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What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

Posted on 07/15/2015

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In a June 29, 2015 article External link opens in new window or tab on KQED's MindShift blog Katrina Schwartz gives and overview of the NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 External link opens in new window or tab report which 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.

Identified trends range from deeper learning to rethinking traditions to collaborative social learning to blended learning models, as well as turning STEM into STEAM (integrating the arts and humanities into teaching about science, technology, engineering and math).

The report also discusses the challenges that stand in the way of effective technology implementation such as creating authentic learning opportunities, integrating technology in teacher education, personalizing learning, rethinking the roles of teachers, scaling teaching innovation as well as teaching complex thinking.

Short and long term developments in educational technology described in this year's report include:

  • BYOD/Maker Movement
  • 3-D Printing
  • Adaptive Learning and
  • Badges and Wearables

Learn more about all the exciting and challenging aspects of the future of educational technology in the article External link opens in new window or tab and in the report External link opens in new window or tab.