Essential Question: How do we define Emerging Technologies?
It has been a busy last couple of days of school and now I am heading home. I am traveling today and unfortunately have not had time to fully read everything. But I will post what I have and try to update tomorrow when I get back to Indiana.
I think this is tough to define. It is hard to define what is emerging until it is already the next new thing.
Veletsianos (2016) describes emerging technology (ET) as "tools, innovations, and advancements utilized in diverse educational settings to serve a varied education-related purposes." He goes on the talk about the 5 characteristics of emerging technology:
After reading the article I wanted something more. I stumbled on this short video. I know it is just about robots but I think it is too the point on the definition of ET. Technology is changing all of the time and it is hard to know what the next new thing will be.
Veletsianos (2016)I dug a little deeper trying to see what emerging technologies were being used in education. Briggs (2013) has a top 10 list, and the first one I can say is huge in my classroom. The first one is cloud computing. I find this to be invaluable. Now instead of a student having to have a certain computer they can access documents on any computer. Students can also work together and collaborate instead of one person doing all of the typing. This has really changed the way a student interacts in the classroom. I wish I would've had this growing up. Even in college, I graduated 4 years ago, I only really used dropbox and google docs was relatively new. I know there are many others, but these 2 stick out in my mind.
I was not comfortable with what I had posted. It just felt unfinished. I had an idea of what is emerging technology but wanted a clearer definition, if possible. So I did what anyone would do and searched "what is emerging technology." I found a great blog post by Hilary Sutcliffe (2014) titled Emerging Technology Definition Brainstorm!. Her definition is very similar to what I listed above. She lists 5 characteristics of ET just as Veletsianos (2016) did:
Briggs, S. (2013, July 16). 10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe. Retrieved May 20, 2016, from http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/the-ten-emerging-technologies-in-education-and-how-they-are-being-used-across-the-globe/
Sutcliffe, H. (2014, May 13). Emerging Technology definition brainstorm! Retrieved May 21, 2016, from http://www.matterforall.org/emerging-technology-definition-brainstorm/
Veletsianos, G. (2016). A definition of Emerging Technologies for Education. Retrieved from http://www.veletsianos.com/2008/11/18/a-definition-of-emerging-technologies-for-education/