Technology like this opens up a whole wide range of resources to study and learn from specially the internet. It provides unlimited amount of research material and also information in all kinds of format like videos, audio, texts, images, etc.
Technology like the smart boards make teaching easier and more practical since it provides a more interactive and visual way of teaching. In other words 3D animations or touch screen features enables a fully interactive way of learning.
Also technology such as office softwares lets students do assignments more efficiently. In other word processors, spreadsheet, etc lets you organize and present work neater plus using technology like wikis makes data sharing easier.
Technology is also being used for other purposes in schools such as security:
Cameras are recently being used to monitor lessons and students behavior in school which supposedly prevent robbery or bullying. However it also violates some privacy issues parent and students are concern about but with solutions such as privacy policies might help the development of this technology in schools
I think that since technology is being used in the world to work with, schools must use technology as well to cope with the world development. In other words as world becomes more electronically (using internet, e-mails, digital works) students must also learn about this and also adapt to it therefore schools must implement technology so that students adapt to it and also learn how to use them efficiently, and ethically correct. So schools will definitely increase their technology use and also modernize their technology as the world technology evolves.
Video conferencing might help students who are unable to attend school have the lesson at their home through video conferencing. It can be done by either classrooms filled with monitors where each student connects to and the teacher can give the lesson to them or each students receives class from their homes by a teacher in a monitor and many other students can be watching the same transmission at a certain time.
Problems with this technology might be that it requires a compatible and decent set of hardware to set up a video confrencing.
Virtual school would be almost the same as video conferencing just that it would be more interactive in the way that students can actually walk around the virtual school and enter classes or not and at the same time socialize with other avatars (friends).
Problems with this technology might be that people can use virtual schools or specifically avatars inappropriate for schools. In other words avatars can range from a naked human to maybe aliens. Also avatars might do inappropiate acts like dancing or running in the middle of the class. Although it can be solve with policies to enter the virtual world.
Using PDAs or other mobile technology might become very efficient since students can keep their works or share and even send works using this devices. It is similar to using a laptop but PDA are more portable and handy in uncomfortable were laptops might be too troublesome to use like lack of space.
Problems with this might be that PDA may get lost or stolen easily swine they are smaller. And also they don’t quite have the same power as a laptop so they are limited to what you can you do with them.