What does the future life look like? What impact will emergent technologies have on our lives?

In this Teaching Scenario students reflect on the impact of emergent technologies on all our lives.

Educational Level

Upper Secondary

Student Age

14 – 18

Number of students

activity with the whole classroom

Lesson duration

2 hours

  • Reflecting on the impact of emergent technologies on all our lives.

Critical thinking should be stimulated and a self-reflection questionnaire should be filled.

  • VR goggles, AR glasses, and other emergent technologies should be made available to students as a demo.
  • Borrowed devices should also be considered for use in the classroom.
  • A field trip to an institution or university where these devices are available could be planned.
  • The opportunity to try out these devices should be provided to students.
  • Adequate Wi-Fi infrastructure should be available for the smooth running of the devices.
  • Devices such as laptops, tablets, or smartphones may also be required to support the use of these technologies.

Experts from the field can be invited for AMA Sessions such as:

  • Technology experts from universities or research institutions
  • Well-known technology bloggers or influencers
  • CEOs or top executives of technology companies
  • Researchers or developers working on cutting-edge technologies
  • Technology journalists or writers who cover the latest trends and innovations
  • Experienced technology educators or trainers who can share their insights and best practices
  • Entrepreneurs or startup founders who have successfully launched innovative technology products or services
  • Investors or venture capitalists who can provide insights into the business side of technology innovation
  • Policy makers or regulators who are shaping the future of technology through legislation and regulation.

Case-Based Learning

Lesson Plan
Before the Lesson:


  • Educators need to prepare a list of appropriate materials for the course, including textbooks, online blogs, and science fiction reading and movies for inspiration.
  • The list of materials will be provided in a preparatory phase before the course begins.
  • Students will be encouraged to bring in their own materials from their own life experiences.
  • The use of science fiction reading and movies can be a source of inspiration for both educators and students in the course.
  • The inclusion of students’ personal materials can help to personalize the learning experience and make it more relevant to their interests and experiences.


Students are expected to get into the topic of emergent technologies to the best of their ability and to write down questions and topics worth discussing.



In the first lesson, the teacher should share with his students about the topic.

In the second lesson, an expert should be connected to the TPR and give an inspiring short talk. Afterwards, the students can ask their questions and discuss.

As homework the students should write a reflection paper, in the best case these will also be discussed in a following lesson.


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After Lesson:


Read homework / reflection essays


Homework / reflection essay

Media and materials:

Public access material and textbooks suitable for the age group and topic according to the curriculum.

This is for example a literature report from the DS4AIR Erasmus+ project: Download

Author: Alexander Pfeiffer (B & P – Emerging Technologies Consultancy Lab Ltd)

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