Horizon Report

The changing landscape of educational technology in K-12 impacts the ways students learn and teachers teach with cutting-edge, emerging tools. CoSN provides resources to assist school technology leaders, policymakers, and other key educational stakeholders with insight and guidelines to facilitate a conversation on how emerging technologies can transform the learning environment.

2013 Horizon Report and Toolkit 

Now in its fourth edition, CoSN’s annual Horizon Report: K-12 Edition Toolkit, which accompanies the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition, provides district technology leaders, policymakers, and other key education stakeholders with insight and guidelines to facilitate conversations on leveraging emerging technologies to advance teaching and learning.

CoSN, in partnership with The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), with the support of HP, produced the Report, which examines emerging technologies for their potential impacts on and uses in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within K-12 education.

Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years; the report also analyzes key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period. The resource gives educators, school administrators, and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.  

The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition recognizes cloud computing and mobile learning as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less, learning analytics and open content are seen in the second horizon of two to three years, and 3D printing and virtual and remote laboratories emerge in the third horizon of four to five years.

Horizon report toolkit

Please download the following toolkit components: Discussion Activities, Powerpoint, and related Activities

Dialogue about the Horizon Report

This year, CoSN hosted a series of Google Hangouts on Air (sponsored by HP) to allow ed tech leaders to share their experiences and facilitate conversations about the topics in the Horizon Report. The videos below aim to deepen your experience and understanding; each includes follow-up activities or discussion starters you can bring back to your district. All Hangouts were moderated by Vicki Bigham, President of Bigham Technology Solutions, Inc., and CoSN Professional Development Consultant.

The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition -- Consider, Connect, Collaborate

Part 1

Watch two of our leaders give a broad-ranging overview of the technologies, trends, and challenges presented in the Report. Skip to 8:33 to hear Larry outline what he sees as the biggest trend this year: online learning and the impact it can have on the ways students can learn.

  • Larry Johnson, CEO, New Media Consortium and Founder, Horizon Project
  • Jean Tower, Director of Technology, Public Schools of Northborough & Southborough (MA) and Chair, CoSN Board of Directors

Part 2

Three practitioners discuss their districts' experiences with cloud computing, mobile learning, and open content. In this Hangout, they offer practical advice and suggested resources for these topics. At 42:19, the group shares ideas about how to facilitate conversations with local stakeholders and empower them to investigate technology-based solutions for local problems. 

Presenters (click the specialty to hear their specific parts of the Hangout!):
  • Diane Doersch, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Green Bay Area School District (WI) on cloud computing
  • Vicki Lyons, Director, Technology and Media Services, School District of La Crosse (WI) on mobile learning
  • Tom Woodward, Associate Director for Online Learning and Innovation, Virginia Commonwealth University (VA) on open content

Part 3

Three technologies the Report identifies on the mid- to longer-range horizon are learning analytics, 3D printing, and virtual and remote laboratories. Hear from three education executives as they describe how they use these emerging technologies in their current work. Tune in at 39:24 to hear how they are working with stakeholders to address concerns over the use of data to inform instruction.

Presenters  (click the specialty to hear their specific parts of the Hangout!):
  • Mike Evans, Director of Information and Instructional Support Systems, Forsyth County Schools (GA) on learning analytics
  • Joe Wise, Director, PlayMaker School at New Roads (CA) on 3D printing
  • Kemi Jona, Research Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science and Director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships, Northwestern University (IL) on virtual and remote laboratories