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.]

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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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6 influential technologies on the higher ed horizon

[In this eCampus News article you’ll discover the latest trends for higher education based on the 2016 Horizon Report. I work in both K-12 and higher education. The short-term trends are very similar – using technology to assess learning and moving towards greater use of blended learning. The other trends are similar.]

Annual Horizon Report details short-and long-term technologies, trends that will impact higher education in the next 5 years.

horizon-report-2016The rise of robots is no longer science fiction; and any institution interested in remaining relevant in the next five years should start advancing “cultures of innovation.” These are just two of the revelations part of the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s (ELI) 2016 Higher Education Edition of the annual Horizon Report.

The report, which decides which trends and technologies will have a dramatic influence on higher ed in the next 5 years thanks to a panel of 58 education and technology experts from 16 countries on 5 continents, aims to help inform the choices that institutions are making about technology to improve, support, or extend teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher ed across the world.

With more than 14 years of research and publications, NMC says that the report can be regarded as “the world’s longest-running exploration of emerging technology trends and uptake in education.”

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What Education Might Look Like in the Next 5 Years

[Each year the New Media Group with CoSN publishes the Horizon Report for K-12. The report gathers information from a variety of experts across the globe to look at trends and emerging technologies. Here’s a summary from Mindshift.]

In a fast-moving field like education technology, it’s worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries.


Deeper Learning: The expert panel identified several long-term trends that will greatly influence the adoption of technology in classrooms over the next five years and beyond. They see worldwide educators focusing on “deeper learning” outcomes that try to connect what happens in the classroom to experts and experiences beyond school as an important trend.

Teachers at the cutting edge of this work are asking students to use technology to access and synthesize information in the service of finding solutions to multifaceted, complex problems they might encounter in the real world. The popularity of project-based learning, global collaboration and integrated learning experiences is driving this trend and powerful tech use as an extension of it.

Rethinking Traditions: Educators are also rethinking how school has traditionally worked, questioning everything from school schedules, to how individual disciplines are taught and how success and creativity are measured. This macro trend to shake up typical ways of schooling is opening new opportunities for technology to play an even bigger role in education. Finland took a big step toward reimagining school when it did away with many traditional subjects in favor of interdisciplinary classes that more accurately reflect a world in which disciplines influence one another. Some U.S districts have also tried to reimagine how school would look with movements toward competency-based models that don’t rely on time in class as the constant variable.

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