K-12 Horizon Report

The Horizon Report has now published a K-12 edition specifically for schools. In this edition they highlight the challenges facing schools in relation to technology:

Our research indicates that each of these six technologies will have a significant impact on schools within the next five years:

  • Collaborative Environments
  • Online Communication Tools
  • Mobiles
  • Cloud Computing
  • Smart Objects
  • The Personal Web

Key Trends

  • Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed.
  • Technology is increasingly a means for empowering students, a method for communication and socializing, and a ubiquitous, transparent part of their lives.
  • The web is an increasingly personal experience.
  • The way we think of learning environments is changing.
  • The perceived value of innovation and creativity is increasing.

 Critical Challenges

  • There is a growing need for formal instruction in key new skills, including information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy.
  • Students are different, but educational practice and the material that supports it is changing only slowly.
  • Learning that incorporates real life experiences is not occurring enough and is undervalued when it does take place.
  • There is a growing recognition that new technologies must be adopted and used as an everyday part of classroom activities, but effecting this change is difficult.
  • A key challenge is the fundamental structure of the K-12 education establishment.

It is well worth a read to see where we are headed and if we are on track!

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