Ok, it’s much bigger than a tablet, but pretty close to MOOC-thinking.
So, how can we define ‘closer than we think’?
Found this picture via the as always great Paleofuture with a link to an even earlier version from 1958.
This was the text supporting the image:
Classroom automation may foreshadow an end to schoolhouses. Lessons would be televised to students “going to school” at home, where their work would be done and transmitted to a control center for correction and grading.
Dr. Donald E. P. Smith of the University of Michigan believes teaching machines will appear in all classrooms before long. A typical one projects questions in one panel, then, after an answer is written in a second panel, the right solution appears in still a third. Such machines are now intended for classrooms, but application of similar principles to educational TV would make schoolhouses a thing of the past.