CoSN Announces Top 2021 Hurdles, Accelerators & Technology Enablers Shaping K-12 Innovation

Annual Research Explored in Revamped ‘Driving K-12 Innovation’ Series; Report Coming in January

CoSN today revealed the results of its annual innovation survey, announcing the top three hurdles, accelerators and technology enablers that will shape innovation in K-12 education for 2021. The nine findings will be explored during CoSN’s member-only Driving K-12 Innovation Summit on January 28, when the high-level report will be released to expand on each of the trends.

Following discussions this fall on the key themes impacting education technology, CoSN’s global advisory board — made up of 100+ administrators, educators, technologists, learning designers and other edtech leaders — selected three, rather than five, top hurdles, accelerators and tech enablers for the coming year. This year’s revamped initiative aims to provide a deeper level of awareness on fewer topics to better equip schools to take action. 

“Year after year, CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation series offers the global edtech community a comprehensive analysis of the latest technology trends. In today’s COVID-19 era, this information is more critical than ever before, as teaching and learning evolve rapidly and tech-based solutions are the catalyst for educators and students around the world,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “We are thrilled to soon release the all-in-one report on what’s most important about these trends in K-12 and how to act on this new knowledge.”

According to the project, accelerators pave the way for teaching and learning innovation in schools, while hurdles hinder it. Tech enablers are tools that districts can leverage to surmount hurdles and embrace accelerators.

To deliver extraordinary student outcomes, the three most important hurdles and accelerators for schools to address in 2021 are:

  • Hurdles: Digital Equity; Scaling and Sustaining Innovation; Evolution of Teaching and Learning
  • Accelerators: Personalization; Social and Emotional Learning; Learner Autonomy

The three most important tech enablers for schools to leverage in 2021 are:

  • Tech Enablers: Digital Collaboration Environments; Untethered Broadband and Connectivity; Blended Learning Tools

Learn more about CoSN’s latest survey results and the updated Driving K-12 Innovation initiative at

The Driving K-12 Innovation initiative is sponsored by: Amazon Web Services, CDW-G, ClassLink and HP (Gold Sponsors); Kajeet (Silver Sponsor); and ENA (Education Networks of America)/CatchOn (Bronze Sponsor).

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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