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April 17, 2010

Which technologies are on the verge of classroom adoption?

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Researchers for the NMC (New Media Consortium) have been looking into which technologies are on the verge of being adopted in the classroom on a large scale. They concluded that cloud computing and collaborative learning are the most likely to be adopted in the very near future. Game-based learning and mobile devices are also likely to be adopted over the next few years.

eSchool News reports: 'Schools are likely to implement cloud computing and collaborative learning environments in a year or less, according to the report. Many K-12 schools already are using cloud computing for shared applications and storage, but not as many are using the technology—in which applications are hosted on a company’s servers and delivered online, rather than residing on the user’s desktop computer—for the higher-end computing power that can facilitate advanced research, said Rachel Smith, a vice president at NMC.'

'Collaborative environments involve creating content in shared social networking spaces, and because today’s students are constantly connected and typically frequent social networking web sites, this technology plays to students’ strengths and interests. Students in classrooms across the United States or worldwide can team up to create wikis and other informative web sites for various projects.'

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