2013 Horizon Report – K12 Interim Results

The New Media Consortium (NMC) posted their interim results of their 2013 Horizon Report at the CoSN Conference in San Diego.  Here are a few trends, emerging technologies and challenges to keep on your RADAR:

Near-Term Horizon: One Year or Less

  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Learning
  • Online Learning

Mid-Term Horizon: Two to Three Years

  • Adaptive Learning and Personal Learning Networks
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Learning Analytics
  • Open Content

Long-Term Horizon: Four to Five Years

  • 3D Printing
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual and Remote Laboratories
  • Wearable Technology

Selected Trends (See NMC.org for the full list)

  • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want.
  • Schools are beginning to move away from textbooks to web resources and open source books.
  • The focus of assessments are shifting from “what you know (can memorize)” to “what you can do (portfolio).”
  • The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators.

Selected Challenges ( See NMC.org for the full list)

  • Faculty training still does not acknowledge the fact that digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
  • Too often it is education’s own processes and practices that limit broader uptake of new technologies.
  • Many activities related to learning and education take place outside the walls of the classroom and thus are not part of traditional learning metrics.
  • New models of education are bringing unprecedented competition to the traditional models of education.


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2013 Horizon Report – K12 Interim Results

by Ron Houtman time to read: 1 min