Educational Technology Trend Review (ETTR) is a scholarly publication dedicated to the thorough analysis of educational technology trends, classroom tech strategies, emerging ideas, and popular everyday apps, games, and technologies. Our articles focus on the practical application of both common and cutting-edge technologies and provide educators and researchers alike with key insights on ed tech trends. Our reviews examine emerging technological opportunities across the disciplines in both formal and informal educational settings for learners of all ages.

Our reviews include analyses of the following types of technology trends with an eye toward educational potential:

  • Classroom technologies for formal education, including K-12 and higher ed
  • Informal learning opportunities, including MOOCs and professional development media
  • Digital media, including video, audio, text/hypertext, nonlinear navigation, convergent/transmedia, and multiliteracies
  • Digital games, from mobile games to expansive online worlds
  • Popular non-educational apps, tools, and technologies and their potential for education
  • Trendy apps and emergent digital phenomena
  • Digital tools, utilities, and gadgets for educators, researchers, and instructional designers
  • Learning analytics, Big Data, and personalized learning software
  • AI and machine learning applications
  • Low-tech alternatives to high-tech options

Not all technologies are created equal, and not every technology will instantly work as intended when employed in an educational situation. To meet the need of identifying how technologies and new trends could be used in ways that have the highest positive impact on learning, ETTR publishes thorough reviews of emerging educational technology trends with a particular eye toward principled pedagogical appropriateness for technology use.

ETTR was founded based on the increased need for open-source, rapid-sharing of knowledge in our fast-paced technology-based world. We are committed to the open-source movement and to freely share knowledge in hopes that it will grow. In addition, conventional publishing approaches often do not meet the need for the rapid discussion and analysis of technology trends. Instead, when technology research is performed and subsequently published through conventional means, the technology in question is often outdated or has already evolved by the time of publication. Thus, the field has seen a need for avenues for scholarly discourse that match the rapid rate of technological development today. A commitment to timely analysis of trends encourages freely shared scholarly knowledge and discussion instead of hiding behind increasingly prohibitive paywalls, as well as avoiding multi-year editorial processes that are common with traditional publication processes. To meet these commitments, all of our articles are published as open content and discuss current trends with the intent that educators, instructional designers, and policymakers will find them useful and timely.

Our reviews are researched and written by ETTR staff researchers and invited contributors, which undergo an internal review and editorial process. Each article conforms to our technology trend review framework that is intended to provide the most value to readers, who include educators, researchers, students, technology developers, administrators, and policy makers.

Unfortunately, ETTR does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.