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By Peter Murgatroyd
The fourth edition of the annual K-12 series of the NMC Horizon Report examines emerging technologies for their potential impact and use in teaching and learning in the primary and secondary school environment in the next five years. Trends and challenges that will drive technology adoption in schools are also highlighted. The K-12 Horizon report is a collaborative research effort between New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education. The Report identifies six technologies to watch across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years:
The massive increase in the use of mobile devices and apps in the classroom and the rapid development in the tablet market leading to both more sophisticated and affordable portable devices are the dominant stories of the 2012 report.
And whilst game based learning remains on the edge of the near term horizon, Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) – collections of tools and resources to support individual learning - are gaining significant traction as both concept and practice strategy. The report notes that there has been a corresponding move away from centralised server based solutions as smart phones, tablets and apps have begun to emerge as an alternative to browser based PLEs and e-portfolios.
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