Educational technology applications and technology-mediated instruction has seen a rapid growth due to the explosion in mobile technology and social networking. The Gartner Hype Cycle for Education tracked over 50 emergent education-related technologies in various stages of development and implementation in 2017. These technologies represented various applications, promising practices and enhanced methods which attempt to meet evolving expectations for information and learning systems and for engaging students more deeply in their learning.
Educational institutions continually seek up-to-date and engaging modes of instruction as they strive to provide the best learning environment for their students. To do so, they require staying abreast of the most promising emerging educational technologies. Additionally, they are also appropriately sceptical until they prove themselves. After costing institutions money they could not afford to lose, too many become yesterday’s fad, while others turn out to be beyond their capacity to implement effectively.
Key factors in adopting emerging technologies include:
- Total cost of ownership.
- Effectiveness in the classroom.
- Comparison with similar tools to determine the best.
- Integration into teaching processes.
- Privacy and security of devices and data generated by new tools.
- Scalability and comprehensive implementation plans for widespread adoption.
- Compatibility and interoperability of devices with existing systems.
- Support for new apps, operating systems, and devices.
- Support for system upgrades and potential conflicts with browsers or other applications.
- Accessibility for students with disabilities.
- Alignment with student outcome goals.
- Training for teachers, administrators.
- Support staff for effective use and evaluation.