The 2015 Horizon Project K-12 expert panel has spoken! They have just selected the six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology that will be featured in the upcoming NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition, to be released at ISTE 2015. The project and resulting report is a collaboration with CoSN.

Download the free preview for brief definitions of each of the topics, or check out the summary below. Then it’s your turn! We’re looking for innovative projects, policies, and leadership initiatives that reflect these topics in action. Submit your exemplary work at, and more detailed instructions are below. Tell all of the amazing teachers and schools leaders you know, too!


I.  Key Trends Accelerating K-12 Ed Tech Adoption 

Long-Term Impact Trends: Accelerating Ed Tech adoption in K-12 for five or more years
• Rethinking How Schools Work
• Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches

Mid-Term Impact Trends: Accelerating Ed Tech adoption in K-12 for the next three to five years
• Increasing Use of Collaborative Learning Approaches
• Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators

Short-Term Impact Trends: Accelerating Ed Tech adoption in K-12 for the next one to two years
• Increasing Use of Hybrid/Blended Learning Designs
• Rise of STEAM Learning
II.  Significant Challenges Impeding K-12 Ed Tech Adoption

Solvable Challenges: Those which we both understand and know how to solve  
• Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities
• Integrating Technology in Teacher Education

Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive
• Personalizing Learning
• Rethinking the Roles of Teachers

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address
• Scaling Teaching Innovations
• Teaching Complex Thinking
III.  Important Developments in Educational Technology for K-12

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
• Bring Your Own Device
• Makerspaces

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
• 3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping
• Adaptive Learning Technologies

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
• Badges/Microcredit
• Wearable Technology


The next step is to ask you to help us to find some great examples of projects in the areas we picked. We’d love to hear from you personally, but feel free to also poll your own networks — we’re trying to cast a wide net as we look for great examples of people using or experimenting with these technologies in practice.

We are interested in learning about any kind of research, pilot programs, innovative projects, or teacher/faculty work happening at your school or organization in any of the areas listed above. Our goal is to help readers understand the potential impact of these areas and their applications on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry, as well as policy and leadership. Of course, a number of innovative teachers, schools, and organizations are already working in some of these areas, and those are the very efforts we want to highlight. Of special interest are any activities that have a significant web presence so that a URL might be included in the report.

How to Participate
If you know of examples we could include, please use the brief web form at to tell us about them. We ask for a title, a URL, and a one- or two-sentence description; you also will need to select which of the topics your example falls under. The process takes about two minutes.

We hope to have your examples by Wednesday, May 13, but no matter what, we’d love to hear about what you are doing!  All we really need is a sentence of description and a URL — we’ll do the rest.

About The Author

Samantha Adams Becker, Senior Director of Communications for the NMC, is the Director of the NMC Horizon Project and lead writer and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which analyzes emerging technology uptake in various education sectors across the globe. She has an expertise in digital communications, with a special interest in e-publishing, social media, and online learning. In 2013, she taught the first online course ever to exclusively take place in Facebook, which was geared towards training education professionals to integrate social media into their teaching practices. Previous to the NMC, Samantha facilitated the digitization of books and periodicals for several of the world’s largest publishers and was the managing editor of a lifestyle magazine.

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