This is a great site for all things educational K-20. If you haven’t been there, go. It’s worth more than a cursory look, possibly even subscribe to receive emails. This is from their mission statement:
TeachThought’s mantra is simple: learn better.
Our mission is to illuminate and actuate optimal learning for everyone, everywhere. This starts with helping smart teachers teach smart, and it extends to work with like-minded organizations to bring visibility and traction to their ideas.
The pie-in-the-sky goal is a modern enlightenment that results in healthy communities and interdependent citizens–and we believe that this can happen much more simply than it’d seem.
The secret is to change the way people think about learning. It’s possible more than ever to create learning spaces that are personalized, self-directed, social, and creative. This requires new tools and models, but more importantly a paradigm shift in how everyone–educators and otherwise–thinks about “education.”
In a couple of recent articles, the concept of disruption and its value in education is discussed (article 1, article 2). The second article gives examples. Disruption was extrapolated from a theoretical business model and attempts to explain events in education progress(?) somewhere between evolution and paradigm shift. Interesting reading but I’m not sure I want to add it to my very long list of forgotten models.
Here are Terry Heick’s (te@chthought’s director) thoughts regarding what’s trending in 2015:
What’s trending up for 2015 school year in terms of education technology?
iPads are still the standard but other platforms are making headway. That should be fun to watch over the next 3-5 years.
Educators are getting better at spotting crap edtech, but waste still abounds. There are even some educators who are against technology in the classroom at all.
Schools are getting better at thinking tech-first (not in terms of priority, but design). But they are still struggling to meaningfully integrate edtech at the learning model and curriculum level.
Apps are getting downright brilliant in spots, but in-app purchasing? That’s getting a bit out of hand, isn’t it? And something has to be done about all of the usernames and passwords.
Below are 30 entirely subjective but hopefully somewhere close to reality takes on what’s trending up and what’s trending down in education and education technology for 2015 and beyond. A handful of these aren’t pure edtech items, but it’s all part of the same ecosystem yes?
Note that this list isn’t an endorsement–meaning this isn’t necessarily the way I think things should be, but rather what they seem to be–at least from my vantage point, right here, right now. Ask me again in August.
What’s trending up, what’s trending down, and what’s in that awkward middle ground of education and education technology? Below are 30 guesses.
The interactive list is available at the site, however, here is a non-interactive list:
- Decentralizing academic standards
- Rethinking data in the classroom
- Adaptive learning algorithms
- Digital Citizenship
- Focus on non-fiction, digital media
- Depth of content
- Experimentation with new learning models (including flipped classroom, sync learning, blended learning, etc.)
- Teacher self-directed PD, webinars, streams, etc.
- College as a choice
- Collaborative learning
- Digital Literacy
- Focus on learning spaces
- Design thinking
- Mindfulness, meditation, downtime
- Teacher as guide-on-the-side
- Gamification of content
- Genius hour, maker hour, collaboration time
- Cloud-based word processing
- Mainstreaming + co-teaching
- Platform Agnosticism
- Librarian as digital media specialist
- YouTube channels, Google Chromecast, AppleTV
- Apps like Storehouse
- 1:1 tablets/devices
- Project-Based Learning
- Mobile-first #edtech design
- The innovation of apps
- Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive
Awkward Middle Ground
- Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc.
- Professional Learning Communities
- Computer coding
- Traditional reading lists of truly great literature
- Pure creativity
- Self-directed learning
- Massive in-person education conferences
- Colleges in general
- Experiential learning
- Cultural Literacy
- The physical design of most school buildings and universities
- Memorization of prioritized content that leads to design thinking
- Pressure on systems
- To-do lists
- Cloud-based learning
- One teach, one drift/prompt/observe
- Moving from one OS to another (e.g., from Android to Windows Phone)
- Librarian/DMS as bibliophile
- Online encyclopedias
- Apps like Prezi
- Socioeconomic disparity
- Mobile learning
- Mobile assessment
- Honest-to-goodness free apps
- Mass education publishers
- Common Core standards, Race to the Top
- Data Teams
- Scripted curricula
- Draconian district filters
- Coverage of content
- “21st century learning” as a phrase or single idea
- The perceived quality of teacher certification & training programs
- College as the standard
- Agricultural Literacy
- The traditional classroom
- “Low-level” recall of easily accessed data (facts) or skills (arithmetic)
- Lessons that favor “verbally expressive” students
- Pressure on teachers
- Standards-based grading; pass/fail; student retention
- Increased “instructional hours”
- Whole class processes
- Flash drives, hard drives, CDs, emailing files
- Alternative schools/classrooms for special needs students
- Apple-centric thinking
- Librarian as no-nonsense, ruler-wielding taskmaster
- Cable television, subscription-based content streaming
- Apps like PowerPoint
- Oversimplifying BYOD thinking
- “Doing projects”
- Mobilizing non-mobile content
- In-app purchase gouging