The Horizon Report compiled by the National Media Consortium is the report that names the trends in education that are most important to pay attention to in the coming year, 5 years and 10 years. It will be published on September 14, 2016 in its entirety but the advance sample or preview is available today. NMC also collects information for the coming report in a comprehensive wiki and you can join to view the background information.
This Horizon Report will focus again on the adoption of the makerspace model of learning and teaching into classrooms. It has moved to the “one year or less” category and teaching students seem to be adopting this model through their studies. Many workshops and ideas are introduced during their time in the teaching program.
The second trend to on-line learning also remains on track for adoption in the next year or so with the continual changes in the open-source resource market. Many contributing trends are also affected like blended learning where students are responsible for the background work of watching videos and reading resources in non-class time.
Long term trends in education are generally accepted as more evolutionary than revolutionary, happening gradually over time in schools that are creating new spaces for students to learn in. Because re-designing spaces takes huge budgets, “re-arranging” of learning spaces in more the norm in most school districts. Here, screen installation for collaborative learning areas, and more flexible work spaces are technology use and general group work adaptations schools can make without a large investment of cash.
Another long term trend in education is the “rethinking how schools work” and this trend addresses the move to a more authentic, multidisciplinary environment for learning. Teacher education is also meshing with the mid-term trends focused on collaborative learning approaches based on the four principles: “placing the learner at the center, emphasizing interaction and doing, working in groups, and developing solutions to real-world problems.” And the other mid-term student-centered trend delving into deeper learning approaches in the classroom.
It is exciting to see the acknowledgement that coding is a new literacy to be addressed by educators in the short-term and the notion that students are becoming the creators of their learning rather than consumers. These two notions are coming to the forefront of education practice especially from a teacher education viewpoint.
The report is rich in topics that are so important to our students as they enter or continue their education to become teachers and to practicing teachers who provide mentoring for our students. More news when the complete report is released next on September 14, 2016.