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Horizon Report 2010⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

This is the seventh edition of this annual report and describes emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching & learning in Colleges and Universities in the next five years.

Horizon2010_thumbThe report describes in relatively plain English technologies which you may have heard of but not experienced and outlines with examples how they are already being used in academic institutions. Interestingly once they are broken down a bit you might be surprised just how many of them you use routinely already.

One year or less Two to Three Years Four to Five years
Mobile Computing Electronic Books Gesture Based Computing
Open Content Simple Augmented Reality Visual Data Analysis

Yes - I know what you're thinking but the report provides just a couple of pages on each - enough to whet the appetite e.g. Do you use Sat Nav? Have you needed to find out where the nearest petrol station is? Using a device that combines information based on GPS, a camera or compass could be considered as Simple Augmented Computing. Anyone get a Wii for Christmas? It's hard to think of anything that's more gesture based. And take a look at my favourite websites in the tag cloud down the right hand side of this website - the larger the text the more links in that category - an example of a new form of Visual Data Analysis.

So the report's not just for "Geeks" - and the technologies are actually here already, but the report does give some interesting insight into how they might be employed in the education business.

http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2010-Horizon-Report.pdf

Horizon Report 2010⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

This is the seventh edition of this annual report and describes emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching & learning in Colleges and Universities in the next five years.

Horizon2010_thumbThe report describes in relatively plain English technologies which you may have heard of but not experienced and outlines with examples how they are already being used in academic institutions. Interestingly once they are broken down a bit you might be surprised just how many of them you use routinely already.

One year or less Two to Three Years Four to Five years
Mobile Computing Electronic Books Gesture Based Computing
Open Content Simple Augmented Reality Visual Data Analysis

Yes - I know what you're thinking but the report provides just a couple of pages on each - enough to whet the appetite e.g. Do you use Sat Nav? Have you needed to find out where the nearest petrol station is? Using a device that combines information based on GPS, a camera or compass could be considered as Simple Augmented Computing. Anyone get a Wii for Christmas? It's hard to think of anything that's more gesture based. And take a look at my favourite websites in the tag cloud down the right hand side of this website - the larger the text the more links in that category - an example of a new form of Visual Data Analysis.

So the report's not just for "Geeks" - and the technologies are actually here already, but the report does give some interesting insight into how they might be employed in the education business.

http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2010-Horizon-Report.pdf

The wonder of BOB⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

I had a demo of the Box of Broadcasts (BoB) this week in one of our supported institutions - one of the first in the UK to subscribe to the service. BoB (developed by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), Cambridge Imaging Systems and img-bobBournmouth University) - provides staff and students with online  access to television and radio programmes from the previous seven days, as well as allowing staff and students to book recordings for broadcasts seven days in advance. Currently free view channels and radio are available. Library staff at Glasgow Met have implemented BoB and I was totally blown away by it.

The best feature in my view is the simple way you can create relevant snippets to use in class or provide for students through learning platforms or other web technologies that they use. This eliminates the need to watch a whole chunk of a programme when only a small relevant clip is really what's wanted. These can be tagged for other BoB users to find and it has the potential to become a huge source of contemporary, highly relevant and engaging video material.

Although it may be considered quite expensive to set up depending on licences that are currently in place, the librarians at Glasgow Met feel that it has had some unforeseen impact by providing a gateway into other library services and digital resources previously under utilised.

You can listen to the RSC's latest podcast about BoB here. For more information go to http://www.boxofbroadcasts.com/

The wonder of BOB⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

I had a demo of the Box of Broadcasts (BoB) this week in one of our supported institutions - one of the first in the UK to subscribe to the service. BoB (developed by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), Cambridge Imaging Systems and img-bobBournmouth University) - provides staff and students with online  access to television and radio programmes from the previous seven days, as well as allowing staff and students to book recordings for broadcasts seven days in advance. Currently free view channels and radio are available. Library staff at Glasgow Met have implemented BoB and I was totally blown away by it.

The best feature in my view is the simple way you can create relevant snippets to use in class or provide for students through learning platforms or other web technologies that they use. This eliminates the need to watch a whole chunk of a programme when only a small relevant clip is really what's wanted. These can be tagged for other BoB users to find and it has the potential to become a huge source of contemporary, highly relevant and engaging video material.

Although it may be considered quite expensive to set up depending on licences that are currently in place, the librarians at Glasgow Met feel that it has had some unforeseen impact by providing a gateway into other library services and digital resources previously under utilised.

You can listen to the RSC's latest podcast about BoB here. For more information go to http://www.boxofbroadcasts.com/