Week 1: How Do We Define Emerging Technologies?

How Do We Define Emerging Technologies?

How would I define emerging technologies? I looked up the words emerge and it says to become important or prominent. Technology is the machinery or equipment. So to me I would say that emerging technology is equipment that is to become important.

When I think about my school and emerging technology I would think of the new projectors that we got. Most of the teachers are use to the overheard project and white screen that we had. We were very reluctant to the change. These new white boards project right on to your board. Most of the teachers are not using them. To me this is still emerging technology. It is technology that is new to us teachers and is still not important that we have to use all the time.

Veletsianos (2010) said that, “Infrastructures of various kinds, delivery devices, and classroom and teaching tools that is elective and not yet a requirement for educational organizations is considered to be an emerging technology.” Another point I would like to point out is how he said the specific situation one is facing can or cannot be classified as emerging technologies. They are some schools where they have no technology and some school that have a lot of technology. I think it depends on where you are and if those applications are used to be emerging or not. He makes another good point about technologies as emerging including distance, and face to face. When I think of technology I think of tools that we use and wouldn’t think of face to face.

Emerging technology is not fully understood or researched. It can be new or old technology. I think it depends on where you are and what access you have to all of these technologies.  For every school and person it is going to be different on if it is emerging or not. I myself am looking forward to emerging technology and the changes it will bring to my classroom and the impact it will have on my students.


NMC Horizon Report 2014 K-12 Edition. (2014). Retrieved May 23, 2015, from http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2014-k-12-edition/

Veletsianos, G. (2010). A Definition of Emerging Technologies for Education. Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.


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