k12 innovation

15 trends that hinder, accelerate, and enable K-12 innovation

For innovation to unfold, educators have to overcome stubborn obstacles

While new trends such as extended reality and mobile devices are enabling expansive changes in K-12 education, innovation is often impeded by obstacles such as clunky professional development and digital equity, according to new research.

These new insights on what hinders and what support K-12 innovation come from CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation series, which highlights new trends supporting the use of emerging technology in K-12 education.

As part of the initiative, CoSN convenes a global advisory board of K-12 leaders, practitioners, and changemakers to discuss major themes driving, hindering, and enabling teaching and learning innovation in schools.

After the advisory board meets, responses from a survey are tabulated and put organized into the top five topics in each area.

Hurdles, or obstacles that make participants slow down, evaluate, practice, and then make the leap to better support teaching and learning, include:

1. Ongoing Professional Development: Teachers aren’t always privy to or encouraged to pursue continued formal/informal training to upskill.

2. Technology and the Future of Work: Developments in artificial intelligence and robotics are driving changes in the workforce, and schools have a responsibility to understand how emerging technology impacts the skills students need to be successful in their continuing education and careers–and adjust learning experiences accordingly.

Laura Ascione

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