Look How Far Technology Has Come

Technology has evolved at a neck-snapping pace. We see it every day as we all learn about new web tools, apps, startups, and ideas in the education technology arena. We have bright eyes staring toward the horizon and we’re all hoping for a bright future for our students.

But it’s important to look back.

I’ve found you never truly know where you’re headed until you understand where you’ve been. In terms of education technology (emphasis on technology), we’ve come so far. Let’s look at an interesting image that I came across whilst browsing the ol’ Pinterest:

history of technology

As you can see, over the past 25 years we have moved from large floppy disks designed to fit into a narrow port in your giant mass of a computer. Now we have ultra-portable and very-forgettable cards that hold a bazillion times more information than those floppy things. That’s a precise number so you may wanna write that down.

So where does this leave us? Quite simply, it gets me excited about what the next 25 years hold in terms of technology. It gets me jazzed about technology’s role in education to be precise. After all, that’s why Edudemic was started a few years ago. To think that it was started before iPads were even around. Crazy.

Do you remember all those disks and drives seen in the above image? Did it invoke some knee-jerk reaction? Perhaps a trippy flashback or two? Share your experiences in the comments anytime!

 

6 Comments

  1. Di

    October 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I come from the days when we got really excited about the new external hard drive to replace the floppy disks. With 20kb of storage space things were really on the improve!

  2. SAY KENG LEE

    October 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    This snapshot brings back sweet memories of my first encounter with a floppy disk. I was then using a Otrona portable running on C/PM in 1981.

    When the machine (it came with two 360k floppy disk drives, bundled with WordStar, SuperCalc, and DBase softwares) was delivered, I was angry that none of the flopping disks (a box of ten, with compliments from the supplier) could be read.

    Quickly, I rang up Customer Service to complain, and I got this prompt reply: ”Did you format the disks?”.

    I had a good laugh!

  3. Elizabeth

    October 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I was just talking to my husband today about how 20 years ago, when my son was 3 years old, he learned to use a 5.25 inch floppy to boot up our Windows and then change floppy to type cd://mickey to play a disney game. Nothing stopped him from playing in MS DOS. Incredible.

  4. GuyS

    October 30, 2013 at 8:39 am

    My first computer was a Commodoore (remember those) PET with 4k of RAM and no disc drive. There were floppy discs larger than the large discs in that image which I used in a ginormous Lanier word processor. I echo the author’s wonder at how quickly, relatively so, technology has miniaturized storage of all kinds. I mean, 8 Gb of RAM? Really? That’s ridiculous :-)

  5. Tolana

    October 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Only thing missing from is the cassette tape. As a kid, I had Lemonade Stand on a cassette to play on the VIC-20. :)

  6. Jason G.

    November 1, 2013 at 8:02 am

    What, no Zip disks? Those were going to revolutionize the storage wars! 100MB on a disk the same size as a floppy!!!! But if that wasn’t enough, you have Zip disk 250!?!?!?!? 250MB on one disk….WHOA!!!

    But seriously, my first computer was a Commodore 64/128. There were tons of games, but the best was Manic Mansion!