Magazine article Technology & Learning

The Shape of Tomorrow

Magazine article Technology & Learning

The Shape of Tomorrow

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The question of what school will look like 25 years down the line proved an even more provocative one than I anticipated.

In interviews and conversations with education professionals, industry gurus, scientists, and futurists over the past several months, respondents universally asked for clarification, "What do I hope school will look like? Or what do I fear it will look like?"

Good questions.

In the following pages, you will find a broad range of perspectives on what the next quarter century will bring. You will read about rich immersive virtual environments, such as the one depicted on our cover, where students can visit a distant tide pool and use sensor gloves to explore sea urchins and starfish, or tour the chambers of ancient pyramids to study artifacts of the era. And artificial intelligence will blossom, taking attendance for us, providing highly customized tutoring and fueling interactive discussions with the likes of Socrates and Plato. Haptic technologies will reconstruct touch, taste and smell from a distance and "Info-Implants" such as Manager On-a-Chip or Doctor On-a-Chip will supply you instantly with all the knowledge you need for a new job function.

A combination of the physical and virtual will enable students to learn at their own pace while still socializing at dances, games, and other traditional pastimes. We'll work in multinational teams to solve problems globally. Educators will be highly trained specialists, who are experts at inspiring critical thinking. …

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