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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.
The first public school in the U.S., Boston Latin School, is founded. Noted alumni include Benamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock.
John Dury invents the modern library.
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.
Christopher Sholes invents the first typewriter with a QWERTY keyboard.
The first computer used for instruction, a flight simulator, trains MT pilots.
The IBM 650 becomes the first commercially available digital computer. With a memory of 2kb, it costs $500,000.
The first handheld calculator is invented by Texas Instruments.
Apple Computer begins selling the first personal computer, the Apple II.
The first personal computers enter schools.
18% of U.S. public schools have one or more computers for instruction.
Oregon Trail becomes the first educational game to be widely adopted by schools.
The availability of computers in schools is 1 for every 18 students.
Despite only 3% of schools having internet access, President Clinton challenges the nation to connect to every school to the web.
1 in 12 students in formal education settings have computer access.
Distance learning is offered by 78% of public four-year higher education institutions.
There is 1 computer for every 5 students in school.
54% of K-12 schools have laptops available to students.
94% of schools have a classroom with Internet access.
Nearly 1 in 5 college students takes at least one class online.
Poll Everywhere launches, allowing teachers to live poll students in the classroom via submissions from text, email, and Twitter.
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.
As part of a pilot program, NYC public schools order over 2000 iPads for teachers and students.