Wednesday, February 20, 2013

10 Technology Trends in Education and Two Big Questions.

Key Trends as reported in the NMC Horizon Report:
2012 K-12 Edition
1 Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative models.
2 The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators.
3 As the cost of technology drops and school districts revise and open up their access policies, it is becoming increasingly common for students to bring their own mobile devices.
4 People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want.
5 Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed.
6 There is a new emphasis in the classroom on more challenge-based, active learning. i.e. Common Core style questions
Time Line to Adoption:
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
  • Mobile Devices & Apps
  • Tablet Computing
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
  • Game-Based Learning
  • Personal Learning Environments
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
  • Augmented Reality
  • Natural User Interfaces
  • Online Textbook
Here is the link to a full copy of the report:
Think about these two things and come up with only one sentence for each, Please share them in an Email to me at
What is the biggest road block relating to critical thinking and student learning you face daily?
How can we deliver Professional Development to staff so they feel comfortable using the the ten key trends listed above to engage student in critical thinking and student learning?

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