The recently released Horizon Project report has identified the emerging trends, which are essential to reinventing the classroom. I think teachers will do well to gear up by using these trends in their teaching. In fact, teachers must begin integrating these trends in order to keep pace with student interest and also to better prepare students skills for well meaning careers. The trends are….
Grassroots video: this is easy to do since even a simple cell phone now produces a decent video clip.
Mobile broadband: there is one cell phone per every six people on the planet … that is a lot of phones. Yes, imagine the interest in class of allowing students to use cell phones to complete an assignment.
Data mashups: compiling data from different sources into one application doesn’t require extensive resources or programming.
Collective intelligence: an example of this is your class assembling what they have learned and publishing it.
Social operating systems: networks created around people versus the networks today created by focusing on content.
In the next couple of days I will review my ideas on how to put these trends to work in a classroom. What are yours?