As I began my research for this week’s blog, I thought about the word emerging and what it meant to me. In my mind, things that are emerging are coming forth or making new developments. During research, I found that another word for emerging could be evolving (Veletsianos, G., 2008), which fit well with the thoughts and ideas forming in my mind. In an effort to create a definition for emerging technologies, the source describes four other characteristics of what constitutes an emerging technology.
These other four characteristics are: “emerging technologies can be, but are not necessarily new, emerging technologies go through hype cycles, emerging technologies fit the ‘not yet’ criteria, and emerging technologies are potentially disruptive but their potential is mostly unfulfilled” (Veletsianos, G., 2008, p. 1-3). For me, these characteristics give greater meaning to the term emerging technology and extend my knowledge deeper.
While I have worked quite a bit with technology, I would not consider myself an expert. However, my current principal is very knowledgeable when it comes to technology. He spent many years teaching technology classes at a college level. When I discussed this class with him, his excitement was evident. In the year since he’d started as principal, he had already made many improvements on our school technology. Because we are a small catholic school, we faced one major challenge moving forward, one not mentioned by Horizon Report 2014 K-12 Edition, 2014, and that was lack of funds. However, we made it work, so our students could have the best possible learning experiences. At the start of this past school year, each classroom had a Samsung TV installed with an Apple TV, the K-1 classroom and my classroom the 2-4 had one-to-one iPad usage, my class also had one-to-one HP laptops, while the older grades 5-8 had one-to-one Chrome Books. With these new technologies, we were able to implement some of the developments Horizon Report 2014 K-12 Edition, 2014 discussed.
One of my biggest challenges as a teacher, comes not from the emerging technologies, but rather from teaching second through fourth graders with varying maturities and readiness levels. Our first semester ended in December, and I was left wondering how best to teach my students in math because their abilities had become so far spread out. Our upper grade teacher was currently utilizing Khan Academy for her students. After spending Christmas break researching, I decided to create accounts for my students and set them up online. I had now incorporated a mid-range trend of hybrid learn (Horizon Report 2014 K-12 Edition, 2014) without realizing it.
The research on what defines an emerging technology is vast as are information on the challenges in adopting emerging technologies, most notably protecting student data and keeping our children safe online (Horizon Report 2014 K-12 Edition, 2014). Moreover, there are numerous resources on how to incorporate emerging technologies in any classroom – from history to music to to math and writing (Briggs, S., 2013). The possibilities are endless. As teachers working to grow and adapt, we must be willing to seek out these resources to provide the best learning experiences possible for our students. As teachers, we must be willing to emerge or evolve.
Horizon Report 2014 K-12 Edition. (2014). Retrieved May 20, 2015, from http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2014-nmc-horizon-report-k12-EN.pdf
Briggs, S. (2013). 10 emerging educational technologies and how they are being used across the globe. Retrieved May 22, 2015, from http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2013/07/29/10-emerging-educational-technologies-how-they-are-being-used-across-the-globe/
Veletsianos, G. (2008). A definition of emerging technologies for education. Retrieved May 20, 2015, from http://www.veletsianos.com/2008/11/18/a-definition-of-emerging-technologies-for-education/