Trend 4 (Technology)

“Convergence and miniaturization … less is becoming more.”

Technology will increase the speed of communication and the pace of advancement or decline.

It’s not just the technology. It’s what it does to release the genius of students, staff, and community that will really make a difference.

2020 education should teach students to create, think, analyze, evaluate and change.

With regard to our Trend of Technology, what should today's educational leaders consider when forecasting and planning for the future of learning in the year 2020?
The pace of change is too rapid and complex to predict or plan for the year 2020. The schools may be so restructured and redesigned to better incorporate the ebbs and flows of technological change. This is evidenced by the following Executive Summary from the National Education Technology Plan:

"Over the next decade, the United States will face ever increasing competition in the global economy.
To an overwhelming extent, this competition will involve the mastery and application of new technologies in virtually every field of human endeavor. It will place particular emphasis on the need for heightened skills in mathematics and science.
It is the responsibility of this nation’s educational enterprise – including policymakers – to help secure our economic future by ensuring that our young people are adequately prepared to meet these challenges. Today, they are not.... We have clearly reached a turning point. All over this country, we see evidence of a new excitement in education, a new determination, a hunger for change. The technology that has so dramatically changed the world outside our schools is now changing the learning and teaching environment within them. Sometimes this is driven by the students themselves, born and comfortable in the age of the Internet.
There has been explosive growth in the availability of online instruction and virtual schools, complementing traditional instruction with high quality courses tailored to the needs of individual students. Tests now can be taken online, giving students, teachers and parents almost instant feedback. This is a major step forward in tracking progress and identifying needs. New student data management systems will greatly facilitate the collection and use of test, demographic and other data for more effectively designing and managing instructional programs.... The new testing, reporting and accountability requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act are accelerating this trend. From being a Nation at Risk we might now be more accurately described as a Nation on the Move.
As these encouraging trends develop and expand over the next decade, facilitated and supported by our ongoing investment in educational technology, and led by the drive, imagination and dedication of a reenergized educational community at every level, we may be well on our way to a new golden age in American education."

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