The Visual History Of Classroom Technology

It’s been quite awhile since the early days of classroom technology. However, it’s still something worth knowing about as we all race into the future of edtech. Whether it’s a Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) or simply trying out a new app on your tablet, there’s a lot to know about how we all got here.

As you can see in the below visual guide to the history of classroom technology, the ballpoint pen and overhead projector didn’t really happen too long ago. In fact, this whole timeline seems shockingly recent! I’d also recommend you check out a previous Edudemic article we did that takes an even deeper dive into the history of edtech.

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  1. Joe Beckmann

    January 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

    You missed Microteaching in 1963, and the use of video cameras for feedback, and, much later, kids’ use of video for project-based learning. Those were hardly tangential, and have many contemporary echoes that fail to credit the innovators of the 1960′s and 1970′s for ideas that came, were buried in gentle but usually wrong and wrong-headed bureaucracy, and have … come again!

  2. Guillermo Garza Milling

    January 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

    In the fundamentals of the History of the Classroom Technology, there is a change from teaching to learning.
    Think about it and you will find the urgent need to apply the technology to adapt the content for learner optimum performance instead of similar content replication.
    There are a lot of basic contents that are missing in the academic super specialized model, because academic priority is not the learner performance.
    You can learn microbiology in the early schools days better than in the Medical School. You bet?