15 trends that hinder, accelerate, and enable K-12 innovation

eSchool News | January 14, 2019

15 trends that hinder, accelerate, and enable K-12 innovation
While new trends such as extended reality and mobile devices are enabling expansive changes in K-12 education, innovation is often impeded by obstacles such as clunky professional development and digital equity, according to new research.These new insights on what hinders and what support K-12 innovation come from CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation series, which highlights new trends supporting the use of emerging technology in K-12 education.As part of the initiative, CoSN convenes a global advisory board of K-12 leaders, practitioners, and changemakers to discuss major themes driving, hindering, and enabling teaching and learning innovation in schools.After the advisory board meets, responses from a survey are tabulated and put organized into the top five topics in each area.Hurdles, or obstacles that make participants slow down, evaluate, practice, and then make the leap to better support teaching and learning, include:Ongoing Professional Development: Teachers aren’t always privy to or encouraged to pursue continued formal/informal training to upskill.

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Over the past decade, a shift toward personalization has begun to take hold in our classrooms and learning communities across the country. Advocates have embraced this movement in hopes that it will close achievement gaps, increase student engagement, and address the disconnect between K-12, postsecondary education, and the workforce. While the depth of practice varies significantly across regions, states, and communities, the level of commitment to personalized learning is on the rise as an increasing number of stakeholders begin to advocate for policies.

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