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Definition of Emerging Technologies for Learning

I received an email recently asking for my definition of emerging technologies for learning. To enlarge the conversation, I asked the question on Twitter. The following are responses:

Eduinnovation: “Those technologies that allow learners to connect, collaborate, and create with other learnes, mind-to-mind, anywhere & anytime”

prawsthorne: “an innovation that captures attention, engages and deepens learning so the learner/teacher can self-measure the improvement.”

MarkMilliron: “any technology YOU don’t quite understand that you’ve heard might improve teaching and learning”

UNMVCTLC: “using technology TOOLS to improve the learning process while enhancing the instructional environment” and “using those tools that are not fully explored to reach new frontiers in methodology, experiences and concepts”

jdwilliams: “I think emerging (web) technologies are just sites/apps my district hasn’t found to block (yet)”

Darren Draper: “Emerging technologies for teaching and learning consist of all hardware, software, concepts, and ideas that can be employed to advance social, connective, and educational processes”

davecormier: “usually defined as – stuff George likes – I believe”

bengrey: “A body of knowledge or innovation not yet widely adapted or fully actualized which holds educational implications”

StonyRiver: “New Direction Learning Technologies”

How do you define emerging technologies for learning (or is the attempt to provide a definition sooo web 1.0?)?

6 Comments

  1. George V wrote:

    Thanks for posting the replies on here George – i’ve received similar responses and here’s what the definition i came up with sounds like: http://veletsianos.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/a-definition-of-emerging-technologies-for-education/

    Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 11:25 am | Permalink
  2. Tim Hawes wrote:

    Emerging technologies for learning are tools that are still in a state of change. They are solutions that don’t yet have defined problems, but they are also problems in themselves (for some) because their very coming into being is a disruption to the status quo. Once experienced and adopted by learners they change the understanding of what learning is.

    Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 11:46 am | Permalink
  3. Ruth Howard wrote:

    Where the learner can merge with (the source of) knowledge.

    Friday, November 28, 2008 at 5:13 am | Permalink
  4. Mine didn’t make it: “Emerging technologies are tools used to expand the educational environment beyond physical boundaries
    “…Okay, I added” (aka toys)” but only because Cormier’s humorous response was a bad influence on me. :)

    Friday, November 28, 2008 at 7:30 am | Permalink
  5. “Emerging Technologies” is pretty self-defining. But the ongoing promise of new ideas and creative solutions for learning is what keeps us, as educators, going.

    Friday, November 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm | Permalink
  6. DolorsCapdet wrote:

    I think that is something that needs to reflect evolving and seeking efficiency.
    This is my proposal: A group of resources and tools in the process of evolution aimed at making more efficient transmission of knowledge.

    Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

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