This creative video titled “The history of technology in education” provides viewers with a timeline of how technology has impacted teaching and learning from “cave drawings in 30,000 B.C.E.” to “The Interactive Age” in present-day society. The video was published in 2011 by SMART Technologies, a company that serves as the collaborative for business and education. At the conclusion of this video ad promoting the use of new technology, the words “…how are you going to shape the classroom of tomorrow?” appear on screen. SMART Technologies uses this video as a marketing tactic to influence educators to buy into the idea of purchasing technology for their classroom. According to the video, in the 1920’s teachers played the radio, in the 40’s they had the overhead projector, and in the 90’s they used the computer. Now, in the “Interactive Age” of the 2000’s, it seems only natural for educators to move with the times by having their students use increasingly advanced tools such as personal laptops or Smart Response XE’s.
Given that technology has been present in classroom settings for over a century, why are some teachers hesitant to adopt the latest devices? Especially in low-income school districts, wouldn’t technology be a solution to many of the troubles teachers face? In the next blog post, I will discuss the present problems teachers encounter when they attempt to implement new learning technologies in struggling schools.
SMARTEduEMEA. (2011, October 03). The history of technology in education [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFwWWsz_X9s