The Horizon Report, 2009 Edition
The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
PDF, 32 pages.
Young people in Japan equipped with mobiles often see no reason to own personal computers because their mobile phones do almost all of that stuff anyway.
The authors of this report predict that by the year 2020 most people across the world will be using a mobile device as their primary means for connecting to the internet. It is clear that mobiles are already well on the way to becoming a universal tool for communication of all kinds.
This new edition of the Horizon Report discusses six categories of technologies to watch:
In the first adoption horizon (within the next year) we find mobiles and cloud computing.
In the mid-term horizon (two to three years), geo-everything and the personal web.
The far-term horizon (four to five years): semantic-aware applications and smart objects.
If cloud computing is a relatively new term, think of it this way: Cloud-based applications do not run on a single computer; instead, they are spread over a distributed cluster, using storage space and computing resources from many available machines as needed. Applications like Flickr, Google, YouTube, and many others use the cloud as their platform, in the way that programs on a desktop computer use that single computer as a platform.
Today’s learners use tools for tagging, aggregating, updating, and keeping track of content. They create and navigate a web that is increasingly tailored to their own needs and interests: this is the personal web. A personal web supports one’s social, professional, learning, and other activities via personalized windows to the networked world.
Tagging is one way to organize these scattered pieces of information, but another approach is to aggregate them—use web feeds to pull them together in a single place where updates appear automatically and others can add commentary. Tools like Friend Feed pull all the material a person has published into an “activity stream.” Students can use these tools to gather their work together in a kind of online portfolio; whenever they add a tweet, blog post, or photo to any online service, it will appear in their timelines.
Delicious: Cloud computing
Delicious: The Personal Web