k12 innovation

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

For innovation to unfold, educators have to overcome stubborn obstacles

3. Pedagogy vs. Technology Gap: When new technologies are introduced and mandated, teachers do not always have sufficient training or professional development to understand how they can integrate into their curriculum and effective practices.

4. Digital Equity: Not every student has sufficient internet connectivity or access to tools/technologies; not all schools can afford the latest equipment.

5. Scaling & Sustaining Innovation: Whether it be effective teaching practices or technology usage, schools are challenged to adapt what is working well at a small scale and persistently apply it at a school, district, or state level.

Accelerators are megatrends that drive change–sometimes suddenly over time so gradually the implications aren’t readily apparent. These include:

1. Building the Human Capacity of Leaders: When leaders take actions to strengthen the professional community of their schools, providing and incentivizing opportunities for teachers to learn and master new skills, it opens the door to the innovative practices and approaches that can further student engagement.

2. Design Thinking: Design thinking is a strategy for creatively exploring and ultimately formulating solutions to challenges.

3. Personalization: As the consumer sector has exploded with new ways to customize user experiences and products, schools are finding ways to provide learning support at the individual level.

4. Data-Driven Practices: With more engagement, performance, and other kinds of data being collected, schools are leveraging that data to make decisions about curriculum, hiring, technology investments, and more.

5. Learners as Creators: The idea that students don’t have to wait to graduate to change the world is motivating schools to embrace real-world learning experiences that promote student-generated ideas and solutions.

Tech enablers support smoother leaps over the hurdles and expansive changes in global K-12 education.

1. Mobile Devices: Handheld or wearable tools that are internet-connected and enable knowledge consumption/ creation, e.g. smartphones and quantified self-devices

2. Blended Learning: The provision of learning experiences via a mix of face-to-face and online interaction, enabled by a collection of digital tools and technologies

3. Cloud Infrastructure: A virtual infrastructure that is delivered or accessed via a network or the internet, enabling IT services to move away from physically being present in a school

4. Extended Reality: Encompasses augmented, virtual, and mixed reality–a collection of technologies that enhance the physical world with interactive digital imagery and graphics

5. Analytics and Adaptive Technologies: Technologies that measure learning and enable personalization

Laura Ascione

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