Thursday, July 21, 2011

What emerging technology will have the greatest impact?

I was recently asked what emerging technology would have the greatest impact in education in the next year? That's a great question. For starters, I point to the 2011 Horizon Report since it provides a good list of six technologies that are getting a lot of buzz lately:

1) Electronic Books
2) Mobile Devices
3) Augmented Reality
4) Game-based Learning
5) Gesture-based Computing
6) Learning Analytics

The answer to this question is tough because of the blended nature of some of the items on the list.  For instance, the iPad has electronic books and learning games among their popular apps. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that apps exist or are currently in R &D for gesture-based computing and learning analytics. With this said, a wide-spread adoption of devices must take place for several items to a significant impact on learning; therefore, I believe that mobile devices will have the greatest impact on learning in the next year.

What do you think?