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Many of us have been monitoring the trends documented in the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) Horizon Project , which has been charting the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, research, creative inquiry, and information management since 2002. NMC has been working on an updated edition of its 2012 Higher Education Edition and recently released an interim report: the NMC Horizon Project Short List: 2013 Higher Education Edition shortlisting emerging technologies identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period. The results of the shortlisting process  are available via the  NMC wiki  www.horizon.wiki.nmc.org.

In summary the following 12 educational technologies have been short listed as emerging over the next five years:

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
Flipped Classroom
Massively Open Online Courses
Mobile Apps
Tablet Computing

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
Augmented Reality
Game-Based Learning
The Internet of Things
Learning Analytics

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
3D Printing
Flexible Displays
Next Generation Batteries
Wearable Technology

You can download the short list report and interim report from the following links.

Download the Short List PDF

Download the Preview PDF

The final version of the 10th edition is expected to be published in February 2013.

You can also keep up to date with NMC Project publications via the NMC iPhone/iPad EdTech Weekly App, which delivers “curated, relevant, and timely edtech projects and news to your iPad or iPhone every weekend” (NMC description from iTunes Store). The app also includes the Horizon Report series on emerging technology for all of the educational sectors in a searchable format.The cost is $2.99 via iTunes.

New Media Consortium's EdTech App displayed on an iPhone and iPad

New Media Consortium’s EdTech App for iPhone and iPad

Check it out via iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nmc-horizon-edtech-weekly/id499356877?mt=8

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I facilitated a hands-on workshop for academics from the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town on the last three days of my visit to the University of the Western Cape. The workshop provided participants with an introduction to 3D virtual worlds, both publicly owned and open source platforms, and background information on how these virtual worlds are being used in education, research and for a range of social activities, as well as hands-on experience interacting and building in the 3D virtual world, Second Life.

The following two images were taken during the workshop – the first photo showing workshop participants and the second, the avatar representations constructed by participants.

Participants who attended the 3D virtual learning workshop conducted at UWC

Participants who attended the 3D virtual learning workshop conducted at UWC

Avatar representations of workshop participants

Avatar representations of workshop participants

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