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Internet will enhance, not replace, current educational models

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Education should drive coming changes in multimedia

In January 2001, Harvard information technology experts outlined a future in which the Internet, computers, and other technologies will enhance rather than replace the current educational experience. What that means for students is experiencing, among other things, virtual trading on a virtual stock floor — so they can hear the noise and feel the pressure before taking that first job as a trader. And it means being able to better visualize what’s happening at the molecular level in science, through the use of three-dimensional imaging, some of which is already in use today. The view of things to come was compliments of a panel discussion on the future of technology in education at the 7th Annual ABCD Multimedia Fair: “Building Blocks of Learning.”