Sunday, June 18, 2000

   Technology opened new world to students

By Phillip Pina
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WYOMING — From crayons to palm-size computers. The Class of 2000 has seen the world change around them the past 13 years.

        When The Cincinnati Enquirer started its series of stories outlining the school life of the kindergarten class, a number of education experts looked into their crystal balls to predicted the future.

        Back in 1987, Miami University Education Professor Douglas Brooks said technology would play an increasing role in the lives of students. They would be able to scan the library from home. Small Dick Tracy-like portable devices would allow people to talk with each other, from anywhere. People will be able to store more information in less space and do more with it, he said then.

        Check out the cell-phone society and consider the Internet.

        “I didn't do that bad,” Mr. Brooks says now.

        What has set this class apart from their parents is the emergence of technology, Mr. Brooks said. These students have at their fingers what once unavailable.

        Still the class will ind new challenges. They have mostly lived in a robust economy. Will their spending habits prepare them for an economic downturn, he wonders.

        “Our ability to persevere is not going to stop,” Mr. Brooks said. The class will adapt, he said. It's just what they must face that changes.

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