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If you don't want to read the entire Horizon Report (Direct link to PDF) then this set of crib notes will do nicely. If you want to dig more deeply, as the Chronicle notes, " the New Media Consortium this year designed the Horizon Project Navigator, a social-media site to offer access to the materials experts looked at in preparing the report and share information related to the identified technology trends."

As usual, in my opinion, the Horizon Report tracks technologies that have become more prevalent in media reports. It is a publicity tracker, not a tech tracker. That's why, for example, you'll never see 'personal server' or 'home server' in the predictions until after production has started and they're appearing in media reports. That's why this year's report features the following: e-books, mobile computing, augmented reality, game-based learning, gesture-based computing, and learning analytics. More from Helge Sherlund, Dean Groom ("This must have been written by educators, not gamers"), Ray Tolley ("It is time education got its head out of the sand and looked at what the big wide world *IS* doing"), Graham Attwell ("We may actually be seeing the zenith of the Kindle"), Jane Hart and Tony Bates ("Only two out of six (mobile learning and learning analytics) are common between us – who do you think is right?").

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