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The Evolution of Classroom Technology

Classrooms have come a long way. There’s been an exponential growth in educational technology advancement over the past few years. From overhead projectors to iPads, it’s important to understand not only what’s coming next but also where it all started.

We’ve certainly come a long way but some things seem hauntingly similar to many years ago. For example, Thomas Edison said in 1925 that “books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye.” I’m pretty sure this is exactly what people are saying these days about the iPad.

Also in 1925, there were “schools of the air” that delivered lessons to millions of students simultaneously. Scroll down to find out how that worked (hint: it wasn’t by using the Internet!)

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Comment by Hazel Owen on May 8, 2012 at 9:06
How interesting. Watched the wee vide of Professor Skinner speaking, and, thinking about some people view activities on computers (eg drill and practice) feel that many things 'remain the same'! Talking of which, headphones haven't changed much :-) Thanks for sharing this, and the info graphic.
Comment by John S. Oliver on May 5, 2012 at 5:49

Here is another perspective on education and technology long before computers

Comment by John S. Oliver on May 5, 2012 at 5:47

These photos give a grand tour of the history of the classroom.

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