Thoughts and Tools

Trends in Educational Technology

You might be aware that I’ve recently started a Graduate Degree.  I’m aiming to earn a Master’s in Education in Digital Learning and Leading from Lamar University.  Well, as part of this degree, I’ve been challenged to do some digging into the possible futures of education.  I’ve found some pretty exciting and challenging things!  Consider these stats and predictions:

     • “…about 80 percent of courses taken in 2024 will have been taught online in a student-centric way” (Christensen, 2011, p. 102).
     • Smart-phone ownership is growing to almost 90% of owned mobile technologies. (Dahlstrom, 2014).
     • We could see “software and online platforms that adjust to individual needs as they learn” become highly available in two to three years. (Johnson, 2015).
     • There is a continued growth of expectation and anticipation of blending online and face-to-face learning by students (Dahlstrom, 2014).
     • Some schools are developing ways to earn ‘badges’ for demonstrating content mastery instead of using summative assessments. (Johnson, 2015)

How does all of that make you feel?  I get kind of nervous about the work of changing things.  But I also get excited about seeing what new ways I might be able to address my students’ needs. 

Because my degree is very much designed to be an applied degree, this is just the beginning!  I’d really love to brainstorm and plan with you all about ways that we could make ALCS even better than it already is.

I wonder how we’ll respond to the coming challenges and changes the future holds?  I’d love to see us finding new ways to engage and support our students with the rich tools being developed. (I just found and am pretty excited about the possibilities just with that!)  I think about a future where we’ve gotten good training and support to re-imagine our classrooms and techniques.  I dream about teaching our students the best ways to steward these new tools so they can be a light in our culture.

I love talking about these things.  If you’re interested you can find resources below.  What do you think about the future of education at Abundant Life Christian School?  What will our response be?


Christensen, Clayton M., Horn, Michael B., & Johnson, Curtis W. (2011). Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: McGraw Hill.

Dahlstrom, Eden, and Jacqueline Bichsel. ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2014. Research report. Louisville, CO: ECAR, October 2014. Retrieve here.

EDUCAUSE (February 7, 2012). 7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms. Retrieve here

Feldstein, Michael, Hill, Phil, Cavanagh, Thomas. (September 8, 2015). 7 Things You Should Know About Personalized Learning. Retrieve here

NMC Horizon Reports can be found here.

Kolb, Liz. (2015) Cell phones in learning blogspot.

Meker, Mary. (May 28, 2014). The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report. Retrieve here

Raths, David. (2012). Are You Ready for BYOD? T.H.E. Journal, 39(4), 28-32.

Verma, Pragati. (August 11, 2015). 5 Tech Trends That Will Transform Education By 2025. Retrieve here.

Yuping, Wang, Xibin, Han, & Juan, Yang. (2015). Revisiting the Blended Learning Literature: Using a Complex Adaptive Systems Framework. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 18(2), 380-393. 

*URL's in this reference list were compiled in December, 2015.  The changing nature of the internet may lead to some of these links being broken.  Please let me know if that happens, and I'll try to address the issue!

Curtis White, M.S., M.C.E.
High School Faculty
Math, Science, Bible & Computers
Abundant Life Christian School
A Madison Christian School