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CORE Education's Ten Trends 2016

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Each year, CORE Education’s experienced staff of researchers, educators, and digital technology experts pool their expertise and combine their understanding and evidence of the ways that digital technologies are influencing all aspects of education. The result is CORE’s list of the ten trends that are expected to make a growing impact upon education in New Zealand in the coming year. We have again focused our trends around five categories or key areas of change, and for each we have chosen two trends to describe and illustrate.

5 Main trends Data driven organisations Networked communities Community Focus Equitable access Design thinking Change leadership Computational thinking Sustainability Diversity Digital fluency

As seen in pedagogies that cater for diverse learners and groups of learners, UDL, different belief systems, and multiple languages in schools.

Digital Fluency
Driven by personal responsibility, online identity, digital literacies and citizenship, cyber security, access and equity of opportunity.


Equitable access
Including BYOD, home access, leases, libraries, public spaces, OER and the digital divide.

Data driven organisations
The smart use of Big data and analytics, Eportfolios and evidence driven transformation.


Networked communities
The rising importance of Communities of Schools, Communities of Learning, IES, with new roles for teachers and leaders.

Community focus
Strategies for engaging parents, using portfolios, two-way interactions, and effective community participation in schools.


Education for sustainability, green waste and climate change in an educational context.

Computational thinking
The impact of STEM on curriculum, coding, the drive for skills for employment vs holistic education outcomes for all, and play-based curriculum.


Design Thinking
The emphasis on innovation, creativity, and the use of design thinking in education transformation

Change Leadership
The critical role of Professional Learning and development based on inquiry, coaching and mentoring in change leadership.