Comparing and Contrasting Emergent and Emerging Technologies

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

Chadband, E. (2012). Should school embrace “Bring your own device”? Retrieved from


2 thoughts on “Comparing and Contrasting Emergent and Emerging Technologies

  1. Kenyatta,

    It is interesting you mentioned the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy in your statement. Over the past school year, I have noticed greater tolerance for electronic devices in our schools as opposed to previous years when it was zero tolerance. We even use and other host sites to conduct quizzes and other actvities so students can utilize their personal devices. Well, in my district they are trying to take this a step further and provide each student an ipad to use for the entire school year. Personally, this is going to be a nightmare with issues such as misuse, theft, etc…Great post!


    1. Hello Adrian,

      Yes, I agree with you that without some type of policies in place, it would be a nightmare. I wonder what the district is going to do to prevent issues like theft and misuse? I can imagine that in the area of misuse, the same policies would apply as with the use of school computers, and other technologies that are owned by the schools. Maybe they will issue the ipads out just as they issue books out, and keep track of them that way. While this will make the parents responsible for paying for them, I wonder if it is going to help to minimize occurrences of theft? Thanks!



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