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According to Google, Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web. So we will get a faster, simpler and more secure experience from the Chromebooks.  Chromebooks boot in 8 seconds and resume instantly with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash. Chromebooks will be available on June 6.  I can’t wait to test drive one.

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An interesting concept video produced by Nokia.  According to Nokia, the concept shown in the video allows users to experience immersion and effortless navigation in new ways. New types of interactions involve near-to-eye displays, gaze direction tracking, 3D audio, 3D video, gesture and touch. Through these new types of social linkages people will be connected in innovative ways between the physical and digital worlds. Cool idea.  However, when will such technology become available since the video was produced one and half years ago?


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Whether we are ready or not, the technology is changing our life even more so in the next few years. Watch “A Day Made of Glass” and take a look at Corning’s vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it. Amazing, isn’t? I can’t wait for this happening. The technology like this will definitely change the way we live, work, play, and learn in the future.


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The 2011 Horizon Report was released few days ago. 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. Like the reports published in previous years, the 2011 Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years. The areas of emerging technology cited for 2011 are:

1. Electronic Books (1 year or less)

2. Mobiles (1 year or less)

3. Augmented Realty (2-3 years)

4. Game-based Learning (2-3 years)

5. Gesture Based Computing (4-5 years)

6. Learning Analytics (4-5 years)

The following key trends and critical challenges are discussed in the executive summary.

Key Trends:

  • The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing.
  • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want.
  • The world of work is increasingly collaborative, giving rise to reflection about the way student projects are structured.
  • The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized.

Critical Challenges:

  • Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
  • Appropriate metrics of evaluation lag behind the emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching.
  • Economic pressures and new models of education are presenting unprecedented competition to traditional models of the university.
  • Keeping pace with the rapid proliferation of information, software tools, and devices is challenging for students and teachers alike.

The 2011 Horizon Report can be downloaded at:

http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2011-Horizon-Report.pdf (1.6Mb, 40 pages)

Also, you can view and comment on the Web version of 2011 Horizon Report at:



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Google announced the Chrome OS Notebook Pilot Program last Tuesday and revealed that notebooks running the Chrome OS will be available in mid-2011. Chrome OS is an open source operating system for users who spend most of their time on the Web built around the core tenets of speed, simplicity and security.  Chrome OS is a brand new free operating system built around the Google Chrome browser.  It represents a major step forward for cloud computing.

Google will be distributing a notebook called Cr-48 to early adopters. These non-branded notebooks are not for sale and they are designed as a test unit.  According to Google, the Cr-48 notebook starts up in 10 seconds and weighs about 3.8 pounds with 8 hours of battery life and 8 days of standby time.  The Cr-48 notebook has a 12.1-inch screen, a full keyboard, an oversized touch pad, world-mode 3G, 802.11 Wi-Fi, and a Webcam. It has a solid state drive, the size of which was undisclosed. Processor details weren’t revealed either.  However, the specifications are quite impressive so far.

The Cr-48 is now one of the hottest technology items today.  I wish I had an opportunity to test drive one of them now.  Nonetheless, I am excited about the announcement of the Cr 48 Pilot program and welcome the Chrome OS based notebooks.  I think the Chrome OS based notebooks will help bridges the digital divide and provide great opportunity for students to create, communicate, connect, and share their works to the world.

Chrome Event – 12/07/2010

What is Google Chrome OS?

Google Chrome OS Demo

Using a Chrome notebook

How to remain calm, despite what’s about to happen to your Chrome notebook

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The Future of the Book

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As I wrote in my last post, books will be different in the future with augmented reality technology.  However, IDEO has different vision for the future of the book.  I think IDEO has a great idea with nice design and innovation.  For now, please take a look at the future of the book through three concepts – Nelson, Coupland, and Alice.   What do you think?  Does IDEO’s vision provoke and inspire your thoughts about the future of reading?

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