I'd have to agree - I've been using tables since the late 90's, and would never go back to desks.. but I do like those "rolly-desk-chairs" up there!
2. LANGUAGE LABS
We don't have those now.. just the ones in the library for students who need it, and I see those going with the addition of iPads in the schools.
We are going to almost totally handhelds, other than laptops/desktops for projecting (interactive boards, doc cams, etc.) Many teachers are already having students use their smartphones as handhelds in the classroom for online dictionaries, checking into edmodo, etc.
I agree, I think the flipped classrooms will revolutionize what we think of as "homework" so that instruction takes place online, and then there is more interaction in person.
5. THE ROLE OF STANDARDIZED TESTS IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
I can see this, since we are already starting digital portfolios with our gifted students in elementary school now.
6. DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION AS A SIGN OF DISTINGUISHED TEACHER
Thank goodness!!! Finally, maybe people will understand that differentiation isn't "more work" or "25 individual lesson plans"!
7. FEAR OF WIKIPEDIA
This is already happening, as they are becoming more and more accurate, and have more efficient and timely editors/monitors
Yep, if they all have handhelds, they all have books...
9. ATTENDANCE OFFICES
I don't think they'll go by the wayside, someone has to do the "paperwork" aspect to turn in to state agencies and register students.
With handhelds, no use for lockers..
11. I.T. DEPARTMENTS
I think these may actually grow, rather than cease to exist. With more technology on campuses, I think there will be more IT people to deal with/monitor hardware.
12. CENTRALIZED INSTITUTIONS
Hybrid schools... I have a whole group of friends with whom I have already discussed this possibilty.. it's just a matter of time...
13. ORGANIZATION OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES BY GRADE
This NEEDS to be done! If students were organized by ability/interest/etc. rather than age, it would be so good for students at all levels of learning.
14. EDUCATION SCHOOLS THAT FAIL TO INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY
Yep! IF the teachers aren't coming in with the skills to integrate and teach, they can't do it with their students!
15. PAID/OUTSOURCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
This is already pretty much gone in our district. It's still paid, but it is more "in house" than outsourced. I'd like to think I help start this when we pushed for in house training for GT rather than going outside the district, as stated. after 15 years of working with GT students in our district, I know as well (or better) what works with our students!
16. CURRENT CURRICULAR NORMS
I can only hope, but I see this one taking MUCH longer to get across...
17. PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE NIGHT
This will only work when EVERY parent has access to the technology to have a virtual meeting. We have the ability to do this now, but over half of our parents don't have the computers or internet at home.
18. TYPICAL CAFETERIA FOOD
19. OUTSOURCED GRAPHIC DESIGN AND WEB DESIGN
We've always done our own.. what makes me sad, is that ten years ago, we had a server and all of our site was written in HTML, and everyone's page was original and individual.. now we have a "host company" and everyone's page looks just the same, just "fill in the blanks."
20. HIGH SCHOOL ALGEBRA 1
We have already moved this to middle school....
If you get me the handhelds, I can do without the paper... but until then, I have to have some form of feed back from students..