Tuesday, February 24, 2009

NMC K-12 Horizon Report: Examples Needed

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Hello NMC Directors,

We have begun drafting the 2009 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition, and we are seeking examples! This edition of the Horizon Report focuses on six areas of emerging technology that are significant in pre-college (K-12) education. We would love to feature the creative work you and your colleagues are doing.

We are interested in learning about any kind of innovative projects, pilot programs, or research happening at your campus or local schools in any of the six areas listed below. (See the attached 2009 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition Preview of the topics for more details.) Our goal is to help readers understand the potential impact of these technologies and their applications on teaching, learning, or creative expression in grades kindergarten through twelve.

Please also pass this on to the college of education or any other areas on campus that might be doing work in K-12 around any of these topics.

Here are the six areas the K-12 Advisory Board has identified for this year's report:

Time-to-Adoption: One Year or Less
Collaborative Environments
Online Communication Tools

Time-to-Adoption: Two to Three Years
Cloud Computing

Time-to-Adoption: Four to Five Years
Smart Objects
The Personal Web

The Time-to-Adoption Horizon indicates how long the Advisory Board feels it will be until a significant number of schools are providing or using each of these technologies or approaches broadly. Of course, a number of innovative teachers and schools are already working in some of these areas, and those are the very efforts we want to highlight. Of special interest are any activities that have a significant web presence so that a URL might be included in the report.

If you know of examples we could include, please reply directly to me at rachel@nmc.org as soon as you can. We hope to have your examples by Monday, March 2, but no matter what, we'd love to hear about what you are doing! All we really need is a sentence of description and a URL -- we'll do the rest.

For those interested in seeing the final version, the 2009 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition will be released on March 10, 2009. It will be available as a PDF at no cost.

Thanks -- and we look forward to hearing from you!



Rachel S. Smith
Vice President, NMC Services
The New Media Consortium

tel 512 445 4200 | fax 512 445 4205 | rachel@nmc.org | www.nmc.org

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