School Technology That a Child Born Today Will Never Use

Yeah, that title is a mouthful. I’ll let you take it in for a moment before making you nostalgic for the school technology of yesteryear.

I was reading an article today on what current technology newborns will not be using once they are old enough. Some of it I can see happening (slow-booting computers, landline phones) and there are others that I don’t necessarily see on the verge of extinction (movie theaters, Windows operating systems). I thought it’d be fun for us to brainstorm some of the technology that we use today in schools that will probably go the way of the ticker tape machine in the future. I’m not really sure what a ticker tape machine is but I know it’s a thing and if it’s not, then I guess you’d be calling my grandfather a liar.

I’m positive that overhead projectors will be a thing of the past. Now, I haven’t been in a K-12 classroom for half a decade now but I do remember how relient teachers were on overhead projectors. It absolutely made the old chalkboard seem antiquated. The overhead projector was THE machine for mass consumption of lesson plans and problems for the next generation. At least I thought it was.

Now I’m hearing about smart boards and its ability to go beyond posting a transparency of an assignment or class notes. It actually consisted of a board that allowed students to interact with it, something I dreamed about during class when I was 7 years old. It’s uses are numerous, so numerous that my sister’s math teacher frequently uses the projector as a makeshift coffee table (Source: My sister).

So I turn the question over to you. What school technology do you think will be phased out for a child born today?


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