Horizon Report 2017
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The Horizon Report does provide an overview of the current and future trends in educational technology and innovation. A majority of the trends that I discovered are areas that are important and need to be adopted in the K-12 education setting. One area the report highlighted was the need for coding literacy to be taught in public and private K-12 schools. Educators and educational technologists have been advocating for coding literacy to be added to the curriculum in K-12. The report states, “Code.org recently stated that computing occupations are among the fastest growing and best-paying
jobs in the US and that there are currently 500,000 unfilled jobs in that sector.” (Horizon Report)
My selected content area for the EdTech 541 project is Social Studies, US History Grade 11. What I could most connect with in the report was the growing focus on measured learning, improving digital learning, and rethinking the roles of teachers.
Measured learning or assessment tools have been a part of all aspects of my formal education, whether or not I loved the results I received. I can see how many educators have been resistant to tying teacher pay to performance outcomes by their student’s performance, would construct a culture of distrust and dislike for those policy makers or legislators who seem to discount socio-economic factors outside of the educator’s control. When students do not have a solid home base or our facing other obstacles in life such as homelessness, food malnutrition, or abuse from a trusted adult, it would be hard for most students to be successful in their educational pursuits. However, the positives from the new data mining software that has been developed, is the software allow for school administrators and teachers instant data and feedback on their students which allow teachers and administrators to assess the direction of their teaching or school district wide educational goals.
The second area in the report that caught my attention was rethinking the roles of teachers. Teachers have been focusing on facilitating learning rather than just dispensing information. The classroom has become student-centered rather than teacher-centered. The report also states, “Teachers are now addressing social and emotional factors affecting student learning, mentor students, model responsible global citizenship, and motivate students to adopt life long learning habits.”
For some teachers, the current demands for accountability and school reform have caused extra stress for some teachers and a loss of autonomy in their own classrooms. Positive relationships with policy makers and legislators have been strained for many years as a result of educational reforms. The report states that schools who support a culture of collaboration and cross-disciplinary working environments help teachers transition to the new role required of teachers.
The final area from the report that connects to my project of this course is improving digital learning. Schools have increasingly have had to take on the responsibility of teaching digital citizenship. This skill is an area that deserves attention from parents or other legal guardians. The Horizon Report states, “A recent study from Stanford
researchers found that K–20 students in the US are unprepared to judge the credibility of news and information they come across in their daily lives: “despite their fluency with social media, many students are unaware of basic conventions for identifying verified
digital information.” (The Horizon Report)
Honestly, I have noticed that adults my age are not able to discern what credible news sources are and those that are misleading or opinion based. Our elected President, Donald J. Trump, of the United States of America routinely calls any media that is reported about him in a negative manner and does not support his status of popularity, he automatically refers the news information as “fake news.” Teaching social studies at the secondary or elementary level requires educators to teach digital citizenship and proper civic duties as citizens of the United States. We can not afford to wait to teach our students proper netiquette and digital citizenship just at the high school level. Elementary educators will have to begin to teach these skills as early as kindergarten.
The Horizon Report was informative and at the same time overwhelming to review. The fast pace of technological advances these past 15 years is remarkable. Reading this report allowed me to think back to when I was in elementary school and the memories that I had with educational technology? I am somewhat jealous that this new generation of students is going to experience all the exciting advances in educational technology! I am ready as an educator to enjoy the ride we will be experiencing!
Overview Of Key Trends
Short-Term- Educational Technology Adoption Trends, 1-2 years.
Coding as Literacy
Rise of Steam Learning
Mid-Term- Educational Technology Adoption Trends, 3-5 years.
Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
Redesigning Learning Spaces
Long-Term- Educational Technology Adoption Trends, 5 Or More Years.
Advancing Cultures of Innovation
Deeper Learning Approaches
Authentic Learning Experiences
Improving Digital Literacy
Rethinking the Roles of Teachers
Teaching Computational Thinking
Significant Wicked Challenges.
The Achievement Gap
Sustaining Innovation through Leadership Changes
Developments in Educational Technology
Short-Term Developments in Educational Technology, One Year Or Less.
Mid-Term Developments in Educational Technology, 2-3 Years.
Long-Term Developments in Educational Technology, 4-5 Or More Years.
The Internet of Things
NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition. (n.d.). Retrieved September 10, 2017, from https://www.nmc.org/publication/nmccosn-horizon-report-2017-k-12-edition/