The Cyber School

Gapped Text (FCE Reading Paper part 3)

Look at the sentences (A-I) that have been removed from the article, read the article and match the missing sentences to the gaps (1-7). There is one extra sentence that you do not need to use.
There is one example [0][C]


THE CYBER SCHOOL


The most basic change that will take place in classrooms of the future is the actual idea we tend to have of the ‘classroom’ itself. [ 0 ][ C] Rows of desks all facing the teacher and the blackboard at the front of the classroom have basically remained the same. Yes, artwork covers the walls, but not all the pupils can see it due to the positioning of the desks. Small changes have been made, however. The blackboard, in many cases, has now been replaced by the more practical whiteboard and OHPs have started to appear at the back of some classrooms. [ 1 ][ ]
The thing that would really puzzle any visitor from the past would be the sight of computers in those same classrooms. They are fast becoming the main source of information as well as the main means of presentation of information during lessons. Computers are, indeed, the classrooms of the future.
[ 2 ][ ] While that will still continue, most of the curriculum will, in fact, be followed online. This is due to various factors. As access to online materials increases and many schools face shortages of teachers, it makes sense to take advantage of the latest technology.
The basic skills needed to play interactive computer games will also be used to encourage children to explore and collect educational information. Three-dimensional views of cities, for example, together with the latest software, will make it possible to walk through Paris in the company of a professional guide.
The curriculum of the future will include sharing of projects between schools both nationally and internationally as well as online classes.
[ 3 ][ ] Teachers will also find their ‘classes’ growing, with lessons anywhere at any time through the use of video windows connecting them directly to children from all over the world.
As parents generally prefer learning to be at school rather than at home, together with the fact that pupils enjoy company and like to share learning with their classmates, life will continue as usual for the pupils as they will still need to attend school. [ 4 ][ ] Teachers might not always give the lesson, but they will still be there to encourage and supervise pupils. Furthermore, the old system of rows of pupils facing the front of the classroom will no doubt be replaced by circles of desks and chairs to encourage face-to-face discussion.
Projects and artwork will be shown on computer screens, while fellow pupils and visitors will be able to try out the multimedia programs produced by pupils. Added to the usual pens and pencils, simple video production and use of software will become part of everyday life for school children.
The latest mobile phones will allow children to access cartoons and exchange videos with friends. [ 5 ][ ] This technology, of course, will need to stay in the playground so as to stop phones ringing in the wrong place at the wrong time!
[ 6 ][ ] Outside the classroom pupils will be able to record information using digital cameras and video recorders for their local history projects, for example, which can then be put onto computer the minute they return to school. Furthermore, pupils studying drama will be able to learn about lighting and cameras as they produce short plays or films.
[ 7 ][ ] Children will be able to measure their level of progress throughout the training. Underwater filming of swimmers will also help children see what to do and enable teachers to give advice on particular problems.
The cost of such technology is obviously high. Despite this, there is no doubt that cyber classrooms are slowly becoming a reality worldwide.