Week One Blog Post – What Is ET? (Emerging Technology)

The answer the question, “What is emerging Technology?” seems like it should be easy to answer.  The fact that it is our week one topic lends me to believe it is not so simple.  The fact that George Veletsianos wrote and article about and discusses this in his book also lets me know that hat people can’t agree on a definition.  I do appreciate the fact the in his article George asked his readers for help the improve his definition for ET.

George explained that emerging technologies can be new or old technology, older technology can still be growing or evolving, technology go through cycles of hype and ET are mostly technology that hasn’t met its potential.

My personal definition of ET as it relates to education is technology that may some day improve education, but may not be useful yet.  This technology can be piloted or tested, but you have to be wary of the Hype cycle the George warned about.  It is easy to spend hard earned money and get nothing from it.  ET is more about potential, watching how other use it and then carefully applying it once it is proven.


NMC Horizon Report K-12 edition. Retrieved May 19, 2016 from http://www.nmc.org/publiccation/nms-horizon-report-2015-k-12-edition/

Veletsianos, G. (2016). A definition of emerging technologies for education. Retrieved  on May 19, 2016 from http://www.veletsianos.com/2008/11/18/a-definition-of-emerging-technologies-for-education/

By waclawskid

2 comments on “Week One Blog Post – What Is ET? (Emerging Technology)

  1. I like your definition of ET: technology that can better the educational system in the future; a pilot. Great, easy and simple response to this week’s essential question!

  2. Douglas,

    I like that you talked about the potential that technology can have. That seemed to be a theme in quite a few posts this week. When a new technology comes out, we aren’t always going to know everything it could possibly be used for, so its interesting to watch different technologies evolve over time.

    Good post this week!

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