Educational Technology

The History Of Educational Technology

Education technology has always been closely linked with teaching; it all started with cave drawings, the very first technology in education.  People would then teach children by painting and drawing pictures on the rock they usually use brownstone, sand mixed with animal fat or animal blood, to write on rocks. This system was then improved when Pythagoras built an academy in 510 BC, and it was cited that in 105 AD, papermaking was invented in China in a few years the Chinese began to use paper for writing. In 382 AD manuscripts were transcripted around this time in 389 AD the founding Academy as Plato starts as a new movement in education in 600 AD woodblock printing was invented and by 740 AD the first newspaper was seen in China.

The revolution in technology

The printing press was introduced to the West in the Holy Roman Empire by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, the printing of the vial with movable type has then transformed society, in 1635 the public school in the US was first founded now known as the Boston Latin School the oldest existing public school recognized in the USA. Around 1700 blackboards were introduced then in 1800 books followed. In 1862 a machine that can print the alphabet was developed, in 1878 the sales shot up with the introduction of Remington number two, one of the oldest form of typewriters. In 1901 Marconi sends the very first radio signal across the Atlantic now world war two provided a boost for audio-visual education, multimedia-based education has then started in 1910 the goal of introducing this system is to improve comprehension and retention. In 1920 radio came, 1930 filmstrip projectors came and overhead projectors in 1940.

Revolution in technology

The internet era

By the 1970s much of the enthusiasm for instructional television has been exhausted the next technology to capture the interest of educators was the computer some of the earliest birth and instructional application of computing took place in the 1950s in the 1960s. Still, these efforts had little impact on schools; it was not until the 1980s. The appearance of microcomputers that many educators and public officials became enthusiastic about computers computer age or nearly the age came into picture this was characterized by a shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization to an economy based on information computerization, in 1991 first smartboard interactive whiteboard introduced. Fast-forward to the year 2000, video streaming was brought to the classrooms, 2008 came, and iPods and iPads revolutionized the way education is delivered. Internet, which is considered to be the most powerful and influential invention ever created, has been used around the globe.

In a nutshell

At present we are enjoying this luxury of technology which aids us in everything that we have explored the roots of technology in education we learned that integration of technology is a tool to advance learning in the content areas, it adds to the effectiveness of other resources and teacher-created activities. However, we have reached an age where we can use technology in just a snap.