Are You There Margaret? It’s Me Margaret.

 Dear Margaret,

Time travel is possible.

That got your attention didn’t it?

Ok, so it’s not fully possible in the way you might be thinking – sending humans through time to experience the 1800s and all. But we are able to send back letters like this one right here. (Everything we write of course has been carefully reviewed to prevent any slip-ups that could change history as we now know it. So no, I won’t be telling you who wins the World Series in 2027.)

Now, let me get to the point. I’m writing because I know that change gives you anxiety and (unfortunately) a ton is headed your way in the next 15 years. For your own sake, I’ll give you my news in the form of a compliment sandwich:

First of all, let me tell you that you’re going to be fine. And yes, I realize that is such a vague comfort (revisions remember?) but I truly mean it in the best sense of the word. Keep doing what you’re doing and all will be well.

Second, (and here’s the kicker) technology will update and change so rapidly in the coming years that the things you are learning now in your EdTech class are now completely obsolete. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should zone out quite yet! The tech you’re learning about will come in handy greatly for the first couple of years… but then it’ll fizzle out as the new stuff enters the picture.

Let’s see if this gets redacted…

If I remember correctly, you recently tried out a VR device. Well, VR now is much less connected (no more wires to trip over) and has a corner designated to it in each classroom. That’s right each classroom has VR. Students can still “travel” using Google Maps but now it’s in real-time, they can dissect anything to see how it works – whether it’s plant, animal, machine, or human, and they are able to watch the Earth change as the clock spins back – see continents drifting and the impact of humans on our planet. The only hard part is getting them to leave the VR corner!

And finally, to calm some of the nerves that I’m sure are flaring up: not everything has changed. The creators of some of the tech actually took into account how people learn. There are these pens called [redacted] that record what you write as you write it. I know what you’re thinking – “sounds like a stylus to me” but it’s more than that. You can ask it questions (it’s linked up to all the databases) and it’ll give you step by step explanations to get to the correct answers.

“It’s more than a pen, it’s [redacted]!”

Sorry, that ad shows up all the time on my bracelet. They know you bought it once so they keep hitting you up for it every time the new generation comes out.

Well, I know you’re busy so I’ll let you get back to your day. Just know that everything is gonna be alright.

Love, Margaret (2033)

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