Trend-Spotting, Scanning the Horizon, Emerging Tech and Trends
As tech leaders in your schools, you know that keeping up with current technology often feels overwhelming (no kidding!). And sometimes it feels like we’re never going to catch up and be on top of things. So you may balk at our “look to the future” topic this week. But don’t!
One of the best ways to cope with the exhaustion of trying to keep up, is to learn from the experts who are carefully evaluating the trends and technologies that are most likely to affect education and libraries over the next few years. Once you’ve read a few trends/issues reports, you’ll start to pick out the tech and trends that are likely to be relevant to you, your students and colleagues. With that knowledge you’ll realize that you’re really ahead of the curve and will be ready for the changes to come. And also ready to lead the way through those changes.
READINGS & RESOURCES
- New Media Consortium Horizon Reports – The annual Horizon reports identify key trends that will affect technology adoption and planning over the next 5 years. Available now are the 2015 Higher Ed report (5 page preview report) and the 2014 K12 report (10 page preview report). It’s also interesting to look back at the older reports to see what predictions have come to pass. Videos with overviews of the reports are available on YouTube.
- My top 10 tech trends – Joyce Valenza’s annual roundup of tech trends.
- State of America’s Libraries Report 2015 (PDF) – Sections on Academic, school and public libraries. Issues and trends covered include: Children’s and Teen services, literacy, intellectual freedom and legislative priorities.
- What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? – ” At a time when public libraries are starting to offer everything from community gardening plots to opportunities to check out humans for conversations, some school libraries are similarly re-evaluating their roles and expanding their offerings.”
- On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew) – Joyce Valenza’s highlights key points of this Pew report on Teens, Social Media and Technology. Important for all who work with teens.
- 10 technologies that will change the world in the next 10 years – Written in 2011, we’re already 4 years into “the next 10 years. Have some of these things started to affect your life? Education? Libraries?
- The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning – Online conference coming up on April 30.
- What’s Next? Keeping up With Trends and Emerging Technology – Includes a good list of blogs written by educators about the challenges facing education.
- Read some of the reports and articles and note which tech/trends/issues resonate with you.
- Write your blog post and discuss:
- How these are relevant to your library and school community.
- How are they relevant to your community at large, outside of school?
- What challenges and opportunities do they present?
- What trends do you feel are most important?
LOG YOUR LESSON: Don’t forget to log your blog post when you’re done! When you finish this lesson by fill out the log form. You’ll need the URL of your first blog post to complete the form.
Many thanks to Dr. Michael Stephens for openly sharing the course content for SJSU LIBR 287 course – Hyperlinked Library Emerging Trends, Emerging Tech. Many of the resources in this lesson were borrowed from that course.