Horizon Report K-12 Edition (Educational Trends)

Tech Trends STICKERWhat’s on the horizon for K-12 education? The NMC Horizon Project has published the 2014 edition of their annual NMC Horizon Report to answer these questions for you! The NMC Horizon Project, established in 2002, is a comprehensive research venture that identifies and describes global, large-impact key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies in education. Below is an outline of the report. If you see something interesting, click on the links at the bottom to learn more!

 Key Trends Accelerating K-12 Ed Tech Adoption

Fast Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in schools over the next one to two years
Rethinking the Roles of Teachers
Shift to Deep Learning Approaches

Mid-Range Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in schools within three to five years
Increasing Focus on Open Content
Increasing Use of Hybrid Learning Designs

Long-Range Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in schools in five or more years
Rapid Acceleration of Intuitive Technology
Rethinking How Schools Work


Significant Challenges Impeding K-12 Ed Tech Adoption

Solvable Challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve
Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities
Integrating Personalized Learning

Difficult Challenges: Those that we understand but for which solutions are elusive
Complex Thinking and Communication
Increased Privacy Concerns

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address
Competition from New Models of Education
Keeping Formal Education Relevant


Important Developments in Technology for K-12 Education

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
Cloud Computing

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
Games and Gamification
Learning Analytics

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
The Internet of Things
Wearable Technology


Click here to view the preview of the report (11 pages).

Click here to read the full report (55 pages).


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