Love a little history… The evolution of technology in the classroom

What is educational technology?

Educational technology is the considered implementation of appropriate tools, techniques, or processes that facilitate the application of senses, memory, and cognition to enhance teaching practices and improve learning outcomes (Dunn, 2011).

Everything has a beginning, and in light of my current studies in ICT, I was interested to know when technology began in the classroom. I was thinking it would definitely be something with big buttons. Maybe I would recognise it as something I had seen during my years at school, (1970’s). Something my Grade 3 teacher, Miss Herburn had used, or Mr Milne, the Deputy at my high school and also my Mathematics teacher in Year 8.
I was surprised when I read, new and exciting educational technology began transforming teaching and learning in 1650!  Imagine how the teachers must have felt having ‘modern’ resources come into their classrooms.
Regardless of the year, when it all began or what we will see in the future, educational technology will still serve the overarching purpose as described above… enhance teaching practices and improve learning outcomes.

     1890 – Chalkboard                 1940 – Ballpoint Pen   Screenshot 2017-08-15 22.13.39.png
Surprised to see a ballpoint pen or a chalkboard noted as technology?
What are your memories of technology in the classroom?

Take a look …The Evolution of Classroom Technology
Not overly comprehensive, but an interesting read none the less.

Dunn, J. (2011). The evolution of classroom technology. Retrieved August, 15, 2017, from



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