The latest edition of the Horizon Report was published last week. A review of this document every year will keep you up to date on the latest technologies and their schedule for widespread adoption.
Read it “The Horizon Report 2011 Edition” here. (40 page PDF)
Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report.
Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
“This years’ trends are:
Time-to-adoption One Year or Less:
• Electronic Books
Time-to-adoption Two to Three Years:
• Augmented Reality
• Game-based Learning
Time-to-adoption Four to Five Years:
• Gesture-based computing
• Learning Analytics
Regarding ebooks and their adoption:
”Now that they are firmly established in the consumer sector, electronic books are beginning to demonstrate capabilities that challenge the very definition of reading. Audiovisual, interactive, and social elements enhance the informational content of books and magazines. Social tools extend the reader’s experience into the larger world, connecting readers with one another and enabling deeper, collaborative explorations of the text. The content of electronic books and the social activities they enable, rather than the device used to access them, are the keys to their popularity; nearly everyone carries some device that can function as an electronic reader, and more people are engaging with electronic books than ever before.””