Cloud computing is one of multiple technologies that schools will implement over the next five years.

An annual report reveals that mobile learning and cloud computing are poised to reach widespread adoption in schools in one year or less, with game-based learning and open educational content not far behind.

The New Media Consortium Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition is the third annual report from the New Media Consortium (NMC) that focuses on emerging K-12 technologies. It is supported by a grant from HP’s Office of Global Social Innovation.

The Consortium for School Networking, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the NMC collaborated on the research.

Each year, the NMC identifies a group of 40-45 people who are considered experts in technology and education. Then, collaborating on a wiki, those experts engage in a systematic conversation about what technologies are important to education over the coming five years. The experts also identify schools with projects or pilots that are real-world examples of how schools are using the technologies on the implementation list.

Larry Johnson, CEO of the NMC, encouraged those finding interesting or relevant articles to post links to the articles using the hashtag hzk12. Those who know of a school conducting a unique or interesting implementation also are encouraged to use the Horizon Report hashtag and call attention to that particular school or district.