Beyond The Horizon Report


The Horizon Report (2014 Schools Edition) aims to help ministers, governing boards, and school leaders to strategically approach the further evolution of teaching, learning, and creative inquiry by offering a list of topics likely to impact technology planning and decision-making over the next five years (2014 – 2018). Below are a list of the questions and answers provided in the report.

Which technologies will be most important to teaching, learning, or creative inquiry in         European schools within the next five years?

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

  1. Cloud Computing
  2. Tablet Computing
  3. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years

  1. Games and Gamification
  2. Mobile Learning
  3. Learning Analytics

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

  1. Personalised Learning
  2. Virtual and Remote Laboratories
  3. The Internet of Things
  4. Wearable Technology

What trends are expected to have a significant impact on the ways in which schools approach  teaching, learning, or creative inquiry and how will they impact policy, leadership, and practice?

Fast Trends

  1. Growing Ubiquity of Social Media
  2. Rethinking the Role of Teachers
  3. Shift to Deeper Learning

Mid-Range Trends

  1. Increasing Focus on Open Educational Resources (OER)
  2. Integration of Hybrid Learning

Long-Range Trends

  1. Evolution of Online Learning
  2. Rise of Data-Driven Learning
  3. Acceleration of Intuitive Tech
  4. Rethinking of the School Day

What are the key challenges related to teaching, learning, or creative inquiry that schools will face during the next five years, and how will they impact policy, leadership, and practice?

Solvable Challenges

  1. Integrating ICT in Teacher Ed
  2. Students Low Digital Competence
  3. Authentic Learning
  4. Personalising Learning

Difficult Challenges

  1. Authentic Learning
  2. Blending of Formal/Non-Formal
  3. Complex Thinking and Communication
  4. Increased Concern about Privacy

Wicked Challenges

  1. Complex Thinking and Communication
  2. Students as Co-Designers
  3. Competition from New Models
  4. Keeping Education Relevant

Questions and inquiries regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the collaborative research and discussions of a body of 53 European experts to produce the first-ever Horizon Report Europe: 2014 Schools Edition. See the discussions here on the Horizon Project Wiki –

Posted on February 9, 2015, in Digital, Ed Tech, Ideas, Research, Technology and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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