The 2016 Horizon Project K-12 expert panel has completed voting for the 2016 NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > K-12 Edition and the topics have been selected. The six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in education technology below will be featured in this year’s report to be released this September. The project and resulting report is a collaboration with CoSN and made possible by Share Fair Nation under a grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation. We are now looking for projects, policies, and leadership initiatives that reflect these topics in action. Submit your exemplary work at http://go.nmc.org/projects. View definitions and discussions of all of the final topics on the 2016 Horizon Project K-12 Wiki or download the official free preview (PDF) for brief definitions. I. Key Trends Accelerating K-12 Educational Technology Adoption Long-Term Trends: Accelerating technology adoption in K-12 Education for five or more years • Redesigning Learning Spaces • Rethinking How Schools Work Mid-Term Trends: Accelerating technology adoption in K-12 Education for the next three to five years • Increasing Use of Collaborative Learning Approaches • Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches Short-Term Trends: Accelerating technology adoption in K-12 Education for the next one to two years • Rise of Coding as a Literacy • Shift from Students as Consumers to Creators II. Significant Challenges Impeding K-12 Educational Technology Adoption Solvable Challenges: Those which we both understand and know how to solve • Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities • Rethinking the Roles of Teachers Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive • The Digital Divide • Scaling Teaching Innovations Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address • The Achievement Gap • Personalizing Learning III. Important Developments in Technology for K-12 Education Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less • Makerspaces • Online Learning Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years • Robotics • Virtual Reality Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years • Artificial Intelligence • Wearable Technology 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 http://go.nmc.org/projects 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 Monday, August 15th, 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.