Horizon Report Touts Collaborative, Project-Based Learning

[I serve as the co-chair of the CoSN Emerging Technologies Committee. One of the prime documents we examine for emerging trends is the Horizon Report. In this Education News article there are some key points from last year’s report. The new NMC Horizon Report for K-12 Horizon_Reportwith supporting materials from CoSN will be out this fall.]

MONDAY 07 11, 2016 by

In a collaboration between the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking, a new report examines emerging technologies and the potential impact they will have when used in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in schools.

Considered to be the world’s longest-running look into emerging technology trends in education, the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition has more than 13 years of research and publications behind it.

The report discusses two long-term trends agreed upon by experts, including rethinking how schools work in order to increase student engagement and support innovation, as well as moving toward a deeper learning approach, including project-based and challenge-based learning.  An additional 16 trends are discussed in the report, which all support the idea that challenges, key trends, and important technological developments could result in changes to K-12 education throughout the world.

Each trend discussed was chosen by a panel of 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries located on six continents.  The panel believes these trends are most likely to influence technology planning and decision-making over the next five years.

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