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. 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.
- IDEA WATCH: Far Beyond Makerspaces—Reinventing Libraries for the Future – by Carolyn Foote
- IDEA WATCH: Reinventing Libraries for the Future–Part 2 – Carolyn Foote discusses how the issues covered in the Aspen Institute’s “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” play out in school libraries
- New Media Consortium Horizon Reports – The annual Horizon reports identify key trends, challenges and tech developments that will affect technology adoption and planning over the next 5 years. Available now are the 2016 K12 report (shorter preview report) and the 2016 Higher Ed report. It’s also interesting to look back at the older reports to see what predictions have come to pass. A video overview of the 2016 report is available on YouTube.
- Trends Aside, Libraries Support Student Content Creation Now | Horizon K-12 Report
- 5 Tech Trends that Could Supercharge Education in 2016
- 2015’s Ed Tech Trends in Review
- Future Ready Librarians – Are you ready? If you’re taking this workshop, you probably are!
- What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years
- – Not specifically library or education trends, but interesting general trends. Quick read.
- Gartner’s 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies – Always fascinating to look at this and see what might be coming down the pike. What in the world is “smart dust”??
- Future of Educational Technology – Blog posts from the Emerging EdTech blog.
- My top 10 tech trends – Joyce Valenza’s 2014 roundup of tech trends, still very relevant.
- 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.”
- 10 technologies that will change the world in the next 10 years – Written in 2011, we’re already 5 years into “the next 10 years. Have some of these things started to affect your life? Education? Libraries?
- BAM Radio Network – Tons of education related podcasts. For educators, school leaders, parents, edtech and more.
- 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, classroom 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?
*TURNING IN YOUR ASSIGNMENT
- Write & publish your blog post.
- Copy the URL for the post.
- Return to the lesson page on the CanvasLMS site.
- Use the SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT button in the CanvasLMS page and paste in your URL.
*Only for students participating in the workshop for PD credit hours through the Canavas LMS system.
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.