The more things change...

October 13, 2013

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Smith-Corona typewriter

When I began my first semester of college, I had a new Smith-Corona electric typewriter and Texas Instrument programmable calculator on hand to help me complete my assignments accurately and legibly. I could not have imagined the access to technology that college students would have thirty years into the future. The typewriter has been replaced by laptop computers and printers that may not even be physically connected. The same computer makes my TI calculator nothing more than a paperweight. 

Students who arrived at UW-Platteville in 2000 may have negotiated course work with laptop computers and color printers, but I'm guessing none of those students could have imagined that a phone could be used to write and submit an assignment in 2013. I recently used an iPad to access the campus Desire2Learn course management system. Most of the features can be used with a tablet, including accessing an online room. I'm not sure why I was surprised by that. Perhaps, I still have a hard time imagining how technology is changing the teaching and learning process.

I wonder what technology the college students of 2025 will haveto use and how it will change the academic process.

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