Week 1:What are Emerging Technologies?

Technology seems to be in a constant state of adaptation and is still being tested for validity.  The term emerging, in my opinion, means the current technology being presented may not be used to its fullest extent. It is a way of labeling a technology that is coming into its own time. A large learning curve comes with new or improved technological tool. Educators want to make sure any emerging technologies brought into their teaching/learning environment will be beneficial to their students’ learning goals as well as continuing to provide a meaningful education, in this fast paced, digital world.

The NMC Horizon Report (Johnson & Adams, 2015) delves into the types of trends most noted in the world of Emerging Technologies (ET). The first, short-term trend, states the use of blended learning for the students with the integration of technology into teacher professional development trainings. The short term trends seem to fade into non-existence if not made mainstream. Mid-term trends are still around and effecting decisions made by educational stakeholders. The current long-term trends are affecting decisions of what school districts and state governments are looking to be taught in schools. The term “trends” seems to jump out as a descriptive word through this article as a trend is something that comes and goes and may come back only to go again.

Can all Emerging Technologies be so cut and dried to fit exactly into one of these categories? I believe it would be most difficult to sort some emerging technologies into these defined trends. Veletsianos (2016) notes a characteristic of ET as not being caught in “hype cycles”. Understanding the reason in the emergence of a technological improvement, shows a large amount of information as to what type of trend, as stated earlier by the NMC Horizon Report, that a particular ET could be placed.

Social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, have become an avenue for communication across the world. People can share ideas and thoughts, collaborate with others and gain differing perspectives on important topics. It could be stated that these platforms were solely created just as a quick and simple way to communicate great distances. People like to communicate and will do so more often if it is convenient and easy to use. Why would schools not jump into a similar platform if one has already become “mainstream” and used by so many people?

I have found a few great articles about using social media within a classroom environment. (www.edutopia.org/blog/making-case-social-media-in-schools-jim-asher, 2015) Within an educational context, there are many opportunities to communicate with others around the world. Students are able to communicate anywhere with their classroom quickly through the simple use of the internet.

Here is another good article about policies within schools pertaining to the use of social media.(Varlas, 2011) This is a springboard article to read if looking into proposing a change to your district for more technology usage.

Asher, Jim (2015) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/making-case-social-media-in-schools-jim-asher

Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., & Freeman, A. (2015) NMC Horizon Report:K-12 Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.

Varlas, Laura (2011) Vol.17,n.4 Can Social Media and School Policies Be “Friends”?”

Veletsianos, George (November, 2016) http://www.veletsianos.com/2008/11/18/a-definition-of-emerging-technologies-for-education/

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Week 1:What are Emerging Technologies?”

  1. Is email dead? I remember when email was the new communication technology. We still use it, but it seems it’s not the preferred tool for current students. It’s Twitter, Facebook, SnapChat, and the like. I poll my high school students every once in a while and I don’t recall anyone using or even checking email! And by the way, Facebook is apparently for older people now. Go figure.

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    1. I had jumped into the Facebook trend a little late I guess and I still do not keep up with people as they sometimes , I feel, put to much of their daily activities on, and it wears me out.
      Even with all these emerging technologies trying to “break” into schools, I am not sure if Facebook should be among them. It makes it a little hard to monitor.

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  2. I really like how you talk about the expansion of communication with ET. This is so true! Information is at our fingertips and interacting with that information has never been easier. There is so much social media and it has literally infiltrated all of our student’s lives. They are constantly interacting with others. I just don’t think education has fully figured out how to use social media to best benefits students. I like how you complement your talk about social media with an article about how to use it in education.

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  3. I like your comment about social media and I think an area that deserves ink in this regard is teachers using social media to collaborate with other teachers/experts that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. We have countless resources at our fingertips and aren’t limited by geography.
    I love to read others’ ideas, like your posting, because they help me look at ideas in a new way-a way that I wouldn’t have previously thought to. When I read the NMC Report, I thought of trend as the general direction that something is moving, so it was helpful to read your interpretation as more of what Veltsianos (2016) described as a “hype circle.”
    Veletsianos, George (November, 2016) A Definition of emerging technologies. http://www.veletsianos.com/2008/11/18/a-definition-of-emerging-technologies-for-education/

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  4. Your edutopia article was insightful. I loved the ideas that Jim Asher gave on how to use social media as a way of communicating with parents about completed projects, what’s going on in the classroom, and even what work needs to be turned in. I’m curious about how to go about some of those things while maintaining confidentiality and the other challenges of children whose pictures can’t be posted on the Internet.

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