#10: 6 big-impact technologies on the higher-ed horizon

[Editor’s note: This story, originally published on May 16th of this year, was our #10 most popular story of the year. Happy holidays, and thank you for tuning into our 2018 countdown!]

Analytics technologies, makerspaces, and redesigning learning spaces are just a few of the numerous technology developments and trends outlined in a preview of the forthcoming annual Horizon Report.

The Horizon Report was on shaky ground after the New Media Consortium unexpectedly shut its doors in early 2018, but EDUCAUSE acquired the rights to the report and continued the research.…Read More

2019 promises to be a big year of technology trends

The next year will focus on technologies that influence how users interact with the world, according to Gartner in its list of top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019.

A strategic technology trend is “one with substantial disruptive potential that is beginning to break out of an emerging state into broader impact and use, or which are rapidly growing trends with a high degree of volatility reaching tipping points over the next five years.”

The IT research and analyst firm announced the upcoming trends at its annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in October.…Read More

Top higher-ed tech trends for 2013

A new survey outlines key higher-ed tech trends for 2013.

A survey of colleges and universities previews some of the top higher-ed tech trends set to emerge in 2013. The survey comes from Edudemic, a site connecting educators and students with ed-tech tools and resources.

Smart phones figure prominently, and 89 percent of surveyed colleges said they send text messages as part of their emergency communications. Ninety-three percent of college stuents text message, and 53 percent own a smart phone. A new trend will focus on using SMS communications to update students on deadlines and assignments, provide instant contact in case of emergency, and keep students, faculty, and staff informed on general updates and campus activities, according to the survey.

Social media, already a huge tech trend that offers endless possibilities in the classroom, will continue to be a major force in higher education. Every university surveyed said it maintains a Facebook account, 80 percent have a Twitter account, and 70 percent operate YouTube or Vimeo channels. Eighty-three percent of schools said they use social media to engage alumni, and 38 percent engage the local community through social media tools.…Read More

IBM predicts five big tech innovations coming by 2015

We already know that tablets are going to take a bite out of PC sales and robots will take over social networks, but what else is happening in the next five years? Well, IBM has a few guesses, reports Digital Trends. The company recently unveiled its annual “Next Five in Five,” showcasing five innovations it thinks will hit the tech market in the next five years. This year’s list is filled with better batteries, 3D holograms, computer heat energy, better GPS, and citizen scientists.

Here’s the list:

Better batteries: Though battery capacity and power have traditionally only improved about 7 percent  a year, IBM thinks we may see smaller batteries that last 10 times longer than today’s.…Read More

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