Saturday, June 21, 2014

The challenges of adopting technology in K-12 education

Reading further in the Horizon Report Preview for K-12 Education I'm on the section about challenges.  Here are the notes I made based on that section.

Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities
  • Bringing real life experiences into the classroom via technology to engage students and prepare them for the future in a way that traditional educational practices are often failing to do.

Integrating Personalized Learning
  • Personalized learning organized by and for the learner including apps, social media and related software.
  • Adaptive learning which is intervention-focused, interpreting data about how a student is learning and responding by changing the learning environment based on these needs.

Complex Thinking and Communication
  • It is essential for students to tackle complex problems and tasks, and that they use communication skills to apply their thinking in profound ways.
  • Communication skills and social intelligence are essential for effective leadership.

Increased Privacy Concerns
  • School leaders want to use data to improve learning outcomes, yet parents voice their apprehension about collecting data from K-12 students.

Competition from New Models of Education
  • Competition from alternative schools and online programs.

Keeping Formal Education Relevant
  • Schools must rethink the value of education from a student's perspective and consider what they can provide that cannot be replicated by other sources.
  • Growing numbers of schools are using online resources to implement the flipped classroom approach so that time spent at school is focused on peer-to-peer and student-teacher interactions for problems solving.
  • Schools can provide the environments for students to socialize and participate in extracurricular activities that enrich their minds and bodies.
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