Eight Technologies and Trends to Inspire Creativity and Enhance Teaching

January 19, 2017 Bob Nilsson


By Maureen Yoder and Bob Nilsson

In today’s economy, it is critical for students to learn to be as creative and innovative as possible. Robots and artificial intelligence are rapidly taking over the routine, mechanical, and clerical jobs of the industrial age. New, emerging technologies are promoting creativity and enhancing teaching & learning in the classroom.

Eight technologies in particular have tremendous potential in education. They engage the students and spark creativity. Each is based on the sound, educational philosophy of Vygotsky and Bruner, but with a timely 21st century approach. This Slideshare discusses each of the eight technologies and includes video clips of the technology in use.

#8 Virtual Reality Beyond Games – You really have to experience it yourself to appreciate it

#7 Augmented Reality – The blending of virtual reality and real life

#6 Robots – Using them; programming them, building them

#5 Drones – Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); 7 ways to use in the classroom

#4 Flipped Classroom Update / Video Resources – be sure your flip doesn’t flop

#3 Maker Movement Update – Festivals of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness

#2 3D Printing – Medical breakthroughs, customized products, classroom coding projects

#1 Trends: Small Powerful Portable – phones, watches, cameras, projectors

But remember, nothing replaces good teaching!

Watch the webinar, Eight Technologies and Trends to Inspire Creativity and Enhance Teaching

Dr. Maureen Brown Yoder

Dr. Maureen Brown Yoder
Professor, Educational Technology, Lesley University

Dr. Maureen Brown Yoder is a Professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the Educational Technology Masters Degree program. Dr. Yoder coined the term “Electronic Constructivism” and has written and presented extensively on emerging technologies and how to thoughtfully and creatively integrate them into existing curriculam.


About the Author

Bob Nilsson

As the Director of Vertical Solutions Marketing at Extreme Networks, Bob Nilsson leads the Extreme Networks strategy and programs for vertical markets including Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Federal/State/Local Government, Retail, Hospitality, and Transportation and Logistics. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing IT systems to Global 1000 companies worldwide. Before joining Extreme Networks Bob was VP Marketing at Clear Methods. Prior to that Bob held senior marketing positions at Digital Equipment and HP. Bob holds an SB degree in EE from MIT and MBA from Columbia Business School.

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