Research Question 2: What key technologies are missing from our list?

What's Missing?

Instructions: Please use these prompts to help you consider what might need to be added to the current list of Horizon Topics. Add your thoughts as bullet points below, using a new bullet point for each new technology or topic. Please add your comments to previous entries if you agree or disagree.
a. What would you list among the established technologies that some educational institutions are using today that arguably ALL institutions should using broadly to support or enhance teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?
b. What technologies that have a solid user base in consumer, entertainment, or other industries should educational institutions be actively looking for ways to apply?
c. What are the key emerging technologies you see developing to the point that learning-focused institutions should begin to take notice during the next 4 to 5 years?

Each new topic entry must include a title, a description similar to the ones that are written now, and, if needed, a rationale as to why it is different from any of the existing topics. The Horizon Project research team will investigate each nomination entered here to see if it meets the criteria set for new topics (eg., that the topic represents a "real" technology, as opposed to a concept, a new idea, or a proposal; that it is sufficiently developed that research, projects, and information about it exist; and that it has a demonstrable link, or strong potential link, to education).

Please "sign" your contributions by marking them with the code of 4 tildes (~) in a row so that we can follow up with you if we need additional information or leads to examples.

  • Adaptive Learning and services like Knewton? - arne.krokan arne.krokan Sep 23, 2013 "Studix is a platform for teaching sciences through a powerful new interactive format. We meet the needs of both strong and weak students. Through choices, each student will create his own unique learning experience catered to his abilities. We make teaching more efficient by connecting the teacher, the student and the publisher in a network to create an easier flow of content. Our goal is to influence the way sciences are taught in high schools, colleges, universities and online courses all over the world". It looks like this is a more advanced version of adaptive learning or intelligent learning system. - arne.krokan arne.krokan Sep 19, 2013 [Editor's note: Great add! We generally do not have branded products as Horizon Project topics, so we are combining "Studix" with new topic Adaptive Learning that category seems to encompass this product. - Sam Sam]
  • Nanolearning and services like Memrise; and Learning Playlists and services like Mentormob? - arne.krokan arne.krokan Sep 23, 2013~
    [Editor's Note: Added learning playlists as a subset of nanolearning]
  • Big Data - how should the school be more professional and provide optimized learning and lƦringsprogressjon using the data they possess. Students will increasingly become more demanding customers and will have expectations that they can get a "character warranty" Through systematic use of big data can schools become more focused in their learning, methodology, pedagogy and operations. - heidi heidi Sep 30, 2013
  • Audience Response System (ARS) should be added to the current list of Horizon topics. - rune.krumsvik rune.krumsvik Sep 26, 2013
  • Maker Spaces. The turn of the 21st century has signaled a shift in what types of skillsets have real, applicable value in a rapidly advancing world. In this landscape, creativity, design and engineering are making their way to the forefront of educational considerations as tools such as 3D printers, robotics, and 3D modeling web-based applications become accessible to more people. The question of how to renovate or repurpose classrooms to address the needs of the future is being answered through the concept of Maker spaces, or workshops that offer tools and the learning experiences needed to help people carry out their ideas. Maker spaces are intended to appeal to people of all ages, and are founded an openness to experiment, iterate, and create. The driving force behind Maker spaces is rooted in the Maker movement, a following comprised of artists, tech enthusiasts, engineers, builders, tinkerers, and anyone else who has a passion for making things. The formation of the movement stems from the success of the Maker Faire, a gathering that launched in 2006, and has since propagated itself into numerous community-driven events all over the world. - Sam Sam Sep 30, 2013

Combined with Existing RQ1 Topics

  • Personal Cloud. - heidi heidi Sep 30, 2013 [Editor's note: Great suggestion! We will add this to the Cloud Computing topic.]

Added to RQ 3 - Trends

  • The Future Classroom Lab is created by European Schoolnet, its supporting 30 ministries and industry partners to help visualise how conventional classrooms and other learning spaces can be easily reorganised to support changing styles of teaching and learning. The Future Classroom Lab in Brussels is a fully equipped, reconfigurable, teaching and learning space developed by European Schoolnet, its 30 supporting Ministries of Education and leading educational technology providers.- morten.soby morten.soby Sep 20, 2013