From Pencils to Tablets: A Visual History of Educational Technology
Posted by Mary Risi on 12/15/2014
Technology is ubiquitous in the lives of our students. But, guess what? It always has been.
Little more than 100 years ago, it was mass production of the pencil that revolutionized American public education.
Far from the revolutionary impact of wall chalkboards, overhead projectors and film strips, our students are juggling multiple devices and multiple software platforms that do everything from offer interaction with textbook content, help with learning math concepts, take instant polls of student understanding, and format bibliographic citations.
The pace of change is staggering. The latest thing becomes yesterday's news in the blink of an eye. It's amazing to think about the major technological shifts that have changed American schools.
What was the hot new technology when you were in school?