I just finished reading the article by George Veletsianos on emerging technologies (2015). I appreciated how he attempted to define emerging technologies. Even though it took me about three reads to get through it! Emerging technologies versus established technologies has defined by George are:
- not necessarily new
- coming in to being (meaning they are developing)
- go through hype cycles
- are not fully understood (how will they shape education in the future ?)
- may not be trusted
One of the statements that Veletsianos made that really stuck out to me was in regards to education and it’s resistance to change. Education in general may not always embrace emerging technologies. This is because the impact on student learning is not fully understood. Perhaps sometimes classrooms/districts that embrace technology are seen as not to be trusted. Many parents want their children to have the same learning experiences that they did. I wonder if time will change the perspective of education and what it means to have fully integrated technology in every classroom. I think of my children 7th, 9th and 11th grade in the fall as the pioneers of education and technology. I wonder if their children will be the students who truly see the impact of what emerging technolgies will have on education?
As a parent I’m learning to embrace what their schools are starting to focus on in the classroom. As a teacher I’m learning how to embed technology in my classroom.
The 2015 NMC Horizons Report emphasized that time is needed to allow for teachers, parents and districts to catch up to what emerging technologies are beginning to offer. Also reliable and equal access to the internet should be considered as a contributing factor. I know I have a lot to learn not only as an educator but a human who is learning to embrace technology.
NMC Horizon Report K-12 Edition (2015) Retreived from: http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2015-k-12-edition/
Velestianos, George (2008, November 18). A definition of emerging technologies for education. Retrieved from: http://www.veletsianos.com/2008/11/18/a-definition-of-emerging-technologies-for-education/#sthash.6xHTIVNg.dpuf