As smartphones and handheld computers move into classrooms worldwide, we may be witnessing the start of an educational revolution. How technology could unleash childhood creativity — and transform the role of the teacher.
Taking an apple to class for teacher could soon take on a whole new meaning. There's a plan underway to overhaul the curriculum in U.K. primary schools—nothing special there, since there's always some attempt underway to improve teaching quality. But this scheme is amazing because it's going to put computing skills on the same level as reading, writing and arithmetic.
The smell of chalk may bring back fond (or not-so-fond) memories of doing math problems in front of the class, but many children in developing nations only have access to small, erasable black slate tablets for all of their note-taking needs. To make matters worse, their teachers are often illiterate.