Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 Horizon Report – K12 Edition

Kim Huynh Education, K12 Education 0 Comments

Although the full 2015 K-12 Horizon Report is anticipated to be finished by June this year, an early preview of this report was already showcased at the CoSN’s annual conference this week, offering educators a sneak peek into the future. This interim report identifies the 16 technologies that are shaping and transforming K-12 education and a vision of the students of tomorrow.

More importantly, the report is set out to address one of the key challenges that most educators face: how to integrate these emerging technologies into the classroom. Are they practical? Will they solve real educational problems?

The roles of formal education and teachers will require some serious rethinking, the report says. As the integration of technology into learning activities gathers more steam around the globe, schools are forced to rethink the primary responsibilities of teachers and how to keep formal K-12 education relevant. Additionally, a shift in the focus of pedagogical practice in schools is taking place as students move from the role of content consumers to content co-creators. As illustrated by the growth of user-generated videos, crowd-funded projects, collaborative student-led projects, maker communities, many students across a wide variety of disciplines are learning more through active, hands-on learning.

The students of tomorrow will demand the curriculum of tomorrow


The interim NCM report also projects a long-term trend for more and more schools to be restructured in ways that allow for flexibility, spur creativity and entrepreneurial thinking. More innovative and fluid designs of the school atmosphere are emerging, as old practices are increasingly viewed as antiquated.


In the short term (and that means in a year or less), we can expect to see trends such as cloud computing, mobile learning, and an increasing use of blended learning become much more pervasive in the K-12 sector. Emerging models of education, such as flipped learning – or the flipped classroom – are expected to continue rising over the next three to five years; as K-12 educators move away from traditional approaches.


But are we ready for drones, 3D printing, and wearable tech?

A preview of the K-12 Horizon Report shows that some of these technologies have already been implemented in today’s classrooms around the world. Even more surprising is the exponential growth in 3D printing workshops (commonly known as Makerspaces), which are projected to reach nearly 25% of classrooms in America. The report says that the technology is already beginning to reshape how these classrooms function, and projects that drones could have an impact on education by 2020.


A summary of the interim results and initial findings of the NMC Horizon Report – 2015 K-12 Edition:


1. A projected timeline for emerging technologies and when they are expected to make a stronger impact on K-12 education:

In one year or less (2015 – 2016):

  • Bring Your Own Device (BOYD)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Makerspaces
  • Mobile Learning

In two to three years (2017 – 2018):

  • 3D Printing / Rapid Prototyping
  • Adaptive Learning Technologies
  • Information Visualisation
  • Learning Analytics

In four to five years (2019 – 2010):

  • Badges / Microcredit
  • Drones
  • Visual Data Analysis
  • Wearable Technology


2. Key trends that are accelerating K-12 technology adoption:

  • Increasing Use Of Hybrid Or Blended Learning Designs
  • Growing Focus On Measuring Learning
  • Redesigning Learning Spaces
  • Co-Creation With Students
  • Increasing Use Of Collaborative Learning Approaches
  • Advancing Cultures Of Change And Innovation
  • Shift To Deeper Learning Approaches
  • Rethinking How Schools Work


3. Key challenges that are expected to impend K-12 technology adoption:

  • Scaling Teaching Innovations
  • Keeping Formal Education Relevant
  • Rethinking The Roles Of Teachers
  • Personalizing Learning
  • Developing Effective Digital Assessments
  • Student Internet And Data Safety
  • Integrating Technology In Teacher Education
  • Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities



A copy of the interim results of the K-12 NMC Horizon Report for 2015 can be downloaded here. The full report is due in June this year.


The full NMC Horizon Report – Higher Ed Edition can be downloaded here.


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