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ISTE 2012 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition

June 27, 2012

Well today is the last day of ISTE 2012! It has gone by fast! Each day has been very full, and there’s no way to see everything you want to see – it’s just so big! Anyway, enough intro, this is the first session I’m attending today. Look for more later today, and a full wrap up/summary tonight. – Todd

Session Description
Each year, the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project identifies six technologies to watch over the next five years. Learn what they found and what they see ahead for schools.

Larry Johnson
The New Media Consortium
#NMCHz <;;- They follow/check this hashtag all the time. If you want them to see something, or a good article, then just use the hashtag and it will be noticed/read by folks in the office.

Leslie Conery introduced the session! Thanks Leslie!

Been publishing the Horizon report for 10 years. But just added K-12 report in the last four years. There are now over 25 Editions, and 34 Translations.

Horizon Report K-12 wiki

The full report of the 2012 Horizon Report can be downloaded here:

Key Trends


  • Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative models
  • The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators
  • It is becoming increasingly common for students to bring their own devices
  • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study, whenever and wherever they want
  • Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed
  • There is a new emphasis in the classroom on more challenge-based, active learning

One year or less
Mobiles & Apps
Tablet Computing

Two to three years
Game-Based Learning
Personal Learning Environments

Four to five years
Augmented Reality
Natural User Interfaces

Significant Challenges


  • Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession
  • K-12 must address the increased blending of formal and informal learning
  • The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices
  • Institutional barriers present formidable challenges to moving forward with emerging technologies

This past January had a retreat and brought together a pool of experts, 100 of them, for three days.

Megatrends from the retreat


  • The world of work is increasingly global and increasingly collaborative
  • People expect to work, learn, socialize, and play whenever and wherever they want to
  • The Internet is becoming a global mobile network – and already is at its edges
  • The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based and delivered over utility networks
  • Openness – concepts like open content, open data, and open resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data and information – is moving from a trend to a value for much of the world

Companies say they hire people based on their marks in school, but they fire them because they can’t work with other people. Hmmm

Now new speaker: Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
Toolkit for the NMC Horizon Report 2012

Four years ago we didn’t see a lot of mobile devices, but started anyway.

How can we use this beyond a report?

The CoSN Toolkit
Presentation Template
Discussion Facilitator’s Guide
Discussion Activities
Video Overviews of the Technologies

Key Educational Problems We are Trying to Solve
US Superintendents priorities:

  • 21st century skills
  • Transforming classrooms to compelling learning environments
  • Changing professional development to communities of practice 24/7
  • Using data to inform practice
  • Balanced assessments – more formative data to learner/teacher

None of these are technology problems, they are education problems.

Finished up the session with some Q&A. Thanks for the great conversation everyone!


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