Sometimes for big newsworthy events, they would roll a TV into our classroom and we would watch poor quality news reports...probably with rabbit ear antennas. In high school, not much had changed as far as technology. We didn't watch filmstrips much anymore but still used projectors with reels for educational movies and were just starting to use vhs tapes and of course cassettes. I think there may have been an early computer or two in the building but I don't remember using one. We still took "typing" on actual typewriters...at least they were electric typewriters. We didn't have cell phones or mp3 players or laptops.
My how times have changed!
My son will begin 8th grade tomorrow at a new school. It's a public school and is billed as a green technology school. We went to visit the other day. When I saw the wall of Ipads in the main hall, I was speechless. Yet, that was just the beginning. We were told we didn't need to buy any school supplies (at all, not even a pencil) and the kids won't be issued a set of books to carry back and forth. Nope, nothing. They don't have teacher classrooms either but rather "student learning spaces." I'll be honest, I'm not sure what to think about all of this. I guess this is what they call "the future".
If you want to see it, you can watch the video below (hopefully...if I did this right) They will show a tiny bit of construction of it first before they get to the good stuff like moving walls. Crazy.
Are you guys seeing this kind of stuff at your schools too? Are you ready for it?