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NMC Offered a Taste of the Future of Classroom Technology at CoSN 2016

This article appeared in EdTech magazine on April 6th, 2016. It was written by D. Frank Smith, a social media journalist for the CDW family of technology magazine websites.

The future of learning technologies has a hazy horizon when you try to look too far out, says Larry Johnson.

"It's impossible to plan out very far in the future," says Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium. "Most of our thinking is based on a world that used to exist. And we did good at creating things for it, but the world that's coming will be much different from that."

Johnson hosted a panel at CoSN 2016 Wednesday teasing the NMC's forthcoming K–12 Horizon Report, an annual assessment of the technologies that could dominate schools in the coming years.

This year’s report isn't complete yet, but Johnson came prepared with a list of some of the key tech trends that have been shaping the road to K–12's future.

Short-Term Trends

  • Increased use of blending learning
  • Rise of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM) learning

Midterm Trends

  • Increasing focus on collaborative learning
  • Shift from students as consumers to students as creators

Long-Term Trends
  • Rethinking how schools work
  • Shift to deeper learning approaches

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Schools that use itslearning have been referenced in the NMC Horizon Report Europe: Schools Edition.

  • Sandgotna, Hundsund and Sandvika secondary schools in Norway appear on page 13 in 'Rethinking the Role of Teachers'
  • Flint High School, in the UK appears on page 21 in 'Rise of Data-Driven Learning and Assessment'

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