The following is a record of the Keynote address Larry Johnson gave at the VITTA Conference on the 23rd of November. This is a text based version, the Full CoverItLive version can be found at My Test Blog
9:49 Larry Johnson is one of the originators of the Horizon Report http://horizon.nmc.org/wiki/Main_Page
9:50 The Australian version is at http://horizon.nmc.org/australia/Main_Page
9:50 There are seven main trends the first of which is
9:51 Trend 7 3D computing
9:52 Larrry showing images from scanning electron microscope and relating the opportunity to “move atoms”. The tools are increasingly becoming easier to use and create.
9:53 Showing visualization of how computers work and exploring how data feeds can be visualised in second life. These are not solely the province of science though.
9:53 Number 6 trend is gaming.
9:56 Showing game based on being a member of the US army. Players can take on all manner of roles based on real-life roles http://www.americasarmy.com/aa3.php
9:58 Suggestion that there is a pedagogy related to these type of games that has yet to be tapped and could readily be applied to school tasks.
9:59 Corporates are now looking to gaming developers to develop training materials.
10:00 Sharing reflection that guy made 50 new friends on WOW that he would never have made sitting on couch watching TV
10:00 Trend 5 Interfaces are changing
10:01 Touch screens and iPhones are the latest manifestations using gesture based inputs and accelerometers which know which way is up and where it is in the world
10:02 We are no longer tied to keyboards and mice
10:02 Devices are also changing in the way they look eg the Kindle
10:04 Showing Smart objects such as fashion bracelets that can indentify and share information
10:05 Exploring the ubiquity of technology and how as time passes what is identified as “technology” becomes either redundant or ubiquitous
10:06 Anecdote of the radio and how Larry’s father new all the ins and outs but though we still use them we no longer concern ourselves with these issues
10:06 Trend 4 Content is everywhere
10:07 Just about everyone who has a mobile device has the potential to capture and report news
10:09 Looking at Google maps and geotagged images and videos and Wikipedia references as well as live video feeds.
10:10 This enables a whole new conception on knowledge about places
10:11 All of this challenges our current notions of copyright. We are in a period of transition that is causing disquiet and angst but will pass
10:18 Looking at maps that and maps and user generated content
10:19 Trend 3 User Generated Content
10:19 Looking at Tripit http://www.tripit.com/
10:19 Trend Number 2 The Network Is Everywhere
10:20 Exploring Cloud Computing that has been a major trend in the last four Horizon Reports
10:21 This challenges where the infrastructure exists
10:22 Looking at maps of electricity grid and then comparing it with the mobile networks are. The mobile network grids far exceed in coverage that of the electricity grid
10:23 Nearly 100% of Australians have access to a mobile phone
10:26 Watching movie of the evolution of the mobile phone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQUt8C4iVKc
10:26 Looking at a portable mobile phone tower on a truck complete with it’s own generator
10:27 Big question is then what is our strategy for mobile phones in schools and universities
10:28 The internet has become a place where we can define our existence
10:29 Trend 1 The People Are The Network
10:29 Originally the internet was all about shifting and sharing files but has now evolved into the way we can share
10:30 Being online is part of reality and shouldn’t be ignored
10:30 Being young today is very much about connecting with their peers via the network
10:31 Reminiscing about sharing pics of family from our wallets and how we do the same task now via our phones etc
10:31 Now we can share pics from our phone that can be organised by facial recognition technology
10:32 Who you are is defined by who you connect with
10:32 It’s now becoming harder to find folks who aren’t on Facebook than are
10:34 There are lots of other adaptations of social networking eg couchsurfing network http://www.couchsurfing.com/
10:36 Number of tools are developing to help us understand the networks we form eg xobni http://www.xobni.com/
10:37 What is your social networking strategy, do you have one and how do you manage it?
10:37 Twitter is the great unifier at the moment
10:38 It can be used to track things in real time
10:38 Larry shared a link to his wiki http://horizon.wiki.nmc.org/ The session has closed
11:20 From Steve Hargadon this tweet @larry_pixel Book recommendation based on Larry’s last trend: Connected. http://connectedthebook.com/