The NMC Horizon Report (2014 K-12 editio…

The NMC Horizon Report (2014 K-12 edition) succinctly summarizes the observable trends effecting education in the elementary and secondary school setting. The report seeks to identify key trends in technology adoption, challenges facing the adoption of said technologies, as well as previews some of the important developments that may affect K-12 education in the upcoming years. This information is important for stakeholders in K-12 education because it provides an opportunity to assess where they (be it entrepreneurs, or school administrators) stand, relative to market trends. The NMC Horizon Report provides brief summations of the implications of various developing technologies, but fails to provide detailed examples to back up these overarching trends. For example, Cloud Computing is one trend that the report identifies as eminently effecting K-12 education, yet does not mention how services such as Google Docs is already shaping collaboration both inside and outside of the classroom, or where services such as Google Docs are trending. Although this is a minor qualm, my hope (from a teachers point of view) is that when the final report is issued, it is more detailed and prescriptive than the preview.

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The NMC Horizon Report (2014 K-12 Editio…

The NMC Horizon Report (2014 K-12 Edition) looks at 3 areas of Ed Tech adoption: Key Trends, Significant challenges and important developments. This report provides valuable insights to educators, technology specialist and venturers. For teachers, the report invites us to re-evaluate our own role in a technology-driven world. For technology specialists and venturers, the ideas of hybrid models and flipped classrooms provide good starting points to develop websites and programs that allow students to have an easy access to information, as well as promoting student-student interactions. This report provides an accurate analysis of the trends in ed tech: developments such as wearable technology and cloud computing are some of the tools that are being used in classrooms today.

I find this article to be relevant and inspiring. As a high school online teacher, I am expected to learn new platforms and approaches to support students in an online setting. This echoes the idea of ‘rethinking the roles of teachers’ in the report. Since students can access lessons online, my role has shifted from explaining the concepts verbally/visually in a classroom setting to finding digital strategies to better support students. I hope there will be more insights on multidisciplinary approaches and flipped classrooms in future reports. I am very interested in learning how online education helps to make multidisciplinary approaches more relevant and accessible to students. Education should not exist in disconnected ‘packets’ of information. One of the goals of technology is to weave different subjects together so we can provide authentic learning experiences to students.

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