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The Horizon Report 2010 edition describes emerging technologies. Included in this year’s list is mobile computing, open content, electronic books, visual data analysis, simple augmented reality, and gesture-based computing. The following quote comes from the introductory remarks to the section on Open Content:
“The movement toward open content reflects a growing shift in the way academics in many parts of the world are conceptualizing education to a view that is more about the process of learning than the information conveyed in their courses. Information is everywhere; the challenge is to make effective use of it”.
Gene C. Fant Jr. laments on the end of snow days as we knew them with this quote: “Technology does not know the difference between Mondays and Saturdays, workdays and snow days.” In the article in the Feb. 24, 2010, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, he also comments about the newly installed window to the world on the International Space Station that has been overshadowed by “full Internet access” for the astronauts. The article is available from chronicle.com/article/The-End-of-Snow-Days/64326.