The Classroom of Tomorrow, Today
Technological innovations are bringing a new set of learning tools and new standards to K-12 schools across the country
By Douglas MacMillan
As students settle into the new school year, they're being greeted by a host of machines and technologies that are revolutionizing the way teachers teach and pupils learn. Chalkboards are being replaced by giant interactive screens, kids are taking virtual field trips to far-flung locales via video conferencing, and they're trading their Trapper Keepers for iBooks.
The following list provides a glimpse of 10 of the biggest high-tech classroom breakthroughs. Prices listed give a general idea of costs-though in almost all cases schools, districts, or whole states are able to negotiate package deals that involve lower prices on a per-student or per-classroom basis.