CoSN’s crystal ball: Get ready for mobile learning, cloud computing


For example, a new challenge found in the report this year was that many activities related to learning and education take place outside the walls of the classroom.

Other challenges include:

• The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices;

• Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession;

• Economic pressures and new models of education are presenting unprecedented competitions to traditional models of schools; and

• A key challenge is the fundamental structure of the K-12 education establishment—that is, “the system.”

NMC encourages those interested in more information about the Horizon report, including case studies, research papers, and remixable data, to visit http://navigator.nmc.org/.

More than a report

Donna Williamson, technology director for Mountain Brook Schools, Ala., said that while the Horizon report is useful, it doesn’t mean much if you don’t have school leader buy-in or professional development (PD).

“Last year with the 2010 Horizon [report], I was so excited because there’s so much great information that can help schools know what tech to budget for and what PD is needed. But even though we had the few instant tech-leader buy-ins, others—like board members, some teachers, PD instructors, et cetera—didn’t really know what they were looking at,” said Williamson.

Williamson said that sometimes you have to start fresh to get the buy-in you need.

She started a book report system in which she asked her district leaders to read a book she thought was pertinent to the report—books such as A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink.

Meris Stansbury

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