Submit your Projects & Photos for Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition

We are pleased to announce that the advisory board for the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition has completed the work that has resulted in the selection of the six topics for this year's report. This report is a collaboration with the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

We are interested in learning about any kind of research, pilot programs, innovative projects, or faculty work happening at your school in any of the six areas listed below. (Download the NMC Horizon Project Preview > 2012 K-12 Edition for more details on the topics). Our goal is to help readers understand the potential impact of these technologies and their applications on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry in K-12 education.

Here are the six areas identified for this year's report:

Time-to-Adoption Horizon:  One Year or Less

* Mobile and Apps
* Tablet Computing

Time-to-Adoption Horizon:  Two to Three Years
* Game-Based Learning
* Personal Learning Environments

Time-to-Adoption Horizon:  Four to Five Years

* Augmented Reality
* Natural User Interfaces

The Time-to-Adoption Horizon indicates how long the advisory board feels it will be until a significant number of schools are providing or using each of these technologies or approaches broadly. Of course, a number of innovative faculty and schools are already working in some of these areas, and those are the very efforts we want to highlight. Of special interest are any activities that have a significant web presence so that a URL might be included in the report.

How to Participate
If you know of examples we could include, please use the brief web form at to tell us about them. We ask for a title, a URL, and a one- or two-sentence description; you also will need to select which of the six topics your example falls under. The process takes about two minutes.

We hope to have your examples by Monday, April 16, but no matter what, we'd love to hear about what you are doing! All we really need is a sentence of description and a URL — we'll do the rest.

Enter the NMC Horizon Project Photo Contest

In a related event, the NMC will be holding our second NMC Horizon Project Photo Contest.

Do you like crowd sourcing and photography as much as we do? Then show us what you got by entering the NMC Horizon Project Photo Contest! This is your opportunity to submit a potential cover image for the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition. The photos will be posted anonymously in a Facebook album, and the one with the most "likes" on Facebook will win. The NMC Horizon Report series has an international readership of over one million and growing, and the cover image for each edition is featured across hundreds of websites and news outlets. 

Submit up to two photos that represent the future of technology and innovation in K-12.

Contest Details:

Agreement to release your photos to the NMC
Your entry in the contest constitutes your agreement to allow the use of your photos together with your name in the print and electronic versions of the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition, on promotional web and social media materials, on the NMC iTunes U page, and on Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their photographs.

Photographs should be submitted electronically at maximum resolution in JPEG form, or 300 dpi in TIFF form. Only color photos will qualify; no black and white photos will be accepted. Any images not following this format will not be considered.

Release required for Identifiable People 
If people are identifiable in the photo, the contest participant is responsible for the consent of the parties involved. If a photo is selected for print that includes identifiable persons, the photographer must submit a release form from the person or persons in the image with the name, address, and signature of the parties on the release form.

Other Considerations
Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still warrant that you retain full rights to the photo. You must disclose when and where the photo appeared previously upon submission.

Photos must be submitted electronically by end of day Friday April 20, 2012.

Up to two photos per entrant can be submitted. Submit your photo(s) to with the subject: NMC Horizon Project Photo Submission, and if the file is too large we'll work with you to retrieve it through Dropbox or another file sharing service.

We've posted a few past covers below to give you some inspiration. Best of luck!

Have questions? Email



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