Horizon Report Tech Trends

Discuss the lesson plan you created and why you selected the tool(s) in your Learning Log post. Include the AECT Standard(s) this artifact addresses.


1.3 Instructional Strategies
Instructional strategies are specifications for selecting and sequencing events and activities  within a lesson.

This lesson meets the AECT 1.2 standard because the instructional strategies are mapped out, step by step.

2.1 Print Technologies
Print technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials, such as books and static visual materials, primarily through mechanical or photographic printing processes.

This lesson meets the AECT 2.1 standard with the use of a printed worksheet for the students to complete.

2.2 Audiovisual Technologies
Audiovisual technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials by using mechanical devices or electronic machines to present auditory and visual messages.

This lesson meets the AECT 2.2 standard by connecting the classroom computer to a projector to model internet research techniques.

2.3 Computer-Based Technologies
Computer-based technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials using microprocessor-based resources.

This lesson meets the AECT 2.3 standard through the use of computers and tablets for internet research.  The standard is also met through the use of the computer projector.

3.1 Media Utilization
Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.

The lesson meets the AECT 3.1 standard because learning is combined with various media devices and the Horizon Report as a resource, specifically mobile phone and tablet applications.

3.3 Implementation and Institutionalization
Implementation is using instructional materials or strategies in real (not simulated) settings. Institutionalization is the continuing, routine use of the instructional innovation in the structure and culture of an organization.

The lesson meets the AECT 3.3 standard because students are implementing instructional materials in the use of technology through tablet and mobile applications in real (not simulated) settings. Instructional innovation in the structure is obtained as students are able to extend the use of their knowledge of mobile phone and tablet applications use through a regular routine, as needed.


I chose to create a lesson plan based on mobile phone and tablet applications as stated in the 2012 Horizon Report (Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less). Although not all students own tablets, most students do have smart phones. Since we live in such close proximity to Canada (a foreign country), this lesson is extremely relevant for students to understand how to easily convert US dollars to Canadian.  Student interest will be high since the students can utilize their smartphones or tablets for this lesson. This lesson epitomizes “Educational Technology” as it combines the use of learning with technology.

This lesson can be extended even further in a middle school setting where it can be combined with other disciplines (art, humanities, science etc).

The Horizon Report was very informative on evolving technology advancements and its uses in the classroom of the future. I will continue to review this report for inspiration and information on where technology is headed.



About kimberlyhefty

Hello. My name is Kimberly Hefty and I live in Sammamish, Washington. For the past 23 years I have taught high school and college level mathematics. 13 years ago I started a private tutoring business. I specialize in working with public high school students who are taking math courses "on-line". I work closely with both the students and the local school district. I typically work with 40-50 students per week. I also have 2 children ages 14 and 23. My daughter just graduated from Elon University in North Carolina. My son plays competitive golf and premiere soccer so most of my weekends are spent at either soccer or golf tournaments. I am excited to be completing the Master's In Educational Technology Program from BSU (M.E.T.) Spring 2015! Through this program I have gained a better understanding of educational technology and it’s applications. I believe that the knowledge that I have gained will be beneficial personally, as well as to my students. With these skills that I have learned in the Educational Technology program, I hope to help myself and my students be successful in future endeavors. The M.E.T. program has allowed me to create an environment for all of us, my students along with myself, to gain skills for education, employment, and existence.
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One Response to Horizon Report Tech Trends

  1. Vea Carabine says:

    Great idea Kimberly! I could use that app myself! Very well organized and well written lesson!

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