The Horizon Project Is Helping the Education Industry Define a Technology Blueprint for the 21st Century

By Sanderson, Stan | T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education), August 1995 | Go to article overview

The Horizon Project Is Helping the Education Industry Define a Technology Blueprint for the 21st Century


Sanderson, Stan, T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)


Preparing students for the future. It's the precept upon which everything educators do is based. Educators agree that technology will be an integral part of the classroom of the future. The question is, which technologies? To properly prepare students for the future, we must continually work to define the future, to assess educators' needs and determine now what education will require of technology then.

Currently, thousands of schools across the nation are independently charging ahead, working to create the best model. But will those models truly support current and future education exigencies? Will they lead to improved learning outcomes? Individual trial and error could end up costing as much to simply define the classroom of the future as will equipping and hooking it up.

To ensure that schools don't waste their time or money, Jostens Learning Corp. is taking the lead to help the education industry define a technology blueprint for the 21st century. It's called the Horizon Project.

The Horizon Project is a comprehensive, multi-step program based on extensive market research, which will be analyzed and interpreted by industry leaders, scholars and classroom educators.

The first phase of the study identified several key issues that will shape the role of technology in the classroom of the future. Among them is connectivity, an important element to support interaction among teachers and students. All schools should be provided with access to the Internet, study participants said. They also feel that state objectives are increasingly driving curriculum change, creating a growing demand for products that are designed to support state standards.

Further, participants emphasized assessment as a key issue, identifying the need for technology products that support multiple forms of assessment, including criterion-referenced assessment and portfolios.

Like successful companies in the business world, schools are being required to prove that their programs are working-that the taxpayers' investment is paying off. Software-based management systems, which are already in thousands of classrooms nationwide, have been helping teachers to easily manage and assess individual student progress to provide those results. …

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