Magazine article Technology & Learning

Gizmos, Gadgets, & Technologies

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Gizmos, Gadgets, & Technologies

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Not long ago, the Internet and cell phones resided strictly in the realm of fantasy. What will be the future tools we can't live without?

Multimedia Notebooks

Wireless portable notebooks have replaced three-ring binders. These handheld, portable learning tools are voice recognition enabled, allowing students to dictate commands, store information, access the Web, download text books, phone home, take virtual field trips, access libraries, and communicate with experts and educators around the country on any subject of interest. These notebooks advance with students throughout their K-12 years and are enhanced every year, to keep up with changes in technology and applications.

--B.Keith Fulton

Personal Education Assistants Teachers and students will be able to work from anywhere using personal education assistants. They will teach and learn via email, voice mail, videophone messages and so forth. Students Hill work collaboratively as well as individually even though they may be in different time zones. There will be personal tutors for every student and an intelligent computer-assisted learning system so that they can study anything they want at any time.

--Cheryl Nesbit

Tech-Savvy Teachers

We Hill have a new group of teachers in the field that grew up with today's technology advances. These teachers Hill use data disaggregation technology tools to organize, instruct, test, examine, and remediate students. Textbooks will be a thing of the past.

--Glenda Fannon

Smart Tablets

Each student will have a wireless laptop tablet, which will automatically handle attendance. It will also monitor each student's progress and provide reports to the teacher. The teacher will be able to push content to the student's laptop or allow students to work together in groups.

--William Murphy

Screen Rich Desks and Walls

Laptops will be on every desk and plasma TVs on every wall.

--Deb Plummet

Digital Content

Schools will be increasingly reliant on e-books, Web sites, subscription content, and other electronic resources. Library management systems will not only include this content in the catalog, but students will be able to access it directly and seamlessly from within the library management system.

--Tom Schenck

Info Chips

All human knowledge is available to us through the Solar Web System (SWS). Whenever specialized knowledge is needed, however, anyone can download an Info-Implant (everyone carries several) from the On-a-Chip series. Most popular are the module plug-ins to enhance professional and social skills such as Doctor On-a-Chip, Manager On-a-Chip, Comedian On-a-Chip, and Friend On-a-Chip. Also quite popular are academic subjects such as history, languages, math, and science. Since people change careers so often, the plug-ins make it possible to assimilate new knowledge and skills quickly.

--Joel Barker and Scott Erickson (Five Regions of the Future, Penguin)

Holography, Haptics, Games, and Fluid Media

Holography for sure. Holographic friends will be commonplace and robots that look like us will be doing our housework. Students will be looking at 3-D models of everything from car engines to the human body, and they will be able to get inside images. Our flat screens will seem completely archaic and almost embarrassing to us.

Gaming will be very big, as most subject areas will be cast in story form, with gaming as one of the primary ways for students to create stories about content matter. …

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