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Conference the future of learning day 2

9.00 The first lecturer was Tomas Fürth from Kairos Future, a company for future studies. I have heard him before, and read some of their material. Its an excellent, insightful and also very entertaining lecturer that makes the audience laugh continuously. I cant really quote him, but one of his conclusions is that people are becoming more and more autonomous, they are strong individuals in loose collectives. Very nice I think.

9.30 A panel of politicians and students answers questions from the audience. A very clever way of asking – write the questions on your computer or phone, which are displayed on the screen behind them. This creates a cool atmosphere of debate on the stage and on the screen. I had to write a question of my own:
“Which central agency can be a hub for the development when only 8 people at the Swedish Agency of Education works with what two full, but closed, agencies recently did”. The answer was vague, as they are from politicians.

The students from YBC got the really big applauses, while the politicians are met with more disregard.

10.30 Lots of small seminars all over the conference hall. Most interesting is to walk around to see the trends. Right now web2 seems to be hot, along with learning platforms (or are they just desperate?). Interesting how static learning objects were almost extinct, except for a mobile-learning-company, that tries to sell their concept with old quizzes.

13.oo Stephen Heppell lectures about his views and ideals.

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The 2009 Horizon report

horizon2009The 2009 edition of the horizon report has just been published. Since I am curious of future trends in learning meeting technology, it is always a pleasure to read. In the report I have co-written, about the future of learning, we surveyed all the Horizon reports from 2004 and onwards, to find some of the trends that prevails. Now it’s interesting to see what they have come up with.

 

Six chapters as usual, and the same system of relevance, examples and further reading tips. A time-to-adoption-frame as usual, where some trends seem closer in time, and some seem further away.

 

The main subjects this year are:

Mobiles

Cloud computing

Geo-everything

The personal web

Semantic aware applications

Smart objects

 

Mobiles and cloud computing are already in full use at some campuses. Mobiles continue to develop rapidly and are starting to assume many tasks that were once the exclusive province of portable computers. Cloud computing – large clusters of networked servers are changing the way we think of computers, software and files.

 

Geo-Everything means easy access to geographical data, which recently required specialist knowledge. Many devices now record their own precise location, and can save data along with media like photographs or can transmit it to web-based applications. This technology for learning is a little further into the future, since this implication is still unfolding.

 

The personal web springs from the desire to reorganise content in customizable ways with increasing collections of widgets. Free and simple tools are available to form a personal web based environment, that supports ones social-, professional- and learning activities

 

Semantic aware applications, which find their own context without the need of additional tags, identifiers or other top-down methods. New ways to extract embedded meaning, or shape content are created.

 

Smart objects, sometimes called the “internet of things” is ordinary physical objects that can connect with other and information. They know something about themselves and something about their environment. The technology is not new, but new applications with more sets of functions are evolving.

 

To compare with earlier predictions, the mobile phone is something that keeps coming up as a powerful learning tool. In a developed form, the mobile is blurring the boundary between phone and computer (and even other devices I may add). Last years predictions about grassroots-video, collaboration webs and social operating systems are unified in the tern cloud computing.

 

Key trends they point out in the Horizon report are increasing globalization, the notion of collective intelligence, experience with games as learning tools, visualization tools. And again, the mobile phones.

 

Now I will read the details, look at the challenges and try to implement this at work. Here it is: http://www.nmc.org/horizon


About this blog

Starting from a project about foreseeing the future of learning, this blog is an output of thoughts, ideas, comments and research. I am trying to be practical too, providning examples of the different aspects of the subject. My name is Pelle Filipsson and I work as a web pedagog.