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The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the NMC’s Horizon Project, a research-oriented effort that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have considerable impact on teaching, learning, and creative expression within higher education. The 2010 Horizon Report was released in January 2010. The annual Horizon Report is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the ELI. Each year, the report identifies six emerging technologies that are likely to have a significant impact on higher education in the next one to five years. In addition, the report presents an overview accompanied by examples and suggested readings for each technology.
The 2010 Horizon Report selected the following technologies and estimated a time for adoption for each.
- Mobile Computing (1 year or less)
- Open Content (1 year or less)
- Electronic Books (2-3 years)
- Simple Augmented Reality (2-3 years)
- Gesture Based Computing (4-5 years)
- Visual Data Analysis (4-5 years)
In addition to 2010 Horizon Report for higher education, the 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition was released in April 2010. The 2010 K-12 Edition is the second in an annual series of reports focused on emerging technology use in elementary and secondary education. The K-12 Edition report also identifies and describes six emerging technologies that will likely have a significant impact on K-12 education in the next one to five years. The areas of emerging technology cited in the 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition are:
- Cloud Computing (1 year or less)
- Collaborative Environments (1 year or less)
- Game-Based Learning (2-3 years)
- Mobiles (2-3 years)
- Augmented Reality (4-5 years)
- Flexible Displays (4-5 years)