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The chart above was captured Thursday morning as the group narrowed in on clear long-term metatrends within the education technology landscape, across all sectors.
Please add comments below, using the numbers on the chart to organize the discussion.

Add new metatrends in the special section at the bottom of the page. Remember we are looking for clearly long-term trends, likely to still be operating five years from now.



Metatrend #1: People expect to work, learn, socialize, and play whenever and wherever they want to

  • There is an addition to this that was written on the paper and surrounded by green stickers. People also expect systems to understand who they are, what they like, what they can do, and what they need. In a word, they expect hyper-personalized environments. That should either be incorporated into this Metatrend or it should become one of its own.
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Metatrend #2: The Internet is becoming a global mobile network - and already is at its edges

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Metatrend #3: The technologies we use are daily more cloud-based, and delivered over utility networks

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Metatrend #4: The world of work is increasingly global and increasingly collaborative

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Metatrend #5: The Internet is constantly challenging us to rethink learning and education

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Metatrend #6: Real challenges of access, efficiency, and scale are redefining what we mean by quality and success

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Metatrend #7: Past successes are challenging our ability to lead, and our roles as leaders

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Metatrend #8: The very idea of libraries is changing

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Metatrend #9: Cross-cultural contextual understanding is increasingly important

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Metatrend #10: There are seismic shifts coming in the publishing industry, just as we saw in music.


Metatrend #11: Big data and big networks surround us -- their availability underlies all other trends

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Metatrend #12: individual needs are redefining schools, universities, and training, as is the rise of informal learning (See #16, #19)

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Metatrend #13: The business models in the education ecosystem are changing -- publishing, journals, outsourcing, adjuncts -- all reflect a new focus on efficiency

  • Homeschooling to students attending schools only for social events (sports/arts/clubs) while 'academic learning' is taking place in an online world (m. lambert).
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Metatrend #14: Information of every kind is being delivered via video, and across every category of device, making visual literacy more critical than ever

  • With the strong emphasis of reading and writing, what assessment tools are we using to see if students can see/understand the story behind the visual? How are checking their media inference skills? (m. lambert).
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Metatrend #15: Legal notions of ownership and privacy lag the practices common in society. In an age where so much of our information, records, digital content is in the cloud -- and often clouds in other legal jurisdictions -- what does "mine" mean? This metatrend spans geopolitics, national borders, identity literacy, and the boundaries between carriers, distributors, and authors. (See #23)

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Metatrend #16: Much (if not most) learning takes place outside school systems. (See #12, #19)

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Metatrend #17: Collective knowledge is increasing in importance and utility, as more ways to create it are employed. Digital repositories, meta-content (such as these trends), sophisticated filtering and search, and curation are all aspects of this.

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Metatrend #18: Openness is increasing on several fronts -- open content, open data, open resources -- along with notions of transparency and access to data and information. (Sustainable environments was moved to its own trend -- see #29)

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Metatrend #19: Traditional authority is increasingly being challenged, not only politically and socially, but also in academia -- and worldwide. Credibility, validity, and control are all notions that are no longer givens. (see #12, #16)

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Metatrend #20: There are massive shifts in the investment of social capital -- the flow of philanthropic funds will be a major driver of change in the next decade.

  • www.edSurge.com A great newsletter that provides information about educational venture capitalists; a place where educators and entrepreneurs come together and share ideas. (m. lambert)
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Metatrend #21: There is a growing need for curation and meaning making. When so much information is ubiquitous and free, there is great value in credible ways to reduce the set.

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Metatrend #22: More people are taking action -- social action, political action, connecting ideas with action (as here in this process) -- related to this is an increasing value in the notion of taking responsibility.

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Metatrend #23: Security (of data, of system, personal security, and privacy) is an increasing concern, not only for networks, but for individuals. There is a certain level of literacy required to even know if you are at risk. (See #15)

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Metatrend #24: Repurposing historical materials is growing in importance. (Ed Please add detail here...)

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Metatrend #25: The cognitive and social sciences are increasingly important. (Ed: How? Please add detail here ...)

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Metatrend #26: The conversation of educational technology is shifting from a focus on technology to one on education; technology itself is increasingly a seamless part of learning, which is decreasing the need to discuss it in isolation.

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Metatrend #27: Games are everywhere, and applications for them (or game-like experiences like simulations and scenarios) are being designed for nearly every field, discipline -- and age group.

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Metatrend #28: New consulting practices are emerging around technology, teaching and learning, and new media that are helping to lead change.

  • Cognitive coaches....is this one of the new consulting trends. Also the growing webinars, Skype interviews, students tuning in to class via Skype on days when ill or away for other events (m. lambert).
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New Metatrends

  • Metatrend #29: A focus on sustaining the environment is growing, with potential impacts across the range of human endeavors. (See #18)
  • Thinking of the "Black Swan" here. With recent major events such as the radioactive crisis in Japan, the floods in Tokyo, the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China, etc., these major events disrupt learning for students and cause massive migration. How does learning/schools meet the immediate need of students just like the disaster relief programs that exist? Having lived in Hong Kong during SARS, there was major disruption to the learning process for students (m. lambert).
  • Metatrend #30 : Massive amounts of new content created daily drastically increases the need for preservation.
  • In 2010, Eric Schmidt of Google talked about the increasingly massive amounts of information created daily. This is only going to continue to increase, yet we haven't satisfactorily proven we can preserve what we already have! (nor have we dealt with questions around what we need to preserve in the case of UGC added to our resources). This is actually a trend (the large amounts of data created) under which some of the others could fall - the need for preserving it is a required action (S Carey)
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