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Analysis of emerging trends affecting the use of technology in education

Becta has published a new report Analysis of emerging trends affecting the use of technology in education. The report does not contain anything significantly new, but provides a good overview of current trends in information technology (in particular, multimedia habits, mobile technologies, parental encouragement of educational use of tools, and growth of TV on demand). Growing awareness of trends impacting education is important. More attention is being paid to trends today than was only a few years ago (Horizon Report was an early initiative in trend analysis). We are now getting to the point where trends analysis needs to lead to the creation of future scenarios. Developing a futures thinking mindset would serve educators well (the future is about future thinking?).

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  1. Claire wrote:

    I am very glad that I have come across your blog. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through some of the posts.

    I am in the process of starting up a small business in the edu/tech environment. A group of developers and myself are in the process of working on our prototype system.

    I look forward to bouncing ideas around on this blog and to gaining greater insights from your extensive experience.

    Check out Mind Bullets: a future based innovative group of thinkers who have some great thoughts and ideas.

    Claire

    Friday, May 1, 2009 at 7:51 am | Permalink
  2. Rod wrote:

    This article is spot on. Leaders in the education technology field will have to use future trending in order to set the direction for educators. Leaders will also need to be able to open new channels of communication as well find new ways to reach out to educators. Educators can gain very valuable information from industry leaders but are often too busy and overwhelmed to do so. New innovative ways to put new technology trends in the hands of educators will prove increasingly critical as technology in education rapidly evolves. Maybe we should place the latest trends in education technology on the side of the cereal box.

    Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

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