US report outlines top tech trends to affect PSE

February 9, 2012

Released earlier this month, the ninth edition of the Horizon Report identifies 6 technologies that are expected to become mainstream in learning-focused organizations. Each of the 6 technologies is assigned to one of 3 adoption horizons: one year or less, 2 to 3 years, and 4 to 5 years. For 2012, electronic tablet computing and mobile applications are identified in the one-year horizon; learning analytics and game-based learning in the 2- to 3-year horizon; and gesture-based computing and the Internet of Things in the 4- to 5-year horizon. The report identifies the Internet of Things as shorthand for network-aware smart objects that connect the physical world to the information world. A smart object has 4 key attributes: it is small, has a unique identifier, has a small store of data or information, and has a way to communicate that information to an external device on demand. EDUCAUSE News Release | 2012 Horizon Report