Join Our Conversation about the Horizon Report

The following is the copy of an email I sent to our principals as a way to start a district-wide conversation about the k-12 Horizon Report and I thought I would share it with all of you in hopes that you may participate in our conversation as well.  Comments welcome, seeking cognitive discourse…

Good afternoon.

Here is the link for the 2010 Horizon Report on k-12 education.  Always a provocative read, this year’s report outlines several key trends I think we all know are prevalent, but perhaps have not had the time to think hard about.  I would encourage you to take 30 minutes of PD over the next two weeks (vacation perhaps) and review this report.  To wet your appetite, here are the 5 key trends:

1.  Technology is increasingly a means for empowering students, a method for communication and socializing, and a ubiquitous, transparent part of their lives.

2.  Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed. Information technologies impact how people work, play, learn, socialize, and collaborate.

3.  The perceived value of innovation and creativity is increasing. Innovation is valued at the highest levels of business and must be embraced in schools if students are to succeed beyond their formal education.

4.  There is increasing interest in just-in-time, alternate, or non-formal avenues of education, such as online learning, mentoring, and independent study.

5.  The way we think of learning environments is changing.

As you read those trends, and the report linked below, ask yourself:  How many of those trends do we see in our schools?  and What responsibility to we have to ensure that our students are participating in these trends?

No right answer, just prompting thought.

Here’s the link:  http://wp.nmc.org/horizon-k12-2010/

Tony

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