Six technologies that soon could be in your classrooms

  1. The inclusion of online learning, hybrid learning, and collaborative models in K-12 education;
  2. The changing role of the educator, owing to the abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the internet;
  3. The embrace of BYOD policies owing to shrinking school budgets and lower cost of personal technology;
  4. People’s expectation to be able to work, learn, and study anytime, anywhere;
  5. The growing importance of digital skills and the changing definition of the digital divide; and
  6. The emphasis in classrooms on real-world and project-based learning.

However, just because different technologies are poised for classroom adoption, the report notes that there are still numerous challenges facing their widespread adoption, and that local barriers are “many and significant.”

Major challenges include (in order of importance):

  1. The lack of digital media literacy curriculum in teacher education;
  2. The lack of many schools and educators to acknowledge, and incorporate, informal learning;
  3. Personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology practices;
  4. A resistance to any profound change in “the K-12 education system”;
  5. Life experience and real-world learning are still undervalued and are not occurring often enough; and
  6. Traditional learning metrics cannot currently measure learning that takes place outside of the wall of a classroom.

The full report, which is currently available to NMC and CoSN members, will not be available for nonmembers to download until June 14, when it is officially released at the NMC Conference at MIT.

In the full report, each section is introduced with an overview that describes what the topic is, followed by a discussion of the particular relevance of the technology to teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in K-12 education. Several concrete examples of how the technology is being used are given.

Each section also closes with an annotated list of suggested readings, and additional examples that expand on the discussion in the report.

Meris Stansbury

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