A combined look at how technology has evolved alongside education and my experience of both
Created by dw10cw on 24/09/2008
Last updated: 12/03/10 at 04:25
What will the Future Look like?
Are we on the verge of a new era of education similar to the transformation brought about by the Printing Press. It is credited with facilitating the rise of schools and increased literacy, the Reformation, the nation state, individualism, capitalism and democracy.
My son can now play games online competing and collaborating with people from all over the world just by turning on his TV.
Increasingly I started to use web based tools because of thier collaborative nature. Students could do group research, write a group script, prepare for debate and build websites from school and home as part of a group
I noticed a trend towards carrying out all the tasks online using increasingly sophisticated software through the web browser. Online experience becoming more interactive and co-operative with websites, wikis etc.
I first used a portable Data Projector in2003 and it was eventually replaced by a fixed one on the roof. I was able to show internet sites from around the world. The Data Projector also brought about a revolution in teaching -Powerpoint. The first presentation was given in Paris in 1992.
The website was used to locate information quickly and to show photographs of student work. Tended towards graphics and text
I had access to computer suites and bought several software titles which largely delivered information to the student in a text and image format. I had to bring my own computer from home in order to have a computer.
While they have been around a while it was in the late 1990s when they started to take over in schools with handouts being produced
I started to use the Internet at Stranmillis University. It took about 15 minutes for a page to load and was mostly text. I was receiving information from mostly American and UK sources. I was not sending. I owned a 486 PC.
I worked for Halifax Property Services for 3 years. I was using a desktop computer to receive information sent from a database in England on mortgage products. I was not able to communicate with others using the machine.
The overhead projector was a mainstay of the during the 1980s and 1990s. It is gradually being replaced by the data projector. All those acetaes we made are curling in some cupboard.
The Commodore 64 was my second computer and was noteworthy for the fact that it was the first computer I ever heard speak. It said the word "Ghostbuster" during the game of the same name.
My first experience of a home computer. It was mostly used for playing games and required a tape recorder to load them. Communication was limited to my home in Belfast
The BBC computer was largely used in schools although didn't have great success elsewhere. The BBC computer got its name because it was launched at the same time as a new BBC computer literacy television series.
The VHS video was launched in 1976. It remains an important aspect of technology in many althogh is starting to be replaced by DVD and online video
Invented in 1923, the Banda was particularly popular with schools. Its distinctive smell and colour left an impression with all who came in contact with it-often a blue smudged one! I was still using the Banda in 1997 although it went into decline in the late 1970s as photocopying became less expensive.
The day I was born
BBC Schools television broadcasting began in 1957. Televisions are still being used in many schools today although are beginning to be replaced by the data projector
By 1939 there were 9,953 schools in England and Wales listening to schools Broadcast. It is claimed that even more significant is the role that the broadcasts played on the quality of effort and imagination inside schools
20th century brought electric and photography to the Lantern projected slides and Filmstrips were used as a means of education. They were still in use in the late 70s/early 80s
“Books will soon be obsolete in schools..our school system will be completely changed in the next 10 years.” Thomas Edison 1913 on the benefits of the motion picture
“The inventor of the system deserves to be ranked among the best contributors to learning and science, if not among the greatest benefactors of mankind" Josiah F Bumstead 1841 on the benefits of the chalkboard
Pupils had used slates for their own writing but in 1801 James Pillans (Headmaster of Royal High School Edinburgh) invented the blackboard which was used with Colour chalks to teach geography. Within 50 years they were commonplace in all schools and some would argue that it is still the most common technology used in the classroom
Often considered the Father of modern education.
He set up a school to awaken in the pupil a love of learning. Learnt from books and experience, re-inforced through repition, lectures and questioning. The model is largely unchanged today.
Within 50 years, 15-20 million volumes published- a massive shift of knowledge to the printed page and opening up the possibility of education to the masses. The Church at first opposed the printed bible in English but later embraced it.
By 1424, Cambridge University library owned only 122 books—each of which had a value equal to a farm or vineyard
During the so called 'Dark Ages' learning was the preserve of the few. Books were handwritten and materials were scarce and expensive. This is a psge from the Lindisfarne Gospels dated around 715 AD.
(428/427 BC – 348/347 BC) Plato was not a big fan of writing. “[Writing] will introduce forgetfulness into the soul of those who learn it: they will not practice using their memory because they will put their trust in writing, which is external and depends on signs that belong to others, instead of trying to remember from the inside, completely on their own. You have not discovered a potion for remembering, but for reminding; you provide your students with the appearance of wisdom, not with its reality. Your invention will enable them to hear many things without being properly taught, and they will imagine that they have came to know much while for the most part they will know nothing. And they will be difficult to get along with, since they will merely appear to be wise instead of really being so.” (Phaedrus 275a-b) He was particularly concerned that you couldn't ask questions of a written text.
Writing is commonly believed to have begun about 3500 BC in Mesopotamia
Is this the first instance of teaching in human history? Unfortunately the timeline does not allow for BC and anyway I don't want to start an argument about when Adam and Eve were born! Education in the beginning was oral