As a library ‘geek,’ I worry about whether school and public libraries will disappear, leaving us only with computers, tablets, and e-readers to fill the gap. Disclaimer: I own–and use–all of the afore-mentioned devices but still visit my public library weekly to pick up a video, check out some old maps, or simply to chat with the reference librarian about new search engines. I know–I need a life!
Therefore, I was quite interested in some buzz from the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Last week the project convened experts to to discuss the most important technology innovations of the last decade, and their findings suggest the classroom of the future will be open, mobile, and flexible enough to reach individual students—while free online tools will challenge the authority of traditional institutions. Read more