The New Media Consortium's Emerging Technologies Initiative focuses on expanding the boundaries of teaching, learning and creative expression by creatively applying new tools in new contexts. The Horizon Project, the centerpiece of this initiative, charts the landscape of emerging technologies and produces the NMC’s annual Horizon Report.

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2009 Horizon Report

http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2009
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Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

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2008 Horizon Report

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http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2008


Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

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2007 Horizon Report

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http://www.nmc.org/horizon/2007/report


Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

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2006 Horizon Report

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Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
  • Social Computing
  • Personal Broadcasting
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
  • The Phones in Their Pockets
  • Educational Gaming
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
  • Augmented Reality and Enhanced Visualization
  • Context-Aware Environments and Devices

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2005 Horizon Report

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Near Term: Mainsteam campus use within a year.
  • Extended Learning
  • Ubiquitous Wireless
Mid-Term: Mainstream campus use within one to three years.
  • Intelligent Searching
  • Educational Gaming
Long Term: Mainstream campus use within three to five year
  • Social Networks and Knowledge Webs
  • Context-Aware Computing/Augmented Reality

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2004 Horizon Report

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Near Term: Mainstream campus use within a year.
  • Learning Objects
  • Scalable Vector Graphics
Mid-Term: Mainstream campus use within one to three years.
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Multimodal Interfaces
Long Term: Mainstream campus use within three to five year
  • Context-Aware Computing
  • Knowledge Webs