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Horizon Report - 2009 K-12

Written by Erin Wilkey Oh
July 06, 2012

The NMC Horizon Report 2009 K-12 Edition discusses these six emerging trends for K-12 education in three adoption horizons:

One Year or Less

Collaborative Environments
Since collaboration across geographical and cultural boundaries has become more common in the workplace, educators are increasingly giving students the opportunity to work in these environments to develop essential teamwork and collaboration skills. 

Online Communication Tools
Instant messaging, online chats, and desktop video conferencing are entering into the educational realm as time-saving communication tools. 

Two to Three Years

Internet-capable mobile devices will soon outnumber computers. Already, mobiles are users’ first choice for accessing online content. As access to devices continues to grow, the implications for teaching and learning will be great.

Cloud Computing
Large clusters of networked servers are making inexpensive, offsite storage a reality. The ability to have multi-user applications and multi-processor computing is changing how we think about computers, software, and files.  

Four to Five Years

Smart Objects
Smart objects are physical objects that have the ability to “know” certain information. QR codes, RFID tags, smartcards, or smart chips can link an object to a wealth of virtual information. 

The Personal Web
Users are increasingly able to manage the ways they manage and view online content. Personalized start pages, RSS aggregators, and widgets all help to personalize our interactions with the Internet.  

Open 2009-Horizon_Report-K12.pdf

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