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The evolution of computers in the classroom

The evolution of computers in the classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology |
The proliferation of tablets maybe the most revolutionary addition of technology in the classroom, but the path was paved with other tools. PostTV took a detailed look at some of the milestones in classroom technology from the past several decades:

Via Dennis T OConnor, James J. Goldsmith, Dean J. Fusto, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

This is an interesting time line and history. Where innovations in digital technologies were spaced out over years now impactful ones are emerging yearly. Somehow the pace does not seem to be slowing. What that means in School is an important and ongoing question.



Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 21, 2014 4:54 AM

I've lived this timeline. Tablets are another stop on the Oregon Trail of Tech I've seen come and go.  

Indeed, tablets are so two hours ago... I'm surprised this timeline misses a little development called mobile learnig. 

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Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form “Relationships” with Our Gadgets: Scientific American

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form “Relationships” with Our Gadgets: Scientific American | Educational Leadership and Technology |
Company cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell tells us to get ready to take our fondness for smartphones, tablets and other devices to the next level

Via Sharrock, Lynnette Van Dyke
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

This has some scary implications. Will we know how to unplug?

Sharrock's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:13 AM

Interesting quote: "We talk about it as though it was one world, but we’ve truthfully been in a world of multiple Internets for at least a decade, even if you just talk about it in terms of physical infrastructure. [South] Korea has true two-way Internet—high-speed uploading and high-speed downloading, no throttle. On the other hand, in places like Australia download is a seven-to-one ratio to upload, which means it’s much easier to consume content than it is to create and share it. That means the Internet feels different [to people in different places]."

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Where education technology will — and won’t — take us by 2024

Where education technology will — and won’t — take us by 2024 | Educational Leadership and Technology |

Professor Larry Cuban:


With all of the above occurring, one would think that by 2024, age-graded schools and the familiar teaching and learning that occurs today in K-12 and universities  would have exited the rear door.

I do not think so. Getting access to powerful electronic devices for all students and teachers is surely a victory for those who believe in better technologies solving teaching and learning problems. But access does not guarantee use, especially the kind of use that vendors and ardent technophiles seek.

Via Dennis T OConnor, Aunty Alice
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

"None of these incremental changes herald the disappearance of K-12 age-graded public schools or the dominant patterns of teacher-centered instruction. What these gradual changes will translate into is an array of options for teaching and learning available to both teachers and students."


This is particularly disconcerting. Without a shift away from the way we have always done things, will education really meet the demands of th 21st Century?

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 24, 2013 1:53 PM

I recall arguing with English teaches about their apocalyptic predictions about word processing back in the mid-80's.  I agree with Dr. Cuban, access does not quarantee use. Still the future is bright and change is accellerating to the point that even the inertia of the education establishment might be overcome.  We'll see!  Here's to ten years of positive change in teaching and learning! 

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, December 26, 2013 11:04 AM

Tech in education - enhancement not destruction, just my not-so-humble opinion.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, December 26, 2013 1:34 PM

Better technology to solve learning and teaching problems is a great thought but should not be seen as the bottom line. Identifying the problems accurately so they can be focussed  on with purpose, practicing to put into the long term memory, motivating  and rewarding the student...have to be in the  mix too, not to mention self discipline and good mental and physical health.