Staying ahead of digital technology trends that impact on all aspects of education
Each year our growing team of researchers, educators, and digital technology experts pool their expertise and combine their understanding and evidence of the ways that digital technologies are influencing all aspects of education. The result is CORE’s list of the Ten Trends that are expected to make a growing impact upon education in New Zealand in the coming year.
The purpose in presenting these trends is to provide a glimpse of the ‘big picture’ within which we operate in the education system. It is important to recognise that these are trends, not specific predictions, and they are presented to provoke further research, investigation, and discussion, in order to determine how they may affect the strategic planning within your educational institution.
This year we have again decided to focus our trends around five key areas of change, and for each we have chosen two trends. The five key areas of change provide a context for understanding how the trends may develop, and where we’re likely to see the impact on learning.
- Learner orientation
- Networked organisations
- Learning analytics
- Digital convergence
- Universal Design for Learning
- New forms of assessment
- Learner agency
- Maker culture
- Global connectedness
- Innovation and entrepreneurship
Each key area describes ways the adoption of new and emerging digital technologies can impact on learners of all ages. While the focus is on the influence of digital technologies on education the scope is broad as technologies become infused in all aspects of our lives.
The articles, links and videos are provided for schools, centres and educators to use in their professional learning and development programmes. An innovation for 2015 is the provision of spotlights on practitioners who are embracing some aspects of one of the trends in their schools and classrooms. The first spotlight is a video: Learner orientation, showing some of the schools designing learner-oriented systems built around the learner, rather than the learner being required to fit with the system. These spotlights will be released regularly throughout the year, and promoted here, in our newsletters and through social media: @edtalks.
CORE staff are available to speak to staff groups about any of these themes, or to present to cluster groups or at conferences, either in person or using an online synchronous communications system. Further inquires should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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