Back to School Week: The Evolving Classroom
Only a few decades ago, a typical classroom would be filled with grubby desks; hard, squeaking benches; scruffy log table books; illegible teacher’s scrawl on the blackboard; and dried-up inkwells.
In the 1970s, classrooms were revolutionized; many of these Dickensian items were replaced by personal calculators and ballpoint pens.
In the late 1980s, the personal computer entered the class framework, followed in the early 1990s by Internet connectivity to the World Wide Web.
Nowadays, individual electronic tablets are not an uncommon sight — consigning slate tablets, blackboards and chalk to the history books.
However, even though the classroom equipment has dramatically changed, pupils still need to listen to their teachers and study long and hard to ensure good exam grades.
grubby in other languages
to squeak: to make a short and sharp sound.
to squeak in other languages
scruffy: of low quality because of long use or bad handling.
scruffy in other langauges
illegible: not readable.
illegible in other languages
Read by John Edwin Skelton.