Identifying an Emerged Technology

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As we continue to define emerging technologies, Drs. Thornburg, Soloway, and Rogers perceive an emerging technology not based on if you a technology is new to the market or just new to your community, but can it broaden the efficacy of a community by it’s use?

Before I decided on which direction I wanted to agree with, I researched the definition of the word “emerging” to help in my decision. Defined by Webster’s Dictionary (2016), the word emerging means, “newly created or noticed and growing in strength or popularity : becoming widely known or established.” By this definition, I have to agree with Dr. Rogers when he says a technology is emerging when it is new to your community of practice. Now this does not mean the technology is world-wide or renowned. As Dr. Thornburg (2014) stated, technologies are viewed differently based on the global or local use. This was shown in the example of Linux and its open-source operating systems. In that same regard, the technology I believe is emerging is not a particular device but more of a platform. That platform is blended classrooms. Blended classrooms first attention was chartered in the 1960’s with one example called PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations). Since then it evolved as technology evolved throughout our culture and now in education.

The basic definition for a blended classroom is a hybrid learning using mixed-methods of instruction so the learning can become more engaging. As schools continue to find ways to change their format from teacher oriented to learner centered, blended classrooms will also help in classroom management, educating different types of learners (learning below average, average, and above average students, personalized learning, and redefinition of the teacher (Joseph Rapposelli, 2014).

I truly believe as cost, engagement, standards, and advanced learning continue to create a challenge to our school systems, blended learning will help in alleviating a few of these concerns and gain traction in becoming the new standard to an educational classroom. John Dewey (1938) a huge proponent for experiential learning described what a blended classroom can produce in creating a successful classroom. The traction a blended classroom is and will produce will be evident in the change of desire for learning and how standard brick and mortar schools will be viewed (Tom Vander Ark, 2016). This emerging technology still has not come close to the potential is has as a platform to support other means of learning and teaching.

References

Laureate Education (Producer). (2014k). David Thornburg: What is emerging technology? [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2014c). Elliot Soloway: Resilience and risk taking in educational technology [Audio file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2014a). Elliot Soloway: Emerging vs. emerged technologies [Audio file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

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3 Comments

May 28, 2016 · 12:13 am

3 responses to “Identifying an Emerged Technology

  1. Interesting perspective you take here Orin. What are you responses to those that feel the further we deviate from standard brick and mortar education, the less successful and social students will be? I ask because I am a large proponent of blended and eLearning and feel as though the movement toward that model of learning environment is gaining attraction due to its appeal of flexibility and adaptability (Butean et. al., 2015; Kent, 2015). Some relevant articles based on this topic I have linked below.
    Great post! Thanks

    BUTEAN, A. a., MORAR, A. a., MOLDOVEANU, A. a., & ALEXANDRU, M. (2015). FROM CLASSIC MATH SCHOOL BOOKS TO INTERACTIVE GAMIFIED ELEARNING. Elearning & Software For Education, (1), 146-152. doi:10.12753/2066-026X-15-022
    Kent, M. (2015). Disability and eLearning: Opportunities and Barriers. Disability Studies Quarterly, 35(1), 4.

    • Hello Gina, Thank you for the reply. My response to those who are avid brick and mortar caveats, I feel have a good argument. There are schools in various areas where blended learning is helping meet the students where they are, however, these students are taking advantage of the situation and skipping school, changing grades, etc… Now the argument can be, is that an affect of blended learning or just the character of these particular students (Bloom, 2016)? Regardless of the blame, the reason I believe blended learning is the new platform for education is because you get the best of both worlds. I believe there are gems in the standard brick and mortar foundation that can’t be met in an effective way as e-learning. Schools should help groom students in two areas, academic and social. With brick and mortar, the social component is met by the different experiences students encounter which continues to challenge the human aspect of growth (Davis, 2016).

      The true challenge is more for the teacher to make sure the students are being met where they are academically. This has been the focus of our pedagogy for many years. The issue was the difficulty in trying to meet that challenge, especially, if you are teaching at a public school and your classroom has more than 30 kids in it. This is another issue that needs to be met. Nevertheless, having an option to personalize learning so you can meet students where they are, manage your classroom more efficiently, and keep them engaged, is the reason my support for blended learning is still insurmountable. I teach Art at a college preparatory high school in Northern California. I am very privileged and blessed to be placed at a private Catholic high school. My class size averages from 13-25. A dream size but the challenges are still the same, different types of learners with disabilities and different learning paces. I am challenged to meet these students in an elective that only about 25% take it very seriously and others like a study hall. My job is to make every student want to be there and the secret to that is to make every student feel like they are good enough to be there. Help them see their strengths and not focus on others best abilities. The only way I feel this can be met is with blended learning. Some of my students are excellent draftsmen, others conceptual geniuses, and then there are those who are great essay writers or presenters. Using collaborations, group projects, mixed media projects, help me to reach each student in a different capacity. This levels the playing field and each student can shine in their best moment. When you accomplish this you can then reach, teach, and challenge the student to go beyond their comfort zone to discover more of ther better selves.

      Bloom, M., 2016. Retrieved from http://www.centerdigitaled.com/k-12/Blended-Classes-Affect-Struggling-Students-Differently.html.

      Davis, M., 2016. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/01/12/15edtech_socialization.h30.html

  2. JANNOTTA FAULKNER

    Hi Orin
    The blended classroom is a platform that I have done some research on especially on the concept of the flipped classroom. The concept of the flipped classroom has become a popular pedagogical movement in many educational settings today. The flipped classroom is a component to the blending learning concept that shifts the ownership of learning from the teacher to the student. The concept of the flipped classroom provides more project-based and active learning where students work together to acquire a better understanding of a subject (Mok, 2014). I am interested in exploring more ways to enhance my teaching methods, as well as, motivate student learning.

    Mok, H. N. (2014). Teaching tip: The flipped classroom. Journal of Information Systems Education, 25(1), 7-11.

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