Note: Education Futures is on winter break and will return on January 7.
2007 has been a banner year for Education Futures, with expansions in the range of content and participation. First and foremost, I would like to thank the guest bloggers and other contributors that shared their thoughts and expertise this year: Cristóbal Cobo described the need for adaptive learners in the future of education; Brock Dubbels discussed games in the classroom; Arthur Harkins shared his thoughts on leapfrogging; Jayson Richardson explored the role of ICT for development; and, Jeffrey Schulz reflected on his experiences as a virtual teacher. More guest bloggers will join in 2008, starting with Ai Takeuchi, who will provide futures-oriented perspectives on educational innovations from Japan.
As we close this year, here is a short list of the most popular blog postings from 2007 (as determined by Google Analytics):
1. Brock Dubbels’ contributed an excellent series on the use of games in the classroom:
2. We identified trends in education and resources for education futurists:
- Top ten ways U.S. education is failing to produce creatives
- Top ten global trends that focus us to rethink education
- A quick poll on 21st century education in relation to the New Paradigm of knowledge production
3. Resources for education futurists:
4. We also focused on m-learning, the use of mobile devices in education. Several devices were reviewed that have potential to transform education today:
- Two Chinese m-learning devices, the Noah NP890+ and the Ozing V99
- How the Nokia N800 might impact education
5. Non education- or futures-related posts:
- How to integrate WordPress sidebar widgets into the Leia theme
- Questions regarding the safety of SafeAssign (which seem to be resolved)