NMC Horizon Report is an annual publication from The New Media Consortium that reviews major trends, challenges, and developments in educational technology. The 2017 K-12 Edition discusses six different future technological trends in education.
Deeper learning approaches
In South Korea, where I teach, the integration of the abovementioned skills in the school curriculum is an even more urgent task. Despite being a high-tech society, South Korean primary and secondary educational system is always a step or two (or three, or five) behind in fulfilling the actual needs of students. High-stakes examinations and a rigid ranking system that forces students to compete for a handful of top spots. The results determine students’ “fate” regarding which college they can go to and how prestigious the job afterward will be. As a result, the students have no other choice but to resort to rote memorization and studying for the test, especially a year or two before graduating high school. The NHM Report mentions several times that educational leadership needs to set appropriate policies in order for deeper learning approach to flourish. In the South Korean case, although attempts are made to promote student-centered pedagogy, these efforts are incompatible with the existing system.
I was pleased to see Growing Focus on Measuring Learning as another trend discussed in NMH Report. Ubiquitous technology has made it possible to turn any device into a data collecting source that can be used to measure learning and influence important decisions. My daily responsibilities at my school involve setting up and maintaining the student information system (SIS) and
The NMC horizon report: 2017 higher education edition. (2017). Retrieved from The New Media Consortium website: http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2017-nmc-horizon-report-he-EN.pdf