The use of smart phones and other mobile devices to run more services will be one of the top technology trends to watch in education, according to Educause's Learning Initiative and the New Media Consortium. The 2009 Horizon Report says cell phones or handheld computers could be used to run third-party applications that consolidate teaching, learning, and administrative services. Cloud computing is seen as providing campus users with greater access to tools and information, while reducing the cost. Smart objects and electronics that have geo-locators are capable of broadcasting their location and will be used in field research, such as for tracking the movement of animal populations or mapping data sets to study weather, migration, or urban development patterns.
Meanwhile, the personal Web will make it easier for students, professors, and administrators to find Web-based information. Also, semantic-aware applications will allow for more efficient Web searches, and for organization and presentation that better describe the conceptual relationships of collected data.
From The Chronicle of Higher Education
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