News Release:  The New Media Consortium (NMC), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education have released the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition and are releasing the accompanying CoSN Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit in a special session at the ISTE 2012 Conference.

The annual K-12-focused research project generates considerable interest every year when it is released and has built a global following.  At the ISTE conference this year in San Diego, the three principal investigators behind the report — NMC CEO Larry Johnson, CoSN CEO Keith R. Krueger, and ISTE Deputy CEO Leslie Conery — are discussing the Report, the Toolkit, and their impact in a landmark session.

This fourth annual edition of the report examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression within the environment of primary and secondary education. Education and technology leaders, policymakers, and key stakeholders in educational institutions need practical, forward-thinking information that addresses opportunities for teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition provides a rich set of topics, examples, and resources for use when considering new technologies or engaging in strategic planning.

“Educators, administrators, and practitioners across the world use the report as a springboard for discussion around emerging technology,” noted Johnson, founder of the NMC Horizon Project. “As this is the tenth year of the NMC Horizon Project and the fourth year of the K-12 series, this report also offers an opportunity to think how some of these technologies have unfolded over time. What we see is that there continue to be long-term channels along which educational technology is evolving. These have affected, are affecting now, and will continue to affect the practice of teaching and learning in profound ways for some time.”

How can you best share the findings of the Report? How do you facilitate discussion focused on the big problems facing your school? How do you start the conversation? The CoSN Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit is intended to be used by educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to continue the conversation around the future of learning and the emerging technologies and issues discussed in the Report.

“The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition continues to be the must-read publication for educators interested in emerging technologies for learning,” said Krueger. “CoSN is honored to be a partner in this effort, and we encourage the use of the accompanying CoSN Horizon Toolkit to stimulate conversation about how these emerging technologies address key education challenges.”

The benefits of using the Report and Toolkit are to:

  • Create or refresh your institution’s strategic technology plan to ensure that you are keeping pace with what’s possible.
  • Gain local decision-maker support for investing in new learning technologies that address key institutional challenges.
  • “Leave no school system behind” when it comes to powerful technologies for powerful learning.
  • Help local stakeholders re-imagine learning as they shift the conversation from the topic of technology to a focus on improving learning.

There are four components to the CoSN Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit:

  • Presentation Template – a PowerPoint overview of the Report, with the Notes View providing a suggested script for use in group discussions.
  • Discussion Facilitator’s Guide – providing guiding questions to pose to school district or education institution stakeholders to stimulate group thinking about the Report and new technologies.
  • Discussion Activities – designed to engage stakeholders in dialogue to identify local instructional challenges, consider emerging technologies as solutions, and develop action plans.
  • Video Clips – produced by JDL Horizons, developers of EduVision, an overview and six video shorts of the Report’s emerging technologies presented in a news story format that describe classroom application of the technologies and include insights from practitioners and students.

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The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition is available online at go.nmc.org/k12, free of charge, and published under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.

The CoSN Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit is available online, free of charge, at http://www.cosn.org/horizon.

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