In 1983, a Canadian newspaper asked Isaac Asimov how did he think the future would be like; the year 2019, specifically. The writer didn’t forget about education in his predictions: he imagined computers as an element so crucial for education that will turn the teacher in a mere guide.
Asimov was not misplaced if we see some of the most important initiatives in the field of technology that are being developed in schools. In the Amor de Dios school, in Madrid, students work in a project that consists of building a robotic vehicle using an open-source platform with a trial and error methodology. This confirms the writer’s predictions.
“We don’t have a textbook, students access a platform in which they are proposed a series of projects that they must complete and gradually become more difficult”, explains Esperanza Infantes, teacher of Technology and Maths in the school. “When they are wrong, the only thing they have to do is trying it again. Teachers are here to guide them, to explain things to them and to answer to their questions, but the students are the ones who try over and over”.