Glenrich International School

Evolution of laptops

Osborne 1, introduced in 1981, was the first ever laptop featuring a tiny 5-inch screen, and weighed 11.1 kilograms. Fast forward to now, we have large screens, immersive aspect ratios, slim designs and high functionality. This journey of laptops has gone through continuous processes of upgradation; and just as we witness the introduction of a more advanced version of each laptop (or any electronic device) every year, this trend will continue – with newer research, findings and innovation.

This is just one example among many. From having to travel miles for healthcare to the introduction of telemedicine, or from steam engine-run vehicles to electric vehicles, upgradation has been the way of life forever. Similarly, the contemporary era also demands a need for continuous improvement – be it simply for personal aspirations, societal progress, education or overall development.

With the likes of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Big Data taking over the world, the importance of adapting to the transformative forces of 21st century has become paramount. Moreover, against the backdrop of a globally competitive job market, constant upgradation has become more of a prerequisite for success.

As Bangladesh is progressing towards the Smart Bangladesh vision, this necessity has become more prominent. The goal, based on four pillars of Smart Citizens, Smart Government, Smart Economy and Smart Society, recognizes the need for a technologically adept workforce. Even more so now, as employers are looking for technically sound individuals.


And hence, it is time we must equip the younger generation with skills needed for this rapidly evolving smarter eras. For this to happen, it is essential to have the right mindset – a thought-process that must be instilled from the earliest years of learning.

A major step towards this goal is to constantly update the education curriculum, aligning academics and overall lessons with the demands of the contemporary job market and society. Adopting transformational growth to remain relevant involves continuous reinvention to cater to the evolving needs of students, parents, and society at large. Extracurricular activities play a crucial role in this process, ensuring a holistic learning experience.

Drawing inspiration from global examples of educational upgrades, schools can integrate new methodologies and technologies to enhance the learning environment. Dynamic institutions that adapt to local and global contexts are better positioned to groom students for the modern world. Such a proactive approach is essential for educational institutions seeking to stay ahead.

This process of upgradation necessitates the active participation of various stakeholders, including educators, parents, policymakers, and the broader community. Each has a role to play in grooming the next generation as efficient contributors to society.

Growth is intrinsic to survival, and education plays a pivotal role in this regard. It is a fundamental element that ensures continuous progress and relevance in a rapidly changing world. Be it personal, social or technical development, a commitment to improvement is now a necessity. By constantly upgrading and updating, we can pave the way for a smarter, more connected, and efficient future for ourselves and generations to come.

The writer is the principal of Delhi Public School Dhaka


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