Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

The Outlook for 2017

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

The Outlook for 2017

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Even while trepidation grows as federally driven change is once again about to slam into education, optimism for the future remains high. There's a strong current of belief, particularly among educators and school staff who are involved with technology, that, whatever else is going on, education technology will see stability and solid growth in the coming years.

In our latest survey of K-12 technology staff and educators--which, incidentally, was conducted in the wake of another wildly emotionally charged presidential election--respondents were, with few exceptions, positive in their outlook for the profession and about their position within their institutions.

A healthy majority (62 percent) expect strong or even unbridled growth for the sector, with another 33 percent predicting continued stability. Most are also happy in their positions, and a vast majority expect to stay right where they are at least for the next 12 months--and with higher salaries.

Be sure to read more in our second-annual IT Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey, starting on page 6.

Ed Tech Trends for 2017

In this issue we also look to the future of ed tech in terms of the technology categories themselves. What are the emerging or ascending technologies for the coming year?

All things STEM and STEAM (STEM + arts) are on fire, from new next-generation standards to coding to maker spaces. Augmented and virtual reality are also growing rapidly--in fact, we've even launched a new newsletter this year (IMMERSE K-12) to meet the demand for this increasingly hot topic! …

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