Research Question 4: Key Trends

What trends do you expect to have a significant impact on the ways in which learning-focused institutions approach our core missions of teaching, research, and service?

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  • Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed. Information technologies impact how people work, play, learn, socialize, and collaborate. Increasingly, technology skills are also critical to success in almost every arena, and those who are more facile with technology will advance while those without access or skills will not. The digital divide, once seen as a factor of wealth, is now seen as a factor of education: those who have the opportunity to learn technology skills are in a better position to obtain and make use of technology than those who do not. Evolving occupations, multiple careers, and an increasingly mobile workforce contribute to this trend. [Carried over from 2009 K-12 Report]
  • This trend is accelerating - dan.phelan dan.phelan Feb 7, 2010 It's the increasing portability and functionality of technology and the ease of communication thanks to attractive applications, associated with lower prices, that are driving the change. - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 9, 2010
  • Technology is increasingly a means for empowering students, a method for communication and socializing, and a ubiquitous, transparent part of their lives. Technology is impacting our lives, and the lives of students, in new and expanding ways. Once seen as an isolating influence, technology is now recognized as a primary way to stay in touch and take control of one’s own learning. Multisensory, ubiquitous, and interdisciplinary, technology is integrated into nearly everything we do. It gives students a public voice and a means to reach beyond the classroom for interaction and exploration. [Carried over from 2009 K-12 Report]
  • The web is an increasingly personal experience. We have an unprecedented level of control over online content, not only in terms of the information and activities that we select, but also in the way they are represented to us. Students are very familiar with the idea of “skinning” — customizing the look and feel of — their virtual experiences. They expect and experience personalized content in games and websites that is at odds with what they find in the classroom. [Carried over from 2009 K-12 Report]
  • The way we think of learning environments is changing. Traditionally, a learning environment has been a physical space, but the idea of what constitutes a learning environment is changing. The “spaces” where students learn are becoming more community-driven, interdisciplinary, and supported by technologies that engage virtual communication and collaboration. This changing concept of the learning environment has clear implications for schools, where learning is the key focus of the space. [Carried over from 2009 K-12 Report]- guus.wijngaards guus.wijngaards Feb 7, 2010We need to bridge the electronic personal (learning) environment (at home and elsewhere outside school) and the electronic learning environment of the school. This remains very relevant I think.- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 8, 2010 - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 9, 2010
  • The perceived value of innovation and creativity is increasing. Innovation is valued at the highest levels of business and must be embraced in schools if students are to succeed beyond their formal education. The ways we design learning experiences must reflect the growing importance of innovation and creativity as professional skills. [Carried over from 2009 K-12 Report] Innovation and creativity should not be linked only to arts subjects in curricula - think of entrepreneurship, scientific enquiry. There is work in progress on this in Europe but no URL yet, though the terms are given priority in Europe 2020 (http://ec.europa.eu/eu2020/). - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 9, 2010
  • It remains very challenging to measure innovation and creativity, and what is measured continues to be what counts in schools - dan.phelan dan.phelan Feb 7, 2010
  • Yes, but the word "innovation" is being used so much - it has lost its meaning. - jeanne.century jeanne.century Feb 9, 2010
  • The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized. The continuing acceptance and adoption of cloud-based applications and services is changing not only the ways we configure and use software and file storage, but even how we conceptualize those functions. It does not matter where our work is stored; what matters is that our information is accessible no matter where we are or what device we choose to use. Globally, in huge numbers, we are growing used to a model of browser-based software that is device-independent. While some challenges still remain, specifically with notions of privacy and control, the promise of significant cost savings is an important driver in the search for solutions. [Carried over from 2010 Horizon Report] I fully agree with this. To me this is a powerful trend because of its economic implications in cash strapped schools.- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 8, 2010 We are seeing this trend as well and schools trust is increasing with pushing more out to the cloud-based solution. This releaves the school of the tactical work of managing hardware and software but creates the need for better and more mature management and processes such as deveopment of approriate Service Level Agreements (SLA's) and managing and monitoring the services to these agreements. The implementation of a Service Management IT organizaton using things such as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is on in the minds of the forward looking CIO's who understand this shift however the leap in changing the schools IT organization will take time. Increasing the challenges of maintaining at 24x7x365 support structure has put pressure on the IT organizaiton as well. - jeffrey.bajgot jeffrey.bajgot Feb 8, 2010
  • Technology use has become more decentralized with the end user more in control of how they work with technology. This is a huge shift for school technology departments. There is a balance between the need to control your network centrally and protect students from harmful materials, and the push for more access to open content and Web 2.0 tools. We can't keep up anymore knowing about all the software that is out there. End users push for access to the tools they want to use. - alice.owen alice.owen Feb 15, 2010
  • More and more "education" occurs outside of the context of traditional schools. Again, as articulated more clearly by Collins and Halverson in Rethinking Education in an Era of Technology, more and more the role of schools in education is being narrowed as new online opportunities present themselves. - will.richardson will.richardson Feb 5, 2010
    Schools have to rethink their role in society. Is it really important for a child to learn good caligraphy, if he will probably never even use handwriting in his work environment? Should we rethink what it is important to teach? Just because we learned this way, certain skills, are these same skills still relevant? - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Feb 6, 2010 - dan.phelan dan.phelan Feb 7, 2010 I've been reading Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct, and it raises the same questions about things like the grammar we learned as kids and the words we use. Historically, we tend to cling to what we were taught, sometimes much longer than necessary. - ninmah ninmah Feb 8, 2010
  • I don't know if the issue is that schools need to rethink their roles - they need to remain the home for learning opportunities for all and the as such the core of our democracy - but rather, the content and experience of "school" needs to change. If schools keep doing what they are doing, they very well may reduce opportunities for kids, not increase them. - jeanne.century jeanne.century Feb 9, 2010
  • I agree. I also believe that enabling technologies will emerge to make it easier and more acceptable to learn and learn well, outside of school.- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 8, 2010
  • I have more hope that we will change what schools look like and provide more online experiences as well as flexible learning environments for students. - alice.owen alice.owen Feb 15, 2010
  • More and more education is on demand, anytime, anywhere with anyone. What is the role of traditional teachers in this environment? How do we teach students to find and vet their own teachers?- will.richardson will.richardson Feb 6, 2010- jan.morrison jan.morrison Feb 6, 2010- guus.wijngaards guus.wijngaards Feb 7, 2010 - dan.phelan dan.phelan Feb 7, 2010 Teachers need to be navigators and guides. - jeanne.century jeanne.century Feb 9, 2010 - alice.owen alice.owen Feb 15, 2010
  • Technology is changing the way students learn and think. Growing up digital is affecting how students process information. Neuroscience is showing that even the way children's brains are wired is changing. How they perceive the world, how they communicate, process information, build knowledge, all are different from how we were wired. Teachers and schools have to create materials and strategies that will make sense to how these children learn. [[user:cristiana.mattos|1265467368]- jan.morrison jan.morrison Feb 6, 2010 - ninmah ninmah Feb 8, 2010 - horncheah horncheah Feb 10, 2010
  • It becomes more and more evident every year that students are not engaged in learning at school. Their boredom is the number one reason they are dropping out of school. We cannot prepare them for the 21st century workforce if we cannot even keep them in school.- jan.morrison jan.morrison Feb 6, 2010 I agree 100%. - jeanne.century jeanne.century Feb 9, 2010
  • There is a need for education to be more relevant to students. Daniel Pink talks about this in his book "Drive". "Why am I learning this? How is it relevant to the world I live in now?"- jan.morrison jan.morrison Feb 6, 2010
  • I was reading this article in this morning's paper. http://www.rgj.com/article/20100207/BIZ/2070334/1071 and it made me think about the impact of entrepreneurship beginning at a younger age? As the educational platform allows students to build depth of knowledge (business such as this using microtransaction) it is possible there will be a major shift to a younger aged successful workforce.- jan.morrison jan.morrison Feb 7, 2010
  • I would add a word of caution about the neuroscience. There is lots of buzz about the brain's changing wiring. Neuroscience is really in its infancy though and there is so much unknown. I am not expert in this but it seems to me that recent research suggests detrimental effects from multi-tasking, though this seems to be touted as a benefit by some who say kids learn differently today. This is just an example.- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 8, 2010
  • Found this http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/view/ it is a great documentary on the digital natives and the impact of the network on teaching, learning and life.
  • Privacy. Larger societal trends related to concepts of 'privacy' will become more and more integral to the delivery of education and the processes of teaching and learning. As more and more of the 'educational life' of teachers and students is digitized (and presumably archived *forever*), this life can be inspected, monitored and evaluated in new ways, by various actors (by teachers, by students, by administrators, by parents, by communities, by interest groups, by government, by companies) -- for good and for bad. - michael.trucano michael.trucano Feb 8, 2010 This blurring of boundaries between professional and personal life, learner in schools and home, our currently discrete personas, is becoming a major issue, especially with data persistence. Safer Internet Day takes place today 9th Feb, in Europe and we can see an expansion of the scope of concerns relating to the downsides of technology, including privacy (this year's slogan is Think B4 U post! http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/safer-internet-day). - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 9, 2010
  • Data and Data Systems: I think the trend toward using data more effectively - the so called Data-Driven-Decision-Making (D3M), and the trend toward building state longitudinal data systems, even to link K12 with Higher Education, is gathering steam and will continue to impact on the school envirnment and technologies brought to bear in a positive way.- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 8, 2010 Data Driven Decision Making is definately on the radar with the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) being funded at the federal level, i.e. U.S.DOE through the Institue of Educational Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Statistics (NECS) to enhance States to manage and anlyze education data including student records. Today at least 41 states have received funding http://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/faq_grant_program.asp with more to come. With at least part of this effort around developing a data model and improved data governance the outcome hopefully will result in improved decision making at the local, state and federal levels. - jeffrey.bajgot jeffrey.bajgot Feb 8, 2010
  • Common Core Standards and High Quality Assessments: As a result of the Race to the Top initiative but also with plenty of help from resource strapped states, general unease with the current fragmented system, and the realization that we need to take our educational standards to a world-class level, 48 states have signed onto the common core. If the promise of higher, fewer and better is realized and if the assessments become more performance based with more of a balance between formative and summative stakes, then this must be seen as highly impactful with multiple cascading effects on teaching and learning in this country.- chris.brown chris.brown Feb 8, 2010 - alice.owen alice.owen Feb 15, 2010
  • Standard 21st Century Learning Environment: This may be an ongoing trend or struggle, but schools continue to seek the "21st Century Learning Environment" with the hope of standardization across the district. For example today many schools are trying to deploy interactive whiteboards and LCD projectors in every classroom, at the same time they are looking to implement enterprise wireless solutions.- jeffrey.bajgot jeffrey.bajgot Feb 8, 2010- jan.morrison jan.morrison Feb 9, 2010 - horncheah horncheah Feb 10, 2010
  • There are some school practices which try to imitate a reallife working environment, eg. New Tech High schools in Austin, Texas - this could be an authentic exposure for students - horncheah horncheah Feb 10, 2010
  • It is not about the stuff in the classrooms, it is about teaching students how to work collaboratively in authentic environments that give them experiences that prepare them for work and beyond. - alice.owen alice.owen Feb 15, 2010
  • Models for Learning Resources will change: The traditional textbook paradigm is under pressure, a paradigm which in many cases is a hybrid model of printed and digital resources. The emergence of social media in the classroom and new models and agents for development and distribution of learning resources will lead to a plethora of actors and models co-existing and to some degree competing.- oystein.johannessen oystein.johannessen Feb 9, 2010 - alice.owen alice.owen Feb 15, 2010
  • There is an Increased Emphasis on STEM Education: This president talks about the importance of education more than we've seen a president talk in a very long time. And when he does talk, he often talks about the importance of STEM education. This conversation is combined with the continued focus on keeping our country competitive and some suggestions of the importance of science literacy. This is good and bad for technology literacy - it makes technology more visible in the conversation; but it also can get buried among the other disciplines. - jeanne.century jeanne.century Feb 9, 2010- jan.morrison jan.morrison Feb 9, 2010 I agree. As long as the other disciplines see technology as a valuable tool for learning, then it will happen. We need to make sure that content area staff are well versed in using technology so they will embed technology into curriculum and instruction. - alice.owen alice.owen Feb 15, 2010
  • identity management linked to personalised and virtual learning environments.- kathryn.moyle kathryn.moyle Feb 9, 2010