How will future technology change the classroom?

Tools and Warnings

Will the classroom of the future look like this? Or will it be even more high-tech and automated?
Will the classroom of the future look like this? Or will it be even more high-tech and automated?
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There are some pretty impressive ideas about how technology will begin trickling into our classrooms. And we're not just talking about a laptop for every kid. Consider a biometric technology that can measure a kid's breathing, facial expression -- even how fast they're typing -- to let teachers know how they're reacting to lessons or the learning environment.

There's also been a fair amount of attention to giving augmented reality glasses to kids in classrooms. The glasses act as a screen that projects information or images on them, supplementing, say, a book or map. Even better, augmented reality glasses could provide a video of the teacher giving instructions to each kid at a time.

But increasingly, there have been concerns about what technology in the classroom might take away from education. For one, there's the concern that technology in the classroom has had no real impact on student achievement or test scores [source: Richtel]. There's the fear that instead of spending money on research that would lead to a better understanding of learning, districts and schools will be forced to upgrade technology with little idea of how it's best used or if it's being implemented at the expense of basic reading, writing and math skills. Even worse, that money would be drained from the pockets of teachers and education professionals.

With that comes the worry that teachers will become obsolete, and the classroom will become an entirely automated experience. Already there is a concern that dependence on technology allows students to have a lot more information at hand, but to collect it too easily. Having a broad, easily accessible wealth of knowledge might harm the deeper understanding that comes from a careful analytical research process [source: Hopkins].

Technology will no doubt play a large part in the education system -- whether you have the technology or not.