2014 NMC Technology Outlook for International Schools in Asia

The NMC, in collaboration with Concordia International School Shanghai and NIST International School in Bangkok released the 2014 NMC Technology Outlook > International Schools in Asia at a special session of the Learning 2.0 Asia conference in Bangkok. This is the first edition of the NMC Technology Outlook that explores technology uptake in international primary and secondary schools throughout Asia. This report applies the process developed for the NMC Horizon Project, with a focus on identifying and describing emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in Asian international schools.

Twelve emerging technologies are recognized across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving international school leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook > International Schools in Asia identifies cloud computing, games and gamification, makerspaces, and mobile apps as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in Asian international schools in the first horizon of one year or less. 3D printing, learning analytics, massive open online courses, and personal learning environments are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; the Internet of Things, virtual and remote laboratories, virtual reality, and wearable technology are seen emerging in the third horizon of four to five years.

“School leaders and practitioners in Asia will use insights from the report as a springboard for discussion around impactful technologies, trends, and challenges,” said Dr. Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC and co-principal Investigator for the report. “The most timely trends identified by the expert panel point to the increased focus on digital delivery for teaching and learning as well as the impact of social media, which has become ubiquitous.”

The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages a body of experts in education, technology, business, and other fields with a distinct perspective on the landscape of international schools in Asia. The expert panel convenes around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in international schools of the region. The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook > International Schools in Asia details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.

"The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook > International Schools in Asia let us pinpoint common areas of interest,” shared Michael Boll, Technology Coach at Concordia International School Shanghai and co-principal investigator for the report. "More importantly, it helped us plan for our future while creating a shared goal among eight different schools.”

“The NMC Horizon Project has a remarkably accurate track record when predicting the short and long-term implementation of digital technology in the classroom,” said Ivan Beeckmans, Digital Learning Coach at NIST International School and co-principal investigator for the report. “Over 40 educators from international schools in Asia discussed the issues surrounding the most effective and pedagogically sound uses of digital technology. The resulting report gauges current practices, challenges, and goals of many, if not most, of the international schools in the region.”

The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook > International Schools in Asia is available online, free of charge, and is released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.

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About Concordia International School Shanghai
Concordia empowers students with a comprehensive and rigorous American education. Located in the heart of Jinqiao, one of Shanghai’s largest international districts, the school is recognized for its dedication to academic excellence and well-developed sports, arts, service and cultural learning programs. Purpose-built facilities showcase pioneering innovation in technology that enhances curriculum delivery across the grades. Passionate and talented teachers create and deliver authentic learning experiences and programs that engage students and impact their lives forever. Concordia graduates continue their journeys at esteemed universities around the world. Our vibrant community grounded in Christian values creates the ideal foundation for the entire family’s success.. To learn more about Concordia International School Shanghai, visit http://www.concordiashanghai.org.

About NIST International School
NIST International School is the first and only full, not-for-profit IB World School in Thailand. It was established in 1992 with the guidance and support of the United Nations. The school now welcomes over 1,500 students of over 50 nationalities and provides all three International Baccalaureate programmes: the Primary Years Programme. Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. NIST is governed by the Foundation for International Education and is accredited through the Council of International Schools and New England Association of Schools and Colleges. NIST represents the future of education through its stellar academic achievements; engaged, community-driven culture; forward-looking philosophy; and expansive resources. With its graduates attending the best universities in the world and going on to become community leaders, NIST International School has earned its reputation as one of the world’s leading IB schools. To learn more, visit http://www.nist.ac.th.

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