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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - YOU AT YOUR BEST -

Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy has for­ever trans­formed the class­room. As cal­cu­la­tors re­placed aba­cuses, mo­bile phone apps have now re­placed cal­cu­la­tors, and such ad­vance­ments con­tinue to change how stu­dents learn. One way schools are no­tably dif­fer­ent from those of the past is through the ab­sence of a once ma­jor com­po­nent of the class­room lay­out. Chalk­boards are either miss­ing or com­pletely retro tted in mod­ern learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments. In the 1800s, slate black­boards were the new tech­nol­ogy, re­plac­ing hand­held tablets of wood or slate. Within the last few years, schools have in­creas­ingly opted for cleaner “white boards” or “smart­boards,” which are dig­i­tally con­nected to com­put­ers and of­fer touch in­ter­faces sim­i­lar to those on tablets and smart­phones. As ebooks re­place text­books and more as­sign­ments are handed in via dig­i­tal doc­u­ments, lock­ers may be the next to van­ish.

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