Blogs responded to on March 14, 2015
Hello Dr. Green and classmates,
One of the technologies that was mentioned to be an emerging technology that is not very popular in the U.S. at this time is Linux. While it is not too popular in the U.S., it is very popular in other countries, such as Brazil (Thornburg, 2009). In the countries that use Linux heavily, they do not consider Linux to be an emerging technology. They consider Linux to be a mature technology because the technology is widely used. With that information, I believe that whether or not a technology is considered to be emergent depends on how the technology is used in a particular community. According to Thornburg (2009), the successful adoption of technology is dependent upon people knowing about various technologies as options to use in their communities. Now, whether or not they choose to use the technologies is dependent upon their needs, preferences, and desires.
Another example that Thornburg mentions in his article is the use of laptop computers in the classrooms. As suggested by Thornburg, the use of desktops in every class would be useless and expensive because of the number of power watts used for the computer. The use of traditional laptops also use more power than the notebook laptops that are emerging into classrooms in the present (Thornburg, 2009a). An example of an emerging technology that I would like to point out is the use of cell phones and personal devices in the classrooms. The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy is emerging in many school districts and companies where employees and students are encouraged to bring and use their own devices in their professional environments (Bradley, 2011). While the website that I shared focuses on the use of the BYOD policy in business, the use of this policy is becoming popular in schools as well (Chadband, 2012). Please see the links below.
Bradley, T. (2011). PCWorld: Pros and cons of bringing your own device to work. Retrieved from http://www.pcworld.com/article/246760/pros_and_cons_of_byod_bring_your_own_device_.html
Chadband, E. (2012). Should school embrace “Bring your own device”? Retrieved from http://neatoday.org/2012/07/19/should-schools-embrace-bring-your-own-device/