KQED MindShift discusses barriers to technology use in U.S. primary and secondary schools as encapsulated in the New Media Consortium’s latest Horizon Report. MindShift lists and summarizes the six highest-ranked challenges:
- Despite agreement on the importance of digital-media literacy, training in supporting skills is rare in teacher education.
- K-12 must move beyond traditional lectures and testing to address a blending of formal and informal learning.
- The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices.
- The fundamental structure of the K-12 education establishment–”the system”–is a barrier in itself.
- Learning that incorporates real-life experiences is not occurring and/or is undervalued.
- Activities related to learning that take place outside of the classroom are not included in traditional learning metrics.