Technology Trends for 2014
The Horizon Report is a collaboration between the New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking(CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Each year these organizations research new and emerging technology trends in education then publish a report of their findings. The information listed below are the results from their findings this year.
Latest report - http://k12.wiki.nmc.org/file/view/2012-Horizon.K12-Shortlist.pdf
Educational Technology Trends
- Rethinking the roles of teachers to a facilitator
- Shift to deeper learning such as Challenge based learning
- Focus on using Open Educational Resources
- Use of Hybrid Learning Designs which increases student project groups, collaboration along with online work and video instruction.
- Intuitive Technology
- Rethinking normal school day so it is not broken in separate content areas but flows with integration of all disciplines.
Here are some additional trends identified by other educator organizations which are quickly changing the technology landscape within schools.
HPISD is using cloud computing in programs such as Google Apps For Education ( GAFE) to house data and create an online collaborative repository of information.
BYOD Policies (Bring Your Own Devices)
HPISD is presently working on new policies so that students can bring their own devices to school. Those policies will be in the AUP section.
Games and Gamification
Gamification is being used based on the principals of gaming. The idea is to integrate game-like elements and mechanics, including quests, leader boards, and badging, into non-game environments. This year HPISD will use a badging system for their district-wide professional development.
The Internet of Things
This concept is based on objects used in the schools such as Smart Devices but it is taking a step further. This feature will allow devices to read and make changes to the surrounding without the user's help.
These devices are already seen in some schools. Items such as Google Glass, Fit arm bands, and Apple Watches are only the beginning of this technology.