The NMC Pulse

Dec. 2012 > Issue No. 14

Top 5 NMC Videos
Many of you are jet-setting, sight-seeing, or just plain relaxing on your holiday breaks. Well-deserved! The NMC is here to help you stay sharp over your vacation. Enjoy tons of free edtech videos from our growing iTunes U collections and YouTube channel.
Here are five free picks to watch now:





Special Message from the NMC Staff

It's the most wonderful time of the year! December is the perfect month for reflection. As we embark on the new journey that is 2013, we want to take a moment to thank you for making 2012 the best year yet. It's been a year of education innovation, opportunities, and disruption (the good kind) -- and NMCers have led the way. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to making teaching and learning more engaging, relevant, and inclusive. We consider the NMC community to be a family, and we love our family!
For all those celebrating, may the coming holidays find you happy, safe, and healthy. We look forward to innovating with you in 2013!


Warmest Regards,
The NMC Staff
NMC Commons
You've heard some excited murmurings from us over the past couple months about a new platform we're building with our partner, Enterprise Hive. The "NMC Commons" is shaping up to be a very important new resource for NMC members. 

Set for launch in late January 2013, it is our members-only online community, seamlessly integrated with the NMC website, created to provide you with timely edtech news, job postings, and events. It is a vehicle for NMCers to participate in open conversations with other NMCers anytime, anywhere, be it from the next town, or anywhere around the world your NMC colleagues may be.


A major feature of the NMC Commons is that it is designed to connect all of us in some significant new ways!  Completely searchable, members (if they choose) can easily post professional profiles, and easily search for talent and like-minded people in the community. 

Many of the functions of the TAB list will be here as well: If you're an NMCer looking for some help, you can quickly get answers, either one on one with a colleague, or from a note posted to the whole community -- or just to the interface designers!


One of the greatest aspects about the NMC Commons is that the content is community-driven -- which is why we're at a point where we want YOUR input on some specifics. We know NMCers to be experts in many different education-related professional fields, and we want the "Areas of Expertise" options you designate in your profiles to reflect the specificity and variety of your skills.


Please take one minute to fill out the form at the link below with the "Areas of Expertise" you'd like to be able to select from in the NMC Commons. We'll need your responses by no later than Friday, January 11th.
NMC Horizon Project
We are pleased to announce the launch of two Horizon Project Regional Analyses: the Technology Outlook for Singaporean K-12 Education 2012-2017 and the Technology Outlook for Brazilian Primary and Secondary Education 2012-2017.
The Singapore report reflects a collaborative effort with SingTel Education, and the Brazil report was a joint effort with Sistema FIRJAN. Both reports were produced to help inform regional educational leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting teaching, learning, and research in pre-college education.
Additionally, the 2013 Horizon Project Advisory Board has been hard at work for the past few months, and in their initial round of voting, they pinpointed 12 technologies, along with 10 trends and challenges, that will greatly impact higher education over the next five years. The results are now freely available in an interim report we call the NMC Horizon Project Short List. The advisory board is currently narrowing down the technologies for the full NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Ed Edition, which will be released February 4th.
We're also on the lookout for an amazing cover photo for the 2013 report, like the one you see above. If you have a photo that you think represents the future of education, please submit it to by no later than Friday, January 11th. This is your shot for your photo to grace the cover of a report that is seen by millions worldwide! 

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter 
Get the latest edtech stories by following the NMC Horizon Project on social media.
NMC Member Spotlight 
Photo via BigStock

We'd like to extend a big welcome to the new members and partner who have just joined the NMC:


Academic Partnerships (Corporate Partner)

Australian Catholic University

Centrale Lyon & EMLyon Business School

Colegio Bandeirantes


La Trobe University

Lubbock Christian University

Mount Holyoke College

Oregon State University

Swinburne University of Technology


We love to feature the innovative work of our member institutions. This month, we're proud to highlight the University of Central Florida, who made the news with a project in which they used a software called Xapagy to improvise new dialogue, plot moves, and other narrative in a classic story. It gives digital storytelling a whole new meaning!


> Learn more 


Not an NMC member yet? Let's change that! Get the scoop on all of the benefits you'll receive as a Higher Ed or K-12 member (the links download PDFs). Contact with any questions.
HP Catalyst 
Photo via BigStock

From December 3-14, the HP Catalyst Initiative embarked on its first Facebook to Funding Campaign, a friendly competition between ten project leaders to see who could garner the most "Likes" on their project community pages during a 24-hr period, and win $500 in further funding for their projects. 
The campaign was part of an NMC workshop series that demonstrated how social media can be used to build communities and boost visibility around academic projects.
Congratulations to the winner: Olga Dolinina and the "Business Cradle for Technical Students" at Saratov State Technical University in Russia. They received 734 "likes" received on their campaign day. Olga and team will be awarded the extra project funding! 
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Join the HP Catalyst Initiative conversations on Facebook and Twitter.
Where in the World is the NMC? 
A new monthly recap from NMC Senior Director of Program Development, Dr. Holly Ludgate.
Over the past month or so, the NMC has been traveling around the globe, discussing and exploring all things edtech. These adventures started at the South Central Regional Library Council Annual Meeting in New York, then continued on to Singapore for the iLLuminate Event and the eLearning Symposium in sunny California. 
We rounded out our travels at the MIDEA "iPads Revisited" workshop, in beautiful home sweet headquarters -- Austin, Texas. We love sharing our insights, reports, and overall impressions of technology and the impact it has across all sectors of education. If you catch us at an event, make sure to say hi! Or if you'd like the NMC to be a part of your next event, contact
The work of MIDEA is made possible by the generous support of the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation.
Photo courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

MIDEA's Associate Director has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. Check out Alex's Art Picks:

Is the European Decorative Arts collection your first stop when visiting a museum? Maybe not, but you'll be impressed at how the Art Institute of Chicago is drawing visitors into these galleries with their new iPad project.

Just days after the Metropolitan Museum of Art was taken to court over their admission policy, the Dallas Museum of Art announced they will be offering free admission and memberships -- digital badges instead of memberships will be the currency in 2013.
Do you like to personalize your online art viewing experience? You're in luck! Along with Google Art, and Pinterest, there's Rijkstudio -- a new online collection from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter 
Get timely museum and musetech news by following MIDEA on social media.

NMC Social Media

There are so many ways to connect with the NMC on a daily basis. Just click on your favorite social media icons below to join the conversations. 

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our videos on YouTube View our photos on flickr View our profile on LinkedIn