The recently released New Media Consortium Horizon Report details six up-and-coming technologies in the next five years for K-12 classrooms:
- Mobile learning – Tablets and smartphones in the classroom are no longer a matter of “if,” but “when, and how quickly?”
- Learning analytics – the education industry’s response to “big data” that is used in the business world for improvements and redirection of focus. Essentially shows students what they have achieved and how those goals match up with their peers.
- Open content – The rise of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, in terms of college learning is having a trickle-down effect on K-12 education. Within the next three years, expect more shared content available to teachers and to students.
- 3D printing – Also known as prototyping, this technology will allow K-12 students to create tangible models for their ideas.
- Virtual laboratories – These Web applications give students the chance to perform physical science experiments over and over, from anywhere with Internet access.
- Cloud computing – By using a common location, academic expectations can be better accessed, along with actual student work. Instructors can also share learning materials and experiences through the remote opportunities that cloud computing provides.
Tablettoddlers supports each and every one of these “digital disruptor” technologies in the classroom. Watch this space for more in the coming weeks.