NMC Horizon Report | 2014 K-12 Edition out now!

Horizon Report K-12 2014 coverThe new edition of the NMC Horizon report for K-12 for 2014 is just up – and you’re one of the first to know!

I was delighted to have been part of the panel that helped develop and refine the report this year. This, in itself, was a fascinating process and you can read more about the Horizon Report methodology here.

These reports provide a useful insight into the trends emerging now and in the near future, a helpful ‘look over the parapets’ for schools, ECE centres and educators as they design and develop their own strategic plans.

Of interest this year, compared to previous reports, is the way in which trends are as much about shifts in paradigm and teaching practice as they are about technology. Encouraging.

Access the summary report and full version here: NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 edition

Here’s a summary:

I. 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

II. 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

III. Important Developments in Technology for K-12 Education

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

  • BYOD
  • 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


You might also be keen to check out CORE Education’s 10 Trends series, which takes a broader look at what’s on the horizon, not just in relation to technologies and education, but broadly across changing social and cultural contexts.

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