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21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 | MindShift

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 | MindShift | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Inspired by Sandy Speicher’s vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own predictions of that ideal day. How close are we to this? The post was written in December 2009, and Blake-Plock says he’s seeing some of these already beginning to come to fruition.

[Update: I asked Blake-Plock to respond to comments to this post. Read it here.]

By Shelly Blake-Plock

1. DESKS
The 21st century does not fit neatly into rows. Neither should your students. Allow the network-based concepts of flow, collaboration, and dynamism help you rearrange your room for authentic 21st century learning.

2. LANGUAGE LABS
Foreign language acquisition is only a smartphone away. Get rid of those clunky desktops and monitors and do something fun with that room.

3. COMPUTERS
Ok, so this is a trick answer. More precisely this one should read: ‘Our concept of what a computer is’. Because computing is going mobile and over the next decade we’re going to see the full fury of individualized computing via handhelds come to the fore. Can’t wait.

4. HOMEWORK
The 21st century is a 24/7 environment. And the next decade is going to see the traditional temporal boundaries between home and school disappear. And despite whatever Secretary Duncan might say, we don’t need kids to ‘go to school’ more; we need them to ‘learn’ more. And this will be done 24/7 and on the move (see #3).

5. THE ROLE OF STANDARDIZED TESTS IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
The AP Exam is on its last legs. The SAT isn’t far behind. Over the next ten years, we will see Digital Portfolios replace test scores as the #1 factor in college admissions.

6. DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION AS A SIGN OF DISTINGUISHED TEACHER
The 21st century is customizable. In ten years, the teacher who hasn’t yet figured out how to use tech to personalize learning will be the teacher out of a job. Differentiation won’t make you ‘distinguished’; it’ll just be a natural part of your work.

7. FEAR OF WIKIPEDIA
Wikipedia is the greatest democratizing force in the world right now. If you are afraid of letting your students peruse it, it’s time you get over yourself.

8. PAPERBACKS
Books were nice. In ten years’ time, all reading will be via digital means. And yes, I know, you like the ‘feel’ of paper. Well, in ten years’ time you’ll hardly tell the difference as ‘paper’ itself becomes digitized.

9. ATTENDANCE OFFICES
Bio scans. ‘Nuff said.

10. LOCKERS
A coat-check, maybe.

11. I.T. DEPARTMENTS
Ok, so this is another trick answer. More subtly put: IT Departments as we currently know them. Cloud computing and a decade’s worth of increased wifi and satellite access will make some of the traditional roles of IT — software, security, and connectivity — a thing of the past. What will IT professionals do with all their free time? Innovate. Look to tech departments to instigate real change in the function of schools over the next twenty years.

12. CENTRALIZED INSTITUTIONS
School buildings are going to become ‘homebases’ of learning, not the institutions where all learning happens. Buildings will get smaller and greener, student and teacher schedules will change to allow less people on campus at any one time, and more teachers and students will be going out into their communities to engage in experiential learning.

13. ORGANIZATION OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES BY GRADE
Education over the next ten years will become more individualized, leaving the bulk of grade-based learning in the past. Students will form peer groups by interest and these interest groups will petition for specialized learning. The structure of K-12 will be fundamentally altered.

14. EDUCATION SCHOOLS THAT FAIL TO INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY
This is actually one that could occur over the next five years. Education Schools have to realize that if they are to remain relevant, they are going to have to demand that 21st century tech integration be modeled by the very professors who are supposed to be preparing our teachers.

15. PAID/OUTSOURCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
No one knows your school as well as you. With the power of a PLN (professional learing networks) in their back pockets, teachers will rise up to replace peripatetic professional development gurus as the source of schoolwide professional development programs. This is already happening.

16. CURRENT CURRICULAR NORMS
There is no reason why every student needs to take however many credits in the same course of study as every other student. The root of curricular change will be the shift in middle schools to a role as foundational content providers and high schools as places for specialized learning.

17. PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE NIGHT
Ongoing parent-teacher relations in virtual reality will make parent-teacher conference nights seem quaint. Over the next ten years, parents and teachers will become closer than ever as a result of virtual communication opportunities. And parents will drive schools to become ever more tech integrated.

18. TYPICAL CAFETERIA FOOD
Nutrition information + handhelds + cost comparison = the end of $3.00 bowls of microwaved mac and cheese. At least, I so hope so.

19. OUTSOURCED GRAPHIC DESIGN AND WEB DESIGN
You need a website/brochure/promo/etc.? Well, for goodness sake just let your kids do it. By the end of the decade — in the best of schools — they will be.

20. HIGH SCHOOL ALGEBRA 1
Within the decade, it will either become the norm to teach this course in middle school or we’ll have finally woken up to the fact that there’s no reason to give algebra weight over statistics and I.T. in high school for non-math majors (and they will have all taken it in middle school anyway).

21. PAPER
In ten years’ time, schools will decrease their paper consumption by no less than 90%. And the printing industry and the copier industry and the paper industry itself will either adjust or perish.
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Jennifer Snapp's curator insight, August 1, 2015 1:04 PM

I chose this article because it suggests that educators at every level get on board because the traditional classroom and aspects of teaching will become obsolete in the next 5 to 10 years. It also states that teachers who do not learn to use technology effectively will not have a teaching job in the future.

 

I hope that others will take this serious and understand that using a couple of apps is sufficient when integrating technology. PLN's will take the place of the current PLC's.

Paige Paul's curator insight, September 22, 2015 8:02 PM

Topic 4: Although this is from 2011, it is still relevant.  We are already seeing some of these things happen.  I think it is important in light of our discussions about staff development and growth to know that many of these things will not be a choice-- education IS going to change, and teachers need to be willing and able to adjust.

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How to Build a Better Digital Book

How to Build a Better Digital Book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Interactive graphics, sound effects, and animations can all enhance a child’s reading experience—when used in the right places.
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Pediatricians No Longer Say Kids Under 2 Shouldn’t Watch Screens. Finally!

Pediatricians No Longer Say Kids Under 2 Shouldn’t Watch Screens. Finally! | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
On Friday morning, the American Academy of Pediatrics shifted its stance on what is commonly known as “screen time,” abandoning its controversial reco
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Majority of parents worried about children's digital reading, survey finds

Majority of parents worried about children's digital reading, survey finds | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Research by the BookTrust reveals concerns about youngsters’ screen time, attention span and loss of interest in print books
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Ebook Sales Declined in 2015; Digital Audio Continued Growth | Digital Book World

Ebook Sales Declined in 2015; Digital Audio Continued Growth | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The AAP released its latest sales numbers, for January through December 2015. Overall sales were up 0.8 percent to $7.2 billion compared to $7.1 billion in 2014.
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Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton: Will Digital Books Replace Print? (EdSurge News)

Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton: Will Digital Books Replace Print? (EdSurge News) | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
When the popular children’s television show "Reading Rainbow" graced TV sets across America in the 90s, host LeVar Burton took students through a world of literature and storytelling. Today, he’s back at with the Reading Rainbow app. Back in 2014, LeVar announced that he would be returning to the re
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Kids don't want e-books

Kids don't want e-books | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Students simply prefer books in print. Both elementary and secondary school librarians have shared with me that e-books are still a hard sell even to our "digital natives." This begs the question: Is a technology solution always the best solution? Is it the wisest use of funding?
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The Growth and Effectiveness of Interactive Ebooks for Learning | Digital Book World

The Growth and Effectiveness of Interactive Ebooks for Learning | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
In a blog post for Digital Book World, Matt Goolding discusses the state of interactive ebooks in schools and explains what advances must be made.
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Why The Battle Between E-Books And Print May Be Over : NPR

Why The Battle Between E-Books And Print May Be Over : NPR | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
It's safe to say that e-books disrupted the publishing industry. But sales have leveled off and not entirely for the reasons some have reported.
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Up, up and away? | The Bookseller

Up, up and away? | The Bookseller | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Five years ago, the e-book was set fare to crush everything before it. The narrative has now reversed itself. Yet if I felt troubled by the earlier view, the new talk worries me even more. Reidy’s rejoinder is key: we do not know enough to be so definitive in our analysis, and what we do know does not tell one story.

 
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Interesting read! Final quote especially - "But digital is now as big a part of this industry as print—and for some authors and publishers it is the only business they are in. If two distinct markets are now developing, we would do well to acknowledge that both are important, and important to each other. This we know."

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People are Not Reading the e-Books they Buy Anymore

People are Not Reading the e-Books they Buy Anymore | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Are people reading the e-books they purchase from companies such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Kobo? There is growing research data that is supporting the
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I wonder if this spills over to enhanced digital book apps for kids? Probably not reading them over and over like picture books in print, but not reading purchased digital #kidlit book at all seems unlikely.

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Digital publishing: In praise of pioneers | American Libraries Magazine

Digital publishing: In praise of pioneers | American Libraries Magazine | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
But let’s focus on a new and better story. Disruption clears a path for pioneers, visionaries who see an opportunity where others see a threat. When it comes to ebooks, a few publishers are worthy of note. They not only experiment with technology in ways that significantly enhance the product, but they also reach out … Continue reading Digital publishing: In praise of pioneers →
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The Open eBooks App Will Allow Children From Low-Income Homes To Access Thousands Of Books For Free

First Book, a new nonprofit, White House-led initiative, has joined forces with publishers, other nonprofits, and the New York Public Library to create an app called Open eBooks that will bring free literature to students across the country. The app is currently being developed by a team of tech leaders working with the New York Public Library, the Digital Public Library of America, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and will provide readers aged 4 to 18 years old, from low-income homes, with thousands of free e-books. 

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The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss for iPad - Digital Storytime's Review

The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss for iPad - Digital Storytime's Review | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn is a new app from the talented team at Oceanhouse Media. Launched in 2009, this developer has produced hundreds of high-quality apps for young readers, including all of the titles from Dr. Seuss. Their new version of The Cat in The Hat will not disappoint, but what is different in this title? How has "Read & Learn" improved or changed the digital reading experience?

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Are Readers Suffering From eBook Fatigue?

Are Readers Suffering From eBook Fatigue? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
There is no denying that for the past two years e-book revenue has been consistently in a state of decline and serious readers are switching back to print. This
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Whither the Children’s Book Market?

Whither the Children’s Book Market? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The children's book market is a complex and shifting terrain, as publishers determine how digital natives differ from their parents. More plus top news.
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Pew: Print Books Still More Popular Than Ebooks and Audiobooks - DBW

Pew: Print Books Still More Popular Than Ebooks and Audiobooks - DBW | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that print books are still more popular than ebooks and audiobooks for Americans.
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A New Project Aims to Bring E-Books to Lower-Income Students

A New Project Aims to Bring E-Books to Lower-Income Students | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
“This looks just like Netflix,” my 9-year-old niece, Cameran, said as she scrolled through a new app on my iPhone. “Are these all books?” In late Febr
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For me, traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No way

For me, traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No way | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Life as a professional writer is financially depressing, and I’ve often been advised to self-publish. Here’s why I won’t do it
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How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors | Jane Friedman

How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors | Jane Friedman | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
A round-up of the best resources and tools for how to publish an e-book.
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Unusual bedtime picture book a self-publishing success story | The Salt Lake Tribune

Unusual bedtime picture book a self-publishing success story | The Salt Lake Tribune | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
You may have heard of Roger. He’s the little rabbit in a new bedtime book that can’t go to sleep, RIGHT NOW. In a month’s time, which is lightning speed in publishing, Penguin Random House ...
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Do E-Books Earn More Money at Lower Prices? | | Observer

Do E-Books Earn More Money at Lower Prices? | | Observer | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
There's a fierce debate about what e-books should cost. The big publishers' bet on higher prices is not paying off, at least in profit.
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Touchpress at five | The Bookseller

Touchpress at five | The Bookseller | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

"A significant milestone in the marriage of text, photos and deep interactivity." Mac Slocum's interview from August 2010 with Theodore Gray is well worth revisiting. Months later, in February 2011 at O'Reilly Media's Tools of Change, we all saw the revolving, gleaming images of The Elements, luminous on the big screens in Gray's presentation. Objective-C programming and Wolfram's Mathematica were behind it, but, as Gray told Slocum, warming the hearts of Books in Browsers fans, "both the print and ebook versions started out as a website." With Touchpress now five years old and the maker of many apps, its founder Gray reminds us: "The common thread is that these technologies must be approached with the eye of an artist and a dreamer." -- Porter Anderson


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BAA’s Sarah Towle on Her 5-Year Journey from Critical Acclaim to Commercial Flop to Kickstarter Inspiration | The Book App Alliance

BAA’s Sarah Towle on Her 5-Year Journey from Critical Acclaim to Commercial Flop to Kickstarter Inspiration | The Book App Alliance | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It all started with a book. In 2006, I set out to write an interactive history of Paris for teens and tweens, motivated by the simple truth that many young people find history boring. Yet history is just a collection of great stories. If told well, they can capture even the youngest imaginations.

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