Google for education just released a report about what they believe are the emerging trends in K-12 education. Their premise: Education is evolving at a faster pace than any other period in recent history. Take a look at their report called the Future of the Classroom.
The report identifies eight “emerging trends” in k-12 education and does a really good job of breaking down each trend. They touch on several topics that I am also concerned about, such as digital citizenship, workforce preparation, and what is coming in the future. How about this for an eye-opening statistic from the report: By 2020, experts forecast that 1.4 million computer science jobs will be available in the US, but only 400,000 computer science graduates are expected to fill them.
But it is about more than just technology. It is about changing how we teach and structure schools. The report looked at student-led and collaborative classrooms, as well as innovating pedagogy. Schools are putting technology into the hands of teachers but how effective is it? “Just 10% of K–12 teachers in the USA feel secure in their abilities to incorporate ‘higher-level’ technology into their classroom. Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning…However, to be transformative, educators need to have the knowledge and skills to take full advantage of technology-rich learning environments.” (2017 US National Education Technology Plan)