
Our friend Michael Walker from Edina is at the conference. We're adopting him as our intrepid reporter on the ground. He's already been posting session notes and impressions on the Edina Technology Integration blog. He invites you to follow his EduCon progress and post any questions as a comment on the blog; he'll do his best to come up with the answer, or convene a group of EduCon attendees on the spot to give their thoughts. Who know's what's possible? We'll also follow his updates on Twitter tomorrow and see what develops. Thanks, Mike!

More about EduCon 2.1:

EduCon 2.1 is both a conversation and a conference.
And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas -- from the very practical to the big dreams.

The Axioms

Guiding Principles of EduCon 2.1
1) Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members
2) Our schools must be about co-creating -- together with our students -- the 21st Century Citizen
3) Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around.
4) Technology must enable students to research, create, communicate and collaborate
5) Learning can -- and must -- be networked.