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Looking forward to the rest of this year, here are my predictions of the big stories in the global education world for 2008:
- Largely driven by the moderate success of OLPC, Linux will emerge as the platform of choice for K-12 technology leaders. The OLPC will demonstrate that not only is Linux different, but it can also be used to do new and different things. Instead of using new technologies to teach the same old curricula, new technologies will be used to teach new things.
- Web 2.0 will continue to democratize the globalization of higher education as more students and professors embrace open communications platforms. This means university administrations will have a harder time “owning” their global agendas.
- Because of the influences of #1 and #2, education-oriented open source development will boom.
- Chinese orientations toward the rest of the planet will change during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The Chinese widely view that the award to host the Olympics is a sign that their country is progressing positively –and of international acceptance. During the Olympics, however, much of the international attention will focus on revisiting the Tienanmen Square Massacre, the government’s treatment of political prisoners, the annexation of Tibet, the mainland’s relations with Taiwan, catastrophic ecological destruction throughout China, and many more sensitive topics. Unless if the Chinese can distract the world with Olympian splendor, they will have to endure international condemnation. What will this do to the millions of Chinese school kids who were drafted into generating national spirit under the false assumption that the world thinks China is doing a great job? Will China reorient its education system away from the West?
- India’s the place to be. As more U.S. companies quietly continue to offshore their creative work to India, India’s knowledge economy will boom. The world will take notice of this in 2008.
Here are predictions for 2008 from elsewhere:
- The Futurist’s top 10 forecasts for 2008 and beyond
- 2008 Futurecasts review (to be followed by 2008 near futurecast in February)
- Breasts, violas and tulips: Alt predictions for 2008 (Wired)
- In between years: Trends and snippets (CNET)
- Innovation predictions 2008 (BusinessWeek)
Business and Economy
- No recession but… (BusinessWeek)
- Top 10 startups worth watching in 2008 (Wired)
- IT pros go hybrid in 2008 (Network World)
- 7 technologies that will save the Earth in 2008 (Ecogeek)
- IT leaders share green-tech predictions for 2008 (InfoWorld)
- Green for 2008: The car is reborn (CNET)
Media and Technology