Tomorrow’s classrooms will be collaborative workspaces, featuring 3D printers “immersive “ work stations and hybrid textbooks in which content is generated on the fly. By Mark Piesing
In the classroom of the future, small groups of children work messily together on a number of “expeditions” to create amazing machines out of LEGO , scan seashells to be printed in 3D to help them explore under the sea, and tell them their own stories using sound.
By using the latest technology , such as 3D printers, fully immersive work stations – which are rather like working on two screens with one of them a touch screen projected onto the table in front of you- and hybrid text books, it’s hoped that teachers and publishers will be shifted from being providers of information to being supporters and prompters of the learning experience.
The hybrid textbook is much like a traditional textbook with text and pictures but also connects to a world of students -, teacher and publisher – generated digital material with the wave of a smartphone over an invisible watermark.
Its creator Hewlett Packard believes that this will help the students of today prepare for their own future in the knowledge economy- if in a rather controlled way that keeps parents and teachers happy.
Education can be innovative and international, and publishers can find new ways of delivering material in the future.
Author: Mark Piesing
Source: Frankfurt Show Daily