Thursday, July 12, 2012

Are These REALLY Things That Will be Obsolete by 2020?

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I just found a posting by Shelly Blake-Plock where he shared some predictions from 2009.  Some of them are plausible but some of them seem trite. Do you really think that we will ever outgrow paper?

In short, here is a list of the soon-to-be-gone stuff. You can review the list and then read a more in-depth discussion of them at his blog.  Provide your opinion in the comments section.
Will these be gone in 2020?

  1. Desks, 
  2. Language Labs, 
  3. Computers, 
  4. Homework, 
  5. The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions, 
  6. Differentiated Instruction as a Sign of Distinguished Teachers, 
  7. Fear of Wikipedia, 
  8. Paperbacks, 
  9. Attendance Offices, 
  10. Lockers, 
  11. I.T. Departments, 
  12. Centralized Institutions, 
  13. Organization of Educational Services by Grade, 
  14. Education Schools that Fail to Integrate Technology, 
  15. Paid/Outsourced Professional Development, 
  16. Current Curricular Norms, 
  17. Parent-Teacher Conference Night, 
  18. Typical Cafeteria Food, 
  19. Outsourced Graphic Design and Web Design, 
  20. High School Algebra 1, and 
  21. Paper - Really?.
Do you agree with these? Are they reasonable or what others predictions do you have for 8 years from now?

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