From slates and chalk all the way to laptops and videogames, schools reinvent themselves for every generation. Today, we want to know what you think the classroom of the future will look like.
Classroom warfare is tough. You have teachers hounding your stash, cute girls to impress, punk kids coming up with punkier ways to punk you—basically a lot to worry about. That's why you need this rubberband shooting ruler.
Wendy Scott, a teacher of at North Brookfield Elementary School in Massachusetts, tried to ban pencils and pens in her classroom. It's completely ridiculous because you sorta need them to do schoolwork and because it's just a freaking pencil and pen.
Sunlight. A tropical breeze blowing across your hands as you take down notes. The Green School is a far cry from the windowless, prison-like schools that I attended growing up. I bet this school churns out creative, telepathic geniuses.
If you do nothing else, (in the short time we have here on Earth), at least skip ahead to minute 6:20 in the video. The Newton theme…
This "auto-tutor" from the 1964 World's Fair is very similar in concept to the "homework machine" we looked at from 1981. The photo above can be found in the Official Souvenir Book of the 1964 New York World's Fair.
The Autotutor, a U.S. Industries teaching machine, is tried out by visitors to the…
This post originally appeared at Paleofuture.com.
Classroom of the Future (Part 1, 1987)
Classroom of the Future (Part 2, 1987)
Homework in the Future (1981)
The Answer Machine (1964)
The Road Ahead: Future Classroom (1995)
Closer Than We Think! (1958-1963)
Part 2 of the 1987 concept video Classroom of the Future is fairly accurate in depicting what the Internet would eventually allow people to do. Again, the voice synthesis and recognition seem superfluous.
The 1987 GTE concept video Classroom of the Future demonstrates videophone technology as an essential tool in making people more productive. Sadly, it doesn't seem like kids of the future are any more intelligent. Check out part one of this paleo-futuristic gem.
An article in the April 6, 1976 Daily Review (Hayward, California) ran with the headline, "Students see future without football."
The 21st century will see the demise of football, a cure for cancer and cities under the sea, according to some bright ninth grade students.
A special "futurology" class at suburban…
Forget jetpacks, Martian colonies and floating cities. We may have found the most astonishing claim made by anyone of the paleo-future. According to the 1981 book School, Work and Play (World of Tomorrow), in the future, homework will be fun! Upon hearing the news every child of the early 1980s choked on their bologna…
With concepts like "linking to the Education Center in Washington, D.C." AT&T clearly had ideas about the infrastructure of the Internet that didn't quite pan out.
Continuing our series of clips from the 1993 video Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future, today we have part 5. Practicing medicine over picturephone, personal computer assistants and a glimpse of the classroom of the future are just a few of the paleo-futuristic wonders featured in this clip and clips to come.
The 1995 book The Road Ahead by Bill Gates included a CD-ROM with video of what the classroom of the future would look like.
The paleo-future of 1995 is filled with ethnically diverse students academically engaged by the high-tech presentations of their fellow classmates. The teacher brings the class to attention by…
Intern Travis here. As an avid classroom laptop user at my humble university I am intrigued by the latest news of professors banning laptops in the classroom. Some professors supporting the ban include June Entman at the University of Memphis and Charles Mooney at the University of Pennsylvania—Mooney has had a ban on…