A 25th Anniversary CETL Ambassadors Summit: Building the Future: Trends, Metatrends, and the Horizon Report

Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Pre-registration required. CETLs Only.

Building the Future: Trends, Metatrends, and the Horizon Report
A 25th Anniversary CETL Ambassadors Summit

The K-12 Horizon Report has been published since 2009, and has become an indispensable tool for leaders guiding the use of technology in education. Each year, the Report identifies technologies, trends, and challenges that define the evolving education technology landscape. Now that eight annual reports have been published, an even more powerful use of the data becomes possible: identifying metatrends that run through the report in all three of its categories, and that help define at a deep level the contexts that leaders must deal with. In this three-part event, we will take a hands-on approach to discovering these metatrends, and learn how to use them to shape the future of education. Dr. Puentedura will guide participants through the process, using a methodology derived from his past work on technology classification frameworks.

Part 1: Analysis
            In the first hour of the Summit, we will focus on identifying and classifying key metatrends from the K-12 Horizon Report. In particular, we will see how the timelines for technologies, trends and challenges are interconnected and intertwined, and how this in turn can shape planning and implementation at the local level.
Part 2: Deconstruction
            In the second hour, our attention will turn to identifying the most salient items for action that follow from our analysis. In doing so, our focus will be on atomizing our metatrends into specific components that are most directly relevant to participants in the room. To accomplish this, we will use a modified Delphi process analogous to that used to create the Horizon Report, and inform our thinking with insights derived from CoSN’s Inventing the Future conference.
Part 3: Reconstruction
            During the third and final hour, we will translate our selected items into a visual plan for action. We will use a clearly defined narrative framework to create an effective story, while at the same time weaving the metatrends identified at the outset into the fabric of our visualization. The product of this session will be an infographic that can be used to guide the work of leaders and their teams, seek support from stakeholders, and act as a foundation for future iterations of this Summit.


Ruben R. Puentedura, Ph.D.

Dr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting firm based in Western Massachusetts, focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over twenty-five years at a range of K-20 educational institutions, as well as health and arts organizations. He is the creator of the SAMR model for selecting, using, and evaluating technology in education, which currently guides the work of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, as well as projects in Vermont and Sweden. His current work explores new directions in mobile computing, digital storytelling, learning analytics, and educational gaming, focusing on applications in areas where they have not been traditionally employed. He can be reached at rubenrp@hippasus.com.