How do we define emerging technologies? George Veletsisanos defines emerging technologies as tools, innovations, and advancements utilized in diverse educational settings to serve varied education-related purposes (Veletsisanos, 2008). I say it is technology that could be new or old that is meant to help us in learning. It could be a tool, or a way of doing things, something that is not being used everywhere. Emerging technology has many faces; we see it in business, education, sports, and recreation. Veletsisanos writes that Individuals and corporations see a potential exists in technology, but that potential hasn’t been realized yet. But it seems everyone is trying to get their product out there and used by schools and teachers.
Saga Briggs writes for Innovation Excellence, and uses data from the NMC (New Media Consortium) who has been following emerging technologies in teaching and learning across the globe. One of their research efforts, The Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition listed ten emerging technologies that would impact the world of education within the next five years. Those technologies were: cloud computing, mobile learning, learning analytics, open content, 3D printing, MOOCs, virtual and remote laboratories, games and gamification, tablet computing, and wearable technology (Briggs, 2013).
Combining that list with the list of author Mariana Ashley from Online Colleges.net who had the top ten amazing emerging trends in elementary ed., there was really no match. Ashley had more hand held hardware, and materials that were or are already in classrooms.
The differences I see between the two are, one author is using actual data, and the other is trying to compile a list for parents and educators. The REMC Association of Michigan has a site with a link titled Keeping up with trends and emerging technologies, where they state right off the bat, “Your first step is to read the Horizon Report each year” (REMC.ORG).
I was trying so hard to find the actual technology to answer this question that I lost focus of the question, how do we define emerging technology. I guess the only simple answer is we need to understand what the technology is and how it is going to improve the learning process. The things that work and can be implemented on a larger scale and are backed by a reputable organization will be the emerging technology until the next big thing comes along.
Ashley, M. (2015). 10 Amazing, Emerging Tech Trends In Elementary Education. Retrieved from http://www.onlinecolleges.net/10-amazing-emerging-tech-trends-in-elementary-education/
Briggs, S. (2013, July 29). 10 Emerging Educational Technologies & How They Are Being Used Across the Globe (Web log comment). Retrieved from http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2013/07/29/10-emerging-educational-technologies-how-they-are-being-used-across-the-globe/#sthash.IrW7P0gb.dpuf
REMC (2015). 21 Things 4 Teachers, REMC Association of Michigan. Emerging Technologies, what’s next? Retrieved from http://www.21things4teachers.net/21-things/emerging-technologies/
Veletsianos, G. (2008, November 18). A definition of emerging technologies for education (Web log comment). Retrieved from http://www.veletsianos.com/2008/11/18/a-definition-of-emerging-technologies-for-education/