The Internet and Education from 1981-2011

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    The Internet and Education - 1981 to 2011

  • IBM develops PC; computer assisted instruction gains acceptance in schools

    IBM develops PC; computer assisted instruction gains acceptance in schools
  • Sun Microsystems founded

    Sun Microsystems founded
  • Apple releases the Lisa computer, the first commercial computer with a GUI

    Apple releases the Lisa computer, the first commercial computer with a GUI
  • Multi-Tool Word (Microsoft Word) first introduced

    Multi-Tool Word (Microsoft Word) first introduced
  • Apple Introduces MacIntosh

    Apple Introduces MacIntosh
  • Microsoft releases Windows 1.0

    Microsoft releases Windows 1.0
  • NSFNET backbone of internet created; ethernet connections on campuses more accepted

    NSFNET backbone of internet created; ethernet connections on campuses more accepted
  • The VGA standard developed for IBM's new PS/2 line gave the PC the potential for 256-color graphics.

    The VGA standard developed for IBM's new PS/2 line gave the PC the potential for 256-color graphics.
  • Internet Relay Chat (IRC) was invented by Jarkko Oikarinen

    Internet Relay Chat (IRC) was invented by Jarkko Oikarinen
  • The World Wide Web was conceived by Tim Berners-Lee

    The World Wide Web was conceived by Tim Berners-Lee
  • Multimedia PC standards developed

  • Gopher servers used to provide students online information

    Gopher servers used to provide students online information
    Gopher was released in the late spring of 1991. A hierarchical structure that allowed users to access files.
  • CU-SeeMe developed

    CU-SeeMe developed
    The original MacIntosh version for CU-SeeMe did not have audio. The version developed for Microsoft not only improved on the earlier version, but also added audio capabilities.
  • The first web browser Mosaic is released

    The first web browser Mosaic is released
    The first version of Mosaic was developed for X-Windows on Unix computers
  • Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) is signed into law

    IASA, among other things, increases funding for educational technology.
  • First DVD Available

  • Google launched by Larry Page and Sergey Brin

    Google launched by Larry Page and Sergey Brin
    A timeline of the history of Google
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) launches Web-Braille

  • Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act) becomes law

    ***Highlight***TEACH Act broadens instructors' legal use of copyrighted materials in online instruction. Without this act distance education in its current form would not exist. Instructors would be limited to what they could share with their students outside of a textbook.
  • Social media sites begin to flourish over the next 7 years

    Social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook are just a few that begin to show up and flourish.
  • Quest to Learn (Q2L) is the first school to teach through game-based learning

    Quest to Learn (Q2L) is the first school to teach through game-based learning
  • Texas Instruments debuts 3D projector technology designed for the classroom

    Texas Instruments debuts 3D projector technology designed for the classroom
    **Impact**3D projector technology is introduced. The introduction of the 3D projector will enable instructors to bring a more realistic understanding of topics. Currently the biggest use is for the sciences and math, but the implications of the 3D environment will allow students to become a participant in their education and not just an observer.
  • Immersive Education Initiative launches K-12 technology working group

    Immersive Education, a Media Grid Initiative, is a learning platform that combines interactive 3D graphics, commercial game and simulation technology, virtual reality, voice chat, Web cameras (webcams) and rich digital media with collaborative online course environments and classrooms.