I would like to share the article on the Education Week Teacher titled: Technology that will shape education in the next 5 years
This blog was by Patrick Ledesma:
The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition is a collaborative research effort between the NMC, the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This report contains the preliminary results of the “top emerging technologies, trends, and challenges that the advisory board believes will have a major impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry over the next five years.”
In his article where the blog was derived at:
Technology for Online Standardized Testing vs. Technology for Teaching, Learning, and Creative Inquiry
He also writes that “the report reveals that in the short-term mobile devices and applications, cloud computing and tablet computing will be popular. The report also identifies trends in education technology and challenges, such as institutional barriers.”
I think that short (one- to two-year) forecasts are a practical way to assess where we are now:
What will be the technologies in schools one year from now?
What will be the technologies in schools in two or three years?
What will be the technologies in schools in four to five years?
The article 6 Technologies That Will Shape Education based on the Technology that will shape education in the next 5 years also identifies challenges, including:
- Inadequate digital media literacy training for teachers;
- Out of date learning materials and teaching practices;
- Lack of agreement on how education should evolve, despite widespread agreement that change is needed;
- A failure of education institutions to adapt to informal education, online education, and home-based learning; and
- Lack of support for or acknowledgement of forms of learning that usually occur outside the classroom.
Patrick Ledesma also lists the questions for us to ponder:
1) Do you believe these technologies will be in your school or classroom in the near future?
2) Given the learning potential of these emerging technologies, does your school have a healthy balance between how technology is used for high stakes test preparation and for activities that integrate higher-level thinking, collaboration, problem solving, and creativity?
3) Are ALL students in your district benefiting from technology?
Although International Schools have different decision-making groups, I think those questions are applicable for assessments.