Personal broadcasting, social computing, educational gaming, and the delivery of educational content and services via cell phone are among the emerging trends expected to have a huge impact on educational technology over the next few years, according to a recent report from the New Media Consortium and the nonprofit group EDUCAUSE. Each year, the organizations’ “Horizon Report” describes new technologies they believe will have significant impact in higher education over the next one to five years. The report “doesn’t just talk about technology–it talks about how it is used to enhance teaching, learning, and creative expression,” said Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE vice president. “Putting the technology in an educational context and providing a number of examples really helps people understand why these particular technologies are so exciting.” To create the “2006 Horizon Report,” the groups reviewed research, articles, and interviews; discussed existing applications and brainstormed new ones; and ultimately ranked the items on a list of more than 80 candidates that emerged for their potential relevance to teaching, learning, and creative expression.
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