History of EdTech

Timeline created by BeverlyBishop
In History
  • 4,000 BCE


    Papyrus is a material similar to thick paper that was used in ancient times as a writing surface. It was made from the pith of the papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus, a wetland sedge.
  • 1,000 BCE

    Phoenician Alphabet

    Phoenician Alphabet
    The Phoenician alphabet was the first alphabetic script to be widely-used - the Phoenicians traded around the Mediterraean and beyond, and set up cities and colonies in parts of southern Europe and North Africa - and the origins of most alphabetic writing systems can be traced back to the Phoenician alphabet, including Greek, Latin and Arabic.
  • Horn-Book

    Wooden paddles with printed lessons; typically with and alphabet and religious verse to help children learn how to write.
  • Magic Lantern

    Magic Lantern
    Printed images on glass frames are projected on the walls in darkened classrooms.
  • School Slate and Chalkboard

    School Slate and Chalkboard
    In use for over 100 years, the school slate helped students work (and rework) problems. It's larger cousin, the chalkboard, is still used in classrooms today.
  • Pencil

    First mass produced in the late 19th century, pencils- and their partners in crime- paper, soon replaced the school slate and gave a purpose to having an eraser.
  • Stereoscope

    First in the bloodline that went on to produce the View-Master, stereoscopes reinforced topics by showing kids images in eye-popping 3-D.
  • Overhead Projector

    Overhead Projector
    Originally used for police I.D. work, their expansion into schools created an interactive classroom at a minimal cost.
  • Mimeograph

    Hand-cracked copies helped teachers spread homework to entire class. Perpetually ink-stained fingers.
  • Hand-Held Calculator

    Hand-Held Calculator
    The calculator was slow to be adopted by teachers as they feared it would undermine time-tested basic skills such as counting on fingers.
  • Personal Computer

    Personal Computer
    The computer introduced a way to teach students about the realities of 19th century pioneer life courtesy of Oregon Trail- one of the earliest educational video games adopted by schools.
  • Interactive Whiteboard

    Interactive Whiteboard
    A high-tech upgrade to the chalkboard, the interactive whiteboard meshed the computer with the ability for students to manipulate lessons digitally, in real time.
  • Ipad

    The 21st century answer to the school slate; a culmination of its technology prodecessors, combing touch, video and calculations in one unit.