CoSN today provided a glimpse of its annual innovation survey results, revealing the top five hurdles, accelerators and technology enablers in K-12 education for 2020.
Following several months of discussion about major themes that shape edtech innovation, an advisory board of nearly 100 education leaders, practitioners and changemakers worldwide identified the 2020 trends. As part of CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation initiative, an in-depth examination of the survey results, including real-life case studies, will be released in two forthcoming reports: Hurdles + Accelerators (Spring 2020) and Tech Enablers (Summer 2020).
“The Driving K-12 Innovation initiative reaffirms CoSN’s commitment to providing up-to-date information on how new technologies impact various education stakeholders. This year, we decided to combine the Hurdles and Accelerators reports to increase understanding of how the two trends relate and encourage more nuanced discussions moving forward. We hope this year’s findings lead to new dialogues about how to transform learning and improve student outcomes as we look to the future,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.
According to the project, “accelerators” drive teaching and learning innovation in schools, while “hurdles” hinder it. The top hurdles and accelerators, ranked in order from the most important to address in 2020 to the least, are:
  • Scaling and Sustaining Innovation
  • Data Privacy and Ownership
  • Evolution of Teaching and Learning
  • Pedagogy vs. Technology Gap
  • Digital Equity
  • Learners as Creators
  • Data-Driven Practices
  • Personalization
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Building the Human Capacity of Leaders
“Tech enablers” are tools that school districts can leverage to overcome the hurdles and utilize the accelerators effectively in 2020. The top five tech enablers, ranked in order of importance, are:
Tech Enablers
  • Digital Collaboration Platforms
  • Tools for Privacy and Safety Online
  • Analytics and Adaptive Technologies
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Mobile Devices
CoSN invites all members to submit their own examples, projects and resources related to the top two 2020 tech enablers: digital collaboration platforms & tools for privacy and safety online. Select submissions will be featured on the CoSN website and in future publications.
To learn more about CoSN’s 2020 survey results and the Driving K-12 Innovation project visit:
The Driving K-12 Innovation initiative is sponsored by: ClassLink and Google for Education (Gold Sponsors); Amazon Web Services, CDW-G and Kajeet (Silver Sponsors); and Diamond Assets and ENA/CatchOn (Bronze Sponsors).
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About CoSN 
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.