The Horizon Report predicts trends in emerging technologies that are likely to enter mainstream use in learning-focused organizations. It outlines six trends in 3 cycles:
Time-to-Adoption: One year or Less
Time-to-Adoption: Two to Three Years
Time-to-Adoption: Four to Five Years
What I found most interesting is the use of Smart Objects. Smart objects are products that are linked to the virtual world through technology that embeds information to the object. For example, smartcards are embedded with information about accounts and balances.
Used in an educational setting, Smart Objects bring the possibility of “science-fiction” becoming a reality, in our classrooms.
Imagine a school where students interests, strengths and challenges are all embedded in their library card. Walking into a library, the student is given a list of titles that he/she might be interested.
Imagine computer assessments that automatically differentiate questions to suit individual needs and strengths and then results are recorded, graphed, analyzed and reported to students, teachers and parents.
Imagine P.E. where a watch records heart rate, speed, BMI; geotags location; provides workouts, goals, and analyzes performance…and then send all the information to a data base that can be shared, presented with the use of visuals and audio.
Imagine a classroom where students are equipped with devices that record their thinking, document their work, communicate through a variety of networks and individualizes instruction and support, all automatically.
It’s simply amazing to think about would could be. I mean, look at what happen to Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four!