The Evolution of Digital Age Teaching and Learning

Trends, Challenges, and Developments in K-12 Educational Technology

Digital Evolution

What is the future of learning? How can we bridge the gap between home and classroom? What is at the intersection of instruction and innovation? As you explore these trends, challenges, and developments, thoughtfully consider how these will impact your own classroom and the Questions posed for each Step.


1.  How do your perceptions compare to national research?

According to the 2016 Digital Education Survey (Deloitte),

  • 79% of teachers use technology to make learning more interesting
  • 90% of kids use digital learning at home (with 2/3 of them starting by the age of 5)
  • 52% of teachers use at least one digital device a day

In addition, the survey cited the top five devices used weekly in the classroom include laptops, desktops, tablets, interactive whiteboards, and smartphones. Find out more by viewing the video or downloading the infographic

2. How do the trends, challenges, and developments impact your own classroom?

The annual NMC/CoSN Horizon Report for K-12 Education (2017 ed.) gives key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in educational technology, including:

  • Trends: cultures of innovation, deeper learning, coding and STEAM
  • Challenges: authentic learning, improving digital literacy, rethinking roles of teachers, and teaching computational thinking
  • Developments: makerspaces, robotics, virtual reality, the Internet of things, and artificial intelligence

Find out more by viewing the video or digital toolkit.  

3. What tools or activities might you use in your own classroom? What elements of the digital nation impact your own classroom?

Explore how the Digital Nation impacts instruction. Visit PBS Learning's Digital Workshops Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier. Explore the resources and activities (polls, quizzes, videos, reading) that impact classroom instruction.   

Choose from Digital Parenting: Protecting and Empowering Kids21st Century Schools: Learning in the Digital AgeThe Digital You: Attention, Multitasking, and Addition, or Learning in Virtual Worlds

4. What is your perception of the impact of multitasking on you professionally? on students? in your classroom?

View "Multitasking at MIT" to see this concept in action. 

After reviewing the resources and considered emerging trends, move on to Digital Age Teaching.


ISTE Standards for Educators

1. Learner
c. Stay current with research that supports improve student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

3. Citizen
b. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and 
critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.