Visions 2020.2 - Student Views on Transforming Education and Training Through Advanced Technologies

Various authors, Netday, the U.S. Department of Education, Sept 02, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Report based on 'Speak-Up Day for Students' held in late 2004, an event where students were asked to describe their (ideal) use of technology, and Visions 2020, a polling of some futurists on what they expected to see. A profile emerges. "Every student would use a small, handheld wireless computer that is voice activated. The computer would offer high-speed access to a kid-friendly Internet, populated with websites that are safe, designed specifically for use by students, with no pop-up ads... In completing their schoolwork, students would work closely and routinely with an intelligent digital tutor, and tap a knowledge utility to obtain factual answers to questions they pose..." The profile feels a little massaged to me, and I wonder whether the questions or context didn't lead them on a little. Still, by 'safe' the students meant, mainly, no viruses, pop-ups and hackers. And by 'intelligent digital tutor' the students seemmostly to have meant 'robot'. PDF.
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