The following bit of pseudo-code is from van Dam (1999) and strongly matches my experience with educational technology, especially within universities.
for each new technology
euphoria and hype
struggle to produce material for the new medium
disappointment and cynicism
wait for the next technology that will be the answer
Though I must admit that I’m finding it harder not to immediately jump to
disappointment and cynicism.
And the author – Andries van Dam – has a bit of history with educational technology. Though the
struggle to produce material for the new medium step does seem to suggest a certain type of perspective of education/teaching.
And don’t forget Birnbaum’s fad life-cycle and the Gartner Hype Cycle.
van Dam, A. (1999). Education: the unfinished revolution. ACM Computing Surveys, 31(4es).