Mind/Shift Article on NMC Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition

Mind/Shift has a good synopsis of challenges to ed tech adoption described in the 2012 edition of the NMC Horizon Report (which requires registration).

Below are the six so-called “common” challenges that span across K-12:

  1. Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession, especially teaching.
  2. K-12 must address the increased blending of formal and informal learning. 
  3. The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices.
  4. Institutional barriers present formidable challenges to moving forward in a constructive way with emerging technologies. 
  5. Learning that incorporates real life experiences is not occurring enough and is undervalued when it does take place.
  6. Many activities related to learning and education take place outside the walls of the classroom and thus are not part of traditional learning metrics.

A few reactions:

  • I believe that #2, #3 and #4 (in red) are the biggest barriers with #3 being the biggest constraint to massive scale.
  • I am not convinced that #2, #5 and #6 are all that different. In my opinion, all of these focus on the blurring of the lines between “formal” and “informal” learning, and what actually should constitute “formal” learning. I agree that these are important but perhaps can be collapsed into one.
  • I would add “limited evidence base” and “common success metrics” to this list.
  • This list leaves off what the authors describe as “local” barriers such as bandwidth and procurement challenges. Despite the fact that these barriers are not included in this list, they are no doubt important and will impede innovation.

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