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The Evolution of Educational Technology

The Evolution of Educational Technology



Few things have changed in the last few centuries as much as the way we learn. Students have gone from attending one-room school houses to having the world at their fingertips in the classroom. Here's a look at how evolving technology has impacted education.



1635

The first public school in the U.S., Boston Latin School, is founded. Noted alumni include Benamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock.



1651

John Dury invents the modern library.



1795

Nicolas-Jacques Conte creates the basis of the modern pencil by mixing graphite with clay and pressing the material between two half-cylinders of wood.



1868

QWERTY

Christopher Sholes invents the first typewriter with a QWERTY keyboard.



1950

The first computer used for instruction, a flight simulator, trains MT pilots.



1959

The IBM 650 becomes the first commercially available digital computer. With a memory of 2kb, it costs $500,000.



1967

The first handheld calculator is invented by Texas Instruments.



1977

Apple Computer begins selling the first personal computer, the Apple II.



1977

The first personal computers enter schools.



1981

18% of U.S. public schools have one or more computers for instruction.



1985

Oregon Trail becomes the first educational game to be widely adopted by schools.



1991

The availability of computers in schools is 1 for every 18 students.



1994

Despite only 3% of schools having internet access, President Clinton challenges the nation to connect to every school to the web.



1996

1 in 12 students in formal education settings have computer access.



1997

Distance learning is offered by 78% of public four-year higher education institutions.



2000

There is 1 computer for every 5 students in school.



2004

54% of K-12 schools have laptops available to students.



2005

94% of schools have a classroom with Internet access.



2007

Nearly 1 in 5 college students takes at least one class online.



2008

Poll Everywhere launches, allowing teachers to live poll students in the classroom via submissions from text, email, and Twitter.



2009

The University of Southern California's online Master of Arts in Teaching program, the MAT@USC, becomes the first online degree program to include real time elements, like live sessions, breakout rooms and collaborative learning.



2011

As part of a pilot program, NYC public schools order over 2000 iPads for teachers and students.

The Evolution of Educational Technology

shared by lemonwood_design on Aug 09, 2012 in Education

The Evolution of Educational Technology

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Technology has drastically evolved over the years to become one of the most used tools in today's world of education. Here is a look back on how the development of these technologies has changed over the years.
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