Use of technology in the classroom will only become more integral and transformative to education, Microsoft chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie told a crowd of about 70 undergraduate and graduate students at Princeton University, reports the Daily Princetonian. Mundie discussed how several recently developed technologies could be applied in educational contexts and, more generally, in improving the free flow of information. Someday walls and desks "will essentially have computers built into them," Mundie said, explaining that touch screens could "take social computing processes and use them directly in the educational process" by connecting the user to content created by his or her classmates. Mundie presented a sheet of a flexible material called "e-ink" that was only slightly thicker and wider than a sheet of paper. The "e-ink" sheet, which is powered by a battery attached to its back, allows the user to use a touch screen to retrieve data and diagrams. "I might see that I have a classmate that has also been looking at this [diagram], and he has some insight about it," Mundie said, demonstrating the user’s ability to access notes taken by the other student by clicking one of the links on the screen. In the future, some educational institutions might feature "common trading place[s]" in dorms or libraries, where students can bring their tablet computers, cell phones or other devices to interact with one another, Mundie added. A primary goal for these efforts, however, should be "to create a more natural interaction between man and machine" to try "to extend the benefits of these technologies to a much greater part of the world’s population," he said…

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