Technology is changing the ways that students can be taught so rapidly that within a decade, the entire American public education system will be transformed, says Joseph J. Cirasuolo, president of the American Association of School Administrators.

Because the internet can radically change notions of place and community, Cirasuolo sees the entire present structure of teacher-led instruction in physical classrooms as ripe for revolution in the next five or ten years.

Among his predictions:

1. Students and teachers will work together in teams on projects defined in advance. Students will work not only with their peers in their school, but through the internet, with students elsewhere.

2. Students will not need to attend school in a building to complete many of these projects. Thus, school building design, staffing, and equipment will change dramatically—particularly among new schools.

3. School systems will not be based on geographic boundaries, but instead on “new concepts of space.”