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  1. msg Hi Everyone message posted Hi Everyone For those of you who don't know me, I am Director of Technology at one of Houston Community College…
    Hi Everyone
    For those of you who don't know me, I am Director of Technology at one of Houston Community College's six colleges. My department at Northwest College now supports over 21,000 students on 4 campuses in the western suburbs of Houston, Texas.

    My background is in political science but I have also worked for Apple and Motorola in technical support. Of particular interest to me are questions surrounding technology adoption and learning analytics.

    I look forward to meeting and working with everyone.

    Thanks,

    Tom
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  2. msg Greetings message posted Greetings Hello to everyone! I feel so honored to be serving alongside with all of you as we co-create the n…
    Greetings
    Hello to everyone! I feel so honored to be serving alongside with all of you as we co-create the new edition of "The Horizon Report." I was first introduced to this report while in graduate school and since have relied on it in many ways from policy decisions to how best to design instructional content given the expected emerging technologies. I am very grateful to be part of this process!

    Best wishes,

    Deborah Heal
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  3. msg Greetings message posted Greetings Greetings, colleagues! I am very much looking forward to this process. I find it one of the most …
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    Greetings, colleagues! I am very much looking forward to this process. I find it one of the most fun things to do: to consider emerging technologies and imagine how they might impact learning.

    Thanks to Larry and the NMC team for getting us launched.
    best
    M
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    What is Wireless Power?
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    Anyone who attends a class or meeting where most of the participants have laptop computers is well aware that there are never enough power outlets—and when they are available, they are invariably located in inconvenient places. Wireless power, already being prototyped by several companies, promises to alleviate the problem by making power for charging batteries in devices readily available. Using near-field inductive coupling, power can be transmitted through special surfaces or even through open space to charge devices within a home, office, school, or other setting. Consumer products are already entering the market; the Powermat, for instance, charges up to three devices placed onto its surface (each device must first be slipped into a compatible sleeve). Fulton Innovation's eCoupled technology is designed to be built into desk- and countertops, enabling not only power transfer but other wireless communications between devices placed on the surfaces. Witricity is developing transmitters that would be embedded in walls or other furniture, transferring power via inductive coupling to receivers attached to devices anywhere within the home or classroom. The impact of wireless power for education will primarily be felt in learning spaces; the devices we carry will become more useful and easier to maintain, with increased opportunity for longer use in a variety of settings.
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  5. page WhatsNew edited What's New? We're done! Download the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Education Edition! Th…

    What's New?
    We're done! Download the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Education Edition!
    The votes are in! You have selected the top emerging technologies, trends, and challenges. Check out the Preview here! {2012-Horizon.HE-Preview.pdf}
    The NMC Horizon Project Shortlist > 2012 Higher Education Edition {2012-Horizon.HE-Shortlist.pdf} is ready!
    The wiki is now open! Welcome Advisory Board members -- please introduce yourselves via the discussion tab on the wiki main page. If you are new to using this kind of wiki, see our Getting Started guide.

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  6. page Web Aggregation Tools edited What are Web Aggregation Tools? [[include component="page" page="TopicsNav"…

    What are Web Aggregation Tools?
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    Aggregation is the process of transparently gathering together distributed pieces of online content based on an interest in the topic(s), the author(s), or other shared characteristics. RSS readers are one way to aggregate data, but with the increase in personal publishing, new tools for aggregation are emerging. Using these tools, readers can easily track a distributed conversation that takes place across blogs, Twitter, and other publishing platforms, as well as pull in relevant resources from news feeds and other sources. Some educators and students are seeking alternatives to course management systems, preferring to open their discussions and make use of a variety of tools instead. Aggregation can reunite course discussions that once took place within CMS forums, even if they are scattered among different platforms and tools. Aggregation can allow a class to visualize its conversations in new ways. Information is available when and where the reader wishes, in almost any desired format.
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  7. page Wearable Technology edited What is Wearable Technology? [[include component="page" page="TopicsNav"]] …

    What is Wearable Technology?
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    Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing such as shoes or a jacket. The benefit of wearable technology is that it can conveniently integrate tools that track sleep, movement, location, social media. There are even new classes of devices that are seamlessly integrated with a user’s everyday life and movements. Google's “Project Glass” was one of the earliest examples, and enabled a user to see information about their surroundings displayed in front of them. Smart watches are becoming commonplace, allowing users to check emails and perform other productive tasks through a tiny interface. A rapidly growing category of wearable technology takes advantage of the burgeoning interest in the “quantified self.” The Jawbone UP and Fitbit bracelets are two examples that track how you eat, sleep, and move. Empowered by these insights, many individuals now rely on these technologies to improve their lifestyle and health. Today’s wearables not only track where a person goes, what they do, and how much time they spend doing it, but now what their aspirations are and when those can be accomplished.
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    (1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?
    Wearables could (eventually) be a relevant part of the mobile campus ecosystem. Assuming wearable devices can be designed to work seamlessly with other technologies, they could be an important (and perhaps eventually inexpensive/lightweight) tool to help provide students with ready access to campus information, assistance with getting oriented to campus services, etc. jasonr Oct 17, 2014
    Wearable technology as assessor of the self (anxiety), fitness, health, and imersive learning: http://ht.ly/CZolQ Mark.fink Oct 20, 2014
    Haptic technologies are related to wearable technologies, particularly in the form of body suits, which are primarily being tested with regard to video gaming. While I think haptic technologies for online learning would add a sensory experience to presence and be interesting, it is likely farther out than 5 years. Jolie Oct 23, 2014
    Wearable technology--even though still very much in its beta phase--is already working its way into learning spaces used by our more adventurous/creative colleagues. A tool along the lines of Google Glass has the potential to be another aid in extending the reach of what happens in learning spaces if learning facilitators and learners can interact via Google Hangouts or other video-conferencing tools, and recordings of learning sessions can be archived so they're available to learners unavailable for the live sessions; it adds to what tablets are already providing in terms of connecting onsite and online learners and learning facilitators.paul.signorelli Oct 26, 2014
    Wearable technology in all its many guises does indeed have the potential not only to change the way we teach, but also the way we learn and the way our students create work e.g. Why write a "day in the life" essay when you could film it through Google Glass? This technology is a game changer. damian.mcdonald Oct 27, 2014
    (2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?
    larry.miller Oct 20, 2014 Wearable can be an important element id using adaptive technologies for those with disabilities - this story from MIT Media Lab http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/let-your-finger-do-the-reading-with-this-great-device-from-mit-media-la?utm_content=bufferfed28&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
    Cost of technology along the lines of Google Glass is currently a major hurdle, but this could quickly change if Google prices Glass at a level competitive with tablets.paul.signorelli Oct 26, 2014
    This is an exciting topic that could have major implications in the higher education market, but it needs to be developed more and affordable for all users to gain access. I do see devices becoming smaller and wearable maybe even embedded into us (scary but probably the future). mbuckner Oct 26, 2014
    An area found out to my cost is the issues with authentication on wearables. With Glass only supporting WPA/WPA2 and WEP, this does not allow us to use them on campus as Eduroam is an authenticated wi-fi system it looks like a Plan B is needed. It would have been excellent if Glass could use Eduroam, especially for Technology Enhanced Learning applications but it would appear that tethering to an iPhone is the only option for on Campus use. Though this is going to rule out a number of lecture rooms and teaching spaces. neil.witt Oct 27, 2014
    Just about to order Google Glass, Neil. Unaware of Eduroam authentication issues. Can you contact me to discuss further, please? Thank you. damian.mcdonald Oct 27, 2014
    Lots of "magic bullet" issues here. It will be important to address the social informatics issues of privacy, security, technology-overload with wearable tech. momillard Oct 28, 2014
    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?
    Didn't see this article in the press clippings but offers a good start: https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7102.pdf jasonr Oct 17, 2014
    Fascinating potential here. Wearable devices like the upcoming Apple Watch are designed to work with the iPhone. The closer the connection becomes between wearables and larger smartphone/tablet devices, the greater the potential impact. On the logistical side, wearable devices could provide easier access to notifications without the need for students to hold a device, and provide a conduit for tracking/capture of realtime location/audio/video data. This could add a new dimension to place-based augmented reality / simulations without the need for students to constantly "hold" a device. jasonr Oct 17, 2014 helga Oct 24, 2014 jochen.robes Oct 27, 2014
    We'll be moving from purchasing our books online to bringing our wearable technology to class. Another shift away from the laptop, perhaps. michael.lambert Oct 25, 2014
    It's an additional extension of our learning spaces--one that further raises the question "How Big Is Our [Classs]Room?": https://buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/oclmooc-connected-courses-mooc-ccourses-and-atd-chapter-leaders-how-big-is-the-room/.paul.signorelli Oct 26, 2014
    There are impacts on teaching and learning like security, personal rights and also teaching. In Europe (or at least in Switzerland) there are schools in which smartphones are not allowed to be used during the lessons. What will they do when students wear smart watches or Google Glass? There can be a challenge with preventing from cheating in classes when students use wearables.rudolf.mumenthaler Oct 27, 2014
    If everyone has access to information all the time via wearable and mobile devices, what is the point in testing information retention via examination? Perhaps we will see a shift towards creativity and critical thinking across all subject areas at all levels in the future. damian.mcdonald Oct 27, 2014
    When university wifi networks carry biometric data (such as heart rate), will we become responsible for handling this as personal medical data? edward.oneill Oct 27, 2014
    (4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?
    larry.miller Oct 20, 2014 Wearable Texhnology - from UK, a great source of news, cases and expert opinions - https://wearabletechnologies.co.uk/
    Numerous examples available via Google by searching on "Google Glass in learning"paul.signorelli Oct 26, 2014
    A couple examples from my institution: http://www.wpr.org/uw-madison-professors-integrate-google-glass-classroom momillard Oct 28, 2014
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    Desktop Research: Published Technologies to Watch Lists
    This area is a place to collect "Technologies to Watch" lists published by other organizations.
    Though these lists and publications may serve a different audience and purpose than the Horizon Report does, they contain many useful descriptions and discussions that can and should inform our work.
    We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- Sam Apr 14, 2011 (note - to keep the wiki clean, please put spaces on either side of your marks). This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.
    Recommended Reading
    The Best Of CES 2014
    http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/12/the-best-of-ces-2014/
    Tech Crunch's picks for the Best of CES 2014. lkoster Oct 8, 2014 Can you imagine the Oculus Rift using a simulated environment, such as heart surgery, instead of a game. jasonr Oct 11, 2014 deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
    Data Storage Technologies to Watch in 2014
    http://www.infostor.com/storage-management/virtualization/data-storage-technologies-to-watch-in-2014-1.html
    There are so many technologies to keep track of in data storage, and an awful lot of hype to go with it. So which storage technologies should you pay most attention to in 2014?helga Oct 9, 2014
    The Enterprise Technologies To Watch in 2014
    http://www.zdnet.com/the-enterprise-technologies-to-watch-in-2014-7000026899/
    A next-generation enterprise describes an organization that is proactively moving into the present by changing how they assimilate, architect, apply, and maintain their technology solutions. Thus the purpose of important new enterprise technologies should be to significantly shift and transform how business gets done with enabling technologies that reinvents how work and enterprise output in general is achieved. lkoster Oct 8, 2014 interesting to see the same technologies now making their way into business. BYOT is quickly being introduced in large companies. Employees who would normally be given company phones are now encouraged to bring their own devices and IT can install Secure company email on them.
    5 Technology Trends to Watch – 2015
    http://content.ce.org/PDF/2014_5Tech_web.pdf
    The 2015 edition of CEA's 5 Technology Trends to Watch highlights Big Data, the rise of the machines (Internet of Things, robotics and driverless cars), digital health, entertainment and immersive content including augmented reality, and business models in the innovation economy. Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 jasonr Oct 11, 2014 (damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
    Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015
    http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2867917
    Gartner, Inc. has highlighted these top 10 technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2015. jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 jasonr Oct 11, 2014
    MIT Technology Review: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014
    http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/technologies/2014/
    These advances from the past year all solve thorny problems or create powerful new ways of using technology. They are breakthroughs that will matter for years to come. helga Oct 9, 2014 Major science breakthroughs, yet, most students are opting out of this area of study. How can our courses–outside the field of science–integrate science into their syllabus? We do integrate presentation and media skills into our courses. michael.lambert Oct 10, 2014 Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 Neuromorphic chips, micro 3-D printing and Oculus Rift are my 3 top picks for eventual impact. jasonr Oct 11, 2014 michael.lambert Oct 12, 2014 (damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
    7 Hottest Open Source Technologies This Year
    http://www.routing.com/view-post/7-Hottest-Open-Source-Technologies-this-year
    The latest era of open source technologies is revolutionizing the way computing, networking and IT admInistration is done. helga Oct 9, 2014 deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
    Six Trends that Will Accelerate the Adoption of Technology in Higher Education
    http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/six-trends-that-will-accelerate-the-adoption-of-technology-in-higher-education/1/2011131.article
    Times Higher Education explores the six key trends from The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition that will be key to technology adoption this year. lkoster Oct 8, 2014 of course this is important...highlights the Horizon Report! helga Oct 9, 2014yep, right on ;-) jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 ;-) Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 jasonr Oct 11, 2014 michael.lambert Oct 12, 2014 (damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) getting a bit recursive here aren't we? amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
    Technology Predictions for 2014: Smarter Cities, Bigger Games
    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/02/technology-predictions-2014-smarter-cities-bigger-games-drones-tablets
    This is the year that cities become even smarter. Local authorities and councils the world over have invested in social capital and connected infrastructure with the aim of better understanding the needs of their citizens. In 2014 more cities will iterate and experiment. They'll implement new technologies to not only create a better connected city but to enhance the environment.
    10 Technology Trends to Watch in 2014
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/10-technology-trends-to-watch-2014/
    CBS News gives its predictions of which technologies will make an impact this year.
    The Top 7 Technology Trends Dominating 2014
    http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml
    This article takes a look at the top technology predictions Forbes made at the beginning of this year, and assesses how those predictions have turned out so far. lkoster Oct 8, 2014 Good read, helps to assess the rate of innovation and think about why some innovations were not so fast to be adopted and others were faster. e.degroot Oct 12, 2014 (damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
    The Verge Awards: The Best of CES 2014
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/10/5277618/the-verge-awards-the-best-of-ces-2014
    The editorial team of The Verge picks the best things that hit the show floor, the biggest stories, and yes, the biggest disappointments. deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014

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  9. page Volumetric and Holographic Displays edited What are Volumetric and Holographic Displays? [[include component="page" page="T…

    What are Volumetric and Holographic Displays?
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    One of the long anticipated innovations to stem from the rapid progression of technology has been holographic or volumetric displays, also referred to as 3D displays. Since 2005, researchers have been working toward creating practical uses for holography, and the aggregated attempts of these developers over the years have turned 3D visuals into an experience that can be facilitated by a personal mobile device. MIT's Media Lab produced a holographic projector that employs a spatial light modulator (SLM), the central component of digital holography, to create a holographic video. As these technologies continue to be refined, it won't be long before consumers will have the option of purchasing devices with holographic capabilities, an advancement that will be accompanied by a offering of downloadable media files in 3D formats.
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    What is Visual Data Analysis?
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    Visual data analysis blends highly advanced computational methods with sophisticated graphics engines to tap the extraordinary ability of humans to see patterns and structure in even the most complex visual presentations. Currently applied to massive, heterogeneous, and dynamic datasets, such as those generated in studies of astrophysical, fluidic, biological, and other complex processes, the techniques have become sophisticated enough to allow the interactive manipulation of variables in real time. Ultra high-resolution displays allow teams of researchers to zoom into interesting aspects of the renderings, or to navigate along interesting visual pathways, following their intuitions and even hunches to see where they may lead. New research is now beginning to apply these sorts of tools to the social sciences as well, and the techniques offer considerable promise in helping us understand complex social processes like learning, political and organizational change, and the diffusion of knowledge.
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    Scope. Visual data analysis can be as small as representing the prevalence of phonemes in a poem. edward.oneill Oct 28, 2014
    Domain. Visual data analysis is not restricted to STEM fields. Work in digital humanities can be strongly visual--such as network analysis. edward.oneill Oct 28, 2014
    Impact. Visual data analysis promises to merge quantitative skills with more humanistic communication skills. edward.oneill Oct 28, 2014
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    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?
    Our institutions of higher education require skill in argumentative prose writing and the manipulation of quantitative information. Visual communication and presentation skills are seldom integrated, usually left to be the focus of specific majors (such as business). Data manipulation and algorithm construction skills found in computer programming courses are seldom required of all graduates. Yet there is a powerful argument that all these should be merged, that manipulating words and quantitative data, communicating to an audience by gestural and vocal means, visualizing content using presentation and analytical tools--all these should be integrated in education as they are in most significant professional endeavors. edward.oneill Oct 28, 2014
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    I was co tasked to explore data visualization and ignite a faculty learning community in preparation for an ITS led visualization initiative. Part of our research took us to the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin to meet with and tour some of the leaders in the field. https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/resources/visualization;jsessionid=C9DB4ACF1CC697FDAF8D0A006386D0EC.jvm1 brian.yuhnke Oct 22, 2014
    Another perspective here.
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