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As technology changes the way we
communicate, the emphasis of the
education system will change with it. The
widespread deployment and acceptance of
spell checkers and with declining
standards for written communication
combined with the universal need for
computers in our working world will
rise to a new competition: the typing bee.
Students must type difficult and
convoluted sentances without making any
errors. In-line spell checking will allow
errors to be corrected but will take
valuable time and/or cost points. The first
one will be sponsored by Microsoft.
||This puts me in mind of the old time Thesis Raisings, where all the students in the community would gather together for a weekend of food, singing, and dancing, and at the end of the weekend one of the students would have a thesis completed by the cooperation of the community.
||Baked. Done at my school... when I wasn't homeschooled, that is.
||Can you tell I'm a child of the spell
checker age? Heh.
||[jscottpete]: Speech / thought
recognition is of
course inevitable but we are many years
from the place where typing will no
longer be a needed skill:
||1) There will be a long period where
speech recognition is reliable and
widely used but not universal.
||2) Some things, like computer
programing, require a precision that is
hard to acheve in speech. Sure, once
the computers are smart enough, they
will formulate the low-level routines
themselves and human programmers
will concentrate on high-level
programing - but that is a long way off.
||3) Voice recognition is not practical in
public spaces. Imagine a college
computer lab or office cube farm with
hundreds of SPEAKING users. Of course
you could link it with a cone-of-silence
type device (too lazy to search for HB
solutions, I'm sure someone will chime
up with a link). Also imagine trying to
use your compact super-laptop on a
bus - speaking to your computer would
likely be more frowned on than loud
cell-phone use today.
||4) Of course, remember privacy - it's
tough to overhear typing.
||5) As children grow up immersed,
typing will become faster and faster
||I will be first in line for the mind-
reading computer interface... well once
it's past the FDA anyway. I'll also cheer
on my future children as they QWERTY
their way to academic fame!
||Ghillie, I'm interested in the degree of
what your school did. I'd like to see
competition between schools and on a
national level, like what happens now
with spelling bees.