Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Are 2011 educational technology forecasts coming true?

As a business and technology journalist, I have had several opportunities to write about the use of technology in the classroom.

Keeping up with all the trends and advances in educational technology is no less daunting than tracking it in the corporate environment. Still, there are predictions made each year on what the top trends will be.

In December, 2010, educator Bridget McCrea made the following five K-5 technology trend predictions for 2011.

I would love to hear from others their thoughts on how accurate the list has been, now that we have passed the half way mark for the year.

1. There will be more momentum for mobile devices in classrooms with an eye toward affordable alternatives to traditional 1:1 rollouts.

2. Web-based instruction will gain more traction at the K-12 level.

3. More tech-based monitoring and assessment tools will be incorporated into to the instructional mix.

4. The cloud will help ease the financial burden on schools while helping to expand technological capabilities.

5. Teachers will have access to expanded professional development programs.

(Source: "5 K-12 Technology Trends for 2011: Education technology experts discuss their top technology trends for the coming year," by Bridget McCrea.)

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