Evolution of Computer Interfaces

In my Introduction to Computer Science course today we were talking about the evolution of the interface.

CLI – Command Line Interface
Where we typed in the command line.

GUI – Graphical User Interface
Mouse and keyboard.

NUI- Natural User Interface
Interacting with computing devices in natural ways like talking, gestures, etc. We are just at the beginning of NUI.

But as we talked, I always try to help students see beyond and I asked “what's next.” As scary as it sounds, looking at the facts, the BUI was what we came up with – Biological User Interface– where we will interface with devices that are part of us.

So, computers are going to move from being all around us (NUI) to inside us (BUI). I personally am ok with risking technology – if it crashes or blows up, I just lose a computer, but I, for one, don't want anyone hacking my brain or nervous system.

It was a great conversation, though, with extremely bright kids. The kind of conversation that made me sad when the bell rang and some kids even lingered behind still talking and asking questions. Entering a classroom-wide flow state while learning has to be one of the coolest things about teaching.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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