K-12 2011 Horizons Report

by Jean Tower

It’s time to get your K-12 2011 Horizons Report.

“The research behind The NMC Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition is a collaboration between the New Media Consortium (www.nmc.org), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). CoSN and ISTE’s critical participation in the production of this report and their strong support for the NMC Horizon Project is gratefully acknowledged. To learn more about CoSN visit www.cosn.org; to learn more about ISTE, see www.iste.org.”

The report lists the following as technologies that are on the horizon for K-12 education.

Time-To-Adoption: One Year or Less
Cloud Computing
Mobile Devices

Time-To-Adoption: Two to Three years
Game-Based Learning
Open Content

Time-To-Adoption: Four to Five Years
Learning Analytics
Personal Learning Environments

The report includes a thorough description of the methodology used to develop these predictions. As I look at what we are doing in my own district and what districts around the country are doing, I feel confident that the report hits the mark on the one year adoption technologies. Cloud computing and mobile computing are here now, and many of us are in the midst of implementing initiatives.

Open content is on my radar and is talked about among my colleagues in the school IT world, but game-based learning is not something I am hearing as much about. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

This report should be on your “must read” list.

http://www.nmc.org/horizon

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