Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE)
I found the 2010 Horizon Report: The K-12 Edition very interesting. These were a few of the "ah ha" moments I had as I was reading this article.
My first thought was "wow, no wonder so many of these kids are completely bored when they enter school." These students enter a building where most classrooms have a few computers to be shared among the whole class and if they are lucky, computer resource once a week. At home, they often have access to the family computer to practice learning games instead of the kindergarten activity books of long ago that could be purchased at the local grocery store! In a few years, children will enter school where most of their bedtime stories have been read to them using a Kindle or Nook. They may have no prior knowledge of how to handle a book.
Children find games engaging because:
Again, how many children have multiple opportunities during the day where they feel success? During a lesson, they may get called on only once to contribute an answer. Whereas, if there was technology being used, there potentially could be multiple affirmations on their progress.
Finally, I found the mentioning of up and coming technologies to be interesting to learn more about too. Cloud computing and collaborative environments will help students building their ability to collaborate with others which is an essential skill in the workplace. The use of mobile devices and game-based learning will continue to evolve in the next few years. I had never heard about augmented reality and flexible displays and plan to do additional reading on both of these topics.
As has been mentioned numerous times throughout the semester, we have a long way to go with the incorporation of technology in K-12 education. As future leaders, it will be imperative that we stay on the cutting edge as these advancements emerge in order to best prepare our students to be successful in school and life!