I have been enjoying “end of” lists. We get a double dose this year – end of the year, end of the decade. Albums of the decade. Best apps of 2009. Best apps of 2009 for educators. I have purchased some music, but no apps.
It is also time for the brave among us to make predictions. I read Warlick’s post today. He found it easier to raise questions than make predictions, but did come up with a few prediction. He predicts the rise of augmented reality and the end of high stakes testing
Warlick does raise the Apple tablet as a possible wild card for the coming year. I have hopes for some device that will allow information consumption to be combined with the potential for information manipulation and production. Existing handhelds are either too small (ipod) to allow for efficient content production or are primarily intended for consumption only (e.g., Kindle). I think commercial educational resources suited to future interactive tablets will take on a format that includes a provided information framework, information options to allow for instructor/student preferences, and opportunities for students to contribute and interact in reaction to the contributions of colleagues.
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