Sunday, October 31, 2010

Future School, Future Life

The year is 2035.  Your kids are entering high school. What does it look like?

Read all the questions before beginning.

1.  Will schools be more modern? Will there be more technology?  Are classes bigger? Virtual classrooms? How has the structure changed?

2. Are the subjects the same?  Math? English? Science? Social Studies? Art?  Music? How are they different?  Are there books?  Is there still paper?

3.  Watch about 2 minutes of this video: High School 1968 It's pretty accurate of what high school looked like when I was there.  Skip around a bit and get a feel for it.  We couldn't even fathom using computers at school.  We used encyclopedias for information. We predicted the future would look like this: Jetsons!  It didn't happen that way! But then I could never have even imagined the Internet, cell phones, GPS, ipads, etc.  It's pretty amazing to consider how things have changed during my lifetime. Someday you will be looking back at old videos of your time in high school.  So thoughtfully consider the vast amount of change I presented in this paragraph and predict with great detail what your life will look like in 2035. 


(Grading Rubric: 1=10pts, 2=10pts, 3=30pts)

PS I plan on printing this assignment for each of you to take to Year 2035 to chronicle your accuracy!

19 comments:

  1. 1. The schools will be modern and there will be more technology. That means that there will be bigger classes with a proctor watching over the students as they learn on their own with computers etc. There will be no virtual classrooms. The structure will be the same with some changes in the interworkings of how things are done.

    2. All the subjects will be the same, just with advances and different ways of learning them. There will be not paper or text books, all on computers. There will be many differences, one I would like to see would be an increase in appreciation for music and it being more of a necessity for students to learn, but instead it will probably be depressing by how instead of true music, it will be the computer-created crap and instead of band class it would be music mixing class.

    3. The future is a dark, desolate, pathetic place due to what technology will have done to us. By 2035, I predict that basic daily facts of life such as speaking with another human being will be removed because of texting and online social networks. It will be as if talking will never happen and the only sounds would be the whirring of the evil machines and the horrid excuse for music that gets played to break the awkward silence. People will become machines themselves, only doing what is programmed to do, not having any feeling or emotion. And those who notice how everything is and see just how wrong it is will try to do something about it, but it will be hopeless and they will simply become lost causes until all hope for the world dies with them. At that time, life will have no purpose and humanity will be a waste of life.

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  2. Yikes Rich! No more sci-fi horror movies for you! You will be about 40-something years old and I know you have the ability to imagine a happier place!

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  3. 1. I believe that there will not be schools anymore everything will be done online or something in a sense like that. There will be more technology but standards will shoot out the window and people will only be required to know a few basic skills and things for general survival and ability to work.

    2. Subjects won't be the same, social studies will be completely revamped to just straight forward history. Social skills will be unnecessary because people will not only not have to interact with others, but not leave the house for any purpose. Where as technology is awesome and is helpful in many ways it will definitely be the downfall of humanity in many ways as well. Art will be electronic and computer generated. There will still be paper but it will not be the main form of documentation.

    3. In 2035 the main difference will be the United States fall to communism because when everything is controlled with technology the 10 year old Chinese boy will hack into the system and take over. I think that people will over complicate things and the general direction technology is headed with weapons everyone will be dead or herded by fear.

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  4. 1) We are gravitating towards a "1984" esque society in which we are constantly being brainwashed. We will known basic motor skills and basic work ethic but we will be conditioned from birth to fill one role in society. There will be virtual classrooms or online only learning, there will be no schools as we understand them today, merely virtual environments much like facebook. I think we will end up in an "ender's game" world.

    2) There will be paper because of original important documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of rights and whatnot, but we will not have basic academic classes. We will have a computer learning class at a young age and one admin of a "school" that would govern 500 kids like a teacher would. Online learning is the way of the future. (same with full body virtual environments)

    3) I think the jetsons are still a viable ootion for where society is headed, Steven Hawkings was famously quoted as saying "I'm working on that" as he was wheeled past a warp drive engine set when he was a guest star on star trek. We have the technology and if you look at how much we've advanced in the past 10 years, imagine what will be accomplished in 25? I think touch technology will stand the test of time and computers will start to eventually take over, and I don honestly believe that a zombie outbreak will destroy the world before and biblical messiah's come. I think that humanity will destroy itself before we can be saved. But virtual reality will be where it's at, maybe something along the lines of "Gamer" without the stupid plot and bad special effects.

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  5. 1) It's fairly obvious that there will be more technology integration in future classrooms. With things like laptop carts and computer labs almost universal, the only difference between now and the future is what the kids will be using. Maybe it will be iPads, or electronic desks. I think that online and virtual classrooms will grow and expand but teacher instruction classes will remain. Home schooling has never taken a major bite out of the standard classroom, so there is nothing to worry about. The option to choose one classroom type over another will expand with those students who virtual learning going one way and standard classroom students another.

    2) I don't think we will ever completely remove paper. Paperless teaching is an extreme that simply can't work. Unless individual student issued computer are assigned. Textbooks are almost certain to die out but novels will take a longer time to transition over. Personally I would prefer it this way as textbooks can benefit from the digital transformation in the way of word searching and resources while full books are better suited as they are.

    3) There will be much greater internet connectivity both online and in conjunction with the real world. Online money transactions will be much more prominent. Even more of the inventions that we are waiting for. Medical advances will continue and major industries will change. I feel like it is naive to say that in the future in year X everyone one will be hooked into a computer. The changes will be subtle and happen over a long time, but overall, the direction we are going with technology will make for a better future.

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  6. 1. Apple will eventually take over in leader for technology simply due to the fact that they have been continuously rising for a couple years. The classes will more then likely get slightly larger, however, that depends on population. I do not believe in robots because they are stupid and not real what so ever. I say that because they can’t operate like a human hence the reason they can not take us over, furthermore we’re talking 20 years from now. Are robots and technology we never thought possible actually going to exist?!

    2. There will of course be common subjects such as math, science and English, they are the essentials of life. All subjects will be a little different because especially like music and art, in 20 years new things would have evolved. Trees won’t go away, so why would paper? That’s a simple thought to a massive assumption, novels from 10’s of years ago are still around, and reading won’t vanish. Textbooks will always be a necessity for educational purposes, so students can keep up in class. Paper will be around, but like the napkin technology idea, different ideas will become reality before we know it so who knows what the future may hold.

    3. A typical day in my life would look something like transformers. I pick that specific movie because besides from the obvious fake cars, the robots have the technology to do tremendous damage. While some would think that’s a bad example, what about Life Free Or Die Hard? The terrorist people were able to take over the world due to what technology had come to. Now that technology has become so big, 20 years ago ipads weren’t fathomable, but, we’re aware of the endless possibilities so I don’t think we can be too surprised.

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  7. 1. Schools are always on the lagging end of technological adoption because it costs an incredible amount of money to purchase, develop, and train teachers to use new technology. That being said, schools eventually move into the future. Right now, we're seeing a move into online learning, which is going to be gigantic in the future. It will be much more immersive learning environment with better teacher-student interaction. The virtual world will be able to simulate the real world in new ways that are impossible today.

    2. The subjects will be very different because of the increasing ability of students to learn from anywhere. They will be able to take classes in a ton of different subjects, many of them following new career and learning paths that are unavailable today. One of the many problems with our education system is that no one is going into technical jobs that require training or apprenticeship because we want everyone to go to college. That path isn't right for a lot (most?) people! Instead, we will be able to identify and set kids on track for education and careers that fit their personality and ambition.

    3. By 2035, the computers in our pockets (or maybe in our brains) will be faster than the fastest supercomputers we have available today. Everyone will have access to the kind of technology that creates new possibilities for interacting with the world around us - there will be a true ubiquity in our connection to the internet as we become a more technological and more progressive culture that depends on immediate access to knowledge.

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  8. 1) I think it will be more technology form. Many classes will be expanded due to more technology use. I strongly think that kids will be way more smarter than. Meaning less drop outs and more college gradates which than means more job opportunities. Teachers will also be more trained on knowing how to use technology.

    2) The subjects will be more sophisticated and different than nowadays. Students will have to also have to have more advanced goals. If we go down the path of technology people will be extremely smarter than now. The school systems will also be impacted because meetings will be easier and will take less time and teachers will have more spear time.

    3) In 2035, robots will most likely be here helping us out. The movie iRobot kinda tells it like i think we'll end up like. So much technology will make us go crazy and robots will turn on us and take over. Hopefully we dont make those mistakes and we can continue living normal.

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  9. 1. I think that there will be much more technology in the classroom. I think that the deskes could have a computer built in and a touch interface on them. Also class could be taken online straigh from your house with a virtual teacher, so you and all your fellow class mates watch him teach from the confort of your home, and if u have a question for the teacher you will just press a botton and you will be put in a queue of questions to be answered.

    2. I think the subject will mostly stay the same but i think what should happen is that if a kid knows what he wants to be when he is older he should take classes more geared towards that, so for instance if someone wants to be a pilot, they shouldn't have to take a ceramics class, unless of course they wanted to. But also I think that there will be adances in science that we will be taught.

    3. If you haven't read the short story Harrison Bergeron I recommend that you do, I feel like this is what is going to happen in the future. Hopefully it doesn't. Another way I see the future playing out is that we will create to good of AI (Artificial intelligence) and that it will realize we are holding it back, and start to kill the humans.

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  10. 1. If you are want us to tell you how it will be and how we would like it to be then you will get two answers. It will not change very much at all Technology has been entering our society for decades now and there has been little change in how the school day goes on. We may use technology to make the same things that we are currently doing easier, but we will not be doing anything new. Now there may be new classes how ever, such as digital design, audio testing, but it wont be a magical Technology utopia, like we would want it to be, the school systems k-12, just aren't ready for a change this big in the next 25 years, maybe in year 2050, or 2100, but not this soon.

    2. Like stated in answer 1 the classes will not change to much, now there will be paper, maybe less paper. If everything was done electronically, then learning would get irritating (not to say it isn't now...) there is a point when you need a "hard" copy. The Tech age will be very slow moving, before it can fully enter our schools it must enter our homes and minds. You must remember kids go to school for most of there lives, there thought process is affected by what and how they learn, society will not want to alter the way things are, the way our mind set is built to be, so fast.

    3. My life or a students life? My life will be great. The students life again will be hardly different from what we see now, things will be easier, and perhaps there will be slightly different things going on, but more in the club arena, and perhaps backpacks will be lighter due to personal computers. We can witness the changes, life in the video is pretty much the way things are, the principles and philosophies, are the same the base in which learning and teaching are built are the same. I do not believe when I am sending my kids to school, they will be much different nation wide, school shopping maybe more expensive, but it is still school shopping...

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  11. your movie made me late, I watched it 47 times...

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  12. 1. If you are want us to tell you how it will be and how we would like it to be then you will get two answers. It will not change very much at all Technology has been entering our society for decades now and there has been little change in how the school day goes on. We may use technology to make the same things that we are currently doing easier, but we will not be doing anything new. Now there may be new classes how ever, such as digital design, audio testing, but it wont be a magical Technology utopia, like we would want it to be, the school systems k-12, just aren't ready for a change this big in the next 25 years, maybe in year 2050, or 2100, but not this soon.

    2. Like stated in answer 1 the classes will not change to much, now there will be paper, maybe less paper. If everything was done electronically, then learning would get irritating (not to say it isn't now...) there is a point when you need a "hard" copy. The Tech age will be very slow moving, before it can fully enter our schools it must enter our homes and minds. You must remember kids go to school for most of there lives, there thought process is affected by what and how they learn, society will not want to alter the way things are, the way our mind set is built to be, so fast.

    3. My life or a students life? My life will be great. The students life again will be hardly different from what we see now, things will be easier, and perhaps there will be slightly different things going on, but more in the club arena, and perhaps backpacks will be lighter due to personal computers. We can witness the changes, life in the video is pretty much the way things are, the principles and philosophies, are the same the base in which learning and teaching are built are the same. I do not believe when I am sending my kids to school, they will be much different nation wide, school shopping maybe more expensive, but it is still school shopping...

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  13. 1. It is pretty clear that with classes such as GenYes, technology is obviously pushing its way into the school system, and by 2035, there will obviously be more technology, and more modern schools. Many new ideas may be integrated, such as ipads or ipod touches, or it may just be more computer based. But with the rapidly growing internet, you can actually learn some classes easier than you can by taking the class itself. Also, with the way class sizes are increasing, who's to say that eventually all schools might be university style, with 100 kids in an auditorium like classroom. As for virtual classrooms, many classes may soon be able to be taken online, as many are offered that way already. Schools might be eliminated as a whole.

    2. I think that with a increase in technology, the classes will remain the same, just be done differently. There might be a bigger focus on the math and science perspectives, as those are essential for technology, but Social Studies, English, Art, and Music will remain the same. The English language is essential for humans to understand each other, and I don't think we will all be cave people by 2035. Music and Art as well are all things that can be done on computers or with technology, and I think we will start seeing a push towards the virtual arts. Social Studies will always be around as it is a way to avoid past mistakes. Books might still be around, put they will be virtual, as well, paper as a whole could quite easily be eliminated.

    3. 2035 will be quite a virtual world. Technology is advancing quickly, but I don't think that it is advancing to the rate of virtual apocalypse, nor total virtual gaming. We could very well have pleasantries such as Space Tourism, and incredibly powerful and fast computers, and most jobs will be done online, with memos being sent through some form of online communication, maybe even through telepresence. Want to talk to your relatives in another country? Just turn your TV on! Even significant advances in Robotics may be shown, but not to the extent where they completely take over the world. 2035 is only 20 years away, and it took 40 from the High School of the 70s to get where we are today, the change will be gradual and maybe in the future, we could see mass destruction, but not as soon as 2035.

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  14. 1) Well in the last 42 years i really dont see that much of a great change in the classes other than now days we use projectors and white boards. Every now and then we use computers to do research or things like that. Its nothing to freak out about. But on the other hand in genyes we are pushing technology into classes so there is really no way of telling how long it might to upgrade our schools and technology in general. I really dont think that there will be Virtual classrooms by 2035 it might be possible but we still have a long way to go before that happens.

    2) Of course there will be paper but i think it will there will be less use of it because by that time there will be way more options to present or hand in a document. But books, those will most likely be read electronically by then. The classes will be the same but just presented a different way.

    3) I think things in the future will start to look good for us after a while but over time we will eventually become lazy and technology will get the best of us, then everything will go down hill from there...

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  15. (1, 2 and 3 put together) While schools these days have become more and more "technologically advanced" I do believe that one thing will always stay the same: school will always be about learning, having it be past or present, it will always be about remembering the past and how we got there to better equip the students for there future. The essential subjects will of course remain the same (i.e Math, Science, History, English) our society, and that of the entire human populous is based on the knowledge of basic functions (i.e Government, banks, managing money, selling products) all usually learned through interaction through out a persons school years.
    While society may change, due to new social, technological, and economical breakthroughs we will always lean on our past to try and gain knowledge for the future. We may experience new fields of study in our generation, something like Aerospace Engineering which did not exist 20 years ago. times will always change, the question is not what will change, but will we be able to handle the change yet t occur?

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  16. 1. I think it's fairly obvious schools will be more modern and have new means of technology. Just as new technology has been added since my parents were in high school the same progression will occur when my kids are in high school. I think online classes will be more apparent, but will still be out numbered by an actual teacher in an actual class room. I think class rooms will be a little bit smaller because of the abundance of online classes. The structure of the class will be generally the same with notes and papers being used, maybe kids will be given their own computer as an optional way of taking notes or as a planner.

    2. Yes. I think the subject we are learning right now in high school will still be there. They will have some slight modifications to them, such as math classes having more advanced calculators, and music classes using more music software to teach lessons and make music. English classes may transition to writing papers entirely online if kids are given some sort of personal device. The only class I can see drastically changing would be something like Gen Yes. I still think paper and pencils will be primarily used, especially with the younger grades.

    3.Like you said, I'm not even able to fathom what exactly will be happening in the year 2035. I definitely think the amount of people without internet will approach zero and people will be spending more time online to do things like shopping, research, and dating. I think the year 2035 will still be far from the limits of human technology, and it will continue to grow to unimaginable heights even after our time.

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  17. 1. School is definitely advancing towards technology based learning, but like everyone in this class is being so morbid about it. Just because there is technology doenst mean that kids wont still talk to eachother and be social. there will still have to be teachers and students with questions. Geez people calm down. We'll all be dead in 2012 anyways :)

    2. Even now I only use my math book (rarely), but that could all easily be put online or in .pdf or .wwf form. Once again, online stuff does NOT mean that kids will change as we know them, it just means that there will be easier access to the information that they need. Music will never die. People will always want to play instruments. But even computer based music is a art and skill. Rich should prolly just chillax a lil bit and realize that music is just organized sound. There is no such thing as "true music". Except death metal, that s**t is terrible.

    3. Portable highly advanced computers for every student, and internet/cloud based learning and teaching. Classrooms still a possibility, but not a necessity. Telepresence based teaching available fer sher.

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