- PDAs - the Palm Pilot has been replaced by the smartphone.
- Dial-up internet connections.
- Getting film developed - now everything is digital.
- Movie rental stores, VCRs, CDs and record shops - now you can download just about anything from iTunes!
- Maps - now we just use GPS.
- Newspaper classifieds - thanks to eBay.
- A landline and public pay phones - everyone has a mobile.
- Long distance phone charges - thanks Skype!
- Fax machines
- Phone books, dictionaries and encyclopaedias.
- Backing up data on CDs - now we use external hard drives or Dropbox.
- Getting bills in the mail - everything is electronic.
- Paper - most communication is now conducted online.
But what about the next 10 years? Well according to the TeachPaperless website the following changes will occur in education:
- Out will go desks, language labs, books, lockers and paper.
- In will come individualised computing via handhelds.
- The concept of homework will be replaced by 24/7 learning.
- Digital portfolios will replace standardised tests as a way of getting into university.
- There will be more emphasis on differentiation and personalised learning.
- The traditional role of the IT department will change - it will become the place where real change is instigated in schools.
- Professional development will change as PLNs become more powerful.
- Parent-teacher conferences will be unnecessary as parents will always be able to access what their students are doing online.
Exciting times ahead!
Photo Credit: Towards the Back by Kim Cofino (superkimbo in BKK). This photo is of the Elementary School Learning Hub in the International School of Bangkok, Thailand.