- The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators.
- As IT support becomes more and more decentralized, the technologies we use are increasingly based not on school servers, but in the cloud.
- Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed.
- People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to.
- The perceived value of innovation and creativity is increasing.
- Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
- Economic pressures and new models of education are presenting unprecedented competition to traditional models of schools.
- The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices.
- A key challenge is the fundamental structure of the K-12 education establishment — aka “the system.”
- Many activities related to learning and education take place outside the walls of the classroom and thus are not part of our learning metrics.
Technologies to Watch:
- Near-term Horizon
- Cloud computing
- Second Adoption Horizon
- Game-based learning
- Open content
- Far-term Horizon
- Learning analytics
- Personal learning environments (PLEs)
What could these trends, critical challenges, and suggested technologies mean for special education? Stay tuned, as I am working on a post in which I will share my thoughts.
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