The Technology Outlook for Singaporean K-12 Education 2012-2017 presents the findings of a research project led by the NMC and intended to inform educational leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in Singaporean K-12 education. The project was a collaboration with SingTel Education and was made possible through their generous support.
All of the research underpinning the report makes use of the NMC’s Delphi-based process for bringing groups of experts to a consensus viewpoint, in this case around the impact of emerging technologies on teaching, learning, research, or information management in Iberoamerican tertiary education over the next five years. The same process underlies the well-known NMC Horizon Report series, which is the most visible product of an on-going research effort, begun a decade ago, to systematically identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on education around the globe.
The Technology Outlook for Singaporean K-12 Education 2012-2017 was produced to explore emerging technologies and forecast their potential impact expressly in a K-12 context. In the effort that ran from August through September 2012, a carefully selected group of experts was asked to consider hundreds of relevant articles, news, blog posts, research, and project examples as part of the preparation that ultimately pinpointed the most notable emerging technology topics, trends, and challenges for K-12 education in Singapore over the next five years.
"Campus leaders and practitioners across the world use the Horizon Report series as a springboard for discussion around emerging technology,” says Dr. Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC. “By examining these technologies through a regional lens, the report will help K-12 educators across Singapore to think more critically about how emerging technology can impact the practice of teaching and learning in profound ways."
The 12 “technologies to watch” presented in the report reflect the advisory board’s opinions as to which of the nearly 60 technologies considered will be most important to Singaporean K-12 education over the five years following the publication of the report. There was an agreement that cloud computing, collaborative environments, mobile apps, and tablet computing are only a year — or less — away from mainstream adoption; electronic publishing, gamification, learning analytics, and personal learning environments are poised within the two-to-three year horizon; and collective intelligence, the Internet of Things, massively open online courses, and natural user interfaces are four-to-five years out.
Download the report for the full list of these trends and challenges, along with overviews and examples of the 12 technologies in action. Published under a Creative Commons license, it can be shared, posted, remixed, adapted, etc. To view the work that produced the report, visit the project's wiki.
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