Last week, Griffith University hosted an “Emerging Technologies and Education Symposium,” which included the launch of the 2009 Horizon Report (Australian & New Zealand version).
One of the important trends illustrated by the report is the growing importance of mobile devices and learning in mobile contexts. “Mobile Internet Devices” are predicted to be a significant learning technology that will that will see widespread use in teaching and learning, and were categorised as “One Year or Less” until adoption.
But what also struck me from the Table of Contents is that four out of the six Emerging Technologies highlighted by the report are fundamentally or significantly mobile in nature: Mobile Internet Devices, Augmented Reality, Location-based (“Situated”) Learning, and Smart Objects. All four of these issues have been addressed by previous blog posts here, so I certainly believe they will be important learning technologies in the not-too-distant future.
Other key trends noted in the Horizon Report (and highlighted in a blog post by Kerrie Smith) include:
- The perceived value of innovation and creativity is increasing
- Technology continues to impact how people work, play, gain information, and participate in communities.
- Technology is increasingly a means for empowering students, a method for communication and socialising, and a ubiquitous, transparent part of their lives.
- The way we think about learning environments is changing.
You can download a full copy of the Horizon Report 2009 (ANZ) here.
(Thanks for the heads up on the publication of the report to my colleague at the University of Canberra, Dr. Alan Arnold).