The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released Part 2 of The 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition Toolkit. Discussion Activities found in Part 2 are designed to facilitate a dialogue among educators, policymakers and other stakeholders on school and district needs and challenges and whether emerging technologies have a role to play to meeting those needs and achieving educational goals. Part 1 of the Toolkit was made available in April with the release of the 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition, which identifies six emerging technologies that will likely have a significant impact on K-12 education in the next one to five years. CoSN developed both parts of the Toolkit in partnership with the New Media Consortium (NMC) and with generous support from HP.
Part 1 of the Toolkit included a Discussion Facilitator's Guide and a PowerPoint presentation template on the six technologies identified in the Report, while Part 2 focuses on discussion activities that will stimulate collaborative thinking about ways to approach institutional and educational challenges. The activities are also designed to help educators consider whether emerging technologies might have the potential to address those challenges and to help them develop action plans to move forward the conversation and exploration.
The Toolkit was developed with three key objectives in mind, including affording educators an opportunity to think critically about how to create or refresh their institution's strategic technology plan to ensure that they are keeping pace with the possibilities. The second objective is to help educators gain the support of their local decision makers for investing in technologies that advance new ways of learning that address key challenges their institutions are facing. Finally, it aims to "leave no school system behind" when it comes to powerful technologies for powerful learning.
To learn more about the Toolkit, visit www.cosn.org/Horizon.
Source: Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), www.cosn.org