Guest Blog: What’s on the Horizon? by Allison Ringness

It’s a new year, a time for looking ahead and planning for the future.  But how to predict what will be on the horizon?  Ask the New Media Consortium.

The New Media Consortium hosts the Horizon Project, which “charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, research, creative inquiry, and information management” (http://nmc.org/horizon-project).  The Horizon Report is produced annually by the Horizon Project, and details which technologies are anticipated to be adopted in one, two-three, or four-five year “horizons.”

A few flavors of the Horizon Report are out there: in 2011, the NMC published Horizon reports for museums, K-12 education, and higher education.  Regardless of whether you work with school-aged children or want to take a peek at where other areas of the information technology fields are going, all the Horizon Reports are freely available.  All the 2011 Horizon Reports can be found on iTunes U (search New Media Consortium) or on the NMC website, http://nmc.org, and you can watch the 2012 report as it moves from draft to final version as it takes shape on the Horizon Projects Wiki, http://horizon.wiki.nmc.org/.

You don’t just have to watch, either: if you like the work the NMC does, you can connect with them via Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter, or become an NMC member.  Have a project you want to share?  Contribute it to NMC Project Navigator, a project database that is both customizable and fully integrated with social networking tools.

For more information on the NMC, the Horizon Reports, and getting involved, visit http://nmc.org.

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~ by Vinny Alascia on January 13, 2012.