K-12 innovation comes in many forms, but there are certain things that help it on its way in classrooms and schools

Here’s what helps–and hinders–K-12 innovation

K-12 innovation comes in many forms, but there are certain things that help it on its way in classrooms and schools

Tech enablers that support K-12 innovation include:
1. Digital collaboration environments: Digital systems, tools, technologies, connectivity, and pedagogy that enable high levels of collaboration and support online and in-person learning.
2. Untethered broadband and connectivity: Ubiquitous broadband internet and the underlying technologies that enable robust connecting learning–without requiring devices to be physically connected, such as via cables.
3. Blended learning tools: Digital tools, technologies, and pedagogy that enable learning experiences through a mix of face-to-face and online interactions.

Hurdles to realizing and expanding K-12 innovation:
1. Digital equity: This includes three interrelated components: digital foundations, conditions for learning, and meaningful learning opportunities.
2. (tie) Scaling and sustaining innovation: Whether it be practices for effective teaching and learning, organizational businesses, or technology usage, schools are challenged to engage in and effectively scale innovation.
2. (tie) Evolution of teaching and learning: The teaching and learning landscape is changing, opening up the opportunity to move toward a better balance of teacher facilitation and student learning.

CoSN explores K-12 innovation trends through its Driving K-12 Innovation initiative. The initiative relies on insight from K-12 leaders, practitioners, and changemakers as they discuss major trends and themes that drive, hinder, and enable teaching and learning innovation in schools.

“Year after year, CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation series offers the global edtech community a comprehensive analysis of the latest technology trends. In today’s COVID-19 era, this information is more critical than ever before, as teaching and learning evolve rapidly and tech-based solutions are the catalyst for educators and students around the world,” Keith Krueger, CoSN’s CEO, said in a statement.

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