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I’m predicting that 2010 will be a year of amazing shifts, consolidating the innovations that Web 2.0 introduced. Educators always like to study how, what, where, when and why…so go on over now and collect your boxed sets of the Horizon Project Reports put out since 2004 by NMC.
Your own ‘boxed set’ of Horizon Reports as a single pf:
http://www.nmc.org/pdf/horizon-reports-set.pdf (2.5 Mb PDF)
Collectors Edition which also includes the 2008 and 2009 Australia-New Zealand Editions, the 2009 K12 Edition, and the 2009 Economic Development Edition!
http://www.nmc.org/pdf/horizon-reports-all.pdf (4.6 Mb PDF)
Look for the news on January 19, 2010 when they will add to both collections, the newest edition– the 2010 Horizon Report– which will be released at the EDUCAUSE ELI Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.
Grab the Wordle for the reports too if you like!
Seth’s newest ebook What Matters Now is a compilation (or is it a collaboration) of ideas and actions happening around the world.
We want to shake things up. More than seventy extraordinary authors and thinkers contributed to this ebook. It’s designed to make you sit up and think, to change your new year’s resolutions, to foster some difficult conversations with your team.
Over 70 authors pitched in, and it’s now free to download here, or on Scribd. Some great ideas to grab for education too!
Did you know that last year 1.2 million books were loaned out in developing countries through Room to Read?
Take one of the pages, and use it as a discussion starter with your students, or your next faculty meeting.
….with thanks to a tweet from Michael Stephens @mstephens7
A meeting today reminded me of the chasm surrounding general understanding of what is going on in the new media world of our youth. Here we are with teachers still ‘learning’ how to do basic things, while the kids have stampeded right on into the 21st century.
Tipping Point Labs has some interesting insights into Tumblr, Twitter and The Tweeters,Tumblrists and Technogeeks using them. Tumblr is seen as being a more sophisticated version of Twitter with much more room for valuable content and interaction between users.
Now I don’t know about you – but these are old tools of trade for me and many of those in my personal learning network. Definitly not tools of trade for the majority of those I work with and interact with on a daily basis.
I dropped by the Facebook profile of my very sociable teenage niece. What I saw was a breadcrumb trail to some new shifts in what her friendship groups were up to. Seems the kids are starting to ‘swarm’ to places like twitter and tumblr. Facebook, Myspace, Beebo and MSN are no longer enough.
This backs up the odd comments I got at school today from some random kids – “you’re not on twitter are you miss?”
I exchanged a few messages with her – and then she actually discovered who I was!
She described my presence as ‘awkward’ – naturally! I promptly bid my farewells and assured her that I would not ‘follow’ her on Twitter.
Have you checked out lately what your students are doing online?
The Horizon Report 2009 K-12 is here! Naturally I’m thrilled to bits, for professional and personal reasons.
Firstly, because the Horizon reports, that have been released since 2004 and which have provided critical information for educators about emerging technologies and their impact on society and education – has now released its first report for K-12. Horizon.K12 focuses on emerging technologies for elementary and secondary learning institutions.
Secondly, I was so lucky to be included on the Advisory Panel of the K-12 Report. Just being part of the process was amazing – but seeing such a breadth of information, and engaging in the process of filtering was an education in itself. Much material was covered, as we read, filtered and sifted priorities – we’ve seen what didn’t make it into the report – so maybe we got to know what might come next
While there are many local factors affecting the practice of education, there are also issues that transcend regional boundaries, questions we all face in K-12 education, and it was with these in mind that this K12 report was created. The hope is that the report is useful to educators worldwide, and the international composition of the Advisory Board reflects the care with which a global perspective was assembled.
Google Maps are always being used by our students for all sorts of ‘regular’ things, but also for things that teachers don’t necessarily think of. In a recent project I spotted boys grabbing images from Google Maps for their presentations “Introducing You” – what better way to have images from another boys hometown.
Now I look forward to seeing what the students do with Street View on Google Maps for great global locations, now that it has been enhanced with Panoramio picture browsing.Panoramio, which was acquired by Google in 2007, is a photo-sharing site that focuses on photographs of locations and points of interest around the world.
The more popular the place you’re looking at in Street View (think Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Coliseum), the more likely you are to browse a lot of photos from Panoramio.
Is social media a new thing? No, not really – just an evolving use of media, an ecosystem of tools and a rich variety of opportunities. Now we are seeing great ways for students to collaborate. Listen to these two important innovators, and enjoy the conversation.
One of the joyous things about attending conferences these days is the opportunity to connect face-to-face with friends from your professional network.
Today I presented a session at Tech-Savvy Leadership and Learning, at the University of Wollongong. More on this later. But for now, here is Darcy Moore, tweeting on his iPhone as @darcy1968. Wonderful!
We’re listening to the Forum questions at the end of the day.
Corporations are changing the way they communicate: In fact, the suggestion is that changing the way you undertake external and internal communication, marketing and advertising will shortly become inevitable, simply because the Internet and Web 2.0 have delivered new instruments and the audience – especially millennials – is expecting corporations to use them.
AT&T has produced at Trends White Paper on The Business Impacts of Social Networking.
Social networking fosters collective intelligence, collaborative work and support communities. Tools and behaviors from the consumer world are now making the transition to the corporate world, with diverse implications for changing the way businesses operate. This paper explores 10 opportunities presented by social networking, along with 10 associated challenges.
Download White Paper [PDF, 612KB]
I think that educators need to know what the changes are that are taking place in the corporate world as we’re educating the future inhabitants of that world. Looks to me like we had better make immersion into Web 2.0 an organic process within our learning frameworks.