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Note: This is a rough initial draft, please feel free to add, edit or remove content.

Sakai Instructional Technology Trend Report

Existing Trend Reports that We Might Use:

  • Horizon Report - The Horizon Project, as the centerpiece of New Media Consortium's Emerging Technologies Initiative, charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and creative inquiry and produces the NMC's series of Horizon Reports
  • EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)'s Emerging Technologies - Learning technology alone does not necessarily advance learning; well-integrated learning technologies and practices often do. With learning principles and practices in mind, technology is being used in service of learning. New technologies may advance learning; even traditional technologies, when implemented with pedagogically sound practices, can result in significant learning gains.
  • Educating the Net Generation - The Net Generation has grown up with information technology. The aptitudes, attitudes, expectations, and learning styles of Net Gen students reflect the environment in which they were raised---one that is decidedly different from that which existed when faculty and administrators were growing up.This collection explores the Net Gen and the implications for institutions in areas such as teaching, service, learning space design, faculty development, and curriculum. Contributions by educators and students are included.

Initial Trends To Target:

  1. Trend #1: Geo-Everything (Horizon Report)
    1. Summary: Everything on the Earth's surface has a location that can be expressed with just two coordinates. Using the new classes of geolocation tools, it is very easy to determine and capture the exact location of physical objects — as well as capturing the location where digital media such as photographs and video are taken. The other side of this coin is that it is also becoming easier to work with the geolocative data thus captured: it can be plotted on maps; combined with data about other events, objects, or people; graphed; charted; or manipulated in myriad ways. Devices we commonly carry with us increasingly have the ability to know where they (and, consequently, we) are, and to record our coordinates as we take photographs, talk to friends, or post updates to social networking websites. The "everything" in geo-everything is what makes this group of technologies interesting, and what will make them so much a part of our lives — geolocation, geotagging, and location-aware devices are already very nearly everywhere.
    2. Implications for Teaching, Learning and Assessment
    3. Implications for Sakai
      1. Ideas from Brainstorming Session
      2. Vignettes
      3. Instructional Issues
      4. Technical Issues
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