Essential Question: How do we define Emerging Technologies?
“Emerging technologies are tools, innovations, and advancements utilized in diverse educational settings to serve varied education-related purposes,” according to Veletsianos. Educational settings include distance delivery, face-to-face, and a variation of educational instruction.
Emerging technologies are any “new kind of technologies that are currently developing, or will be developed over the next five to ten years,” according to www.businessdictionary.com.
New and emerging technologies will impact our classrooms. As educators it’s important that we stay informed and aware of what we could be implementing or how our curriculum may change. Emerging technologies will substantially alter the business and social environment. “These include information technology, wireless data communication, man-machine communication, on-demand printing, bio-technologies and advanced robotics,” www.businessdictionary.com.
“21things4teachers” created a list of websites (including themselves), which teachers should visit to stay up-to-date on ET. The list includes:
- This Week In Education
- Dangerously Irrelevant
- Connected Principals
- Moving at the Speed of Creativity
- BAM! Radio – Connecting Educators.
- A Principal’s Reflections
- My Island View – Tom Whitby
The Maker Movement, which is a great example of constructionism, is learning by doing or making, and it is currently trending in classrooms (Edutopia). BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), is another ET that it trending. More and more school districts are implementing BYOD policies “21thinkgs4teachers.”
21 Things 4 Students REMC Association of Michigan. (n.d.). Retrieved May 18, 2016, from http://www.21things4teachers.net/21-things/emerging-technologies/
Davis, V. (2014, July 18). How the Maker Movement Is Moving Into Classrooms. Retrieved May 18, 2016, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/maker-movement-moving-into-classrooms-vicki-davis
Veletsianos, G. (November 18). A definition of emerging technologies for education – See more at: http://www.veletsianos.com/2008/11/18/a-definition-of-emerging-technologies-for-education/#sthash.J287LsNG.dpuf. Retrieved May 18, 2016, from http://www.veletsianos.com/2008/11/18/a-definition-of-emerging-technologies-for-education/
What are emerging technologies? definition and meaning. (2016). Retrieved May 18, 2016, from http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/emerging-technologies.html