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Trends in Technology

Where are we heading with technology?  The likely answer is that no-one knows.  However, some trends in technology have been identified.  This section shares information on both recent and anticipated trends in technology, some of which may impact K-12 education in the coming years.

Technology in the classroom - General trends

Education Week. (2012). Technology Counts 2012: Virtual shift. . (Free registration required for download).

Fletcher, G., Schaffhauser, D., & Levin, D. (2012). Out of print: Reimagining the K-12 textbook in a digital age. Washington, D.C.: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.

Johnson, L., et al. (2013). The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 edition. Austin, TX: The New Media Consortium. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.

Johnson, L., Adams, S., & Cummins, M. (2012). The NMC Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 edition. Austin, TX: The New Media Consortium. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.

Johnson, L., Adams, S., & Haywood, K. (2011). The NMC Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 edition. Austin, TX: The New Media Consortium. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.

Johnson, L., Levine, A., Smith, R., & Stone, S. (2010). The 2010 Horizon Report. Austin, TX: The New Media Consortium. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

McCrea, B., & Well, M. (2011, June 10). On cloud nine: Cloud-based tools are giving K-12 collaboration efforts a boost. THE Journal.

New Media Consortium. (2012). NMC Horizon Project. (Archived Horizon reports).

PBS & Grunwald Associates. (2011). Deepening connections: Teachers increasingly rely on media and technology. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). (2012). National education technology trends: 2012. State leadership empowers educators, transforms teaching and learning. Washington, D.C.

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). (2011). National education technology trends: 2011. Transforming education to ensure all students are successful in the 21st century. Glen Burnie, MD. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Steeves, V. (2012). Young Canadians in a wired world - phase III: Teachers' perspectives. MediaSmarts.

Tsukayama, H. (2011, June 3). Q&A: Khan Academy founder says videos can help teachers, students. The Washington Post Faster Forward [blog].

Watters, A. (2012, January 3). 12 education tech trends to watch in 2012. Mind/Shift [blog].

Students and technology

Ito, M., et al. (2010). Hanging out, messing around, and geeking out: Kids living and learning with new media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Ito, M., et al. (2008). Living and learning with new media: Summary of findings from the Digital Youth Project. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Jenkins, H., et al. (2006). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Chicago: The MacArthur Foundation. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Rideout, V.J., Foehr, U.G., & Roberts, D.F. (2010). Generation M2: Media in the lives of 8- to 18-year-olds. Menlo Park, CA: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.  

Steeves, V. (2012). Young Canadians in a wired world, phase III: Talking to youth and parents about life online. MediaSmarts.

Youth voices

One voice which has had little presence to date in the discussion around 21st century learning is the voice of youth.  Much is written about how young people learn outside of school, and how they learn about technology by using it - but how might the voice of youth impact the discussions about new ways of learning? This section aims to open up thinking about the voice of youth.

Adobe Foundation. (2013). Adobe youth voices.   

BC Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association. (2012). British Columbia Student Voice.

Johnson, L., & Liu, V. (Eds.). (2010). Bringing Chicago public high schools into the 21st century: Students' ideas on how to use 21st century technology to improve the rigor, relevance and relationships of high school. Chicago: Mikva Challenge Education Council.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation. (2010). 'Learning for the 21st century video challenge award' winnersMultimedia icon (video camera) 

O'Hare, K. (2010). Learning in the 21st century: Students in grades ten to twelve answer the question 'What will learning be like in the 21st century?' BC Student Voice; BCPVPA. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

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