Everyone interested in ICT implementation in education should read The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K-12 Edition, published at the end of 2016, which presents  the five-year horizon for K-12 schools worldwide.

59 experts from 18 countries prepared the report which examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in schools. It shows which trends and technologies will drive educational change, what  the challenges that we consider as solvable or difficult to overcome are, and how we can strategize effective solutions.

The report is divided into three main parts:

Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in K-12 Education, with long-term, mid-term and short – term trends

The experts agreed on two long-term trends: redesigning learning spaces to accommodate more immersive, hands-on activities, as well as rethinking how schools work in order to keep pace with the demands of the 21st century workforce and equip students with future-focused skills. In the short-term, the rise of coding as a literacy emerged as a new trend this year.

Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in K-12 Education, with solvable, difficult and wicked challenges

Creating more authentic learning opportunities is considered solvable. When it comes to difficult challenges for teachers, it is the transition from lecturers to guides and coaches. The task of bridging the achievement gap seems a wicked challenge — one that is seemingly impossible to define let alone solve.

Important Developments in Educational Technology for K-12 Education, with One Year or Less, Two to Three Years and Four to Five Years Time-to-Adoption Horizons.

In view of the trends and challenges observed, the important developments in technology that could support these drivers of innovation and change were signalled. Makerspaces and online learning are both expected to be widely adopted by schools soon to encourage students to take ownership of their education by creating and provide them with access to digital tools, discussion forums, rich media, and more.

The three key sections of this report constitute a reference and straightforward technology planning guide for educators, school leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists.

From Executive Summary in: http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2016-nmc-cosn-horizon-report-k12-EN.pdf