Technology trends pertinent in education. Where is Ed Tech likely to go next?

Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You…

Educause is the new owner of the Horizon Report – an annual report that outlines technology trends that are on the horizon for education.

In years past, the Horizon report was issued by the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (COSN) for three main stakeholders: K-12 education, libraries and post-secondary education. The acquisition of the Horizon Report by Educause is recent, but at this stage it appears that there will be one report issued annually, targeted at post-secondary. While this isn’t as perfect as a report released specifically for K-12 education, it remains very informative, as it gives solid research-based information as to the technologies that our future graduates will be embracing as they move into the world of post-secondary education. Truly a valuable guide for educators preparing students for post-secondary reality.

The report breaks technology trends down into a projected timeline of one year to adoption, three years to adoption and five years to adoption. The last K-12 Horizon Report from NMC is interesting to reflect upon.

The Seven Things you Should Know series published by Educause is a treasure-trove of two-page articles on a wide variety of topics. They’re written in a standard format that tackles seven main questions.

  1. What is it?
  2. How does it work?
  3. Who’s doing it?
  4. Why is it significant?
  5. What are the downsides?
  6. Where is it going?
  7. What are the implications for teaching and learning?