There are several types of technologies that
exist in today‟s classrooms and schools.
These technologies tend to complement
some of the more traditional learning
methods rather than replacing them.
The current school technologies are only
available to some schools thus widening the
technological gap between the schools with
technology and the schools without
In my opinion most of the technologies currently in use
will still be used by schools in 2020. If a technology is
bound to disappear or at least to lose relevance in the
near future is the printer. Even now some teachers are
accepting work to be emailed and not printed so the
printers are slowly becoming obsolete as more teachers
join the trend. There is also an environmentally
conscious movement and projects such as the
“paperless office” being implemented in some schools.
Books and notebooks could be dropped and
replaced by Kindle-like devices that would
allow input or just laptop computers. The
Kindle-like devices could be school issued
and thus, may contain software that would
prevent open internet access creating a
„distraction free‟ laptop.
There have been several changes from the 1990s
to the current times in the way technology is
used by schools.
Firstly back then technology was much more
expensive than it is now and thus its use was
lower. The school had computer rooms during
the 1990s and students needed to use them if
they wanted to use a computer, now most 11th
and 12th grade students have their own laptop
computers that they carry around with them
without depending on computer labs.
Teachers in order to enter the school used to
have keys, now they carry keycards with RFID
technology that opens the gates for them.
Teachers in 2020 with the use of voice
recognition software and smartboards could, in
theory, stop writing on tradicional whiteboards.
The software could make it easy for a teacher to
give the class as he or she could just dictate the
lessons to the computer and the computer could
make a presentation out of them.
Teachers could use TabletPC technology in order
to stop grading in actual paper and thus reduce
costs and environmental impacts.
„Senior‟ teachers would have to be trained to use
the new technology and some of them could
prefer the traditional teaching methods they grew
up with. Some teachers could even be
technophobic (afraid of technology).
Students would not have to write in actual
paper so their calligraphy might not benefit
from this. When students come to write in
actual paper their orthography and grammar
could be bad because of lack of practice and
overdependence in technologies like spelling
and grammar checkers.
Students could now have access to many
books for every subject in their Kindle-like
devices, this would be a benefit because e-
books are cheaper than regular books.
There will be a possible increase in costs for
the school, improvements to networking and
general infrastructure will need to be applied
in order for the new technology to work.
Some schools could become virtual schools
and thus it would be difficult to control
student behaviour as in a virtual world they
could behave differently than in real life.