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Horizons near and far … February 12, 2011

Posted by IaninSheffield in research.
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The 2011 Horizon Report1 was released recently, so it was time to revisit the timeline summarising the predictions made by this yearly ‘state of the nation’ style annual report.  Each year the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative explore emerging technologies and their ‘potential impact on  and use in teaching, learning and creative inquiry.’

Last year I created  a timeline summary of the findings to help see which predictions were coming to reality and to explore the extent to which our school fits in with the developing trends and emerging technologies.

2011 Horizon Report timeline

2011 Horizon Report Timeline

Clicking the above image will take you to the interactive full-size, scalable version.


Year 2011 on its own

I then thought I might focus in on 2011 to see the extent to which our school is adopting the technologies predicted to be of significance this year.  Mobile technology in the form of phones and e-books feature heavily and it is right that we should have begun our first tentative steps in exploring the affordances of this tech.  Our iPod Touch study is well under way and we should have the infrastructure in place (enterprise wireless solution)  to support connection of student devices in the near future.  Our library is undertaking a study of e-books and what place they might have within our provsion of learning resources.  Use of a few QR codes in public places around school is barely even dipping our toes in the waters of augmented reality, but it begins the process of awareness raising amongst our community.  The potential offered by educational gaming continues to suffer little penetration in school with few colleagues aware of its potential.  This is one area which really needs a champion before it can gain credence with colleagues.  An increasing number of schools and teachers are beginning to recognise the impact that blogging and wikis can offer both for collaboration and providing an audience for student work as evidenced superbly by the work taking place at Heathfield CPS and many other schools. Another area we have yet to explore more fully and another which would benefit from a passionate advocate.

In the previous post, I also looked at the range of technologies emerging in the reports to consider the penetration they are making into our school:

Technology penetration in school

Technology penetration in school

A little bit further foward, but not as much progress as we might have hoped for, owing to one or two technological challenges which became manifest.  Time to get stuck in!

I often wonder where we are on the spectrum of adoption across the whole range of schools. Are we behind? Doing OK?  I try to rationalise things by saying that what matters is what’s right for us and what our aspirations are for the learning of our students … but then again, I sometimes wonder what those aspirations are based on.  I clearly need to think and talk about this much more. Damn the Horizon report for making me think!

1Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report.
Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.


1. Peter Price - March 6, 2011

Fascinating post, Ian. Great to see how you are using the Horizon Report (which I have not previously heard of) to draft a progress report card on your school. All the best as you work to enthuse your teachers to adopt technology quickly, so students can keep up in their learning.

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