New Media Consortium's 2013 Forecast for K-12 Trends

CALL THE SHOTS: This weatherman calls for a heavy dose of cloud(y) computing and mobile learning this year. So predicts The New Media Consortium's Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Education Edition, which also anticipates the time frame for four other emerging technologies that will be widely adopted in schools. These are:

  • 2-3 years: learning analytics, open content
  • 4-5 years: 3-D printing; virtual and remote laboratories

The report breaks down each of six trends into finer detail and serve up supplementary readings on their ongoing research and implementation. Also helpful is the overview of larger trends covering the shifting attitudes of schools towards technologies, as well as obstacles that remain in the way.

Four of the six K-12 trends from NMC's 2012 forecast (mobile devices/apps, tablet computing, game-based learning, personal learning environments) prevail in current conversations over edtech adoption and are increasingly becoming a reality for many schools.

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