Emerging Tech & Scanning the Horizon

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Trend-Spotting, Scanning the Horizon, Emerging Tech and Trends

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What’s around the bend?

As tech leaders in your schools, you know that keeping up with current technology often feels overwhelming (no kidding!). And sometimes it feels like we’re never going to catch up and be on top of things. So you may balk at our “look to the future” topic. But don’t!

One of the best ways to cope with the exhaustion of trying to keep up, is to learn from the experts who are carefully evaluating the trends and technologies that are most likely to affect education and libraries over the next few years. Once you’ve read a few trends/issues reports, you’ll start to pick out the tech and trends that are likely to be relevant to you, your students and colleagues. With that knowledge you’ll realize that you’re really ahead of the curve and will be ready for the changes to come. And also ready to lead the way through those changes.


Digital Learning Trends

LOOK BACK: It’s always interesting to take a look back at predictions to see how things have turned out.


  • Read some of the reports and articles and note which tech/trends/issues resonate with you.
  • Write your blog post and discuss:
    • How these are relevant to your library, classroom and school community.
    • How are they relevant to your community at large, outside of school?
    • What challenges and opportunities do they present?
    • What trends do you feel are most important?


  • Write & publish your blog post.
  • Copy the URL (webpage address) for your post.
  • Return to the Google Classroom, find the assignment page for the lesson you just completed and follow the directions for turning in and sharing your work.

*Only for students participating in the workshop for PD credit hours through the Google Classroom.

Many thanks to Dr. Michael Stephens for openly sharing the course content for SJSU LIBR 287 course – Hyperlinked Library Emerging Trends, Emerging Tech. Many of the resources in this lesson were borrowed from that course.

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