To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Consortium for School Networking, I'm compiling a list of 20 tech trends that didn't happen. Some ideas to get you started

CDROMS (Encarta, anyone?)

Laserdiscs as learning tools

Thin clients as classroom computers

UNIX instead of mac or windows

US Festival

Power Computing Mac Clone

PC Jr.


(some of these things were stepping stones to other technologies…)

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I should be more specific--tech trends hyped for school and education that did not happen. :)

Palm Pilots (ahead of their time and then not able to scale & compete with the iPod/iPad)

XO-1 (the "$100 laptop")

I'm sure I'll think of others as soon as I walk away from my computer...

Oops. UNIX is still happening. My various Mac products, laptop, desktop etc. are all  running system 10 which is UNIX-based. My MacBook Pro has been such a reliable laptop and I just love it.

Get it? Apple Computers=UNIX=Reliable=Satisfaction


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I was picturing UNIX labs where kids were learning to program. UNIX as the basis for what we are using today, absolutely. As I've been working on the list, I'm discovering that trends that didn't happen often became underlying technologies or transitional stepping stones to get to where we are today.

Got it. That reminds me of BASIC, the computer language.

I think the closest education will get to thin clients will be something like the Google Chromebook. Internally managed thin clients are something I don't think education has the stomach, personnel, or funds to tackle.

I was a huge proponent of thin clients and a lot of the idea of thin clients really is at the heart of many of today's technologies. The closer we get to the cloud, the closer we get to thin clients.

More ideas:

Stylus as input device

Dial-up access

A teacher maintaining their own web site

I think those 3 are a stretch

The stylus was was never something I would call a "trend", it was more an accessory specific to a few distinct pieces of hardware (Palm Pilots for instance). Now, Palm Pilots as a trend, that is something I would agree with.

Dial-up access wasn't a trend but rather a stepping stone in the development path to high-speed, always-on connectivity. Once things like DSL, Cable Modems, and school LANs became more accessible there was no need for dial-up. It was also something everyone used, because it was the only way to access the interner. Dial-up wasn't specific to education, it was the singular format for most people for a long time (I worked in the high-tech sector from '97-02 and the company had a dial-up account/access the entire time for employees to work from home and on the road).

I would also disagree with "A teacher maintaining their own website"

A lot of teachers at my school have, and maintain, very active websites. They post class information, assignments, rubrics, student work, etc. The fact there are things like Edublog Awards is evidence educators are building and maintaing websites of all shapes & styles.



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