January 23, 2022

Info Technology Forecast: 2014 NMC Horizon Report K-12 Edition Published and Available Online

The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have just published and posted the 2014 NMC Horizon Report K-12 Edition. This is the sixth edition of the report.

The full text report is linked below. You’ll also find a video summary of the report from NMC.

By the way, we were unable to find any mentions of the words librarian or library in the report.


The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition identifies “Rethinking the Role of Teachers” and the “Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches” as fast trends accelerating the adoption of educational technology in K-12 education over the next one to two years. The “Increasing Focus on Open Educational Resources” and the “Increasing Use of Hybrid Learning Designs” are mid-range trends expected to accelerate technology use in the next three to five years; and the “Rapid Acceleration of Intuitive Technology” and “Rethinking of How Schools Work” are long-range trends, positioned at more than five years away.

Significant Challenges Impeding Educational Technology Adoption in Schools

A number of challenges are acknowledged for presenting barriers to the mainstream use of technology in K-12 education. “Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities” and “Integrating Personalized Learning” are perceived as solvable challenges – those which we both understand and know how to solve. “Complex Thinking and Communication” and the “Safety of Student Data” are considered difficult challenges, which are defined as well understood but with solutions that are elusive. Described as wicked challenges are “Competition from New Models of Education” and “Keeping Formal Education Relevant,” which are complex to define, much less address.

2014-06-19_10-46-28Important Developments in Technology for Schools

Additionally, the report identifies BYOD and cloud computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. Games and gamification and learning analytics are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; The Internet of Things and wearable technology are seen emerging in the third horizon of four to five years.

The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages an international body of experts in primary and secondary education, technology, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in K-12 schools.

Direct to Full Text Report (53 pages; PDF)


About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.