New Zealand Classrooms in 2020 AD
As you approach your classroom tomorrow morning, the outside structure has possibly looked the same for the last 50 years, some classes were designed even before that time, but in the year 2020 AD the human race would have reached a pinnacle moment in our history.
According to Moore's Law a computer will double its circuitry roughly every two years. History has shown that since 1965 we have continued down this path of doubling the computers 'speed' every 18 months to 2 years. With this Law fundamental to envisaging the image on the 'crystal ball' we can imagine a classroom very different to that of today.
As you approach the school in your water/hydrogen powered car your mo-phone ( once called mobile phone) equipped with blacktooth (a larger range than the outdated and clunky Bluetooth) sends signals to your classroom that would disable the alarm, turn on the lights and heaters and bring your computers to life after remaining in hibernation.
Computers would have no Hard Drive as such, because they are a moving part and subject to breakage, so instead all memory is kept in RAM, making programmes open instantaneously on any powered surface and contain an incredible amount of intuition.
Upon entering the classroom you no longer have the need for a laptop because the latest iphone 2019 release integrated all the essential software that follows you from home to your school. By simply placing it on the dock it would enable access to your own files and preferences. As soon as you leave the classroom, your files are locked automatically.
The internet has been transformed into a 3D environment whereby touch computers and infra-red projections of keyboards are used to communicate through it. The QWERTY keyboard is still used occasionally but voice recognition and eye recognition software reads your blinks as to whether you wish to open or close a file.
The internet has reached critical mass with the prevalence of blogs and other 'diaries' has meant the old traditional internet is used alongside internet 3.0. This environment is similar to watching TV documentaries, live feeds in news and locations are the norm.
The classroom environment is also very different. Individual computers have been replaced with a central server computer located at the Ministry of Education and screens are no longer located in the classroom. Instead similar versions of Active Smartboards have been implemented across the world.
These Smartboards named Smartwalls are interlaced with the entire wall structure of the classroom. Staples and the stapler gun has been outlawed due to Health and Safety Concerns. Published learning is simply placed on a scanner that then enables the teacher to manipulate the copied image of the learning and place it anywhere on the walls.
Groups of children assemble themselves across the class at various stations at the Smartwalls and use similar programmes like phun and frogguts, images can be twisted and turned.
In the centre of the classroom is a projector facing towards the ground. This projector is able to display images similar to R2D2's communication to Princess Leah during Star Wars. Here students can see other students on a programme similar to Skype, interviews can also include the image of students being able to share objects like items through enhanced projection. Recently this holographic projection was successfully tested by CNN during the Barak Obama election.
Fortunately some things never change, children will still write with a pen, now called pen 3.0. This pen is capable of writing not in books but on the tablet embedded into the students’ desks.
Other instruments included on this tablet enable students to share their learning on other students’ tablet screens and the Smartwall anywhere in the class, school and world. Stories are created, shared, edited and refined by peers.
With Moore’s Law reaching a pinnacle moment in 2020AD, computers will be on your mophone meaning no need to carry a laptop because the mophone is the all in one package you carry with you: projected image of a screen onto any surface.
Next time you arrive at school in the morning, breath a sigh of relief that the classroom you see on the outside will look similar to the classes of today, but it is what is inside that will be radically different and we as teachers can equip the students of today for these changes.
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