NMC, CoSN, and ISTE Release the Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition and the CoSN Horizon Report Toolkit at ISTE 2012

San Diego, CA
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

San Diego, CA (June 26, 2012) — The New Media Consortium (NMC), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education have released the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition and are releasing the accompanying CoSN Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit in a special session at the ISTE 2012 Conference.

The annual K-12-focused research project generates considerable interest every year when it is released and has built a global following. At the ISTE conference this year in San Diego, the three principal investigators behind the report – NMC CEO Larry Johnson, CoSN CEO Keith R. Krueger, and ISTE Deputy CEO Leslie Conery – are discussing the Report, the Toolkit, and their impact in a landmark session.

This fourth annual edition of the report examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression within the environment of primary and secondary education. Education and technology leaders, policymakers, and key stakeholders in educational institutions need practical, forward-thinking information that addresses opportunities for teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition provides a rich set of topics, examples, and resources for use when considering new technologies or engaging in strategic planning.

“Educators, administrators, and practitioners across the world use the report as a springboard for discussion around emerging technology,” noted Johnson, founder of the NMC Horizon Project. “As this is the tenth year of the NMC Horizon Project and the fourth year of the K-12 series, this report also offers an opportunity to think how some of these technologies have unfolded over time. What we see is that there continue to be long-term channels along which educational technology is evolving. These have affected, are affecting now, and will continue to affect the practice of teaching and learning in profound ways for some time.”

How can you best share the findings of the Report? How do you facilitate discussion focused on the big problems facing your school? How do you start the conversation? The CoSN Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit is intended to be used by educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to continue the conversation around the future of learning and the emerging technologies and issues discussed in the Report.

“The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition continues to be the must-read publication for educators interested in emerging technologies for learning,” said Krueger. “CoSN is honored to be a partner in this effort, and we encourage the use of the accompanying CoSN Horizon Toolkit to stimulate conversation about how these emerging technologies address key education challenges.”

The benefits of using the Report and Toolkit are to:

  • Create or refresh your institution's strategic technology plan to ensure that you are keeping pace with what's possible.
  • Gain local decision-maker support for investing in new learning technologies that addresses key institutional challenges.
  • “Leave no school system behind” when it comes to powerful technologies for powerful learning.
  • Help local stakeholders re-imagine learning as they shift the conversation from the topic of technology to a focus on improving learning.

There are four components to the CoSN Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit:

  • Presentation Template – a PowerPoint overview of the Report, with the Notes View providing a suggested script for use in group discussions.
  • Discussion Facilitator's Guide – providing guiding questions to pose to school district or education institution stakeholders to stimulate group thinking about the Report and new technologies.
  • Discussion Activities – designed to engage stakeholders in dialogue to identify local instructional challenges, consider emerging technologies as solutions, and develop action plans.
  • Video Clips – produced by JDL Horizons, developers of EduVision, an overview and six video shorts of the Report’s emerging technologies presented in a news story format that describe classroom application of the technologies and include insights from practitioners and students.

“ISTE is thrilled to be involved in the Horizon Report > K-12 Edition series,” said Conery. “It continues to be such an important resource for pre-college educators, and we hope it sparks many insightful conversations about how emerging technologies can transform the learning landscape. The Toolkit will be instrumental in turning those discussions into actions."

Both the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition and the CoSN Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit are made possible through the generous support of HP’s Office of Sustainability and Social Innovation.

“HP is proud to support the important work of the Horizon Project,” said Jeannette Weisschuh, Director of Education Initiatives at HP. “The Report and the Toolkit are vital in advancing technology in K-12 education and provoking innovative thinking among educators.”

The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition is available online at go.nmc.org/k12, free of charge, and published under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.

The CoSN Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit is available online, free of charge, at www.cosn.org/horizon.


About the New Media Consortium

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international not-for-profit consortium of learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. For nearly 20 years, the NMC and its members have dedicated themselves to exploring and developing potential applications of emerging technologies for learning, research, and creative inquiry. For more information, visit www.nmc.org.


About the Consortium for School Networking

CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources.


About the International Society for Technology in Education

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition, the ISTE Leadership Conference and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. For more information, please visit iste.org.


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