Press Clippings: Challenges and Trends

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Sam Sam Apr 14, 2011 (note - to keep the wiki clean, please put spaces on either side of your marks). This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • 9 Technology Factors to Improve Education Success in Schools
    "According to the study, only 1% of schools actually have employed all 9 factors identified in the study at this time. However, Project RED believes that (when used in combination) these factors are the key we need to unlock the doors to a new generation of performance within our schools."
  • 11 Reasons Advanced Technology Classrooms Fail -- Campus Technology
    It is likely that the vast majority of advanced technology classroom projects succeed in some measure, though far too many fall short of fully meeting the expectations of those who envisioned, funded, and built them. And there are several ways in which advanced technology classrooms can disappoint users. -- A new take on an old idea. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • Acceptable Use Policies in Web 2.0 & Mobile Era
    This website gives an overview of the guidelines and polices for mobile use in schools around the United States. It addresses issues such as cyber-bullying and Internet filtering. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • The Battle Against Info-Overload: Is Relevance or Popularity the Best Filter?
    "The rise of social media has led to an exponential proliferation of content online and widespread demand for tools to filter that information. Popularity and relevance are the most common metrics through which to filter that content - but are they the best?" Relevance! - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 - ed.rodley ed.rodley Aug 12, 2011
  • Curating Digital Data Digital Curation as defined by the Digital Curation Centre
    "involves organising and preserving digital information so that it may be available for future use." This can include culling unuseful or outdated data from massive data sets, preserving information about how data was aggregated, validated and distilled, and issues that may be of concern to future researchers. Already, NSF is requiring researcher to submit there data curation/management plans with grant applications. A "Data Curation Profiles Toolkit.. meant to help launch discussions between librarians and faculty and aid in the planning of data services that directly address the needs of researchers."has been produced by Purdue with IMLS support and although this is directed at librarians can museum registrars and collection databases be far behind? see
    - len.steinbach len.steinbach Aug 14, 2011

  • Curated computing: what's next for devices in a post-iPad world
    There is something very significant about the iPad beyond how many units it will sell: it's changing how we think about the PC. The iPad creates a use case for a device that doesn't do everything your laptop does, targeted at a consumer that uses devices more for consumption than production. -- It has fundamentally changed my casual computing style. I'll never go back. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 -- I agree, it's astonishingly accessible and almost too easy to adopt and integrate into your lifestyle, it's also influencing fundamental change e.g. child development milestones. Curated Computing is a term I find very useful, it takes the labour out of excessive browsing and searching - useful in a time restrained life - susan.hazan susan.hazan Aug 16, 2011 I think content creation is important here too (as well as consumption) - lorna.obrien lorna.obrien Aug 4, 2011 - sheila.carey sheila.carey Aug 12, 2011 I agree with Larry's comment about child development milestones. There has been a lot published about iPads for learning, and particularly for learning disabilities. This article one example of a great list of such apps. - ed.rodley ed.rodley Aug 12, 2011 - erin.coburn erin.coburn Aug 14, 2011 Here's another interesting study of how eReader interfaces improve reading comprehension and pleasure, especially for people with reading difficulties: - nancy.proctor nancy.proctor Aug 14, 2011
  • The Data-Driven Life
    Data about individuals will give us a highly personalized and detailed view of our lives. This will be collected from many types of devices that can track very specific aspects of ourselves. [duplicate item - see entry on Pop Culture page - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 15, 2011]
  • Data is not binary - O'Reilly Radar
    "Data" is a much broader term than "code." The term embodies a range of dimensions: there are more than just the numbers at play, especially with scientific data.
  • Digital access, collaboration a must for students
    In a national survey that reveals K-12 students’ use of technology at home and at school, students overwhelmingly agreed that access to digital media tools and the ability to collaborate with peers both inside and outside of school can greatly enhance education. --Digital tools promote collaboration among students. It is almost impossible to do group work these days without mobile/email/Internet access. Programs like Skype have proven that engaging discussions can ensue between team members long distance.- Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011
  • Empowering Staff to Take Creative Risks
    This Museum 2.0 post explores the need for museum professionals to experiment without oppression, but also discusses ways for the risk-takers to instill confidence in others that their new techniques can be successful. - ed.rodley ed.rodley Aug 12, 2011 What Ed said. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011 - erin.coburn erin.coburn Aug 14, 2011 - allegra.burnette allegra.burnette Aug 15, 2011
  • In Florida, Virtual Classrooms With No Teachers
    The New York Times explores virtual classrooms and labs, as well as the cautions of of technology taking the place of teachers. --I think this article makes a statement about online learning more than anything. Online learning does not necessarily = self-directed study. There still needs to be an emphasis on the best pedagogies for online education - perhaps even more so than in traditional classrooms right now.- Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011
  • Gartner Says More Than 50 Percent of PCs Purchased for Users Under the Age of 15 Will Have Touchscreens by 2015
    "What we're going to see is the younger generation beginning to use touchscreen computers ahead of enterprises," said Leslie Fiering, research vice president at Gartner. "By 2015, we expect more than 50 percent of PCs purchased for users under the age of 15 will have touchscreens, up from fewer than 2 percent in 2009." -- There is touch screen, and then there is gesture-based computing. The excitement is all in gesture. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 --I so agree. We're not extremely far off from holographic either.- Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011 - ed.rodley ed.rodley Aug 12, 2011
  • How Cloud Computing Reboots the Channel
    Vice President and Distinguished Analyst from Gartner Research identifies the three main ways in which the channel will impact broader adoption in cloud computing.
  • How HTML5 Will Change the Web
    Many folks who are just tuning into the HTML5 saga because of the battle between Adobe and Apple are surprised to learn that the push to create a fifth official version of the HTML specification began six years ago. - jessica.heimberg jessica.heimberg Aug 12, 2011 As a means of moving beyond reliance on proprietary commercial file formats for offering media-rich experiences on the Web, HTML5 and related open standards offer a path towards greater accessibility, cross-platform access, likelihood of behind-the-scenes reusability of project components, and more. This definitely transcends any one spat between corporations. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011
  • How Technology has Changed Education
    "Technology inside of education is a somewhat problematic premise, an idea that generates controversy from the earliest of primary school grades right through to the top of the academic pyramid, graduate school. As you well know, technology can be a powerful tool for learning, and it can be the same for cheating..."
  • 'Last Supper' for the Laptop Generation
    This article discusses one artist's desire to revive a visual literacy he believes modern eyes have lost when looking at paintings. He enlists props, lights, advanced digital projectors, towering screens, recorded music, voice-overs, precise copies of paintings (though sometimes the real ones) and more in the cause of trying to bring masterpieces of Western art to life.- holly holly Aug 8, 2011I guess I am one of the "irritated art scholars" described in this article. I don't really have a problem with the niche Peter Greenaway has created for himself and the audiences he draws. I don't really think the "Laptop Generation" as a whole needs the "Last Supper" updated and turned into an extravaganza but that's just me. I'm wondering when art for art's sake became good (when it's Greenway's Leonardo's Last Supper) and bad when it's just Leonardo's "Last Supper?" Greenway has incorporated Leonardo's Last Supper into his performance work--that's great. He and a cast of 10s if not dozens can help you understand what one man did. - nancy.proctor nancy.proctor Aug 14, 2011 I don't really understand how this is helping address whatever loss in visual literacy Greenaway perceives, other than makint it easier for us to look at the painting because it's more available to us. (In other words, I'd expect some educational programming around this event if the aim truly is improving visual literacy.) But I'm all for it; seems like a good use of the technology to me, because getting to see the original is very difficult and prohibitively expensive for most, and you are only allowed about 15 min in the chapel in Milan.
  • M-Learning: Promises, Perils, and Challenges for K-12 Education
    This article details the challenges and considerations when integrating mobiles in K12 classrooms.
  • Overwhelmed? Welcome the Age of Curation
    Curation is already fundamental to the way in which we view the world these days, and the iPad is hardly the first technology to recognize this.” Examples of other web services and media are cited. A new role for learning institutions? - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 - conxa.roda conxa.roda Aug 7, 2011 Another good article on this subject - beth.harris beth.harris Aug 12, 2011 Yes, good to examine these trends both in actual practice and in usage of the word "curation." - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011 - erin.coburn erin.coburn Aug 14, 2011 - allegra.burnette allegra.burnette Aug 15, 2011
  • The Power of Open
    The increasing trend to share knowledge by publishing under Creative Commons licenses. Downloadable report with lots of best practices, also from universities and museums. - beth.harris beth.harris Aug 12, 2011 I think this is critical as traditional publishers, like the music industry, are not fitting "open" into their model, there may be more opportunities for open content to enter into strategic partnerships. Also why are museum sites not considered OERs? And what about creative commons licensing for museum content? - erin.coburn erin.coburn Aug 14, 2011
  • Reality is Broken, Game Designers Can Fix It
    This TED talk advocates incorporating principles of game design into the real world to effect social change. -- Jane makes a number of excellent points in this video. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 -- had to watch the whole thing again, such interesting ideas, thought provoking talk - lorna.obrien lorna.obrien Aug 4, 2011 It is a classic. - ed.rodley ed.rodley Aug 12, 2011
  • Students Curate their own Virtual Spaces at the New York Hall of Science
    As the students-turned-museum builders, each of whom came from New York-area middle and high schools, collaborated on the space and filled it with interactive installations, they bolstered their communication and team-working abilities along with their illustration and programming skills.
  • TV is Dead
    Television is dead. The disc is dead. Broadcasting...dead. Cable? Satellite? Blu-ray? Everything you grew up with in terms of mass multimedia is dead; it just doesn't know it yet.
  • What's an E-Volunteer?
    More and more, museums are incorporating the role of "e-volunteer" in their staffs. This post discusses how museum professionals can lean on volunteer positions to improve the digital presence of the museum and its exhibits. -- Interesting potential for harnessing contribution from interested people - lorna.obrien lorna.obrien Aug 4, 2011 -- Yes, great field, see also Lori Phillips PPT at "help me define E-volunteer!" & notes conxa.roda conxa.roda Aug 7, 2011 - beth.harris beth.harris Aug 12, 2011 And websites like Smarthistory could also be considered as e-volunteers for museums... - nancy.proctor nancy.proctor Aug 14, 2011 See Amy Sample Ward's great blog post on the difference between crowd-sourcing and community sourcing:
  • Why Hasn't Location Reached the Mainstream Yet?
    For all their buzz and value, location-based social networks haven’t really gone mainstream yet. Only 7% of Americans are aware of location-based social networks, according to data from Edison Research. - sheila.carey sheila.carey Aug 12, 2011 It's worth seeing what has developed in location-based services since the time of this article. Banjo seems like an interesting application.
    This is another article on location, and what is going on with it in 2011 This is a really important and compelling question. I don't know the answer, but suspect it lies in the fact that creating engaging location-based experiences is really hard. Witness all the bad games and audio tours out there! - nancy.proctor nancy.proctor Aug 14, 2011
  • Why I think Museums Should have a Web Presence
    The author discusses the importance of building a web presence for museums, as it is becoming increasingly important to integrate exhibits with the conversations that are already happening online. -- Engaging in the conversations is vital, how that time for contribution is managed might take a shift in perception of the value of engaging and how/whether the value is measured - lorna.obrien lorna.obrien Aug 4, 2011 Yes, and good to locate this in relation to conceiving of "web presence" as encompassing both institutionally "owned" presence (directly managed on own domains for long-term durability, institutional voice, etc.) and presence on other, third-party-owned domains (crucial for social engagement, but never actually under museum control when it comes down to it--and thus having strictly unknowable futures in regard not only to content but even existence). - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011
  • The Year Ahead in IT
    Lev Gonick's discussion of where instructional technology is headed in the near future.
  • Virtual World Blue Mars Drops P.C. Development to Focus Solely on Mobile
  • Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"
    As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview.- jessica.heimberg jessica.heimberg Aug 12, 2011 - ed.rodley ed.rodley Aug 12, 2011 Definitely important. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011 I am so guilty of falling into this trap - only every listening to and speaking with the choir! Here's a great interview with the philosopher Anthony Appiah on some strategies to get us out of this rut, "Sidling up to Difference": Still, much easier said than done! - nancy.proctor nancy.proctor Aug 14, 2011
  • Max Anderson: Gather, Steward, and Converse
    The ubiquitous mission statement mantra “collect, preserve and interpret” is holding us back from thinking freshly about new institutional responsibilities. - nancy.proctor nancy.proctor Aug 14, 2011
  • National Broadband Plan: What potential for museums? or WHAT POTENTIAL FOR MUSEUMS!
    From the plan: Broadband is the great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century.
    Like electricity a century ago, broadband is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life. It is enabling entire new industries and unlocking vast new possibilities for existing ones. It is changing how we educate children, deliver health care, manage energy, ensure public safety, engage government, and access, organize and disseminate knowledge. As the National Broadband Plan emerges, evolves and is implemented, museums need to discover how ubiquitous broadband access can take their programs and services can reach new levels. IMLS is significantly involved in exploring this issue and can be expected to issue some statements on this soon. - len.steinbach len.steinbach Aug 14, 2011