Technological trends driving change in schools
Check this out! Interesting report – boring title. Read the selections below from the executive summary
Adams Becker, S., Freeman, A., Giesinger Hall, C., Cummins, M., and Yuhnke, B. (2016). NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K-12 Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
From page 1: Note the colour highlighting is mine
Trends: The experts agreed on two long-term trends: redesigning learning spaces to accommodate more immersive, hands-on activities, as well as rethinking how schools work in order to keep pace with the demands of the 21st century workforce and equip students with future-focused skills. In the short-term, the rise of coding as a literacy emerged as a new trend this year.
Challenges: Regarding the challenges for schools, creating more authentic learning opportunities and reconfiguring the roles of teachers is considered solvable…. the experts identified the task of bridging the achievement gap as a wicked challenge — one that is seemingly impossible to define let alone solve. Even in the face of increasingly advanced technologies and quality learning materials, not every demographic has the same level of access, and learning outcomes are still unequal throughout the world.
Almost there: In view of the trends and challenges observed, the panel also signalled the important developments in technology that could support these drivers of innovation and change. Makerspaces and online learning are both expected to be widely adopted by schools in one year’s time or less to encourage students to take ownership of their education by creating and provide them with ubiquitous access to digital tools, discussion forums, rich media, and more. The time-to adoption for robotics and virtual reality are estimated within two to three years, while artificial intelligence and wearable technology are expected to be mainstream in schools within four to five years.