The Evolution of Classroom Technology: The Journey from Pen to Keyboard

Education and technology has always been in perfect harmony. Right from the days when chalkboards were invented during the 18th century till the interactive whiteboards started revolutionizing classroom learning, education has gone hand-in-hand with technology. Below find a very interesting infographic, tracking the evolution of technology in classrooms; for it’s not just important to know where the future is heading to in education, the past also matters!

Ancient technology in the classroom

Horn Book
 1650

Horn Books, wooden paddles with printed lesson was popular during the colonial era, to help students learn verses.

 

Magic Lantern
 1870

Magic Lantern, the predecessor to slide machines, projected images printed on glass plates in 1870. Public school systems in Chicago started using more than 8000 lanterns by 1915.

 

Slate
1890

Chalkboards and school slates came into use by 1890 followed by pencils in 1900. The wide availability of pencil and paper made school slates obsolete.

 

Radio
1920

A new form of learning evolved with radio on-air classes for students within the listening range in the 1920s. Board of Education, New York City broadcasted lessons to schools via a radio station.

 

Projector
1930

1930 and 1940 saw the introduction of an overhead projector and ballpoint pen in classroom education.

 

Scantron
 1972

In 1972 came the Scantron system of testing which allowed teachers and educators to grade exams more effectively and efficiently.

 

The age of personal computers

computer

1981

Computers came to daily use in the 80’s with the first portable computer was introduced in 1981. During 1984, public schools in U.S had one computer in average for every 92 students.

calculator

1985

Hand held graphing calculators were introduced in 1985 and it became a great sensation in the field of maths. Year 1985 also saw the CD-ROM Drive coming to use. A single disc could store a whole lot of things like an entire encyclopedia along with video and audio.

 

w3

1996

The internet, which was by then considered a computer network used mostly by NASA physicists and academics, slowly entered into homes and educational institutions by 1996.

 

white-board

1999

Technology in the classroom reached new heights with interactive whiteboards which blended handwritten notes with interactive technology in 1999. Earlier versions of these whiteboards were connected to desktop computers through wires, whilst the latest ones are compatible with smartphones and tablets.

 

tablet

2007

2007-2010 was the age for smartphones and tablets. The concept of classroom slates got a revamp with iPads which is taking classroom education to new heights.

 

Classroom technology in the future

Biometrics

Biometrics, the science that recognizes people on behavioral or physical qualities, is surely the answer to student disposition in the classroom and develop teaching materials accordingly.

wearable-glass

Wearable devices in education is the next big thing to watch out. Virtual reality headgears, wristbands, smart watches will take education to the next level.

multi-touch

Multi-touch surfaces like desks or workstations can work wonder for students to collaborate with their peers around the world. Videos, online resources and other virtual tools available in the single swipe of the desk.

 

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  • Minnfinn

    Why do you show an old-fashioned adding machine for 1985 instead of a graphing calculator?