The report reveals five key trends:

  • The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the internet is increasingly challenging educators to revisit their roles
  • As IT support becomes more and more decentralized, the technologies we use are increasingly based not on school servers, but in the cloud
  • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to
  • The perceived value of innovation and creativity is increasing
  • Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed

With the good comes the bad, Johnson said, and he discussed five significant challenges facing education technology:

  • 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 competition to traditional models of schools
  • A key challenge is the fundamental structure of the K-12 education establishment, or “the system”
  • Many activities related to learning and education take place outside the walls of the classroom, and thus are not part of our learning metrics

A good example of the constraints of “the system” is textbooks, Johnson said. Electronic publications, along with eBooks and eReaders, are taking the marketplace by storm. However, “publishers’ hands are often tied by the way that states make a decision about textbooks,” he said.

A printed copy of the report will be released in June, but the report appears online here.